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Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula is stretching from the western part of Iceland. Many small villages and great scenery. Good restaurants and a selection of good hotels.

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You need to study the agenda and decide on which of the optional items you want to do. If all is very tempting you might need to reserve two days to complete all. No harm done - it's fully worth it.

Departure from hotel

Departure from hotel and head in direction of Þingvellir National Park


Borgarnes is a town where there are hotels and services. Good restaurants, bakery and supermarkets.

Eldborg volcano/crater

Eldborg crater stands like a guard on the boundaries of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Mýrar in West-Iceland. Eldborg crater, which literally means Fortress of Fire, is the most perfectly shaped crater I have ever seen here in Iceland.

Gerduberg basalt column-rocks

Gerðuberg is a cliff of dolerite, a coarse-grained basalt rock, located on western peninsula Snæfellsnes and on the western edge of the Hnappadalur valley, 46 km in the north of the town of Borgarnes and 115 km to Reykjavík

Ytri-Tunga beach, seal watching

Seals tend to hang out at Ytri Tunga

Bjarnarfoss waterfall

Bjarnarfoss waterfall is an impressive waterfall right by road 54 on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  The location is where the main road splits to Fróðaárheiði leading to Ólafsvík in the northern part and to Búðir and Arnarstapi on the south shore of the peninsula. Although the waterfall can be seen from the main road, the most enjoyable and interesting part of the waterfall is quite high in the cliffs and takes an effort to walk up the steep slope by the stream coming from the waterfall.

Budir  (hotel, church, beach)ll

Hotel Búðir is located on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland. A remote and charming hotel with a gourmet restaurant

off "Utnesvegur" and up to F570 to Snaefellsjokull glacier (and the same way back)(Optional)

Snæfellsjökull is a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano in western Iceland. It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Sometimes it may be seen from the city of Reykjavík over Faxa Bay, at a distance of 120 km

Arnarstapi. Photogenic harbour/coastline

Arnarstapi is a village on the southern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, once a fishing hub and now a place for travellers to refuel before entering Snæfellsjökull National Park. The area has several old and charming houses with interesting stories to them and is renowned for its beautiful nature.

Hellnar. Photogenic landscape

Hellnar is an ancient fishing village, a cluster of old houses and buildings situated close to Arnarstapi on the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, Iceland.

Lonadrangar. Photogenic rock formations

The Lóndrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles in Iceland. They are volcanic plugs of basalt, that have been hewn out from softer surrounding rock by erosion

Malarrif National Park DIO

At Malarrif is the Visitor Center for Snaefellsjokull National Park. It´s fun to walk around the area and explore the nature, the beach and the lighthouse

Vatnshellir cave

Vatnshellir is an 8000-year-old lava tube on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and a popular site for caving tours. It is 200 meters long and 35 metres deep

Djupalonssandur beach. Photogenic rock formations

Djúpalónssandur is a sandy beach and bay on foot of Snæfellsjökull in Iceland. It was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the bay is uninhabited. Four lifting stones are in Djúpalónssandur, used by fishermen to test their strength

Saxholl crater

Saxhóll is one of the most popular craters on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, found 9 km (5.5 mi) south of Hellissandur on the peninsula's western-most tip

Hellissandur - graffiti and murals

Hellissandur is a village and part of the Snæfellsbær municipality at the northwestern tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. Once an important fishing post, the village has recently experienced growth in tourism

Olafsvik - Baejarfoss waterfall

Ólafsvík is a small town in Iceland on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. At one point in the 17th and 18th centuries, commercial vessels sailed between Ólafsvík and Denmark, and the village was one of the larger trading ports in Iceland.

Kirkjufell / Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall

Kirkjufell is a 463 m high mountain on the north coast of Iceland's Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður. It is claimed to be the most photographed mountain in the country

Grundarfjordur restaurants (Bjargarsteinn mathus)

Small village and good restaurants. Specially recommended Bjargarsteinn mathus.

Bjarnarhofn, shark museum (shark-meat tasting)

At Bjarnarhöfn Shark-museum visitors get to experience a unique Icelandic culture. This family owned museum offers you a peak into their history. This family has been involved with sharks for the past four centuries with the only change being they don ‘t fish for sharks anymore, now it‘s only bycatch

Stykkisholmur hotels and restaurants, old houses

Town, hotels, restaurants, shops, sailing and more.  Norska husid museum. Nice to go sea angling from Stykkisholmur. Ferry to Flatey and also to the Westfjords of Iceland

Back to Reykjavik

Back to Reykjavik via Vatnaleid (Road 56)

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