Snaefellsnes, a fairytale site in Iceland

The Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most unique places in Iceland. Its incredible natural beauty makes it a site of a fantastic story. In fact, it has inspired several writers, such as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Halldór Laxness.

Likewise, Visiting Snaefellsnes means knowing the most characteristic of this European country, since in that peninsula many of the national features can be found. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is known as "Iceland in miniature." Do you dare to meet her? We promise you will not be disappointed.

Snæfellsjökull National Park, essential in Snaefellsnes

Snaefellsjokur National Park

On the peninsula the Snæfellsjökull volcano stands out, which is also considered one of the symbols of Iceland. This volcano is located within the national park of the same name and at its base has large lava fields covered by Icelandic moss.

As a curiosity, it is about the entrance to the center of the Earth in the famous work of Julio Verne. And it seems that the writer, who had a wide geographic knowledge, saw in this sleeping wonder since the thirteenth century a more than appropriate place to locate the action of his novel.

«What a great book one could write with what is known. Another much older would be written with what is not known.

-Julio Verne-

In the Snæfellsjökull National Park you can also visit the beach of Djúpalónssandur, of black rocks and where to see the remains of an old shipwreck.

Other places of interest are the Vatnshellir cave, which consists of spectacular vaults and lava tubes; or Mount Kirkkjufell, a massif of volcanic origin by the sea. All this constitutes a dream landscape.

The Snaefellsnes villages


In addition to the national park, The peninsula consists of other places of interest, starting with Arnarstapi, a small fishing village that is surrounded by basalt columns, ravines and caves. In it, next to the municipality of Hellnar, there are some incredible cliffs declared a nature reserve since 1979.

Another prominent fishing village is Olafsvík, where to carry out numerous activities, such as hiking. You can also explore its sandy beaches or enjoy the beauty of the Baejarfoss waterfall. The water falls on the steep face of a cliff covered with green moss and surrounded by a field of purple lupines.

Equally recommended is the town of Stykkishólmur, one of the most beautiful in the whole country with its wooden buildings and where to catch some ferry that goes south of the western fjords.

While,Grundarfjörður offers magnificent views of Mount Kirkkjufell and, therefore, the possibility of getting one of Iceland's most famous snapshots.

Other charms of Snaefellsnes

Seals in Ytri Tunga

Among the essential sites of Snaefellsnes, in addition to those we have already seen, we should talk about Rauðarfellsgjá, a small canyon whose name is due to the river that passes through the place.

More places of interest: Songhellir, known as the cave of songs by the echo that occurs inside; or Eldborg crater, a magnificent place that rises one hundred meters above sea level.

On the other hand, Those who want to see some wildlife can move to Ytri Tunga beach, the best place in Iceland to see seals, being more likely to see them during the summer. More specifically, in the months of June and July. Returning to the beach, unlike most of the country, it is golden sand.

How to get to Snaefellsnes

Cliffs in Arnarstapi

There are two ways to reach the peninsula. One of them is self-employed and using a car. Starting from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, just follow Highway 1 west. Afterwards, it is advisable to pay a toll and go through an underwater tunnel, go through Bogarnes and take Highway 54.

The other option, although less economical, is hiring an organized tour. The advantage is that, in addition to not having to worry about the transfer, we can benefit from a guided excursion - in Spanish - to learn more about the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The price of this round is € 170.

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