Best things to do in Snæfellsnes
Find out more about those top places in Snæfellsnes
Jutting out of Iceland’s western coast into the perpetually churning waters of the North Atlantic, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the country’s remote hidden gems. The peninsula is divided down the middle by a rugged spine of mountains, between which snakes the Snæfellsjökull Glacier. The picturesque clapperboard village of Stykkishólmur is undoubtedly the best base for exploring the peninsula, as from there local buses can whiz you around the peninsula to the start point of any number of hikes. For the more adventurous, snowmobile tours of the glacier can be arranged that provide spectacular views of the peninsula’s otherworldly coastline.
As one of Iceland’s most remote and beautiful regions, there is no better way to explore Snaefellsnes than as part of a small guided scenery tour. Starting at the tiny clapperboard village of Arnarstapi you will make your way through a landscape of spectacular rock formations, towering glacial carved mountains and plunging waterfalls before sampling some of the area’s finest produce.
The Snaefellsnes National Park is often described as ‘Iceland in miniature’. Dominated by the towering Snaefellsjökull Volcano and peppered with volcanic beaches, plunging ravines and unique rock formations, the park is one of the country’s star attractions and makes an ideal day tour from Reykjavik. Make sure to test your strength with the historic ‘lifting stones’ at Djúpalónssandur.
To immerse yourself in Snaefellsnes’ wildlife, take a kayaking tour around the peninsula’s rugged coastline where you will get the chance to paddle close to thronging seal colonies, sea stacks covered by cacophonous gulls and marvel at the mountains of the interior.