What better way to spend a Saturday in August in Iceland than to road trip around Snaefellsnes in a day? There isn’t. Which is exactly what my brother thought when he invited me to join him and our cousin on a road trip through Snaefellsnes. Well, that and for some reason, he really wanted to see Kirkjufell. The mountain which had recently appeared in an episode of Game of Thrones. Since our little drive around Snaefellsnes turned out so well. I figured it would be fun to share what you can do in Snaefellsnes if you only have a day to drive around there.
I’ll be honest. We actually found this place randomly when we were driving through Snaefellsnes. We just saw a bunch of cars and a bus parked. Figured that there must be something interesting over there, so we stopped. It’s a good thing we did too. Rauðfeldsgjá is a beautiful high, a deep and narrow ravine in the cliffs of the south of the glacier Snæfellsjökull. The ravine hides a secret path to secluded mossy grotto within the rock itself.
Arnarstapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mount Stapafell between Hellnar and the Breiðuvík farms on the southern part of Snæfellsnes. At Arnarstapi there are two main attractions of interest the first being a big statue of Bárður Snæfellsás. It was made by Ragnar Kjartansson, one of Iceland’s most renowned sculptures. The other thing is the cliffs that face the sea. The rock formation is quite stunning to see. Also, Arnarstapi was a lovely place to stop for lunch.
One of the oldest fishing villages in Iceland. Hellnar is located closely to Arnarstapi on the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. On the beach of this lovely village can be seen stunning rock formations. One of which is a cliff called Valasnös. It reaches across the ocean front and into the sea. Tunneling into the cliff is a beautiful cave which is worth exploring. It is known for colorful changes of lighting that is in tune with the natural light and movement of the sea.
A black sandy beach and bay on the foot of Snæfellsjökull. It was once home to one of the most prolific fishing villages in the peninsula. Today, however, the area remains uninhabited. In the beach can be found the shipwreck of the Grimsby fishing trawler which wrecked there back in 1948. Interestingly enough there are so called lifting stones to be found on the beach. Fishermen used to use them to test their strength. Today it only serves as a fun thing for visitors to try for themselves.
Close to Djúpalónssandur is also a beautiful lagoon, Djúpalón. Which is where the beach derives its name from. It must certainly not be missed when going to Djúpalónssandur.
A crater on the western part of Snæfellsnes located roughly 9 km south of Hellisand. There is a staircase which leads to the top of the crater. Where a beautiful 360-degree view of the Snæfellsnes peninsula can be found.
Probably one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Kirkjufell is located in Grundarfjörður and has a lovely walking trail around it. It is also possible to climb to the top of the mountain. Where many birds and fish fossils can be found. As well as a fantastic view over Grundarfjörður. It is recommended though to climb with a guide and not on your own.
Situated in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Stykkishólmur is a beautiful Icelandic town with well preserved old houses in the town center. Delicious food and lovely accommodation can be found in this lovely town. My favorite place is Meistarinn Pylsuvagninn which is a hot dog vendor located across the street from the police station. They are truly the best hot dogs in Iceland.
Another lovely thing in Stykkishólmur is to go up a hill which is located at the edge of the harbor near the town center. A beautiful view over the surrounding islands and the town can be found there.