A GUIDE TO MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR TIME IN THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA!
Only a 2h drive from Reykjavik, the Snaefellsnes peninsula has a large variety of landscapes to offer. From my 3 day stay I mapped out for you a lot of the places to see, visit and discover: volcano craters, waterfalls, scenic roads... For some I have already shared detailed posts, and for others I am sharing pictures and information below. And do not miss the 3 minute video!
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VIDEO: Visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Below is a short video (3 minutes) with the beautiful landscapes of the Snaefellsnes peninsula including waterfalls, lava fields and formations, fjords and a glacier. I am sorry I shake a lot when I film; I hope you will still enjoy it and it will give you an idea of what you can expect.
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Snaefellsnes Peninsula Map
Below is a map of the Snaefellsnes peninsula with things to do highlighted with the numbers 1 to 17 which can be found on the detailed activities below.
A more detailed access to the a newer version of the map as well as the GPS coordinates of all location is possible on the eBook Experience Iceland.
PLACES TO SEE in the Snaefellsnes peninsula
Below are the top things to do in the Snaefellsnes peninsula Iceland, the classic stops on any road trip around Snaefellsnes.
Kirkjufell and its waterfall (#11 and #12)
Kirkjufell is the icon of the Snaefellsnes peninsula Iceland.
It is one of the most photographed mountain, with its mesmerizing shape and 2 waterfalls.
Many photos and tips to plan your visit on the article dedicated to Kirkjufell
It is particularly great under the Iceland Northern Lights...
Viewpoint on road 56 (#13)
At the Northern end of Road 56 (see map above point 13), there is a small carpark with a viewpoint. This is one of the most beautiful I have seen with water, green mountains, black and red ones as well as the Beserkjahraun (lava field). I recommend walking down and on your left you will find a waterfall. Yes, I know, another one… but this makes this location very diverse.
At the South West point of the peninsula you will find Londrangar beach and its strange cliffs. You can walk a well maintain path to platforms with nice views of the cliffs or walk towards the cliffs via the lava field (right from the parking facing the ocean)
I am not into church photography but as this one was an easy stop and had nice views of the glacier accross I went and I can share a picture of it for those who are interested. This is a typical Icelandic church.
Viking Sushis from Stykkisholmur (#15)
At Stykkisholmur, you can board a 3h boat tour around the islands of the fjord with Seatours. In September there was not much animal life but the basalt columns were interesting. And at some point they got some fresh seafood out for the water for us and we had 'viking sushis'. Outside of whale season, if your time is limited I do not recommend boarding this tour.
Off the beaten path Highlights of the Snaefellsnes peninsula
Below are other places to visit on the Snaefellsnes peninsula Iceland. Those are more off the beaten track for those you have more time to spend there.
This road was recommended to me by a local. And I am grateful for it. It was one of my favorite drives in Iceland.
It is a gravel road loop off road 54 leading to lakes and a rugged and colorful lava field.
Many photos and planning tips on the article dedicated to Berserkjahraun.
F570 and Snaefellsjokull glacier (#10)
Some organized tours can take you on the Snaefellsjokull glacier. But if you feel adventurous and are driving a 4WD, have fun and gel up close to the glacier on the F570 road.
Many photos and planning tips on the article dedicated to F570 and Snaefellsjokull.
Basalt columns (#1)
Gerduberg on road 54 (Ytri-Raudamelur) at the beginning of the peninsula consists in an impressive wall of basalt columns with a volcano behind. Unless it is very foggy, you cannot miss it from the road. However please note that, although the GPS says that you can do a loop back on the main road, this is actually private property. So you cannot continue behind the volcanic cone.
Raudfeldsgja Canyon (#5)
A very narrow canyon. If you are not claustrophobic, you can even enter. Good footwear is needed.
Inland sites at the limit of Snaefellsnes
Inland, at the limit of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula are 2 sites not to be missed right on the Ring Road.
Glanni Paradise (#17)
Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Winter
I have not visited in Winter but if this is your plan, you can have a look at:
And the Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland , it is also stunning sceneries everywhere...
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