Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla Things to Do

  • Unpaved road looking south.
    Unpaved road looking south.
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  • Paved road on the heath.
    Paved road on the heath.
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  • Paved road going south.
    Paved road going south.
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Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla Things to Do

  • Gufuskálar

    At Gufuskálar there is a very tall long-wave radio mast. It is called the Loren C mast and was raised in 1963 for the LORAN C localization system of the Brits and the Americans. The Loren C mast is the highest mast of its kind in Western Europe. It is the highest structure in Iceland, 412 metre high. The mast is a guyed radio mast. The mast was...

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  • The Flatey library.

    The smallest library in Iceland is located in Flatey. It was built in 1864. It was the first house in Iceland raised for the sole purpose of housing books.This small library was reconstructed from 1979-1988 under the care of the Antiquities Preservation (Minjavernd).Most of the books and manuscripts in the library have been moved to the National...

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  • Flateyjarkirkja church.

    Flateyjarkirkja church in Flatey island is a very unique church. It dates back to 1926, built by Guðjón Samúelsson, the noted architect.There has been a church in Flatey since early times, in the 11th of 12th century. There was also a monastery here from 1172-1284, but it was moved to Helgafell.The present church takes my breath away - the apse of...

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  • Flatey island in Breiðarfjörður bay.

    Flatey island in Breiðarfjörður bay is a historical island with many colourful houses built around 1900. Flatey island is the largest of the 40 islands in the Vestureyjar islands group. It is the only island in Breiðarfjörður bay where some people live all year round. The island is only 2 km long and 1 km wide and almost totally flat.The houses at...

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  • Laugarbrekka in Snæfellsnes.

    Midway between Hellnar and Djúpalónssandur sands there is a monument on Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, who was born 980 at Laugarbrekka, close to where the monument stands, and her son. Guðríður was the first Caucasian woman to bear a child, Snorri, in North-America. She travelled to Greenland with her husband Þorfinnur and North-America (Vínland) in...

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  • Grundarfjörður town.

    The next town after Ólafsvík is in the beautiful fjord Grundarfjörður, nature here is just breathtaking. My grandfather lived here so it is very special to me, and on the wall in my living room I have a painting of Mt. Kirkjufell (463), the most prominent mountain in Grundarfjörður and a landmark of this fishing town.The population here is ca...

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  • Berserkjahraun lava in Snæfellsnes.

    There are several lava fields in Snæfellsnes, one of which is called Berserkjahraun or Berserk lava on the north-side of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Berserkjahraun lava is 4000-3600 years old. The lava stems from four differently sized scoria craters. It formed 2 beautiful lakes, one of which you can see if you visit the beautiful waterfall in Vatnaleið...

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  • Fróðárheiði heath and the Fróðá Wonders.

    Fróðárheiði heath (361 m) is one of the heaths on Snæfellsfjallgarður in Snæfellsnes. Fróðárheiði heath is on road 54 by Búðahraun lava field and Bjarnarfoss waterfall in the south and east of Ólafsvík town in the north. The heath is almost all paved, apart from the northern part, there is a small distance on a gravel road.There can be very bad...

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  • Vatnaleið and the waterfall in Fossá...

    Vatnaleið is on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and a short-cut to Stykkishólmur, the capital of the west. It opened on November 2nd 2001 and takes you through the heath of Snæfellsfjallgarður with 3 beautiful lakes, thus the name Vatnaleið "The road by the lakes" - vatn=water or lake in Icelandic. The lakes are called Baulárvallavatn, Hraunsfjarðarvatn...

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  • Bjarnarfoss waterfall.

    There is a waterfall by the road in Snæfellsnes peninsula, called Bjarnarfoss waterfall. It is located by road 54, just as there is a fork in the road. There is some lovely columnar basalt by the waterfall.Take care not to miss your exit if you are looking at the waterfall. I did that once and we drove up on the mountain and had to turn back. If...

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  • The lifting stones at Djúpalónssandur.

    In Djúpalónssandur, as soon as you enter there are 4 stones on your right. They are well known lifting-stones (Icelandic word "aflraunasteinar") here in Iceland. They were used to measure the strength of fishermen.The biggest one is called "Fullsterkur" Full-Strength and weighs 154 kg and only the very strong can lift that one. The second one is...

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  • Djúpalónssandur beach.

    Djúpalónssandur beach is an awesome place, like so many other places on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is like stepping into a magical place. From the parking lot you walk down steps and into a volcanic wonderland.There are two small lagoons by the beach, one of them is called Djúpalón (The Deep lagoon) and the beach got its name from this lagoon...

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  • Bárðarlaug pool.

    Bárðarlaug pool is the pool of Bárður Snæfellsás. Bárður Snæfellsás was half a man half a troll. He had a farm at Laugarbrekka and used this explosive crater to take a bath. Bárður Snæfellsás came ashore at Djúpalón.In my tip on Rauðfeldsgjá gorge I have added information on Bárður Snæfellsás. He watches over this area now.The pool is an explosive...

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  • Arnarstapi - Snæfellsnes.

    Arnarstapi is in Snæfellsnes in W-Iceland. Here are some beautiful columnar basalt and cliff formations which are breathtaking in beauty and one of Iceland's most beautiful harbours is at Arnarstapi. The population at Arnarstapi is only ca 10 but there are summer-houses there as well and a restaurant. In former times Arnarstapi was a vibrant...

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  • Hólahólar - drive inside a crater.

    Hólahólar "Hills of hills" ;) is a place on Snæfellsnes peninsula which looks like an amphitheatre. My photos don't even begin to do it justice as they are taken from inside the crater. This is a crater open on one side and you can drive inside it! Mediums have seen and heard the Hidden people in this place and there are tales of applaud from the...

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  • Lóndrangar cliffs at Snæfellsnes.

    Lóndrangar cliffs are 2 ancient volcanic plugs in Snæfellsnes, 60 m and 75 m high, the higher one is called "Tröllkarlinn" or the Ogre. The formation of the cliffs is magnificent and you can get closer to the cliffs when turning left on Svalþúfa-Þúfubjarg hill and walk up on the hill. It is a 10 minutes' walk, but don't walk too far though as what...

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  • Snæfellsjökull - the magical glacier.

    Snæfellsjökull glacier is a dormant strato-volcano, 1446 m high and the crater is ca 200 m deep, and is believed to be one of the seven chakras (energy centers) in the world. It is the main tourist attraction in the peninsula of Snæfellsnes, towering over the National park at the far end of the 90 km long peninsula. There are a lot of interesting...

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  • Maríulindir - The Virgin Mary's spring...

    According to legend, Guðmundur góði biskup "Bishop Guðmundur the good" had a vision at Hellnar in 1230 of a woman accompanied by three angels. She bade him consecrate the spring, which he did. It is believed that the water in the spring will never dry up and that it has healing powers. When at Hellnar overlooking the sea there is a café down by the...

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  • Hellnar and Fjöruhúsið café by the...

    There is a fantastic little café called Fjöruhúsið right by the ocean at Hellnar in Snæfellsnes. It opened in 1997 and is ever so popular amongst Icelanders. The location is fantastic, hidden away right by the ocean and the cliffs.One can walk up to the amazing cliffs and the wonderful birdlife there. There is an opening in the cliffs, making it...

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  • Hellnar in Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    Hellnar is the next stop in Snæfellsnes when travelling in this area. Here at Hellnar used to be one of the biggest fishing stations in Snæfellsnes and in the year 1703 194 people were living here plus a lot of people working here.Today Hellnar has totally changed and here is a popular Hotel and The Visitor Centre for Snæfellsjökull glacier...

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  • Rauðfeldsgjá gorge in Snæfellsnes.

    Rauðfeldsgjá gorge is in Breiðavík in Snæfellsnes. It is a magnificent ravine which cuts into the east side of Mt. Botnsfjall. It is ca 213 km from Reykjavík on the right hand side only 3 km from Arnarstapi and can easily be seen from the road. You can walk to the gorge and have a look inside, it is mind-blowing and the hike is only about 30...

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  • Ölkelda - mineral spring.

    There are several mineral springs in Snæfellsnes. One of them is Ölkelda, which actually means Mineral spring in Icelandic. This mineral spring was built up in 1904 by the farmer at Ölkelda farm. Before that time it welled up from a hole in the ground. It is believed that the water has health benefits and has been used by the farmers at Ölkelda for...

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  • Rauðamelsölkelda mineral spring.

    In Snæfellsnes there are some natural mineral springs. I love one of them, where the water is so pure and tasty and has bubbles in it. It is called Rauðamelsölkelda. "Ölkelda" is the Icelandic word for a natural spring and "Rauðamels-" means Red gravel plain. Rauðamelsölkelda is one of the best known mineral springs in Iceland as the water from it...

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  • Saxhóll Crater

    Saxhóll crater is another crater on the western end of Snæfellsnes peninsula. You can't drive into this one, but it does have a trail leading up to the rim with great views. We stopped to visit on our tour of Snæfellsnes peninsula with Iceland Guided Tours. The volcano erupted 3000 to 4000 years ago and the current height of the crater is 109 m...

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  • Hólahólar Crater

    Hólahólar is a crater on the west coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is somewhat unique in that you can drive into the center! We visited for just a couple minutes on our Snæfellsnes tour with Iceland Guided Tours. The rim of crater goes around about three quarters and is worn down to the ground for the last quarter, but the gap is big enough for a...

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  • Djúpalónssandur Beach

    Djúpalónssandur is a truly beautiful pebble beach on the west coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula a few km past Hellnar. We visited during our Snæfellsnes tour with Iceland Guided Tours and it was probably my favorite stop and that's saying a lot, because I loved everywhere we stopped. A short trail heads down to the beach from the parking area. All...

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  • Arnarstapi

    Arnarstapi is a small village on the south coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula. It was once an important trading post, but few people live here year round now. But it is definitely worth a stop. We visited on our Snæfellsnes tour with Iceland Guided Tours. There is a restaurant here, but we had bought our lunch and walked down towards the cliffs at the...

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  • Hellnar

    Hellnar is a beautiful little village on the south coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula, just a few km west of Arnarstapi. We stopped for about twenty minutes on our tour of Snæfellsnes with Iceland Guided Tours. It was once a major fishing village in the area, but now few people live here. There is a hotel, a couple of small restaurants and the visitor...

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  • Búðahraun Lava Field

    Búðahraun is a lava field and protected area on Snæfellsnes peninsula, northeast of Arnarstapi. We stopped here on our tour of the peninsula with Iceland Guided Tours. The area is located just past where Route 574 splits from 54 on the southern end of the peninsula. Just past the split on 574, there is a pulloff with a great view overlooking the...

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  • Ytri Tunga

    The beach near the abandoned farm of Ytri Tunga has an established seal colony and is a great place to see these playful creatures. We visited Ytri Tunga on the tour of Snæfellsnes Peninsula with Iceland Guided Tours. The beach is located is located on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes Peninsula just off Route 54 about 20 km west of the...

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  • Ölkelda Mineral Spring

    We visited Ölkelda Mineral Spring on a tour of Snæfellsnes Peninsula with Iceland Guided Tours. Ölkelda Mineral Spring is located just off Route 54 about 12 km west of the intersection with Route 56. Named for the farm on which it is located, the spring was built by a farmer in 1904. The water is naturally carbonated and contains about ten times...

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  • Mt. Stapafell.

    Stapafell is a mountain and a volcano on the south side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, next to Snæfellsnesjokull glacier and volcano. Those two volcanos make an out of this world pair. There are some supernatural forces at work here and if you meditate on the glacier and Mt. Stapafell, which is made out of palagonite and in the shape of a pyramide, you...

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  • The beautiful rhyolite mountains.

    In one place in Snæfellsnes peninsula, in the south on road 54 there are these beautiful rhyolite mountains, which just blow me away. All of a sudden the landscape changes and these beautiful mountains open up to you.The mountains are just by the road, so one can just pull over and take a photo of them. Beneath the most beautiful mountains is a...

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  • I love the reflection in the lakes.

    On the south side of Snæfellsnes, ca an hour into the drive on road 54 there are a couple of lakes by mountains. If the weather is still there is the most amazing reflection of the mountains in the lakes.On my travels in the Snæfellsnes peninsula almost every time there has been this fantastic reflection in the lake. So almost every time I stop and...

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  • Ólafsvík - town in West-Iceland.

    The next town after Hellissandur is Ólafsvík. Like so many other towns in Iceland it is a fishing town and the most thriving fishing town on the Snæfellsnes's peninsula. An old storehouse from 1844 is now a museum and a Tourist Information Center. There are daily whale watching tours from Ólafsvík and angling with Sæferðir. There is a modern church...

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  • Grundarfjörður: No whales, but puffins...

    We arrived in our hostel in Grundarfjörður at 7:30 pm, and when we asked about places to go in the evening we were told that an evening whale watching cruise was going to start at 8:00 pm.We took some warm clothing and some food with us and rushed to the boat, called "Laki" (after the famous volcano). We were told that four whales of different...

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  • Stykkishólmur - the capital of...

    Stykkishólmur is the largest town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is often called the capital of West-Iceland. The population is ca 1.200. It is the center for trade, service and transport in this area and is surrounded by the beautiful Breiðafjarðareyjar, The islands of Breiðafjörður, of which there are ca 2.700 small islands. By the harbour...

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  • Öndverðarnes peninsula on Snæfellsnes.

    If you drive further on after visiting Skarðsvík then the road will take you to Öndverðarnes, the westest tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The road is a bad gravel road, one lane with a lot of holes in it.At Öndverðanes there is a light-house (1914) and a parking lot next to the light-house. The sea-shore south of Öndverðanes is called Svörtuloft or...

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  • Mt. Helgafell - The Sacred Hill of the 3...

    Right outside of Stykkishólmur is Mt. Helgafell "The Sacred Hill". Mt. Helgafell is magical in that if you can climb it without looking back or uttering a word you can get 3 wishes. When you reach the top you should go to the ruins of a prayer chapel on top of the mountain, watch east and think about the wishes (which shall all be of positive...

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  • The church at Búðir.

    There is an old church and a grave-yard at Búðir in Snæfellsnes. The first church which was built here dates back to 1703, but churches have been rebuilt here several times. One was rebuilt in 1848 and the current one was consecrated in 1987, rebuilt to look like the original church.There are ancient (by Iceland´s standard) artefacts in the church,...

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  • Grundarfjordur

    As you come through the snowy mountains, with turquoise ice-lakes and look down at Grundarfjordur it is such a pretty sight... a collection of little houses all huddled around the church whose spire stands proud. Actually, with the industry here being fishing, it may be better to say that this little collection of houses and the church are huddled...

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  • Búðir

    Búðir is a former merchant harbour and market place. Nowadays there is only a church and a hotel there. Still the environment is exotic and amazing. One of Icelands largest beaches is to be found and this golden sand beach could give you the feeling of a far more southern place.This is another great place to get out of your car and take a walk.

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  • The shark museum at Bjarnarhöfn.

    This private museum at Bjarnarhöfn is a must see. It shows the history of farm and shark hunting and curing. The owner, Hildibrandur, will give you a warm welcome. Guests are invited to learn first-hand about the processing of shark meat and offered a taste of the shark and dried fish. If you have never tried shark before eat the shark and dried...

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  • Rif - town - and Björnssteinn stone.

    Rif is one of the small towns on the Snæfellsnes peninsula - in between Hellissandur and Ólafsvík. If you are travelling here in the summer time take care that there is a lot of Arctic tern in this area - and they sit on the road here, it is amazing. One has to be careful not to hit them with the car. This area is one of the largest areas in...

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  • Sögumiðstöðin museum in Grundarfjörður.

    There is such a lovely museum in Grundarfjörður called Sögumiðstöðin or "The Heritage center" depicting the history of Grundarfjörður through the ages. "And the changes from hardship and poverty to new technology and modern ways in work, and housing" - as it says in their advertisement. It is very well made and you can get your own personal guide...

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Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla Hotels

  • Hotel Stykkisholmur

    Borgarbraut 8, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Hellnar

    The hotel is perfectly located at the foot of Snaefellnes Glacier and by the seashore. If you are...

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  • Hotel Breidafjordur

    Aðalgötu 8, Stykkishólmur, IS-340, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

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