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The Snæfellsnes peninsula is an area that is incredibly rich in its natural sights, its culture as well as its history.
The peninsula is often known as “Iceland in miniature” and this is due to the fact that a majority of the highlights that people come to Iceland for in general can all be found here in this peninsula. It has a glacier, a number of mountains, lava caves, fishing villages, a national park and black sand beaches all of which rival the beauty of similar area in other parts of Iceland.
It’s difficult not to recommend a trip around this part of Iceland to anyone visiting the country as, no matter what your tastes are as a traveler, it is almost guaranteed to have something you will enjoy.
Kirkjufell, also known as the church mountain, is a 463 meter tall mountain that stands on the northern edge of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Besides being perhaps one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland this location has another claim to fame as being the “Arrowhead mountain” featured in the television series ‘Game of thrones’
The Kirkjufellsfoss is a little waterfall right next to this impressive mountain Mt. Kirkjufell. It is not the biggest one with it´s only 16 meters fall but a very pictures one due to the mountain view in the background.
This black sand beach sits towards the base of the Snæfellsjökull mountain. It was once home to a large number of fishing boats but these have since been cleared away leaving behind a gorgeous setting for some rest and relaxation. The area maintains in connection to the fishing industry and namely the fishermen via the four lifting stones that sit on the beach. A man would have to prove his worth by lifting these stones over a distance and up onto a hip height ledge.
Arnarstapi, often shortened to simply Stapi, is a small fishing village that sits at the base of the Stapafell mountain in the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The place names of the villages in this region originate from the Icelandic sagas which are some of the oldest examples of literature to have com out of Europe. In particular the place names here draw from the saga of Bárðar who was a half man, half ogre said to have lived in this area.
The village has seen new life breathed into it and its fishing facilities thanks to the increase of tourism in the area and during the summer months you can see a large number of boats sitting in its newly renovated docks.
Ytri Tunga beach is one of the few "golden beaches" we have in Iceland! Not only that makes it special but also that sometimes, with a little bit of luck, you can see seals relaxing here on the lava rocks.
Snæfellsjökull, or the snowfall glacier, is actually a glacier capped stratovolcano that is believed to be as old as 700,000 years. It sits on the western edge of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and thanks to its size it can be seen from as far away as Reykjavik if the conditions are clear.
The glacier volcano became popular after novelist Jules Verne used the central location for his popular work “Journey to the center of the earth”.
The mountain is also a part of the nearby Snæfellsjökull National Park and is celebrated for its immense natural beauty.
Join us for a awe inspiring trip to the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
The day will begin with pick up from whichever pre-approved location you have selected. Once everyone is on board we will head out on tour.
We will journey over to Kirkjufell, this is perhaps one of the most popular mountains in Iceland and has been photographed by a large variety of people. This incredible land form was made legendary in Game of Thrones, this free-standing mountain is a photo opportunity like no other.
This entire peninsula is a hot spot for fossils of birds and fish which are made easier to look for by the stunning beaches. We will take you to Djúpalónssandur beach to show you exactly what we mean. Once home to around sixty fishing boats these black sand beaches are some of the most beautiful in Iceland. The area is now uninhabited however giving it a luxury private beach kind of feel.
One of the more interesting features of this area is the four “Lifting stones” that are on the beach and were once used by fishermen to test their strength. The minimum a man would have to lift was a 54 kg stone to hip height.
Arnarstapi is up next, also known simply as Stapi, is a fishing village on the southern edge of the peninsula, place names for these two aforementioned villages originate from one of the old Icelandic sagas that told the tales of a half man, half ogre called Bárður. This whole area is a living museum for the literary history of Iceland as well as its deep rooted connections to the fishing industry. Arnarstapi in particular had an ideal location to allow it to grow into a large shipping port and it in fact serviced much of the needs of the entire west of the island. The harbors here are still very well maintained and have become a popular tourist destination.
This town is also the last stop the protagonists of Jules Verne's “Journey to the center of the earth” make before they summit Snæfellsjökull and journey into the planet's core.
The duration of the tour is 11 hours.
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