Without a doubt, the focal point of this area is Snæfellsjökull, the storied glacier believed by many to be one of Earth’s seven major energy centres. It was also the backdrop to Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth.”
We drive along the craggy peninsula and enjoy the charming hamlets of Búðir, Hellnar and Arnarstapi. Next is a visit to Djúpalónssandur, a pebble-filled beach with four “lifting stones” that were used in the olden days to test the strength of men seeking work on fishing boats. Do you have what it takes to lift the stones? From there it is possible to hike to the Dritvík Cove.
Our next stop is the Vatnshellir cave, 35 meters below the surface. The 8000-year-old cave provides a unique opportunity to view amazing colours and lava formations created by ancient eruptions.
We continue along the rugged coastline of the peninsula and encounter various small fishing villages like Hellissandur, Ólafsvík and Grundarfjordur with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain. From Grundarfjöður we head to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste Iceland’s traditional fermented shark... if you’re brave enough.
Spend the night in Snæfellsnes area.
Driving distance approx. 230 km / 143 mi.