Feel the energy of this magical glacier
Snæfellsjökull National Park encompasses a large area of Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s western tip. This is Iceland’s oldest national park, named for the area’s most prominent attraction— the 1446 metre tall Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano and its dazzling glacier, which can sometimes be seen 150 km away in Reykjavík.
This magical mountain was the setting for Jules Verne’s epic 1864 novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth and among New Age believers it is considered one the planet’s major energy centres.
Snæfellsjökull is also popular in the paranormal community; on 5th November 1993 hundreds of international UFO enthusiasts gathered here in hopes of greeting alien visitors... they left disappointed.
Although there is plenty of folklore surrounding Snæfellsjökull, its volcanic history has thankfully been a bit less active—it last erupted around 250 AD.
The National Park includes many other stunning landforms surrounding the volcano, such as the Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, the Saxhóll volcanic crater, the two massive lava formations at Lóndrangar, Sönghellir (singing cave), Rauðfeldargjá, the “hidden waterfall” and numerous unusual rock formations and lava fields.
A drive around this park is like visiting a land before time, with its unique geological features and diverse bird species that far outnumber any humans in the area. The National Park Visitor Centre in Hellnar is a good place to stop for detailed maps or information about hiking or other activities here.View West Iceland