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Snæfellsnes Peninsula/Iceland

Introducing Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Lush fjords, haunting volcanic peaks, dramatic sea cliffs, sweeping golden beaches and crooked crunchy lava flows make up the diverse and fascinating landscape of the 100km-long Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The area is crowned by the glistening ice cap Snæfellsjökull, immortalised in Jules Verne’s fantasy tale Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Good roads and regular buses mean that it’s an easy trip from Reykjavík and ideal for a short break, offering a cross-section of the best Iceland has to offer in a very compact region.

Stykkishólmur, on the populated northern coast, is the region’s largest town and a logical base for exploring the peninsula. From there, move west along the northern shoreline, passing several smaller townships before circling around the glacier (the heart of Snæfellsjökull National Park) and return along the quieter southern coast. The peninsula is best explored by private vehicle, though buses do pass through during summer; day trips from Reykjavík are a possibility for those who are short on time.