Introduction

Linked to Hellnar by both the main road and a wonderful coastal hike, this hamlet of summer cottages is nestled between the churning Arctic waters and the gnarled pillars of two neighbouring lava fields. A monument pays tribute to Jules Verne and a comical signpost measures distances to major cities via the earth's core. A second, enormous troll-like monument stands as a tribute to Bárður, the region’s guardian spirit, and the leading character in a local saga.

Tours to ascend the Snæfellsjökull glacial crown usually start from near Arnarstapi.