Top Choice National Park in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Snæfellsjökull National Park encompasses much of the western tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and wraps around the rugged slopes of the glacier Snæfellsjökull, the icy fist at the end of the long Snæfellsnes arm. Aroun…
Top Choice Beach in Snæfellsjökull National Park

Djúpalón Beach

On the southwest coast, Rte 572 leads off Rte 574 to wild black-sand beach Djúpalónssandur. It’s a dramatic place to walk, with rock formations (an elf church, and a kerling – a troll woman), two brackish pools (for…
Top Choice Glacier in Snæfellsjökull National Park


It’s easy to see why Jules Verne selected Snæfell for his adventure Journey to the Centre of the Earth: the peak was torn apart when the volcano beneath it exploded and then collapsed back into its own magma chamber…
Top Choice Mountain in Grundarfjörður


Kirkjufell (463m), guardian of Grundarfjörður’s northwestern vista, is said to be one of the most photographed spots in Iceland. You'll see Ben Stiller skateboarding past in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). A…
Top Choice Museum in Stykkishólmur

Norska Húsið

Stykkishólmur’s quaint maritime charm comes from the cluster of wooden warehouses, shops and homes orbiting the town’s harbour. Most date back about 150 years. One of the most interesting (and oldest) is the Norska …
Top Choice Island in Stykkishólmur


The basalt island Súgandisey features a scenic lighthouse and grand views across Breiðafjörður. Reach it via the stone causeway from Stykkishólmur harbour.
Museum in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum

The farmstead at Bjarnarhöfn is the region’s leading producer of hákarl (fermented shark meat), a traditional Icelandic dish. The museum has exhibits on the history of this culinary curiosity, along with the family'…
Mountain in Stykkishólmur


About 5km south of Stykkishólmur, the holy mountain Helgafell (73m) was once venerated by worshippers of the god Þór. Although quite small, the mountain was so sacred in Saga times that elderly Icelanders would seek…
Lighthouse in Snæfellsjökull National Park


About 2km south of Djúpalónssandur, a paved road leads down to the rocket-shaped lighthouse at Malarrif, from where you can walk 1km east along the cliffs to the rock pillars at Lóndrangar (an eroded crater), which …
Canyon in Southern Snæfellsnes


Just north of Arnarstapi and Stapafell, on Rte 574, a small track branches off to the stunning Rauðfeldsgjá, a steep, narrow cleft that mysteriously disappears into the cliff wall. Birds wheel overhead, a stream run…