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Top Choice Icelandic in Stykkishólmur


This charming restaurant is the Snæfellsnes’ darling fine-dining destination. Book a table on the second floor for the romantic lighting of antique lamps and harbour views. Ask your waiter about the portraits on the…
Top Choice Cafe in Rif

Gamla Rif

Gamla Rif is run by two fishermen’s wives who have perfected a variety of traditional snacks. They dispense local travel tips with a smile, and serve tasty coffee and cakes. The show-stopper is their fish soup (from…
Top Choice Seafood in Hellnar


It’s well worth following the stone path down to the ocean’s edge for the renowned fish soup at beautifully situated, quaint Fjöruhúsið. Located by the bird cliffs at the trailhead of the scenic Hellnar–Arnarstapi p…
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.
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 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 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 Seafood in Grundarfjörður

Bjargarsteinn Mathús

This new restaurant on the point in Grundarfjörður is operated by seasoned restaurateurs who have created a lively menu of Icelandic dishes, with an emphasis on seafood and everything fresh. Desserts are delicious, …
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 Beach in Snæfellsjökull National Park

Djúpalón Beach

On the southwest coast, Rte 572 leads off Rte 574 to the 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 …