If we at BusTravel Iceland were to bring out a “Greatest hits of Iceland” album we would probably call it the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and it would be a blend of smooth jazz and upbeat dance hits.
This beautiful part of our island sits on the other side of the Faxaflói bay, to the North West of the city of Reykjavik and is a location that any diehard fan of Iceland should be adding to their list of things to see. Not only does this location have black sand beaches to rival the southern coast, a national park that could give Þingvellir a run for its money and of course it’s very own glacier but it also has a lot of charm that will be sure to win your heart.
It’s difficult not to recommend a trip around this part of Iceland to anyone visiting the country as, no matter what your tastes are as a traveller, it is almost guaranteed to have something you will enjoy and literary fans will recognise many locations from the Jules Verne novel “Journey to the centre of the earth” that was based here.
Alongside the film, it inspired in 2008 also called “Journey to the Center of the Earth” starring Brendan Fraser which actually used the real Snæfellsjökull volcano in the film.
Warm, water- and windproof clothing are always useful in Iceland.
All tickets are e-tickets so there is no need to print them out.
1. Borgarnes - Stop at Vegamót 20 minutes. A small breakfast stop is made at a hotel on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This stop is aimed to get a small breakfast if needed and to use the bathroom before heading to the first attraction of the tour.
2. Stykkishólmur - Stop at Vatnaleið viewpoint 15 minutes. Have a look at the magnificent Berserkjahraun lava field! The lava field is about 4000 years old and belongs to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll. The name derives from two swedish Berserks who according to old Icelandic Sagas are buried in this lava field.
3. Grundarfjörður - Stop at Grundarfjörður 50 minutes. Welcome to the beautiful village of Grundarfjörður! With only just about 850 inhabitants does this charming fishing town have a lot to offer. You can either have some traditional Icelandic food at Kaffi Emil or take a short walk to the harbor and breath in the salty sea air. On a clear day you should even be able to see southernmost part of the Westfjords from here.
4. Grundarfjörður - Stop at Kirkjufell Mountain 15 minutes. The iconic mountain! Kirkjufell got very famous through the TV show Game of Thrones where it was a popular filming spot. The mountain has an altitude of 463 meters was formed by glaciers during ice age.
5. Snæfellsbær - Stop at Djúpalónssandur 35 minutes. Walk through spectacular lava formations! Djúpalónssandur has a lot to offer. Stunning lava fields surround the whole area. Walking down to the shore gives you a outstanding impression on what lava can become. On the beach which comprises rounded stones are chunks of a ship wreck to discover and the raw atlantic ocean to feel.
6. Snæfellsbær - Stop at Hellnar 10 minutes. Have a look at the natural caves of Hellnar! This tiny former fishing village with its lovely church and impressive lava formations is a good photo opportunity.
7. Snæfellsbær - Stop at Arnarstapi 40 minutes. Another gorgeous mountain is ready to be explored! In this village do you have a wonderful view on Stapafell and can have a close look to the statue of Bárður Snæfellsás. In good sight are you able to see Reykjavík.
8. Borgarnes - Stop in Borgarnes 10 minutes. A small restroom stop is made at a gas station in Borgarnes. This stop is aimed to use the bathroom before heading back to Reykjavík.