We drive away from Reykjavik and head through the tunnel below Hvalfjordur continuing through the lovely town of Borgarnes. We will travel through Myrar, the place where the famous Viking and poet, Egill Skallagrimsson was raised before we reach Hnappadalur. We could stop to see Gerduberg, where an impressive wall of beautiful basalt columns forms geometric patterns in the cliffs. Stykkisholmur, a cozy little fishing town that was once a center for services, transportation, and trade, is an ideal place to visit next. Many of the period houses in this town have recently been renovated, giving the whole town a really charming look.
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum is a popular place to visit next. Visitors are able to sample or buy shark and/or “hardfiskur”, the Icelandic dried fish which is very popular. Grundarfjordur, a village with nice views towards Kirkjufell, one of Iceland’s most iconic mountains is a good place to stop next. There are also two picturesque waterfalls, Grundarfoss and Kirkjufellsarfoss, which we could enjoy visiting nearby.
If you wish to visit the little fishing villages of Olafsvik, Rifand Hellisandur you could do so before we go to the most western part of Snaefellsnes, Ondverdarnes. Here we are very close to the famous glacier of Snaefellsjokull, immortalized in Jules Verne's fantasy tale Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The glacier of Snaefellsjokull is a stratovolcano that has been the source of some explosive lava eruptions in the past; its most recent eruption took place around 1750 years ago. If you wish we could walk very close to the glacier giving you the chance to admire many interesting craters and areas of lava.
The black sand beaches of Djupalonssandur and Dritvik are good places to explore next. Here the debris from two shipwrecks from some decades ago is still spread along the beach. These beaches are stunning and extremely interesting places to view with unusual cliff formations and black pebbles.
The sea stacks Londrangar are to be found by Malarrif. They are a lava neck, formed when magma on its way up through a vent on an active volcano hardened inside the vent. The tallest of the two is 75 m high. The cliffs by Malarrif are an awe-inspiring sight.
Journeying a little further along the coast we could visit the fishing villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi, maybe enjoying a hike to explore the cliffs of this extraordinary shoreline with its plentiful birdlife. You could also visit Raudfeldsgja, an interesting-looking ravine nearby; it is possible to walk into this crack in the mountain wall which cleaves all the way down to the root of the mountain. The beach of Budasandur with its light, golden sand is nearby and from here there are fabulous views over Snaefellsjokull and the national park area. We could enjoy exploring this area and also stop at a mineral spring to take a drink of the natural, fresh, clean water before we head back to Reykjavik.
Some of the recreational activities you could request are horseback riding, a visit to a maritime museum, a hike through beautiful scenery to enjoy bathing in a geothermal natural warm pool, or a snowmobile tour. If you wish, it is also easy to include some extra hiking in this tour, perhaps exploring some of the many beautiful mountains located on the peninsula such as Helgafell, Kirkjufell, Stapafell, and Drapuhlidarfjall.A) Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour