Snaefellsnes peninsula is a hidden gem in western Iceland which is highly known for its dramatic landscapes comprising epic volcano peaks, golden beaches, lava fields, and much more. You may not have heard about this place a lot but it certainly is a destination that deserves to be on your radar whenever visiting Iceland. It is a few hours’ drive from Reykjavik which allows you to gain one of a kind experience. However, the experience that you collect here also depends on the time of the year you are visiting this place as the peninsula is very dynamic and the setting here keeps changing from time to time.
Traveling to the Snaefellsnes peninsula is an offbeat experience where you can immerse yourself in Icelandic scenery and culture. And it’s not every day that you get to visit such extraordinary places, which is why when given the chance it’s essential that you make the most of your time. Therefore, to help you out with your trip to the Snaefellsnes peninsula, we have jotted down a list of all the wonderful things you can do here.
Taste the water at Olkelda mineral spring
If truth be told, Germans cannot do without sparkling mineral water; they are a huge fan of its taste. And surprisingly, Olkelda farm, located off route 54 is known to house a natural mineral spring. To all the people who always wanted to sample sparkling mineral water, here is your chance to try it in the peninsula. The spring is known to produce water that comes with various health benefits and is also known to be rich in iron which you can easily detect from its taste. Despite high iron concentration, the water is considered safe to consume. You can make a quick stop here to fill up your water bottle before you move ahead to a new adventure.
Spot seals at Ytri Tunga beach
Not many people reside in Snaefellsnes, it is home to more animals than humans, which means that you will have plenty of opportunities to spot some animals roaming around here and there. One of the best places to explore in Snaefellsnes is Ytri Tunga beach which is known to be the most reliable place in Iceland to spot seals. The seals of both kinds, common and grey ones can be spotted on the beach all year round but the best time to spot them is during July and August.
Visit the famous Búðakirkja Church
The black Búðakirkja is the most famous church in Iceland. It is situated in the middle of nowhere which is surrounded by lava field, potted with black rock formations. The most fascinating thing about this place is the impressive surroundings that make for such a picturesque view. This church is a place that is too good to be missed when in Snaefellsnes.
Explore the Arnarstapi village
Although this place sees very less human population, it still managed to be a key hotspot due to the presence of quaint buildings, impressive natural sceneries, and the wonderful vibe of this place. No matter if you are nature enthusiast or an adventure junkie, this place leaves no chance to leave you completely surprised and awestruck. Most of the landscapes here are a result of volcanic lava from Snæfellsjökull. Besides that you can also enjoy a hike here that is one of the must things to do to truly enjoy the stunning views of this place. Also, don’t forget to see the Gatklettur cliff which is one of the highlights of this village. The cliff/rock is known to have a huge hole right in the middle of it.
Take astonishing pictures at Kirkjufell Mountain
Kirkjufell Mountain has to be one of the most scenic places you will ever come across on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. This beautifully cone-shaped mountain is situated outside of Snæfellsjökull National Park (fun fact: it’s also one of the places where the game of thrones was shot). The cascading waterfalls, lush greenery, and the beautiful mountain in the back creating a contrast with the pretty sky just make for a spectacular picture. If you visit this place at the right time, the chances are you may also spot the northern lights.