Snaefellsjökull National Park & Glacier

Snaefellsjökull National Park & Glacier

Snaefellsjökull National Park & Glacier
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
As many other things in Iceland, this place is very special and very beautiful. This beautiful place is one of my favourite places in the whole country. Spectacular trails, make sure to allocate good chunk of time to explore the shoreline. Dramatic coastline, waves pounding on rocks and cliff faces, not too many tourists. It's such a beautiful and magical place. Great place for traveling and photography purpose. Stunning beauty. Mother nature at her best.
Written 28 March 2020
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Meredith H
Wilmington, NC26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was a long trip, but beautiful. If you wanted to only stop at Kirkjufell and go back, that’s worth the drive in itself. The Peninsula is beautiful but be very careful of the wind. We went on a strong day and couldn’t make it up to the top of the crater and the wind was blowing our car all over the toad. Very scary- so don’t be afraid to head back and definitely plan to leave peninsula by dark.
Written 19 February 2020
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Trav_LN_now
Crystal Lake, IL513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Snaefellsjokull National park is beautiful. We stopped at 3 separate beaches. The first was a black sand beach which still had wreckage from a British trawler the Epine which was wrecked in 1948. Further down the road, our 2nd beach had some beautiful cliffs at the waters edge. The last beach we stopped at had seals hanging out on the rocks. Its always great seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. The three beaches on the same road could not have been more different, but each was stunning in their own right.
Written 19 March 2020
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Glen E
Golden, Canada506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
If you only have one day to explore Iceland’s geological wonders, go here and tour the peninsula.

Towering basalt cliffs, multi-coloured mountain slopes, and various ocean attractions. Take your time and turn off the road frequently.

Visitor Centre about 20 km from Borgarnes is staffed by an enthusiastic and charming young woman who gave us a map with ten things not to miss. Great advice.

Go all the way to Styklissholmur(?).

Watch out for the cruise ship crowds in their tour buses (really, I was surprised to see a huge ship in a tiny village harbour).

Stop for coffee and goodies too.
Written 9 June 2024
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MeganMunro
Toronto, Canada1,352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
This area is gorgeous! From lava formed rocks to dramatic ocean views, this park is beautiful. We spend nearly 6 hours here and could have spent more. There is so much to see.
Make sure to stop into Arnarstapi for lunch.
Written 14 July 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
This national park is such a jewel! A lot of tourists skip this peninsula because it's off the ring road, but it is so worth it to spend the night here and see all of the beaches, rock formations, and the glacier. Even the drive around is beautiful. Highly recommend!
Written 11 July 2021
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Justin P
Raleigh, NC4,551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2012 • Couples
Snæfellsjökull National Park lies on the western most part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and covers about 170 square km. In addition to the park itself, there are also nature reserves managed by the park including Búðahraun lava field and the coast between Arnarstapi and Hellnar and the park visitor center is located in Hellnar. We visited this area on a Snæfellsnes Tour with Iceland Guided Tours. Since it was only a day trip, it ended up being a bit of a whirlwind tour, but we still saw many incredible sights. If you adventurous, it would not be hard to do a self-guided tour as most of the sights are right off the road. Our first stop was an overlook at Búðahraun lava field, where we could see Búðaklettur crater and Bjarnarfoss waterfall. Next we stopped at Arnarstapi and had lunch along the beautiful basalt cliffs watching the noisy kittiwakes on the cliffs. Djúpalónssandur beach is a beautiful black sand and pebble beach with amazing volcanic rocks rising from the beach. And two craters provided great views of the surrounding landscape - Hólahólar crater, which we could drive inside, and Saxhóll, which we could climb up to the rim. Snæfellsnes has been called a miniature Iceland, because of the many iconic natural features that can be found here - craters, waterfalls, glaciers, fumaroles, basalt cliffs, and more. It is also the setting of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. So if you have a chance to do one tour in Iceland, whether with a tour operator or solo, this is the one to do.
Written 31 December 2012
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Ted E
Port Charlotte, FL153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2014 • Solo
I am an American. I live in New Jersey, land of the Soprano's and the larger than life Governor Christie. That being said, my favorite!!! place in the world is Snaefellness.. Now you have to be a very special kind of traveler to get this review. Believe me, when I say I do not want every Tom, Dick and Harry to descend on this most magical of places. For decades, even centuries, the long drive out to this western most point of remote Iceland was enough to discourage vacationers of just about any country in the world. My parents freaked out back in 1989 midway and insisted I drive them back to Rekjajvik.
I am not a big vortex guy, though I have many close friends who sware by them. But, even I have to admit Snaefellsjokull and surrounding environs has a special magnetism. Hell, there is even a beautiful labyrinth in lava ( not on the Map) at the base of this volcano.. If this review sounds weird, it is deliberately so. Snaefellness is not a tourist attraction, it is a very special and sacred place to be protected and respected.
Written 6 July 2014
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BeeLittle
Downers Grove, IL1,587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
Snaefellsjokull Nat Park makes most of the Snaefellnes peninsula and we wish we had more than a day to drive and explore. There are so many hikes and drives and picturesque places. Our favorite was the hike between Hellar and Arnarstapi - a 5 stars hike and if you are here this is the best thing you can do! It's about 45 minutes to an hour one way, walk is not hard, little hilly, goes up and down with uneven surface (lava fields). Trail goes on an ocean cliff and through lava fields therefore you will find here all this entire area has to offer.
Written 20 October 2015
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Mystiqz
New York City, NY346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
You have to drive to every sight seeing location of this park. You basically drive to a spot, hike a little, take your photos and drive to the next part. There are 2 gas stations, one at the very bottom and the other at the very top of the park. Both are N1 stations. The volcanic lava cave (Vatnshellir) paid tour was worth it in my opinion, it costs 2.000 ISK. It’s very dark inside and for the guided tour, they provide helmet and LED flashlight. I actually brought my own Fenix HP25 headlamp and it was very useful for this. It was definitely bright enough for the caves and would highly recommend it. Our tour guide was very funny with jokes but most people did not laugh, probably cultural differences. We went to the popular 2 lava rock formations by the cliffs, the white and orange lighthouse, the volcanic crater (Saxhóll), and the singing caves (Sönghellir). Please be careful when going to Sönghellir, the road is not paved (Road 54) and is considered a mountain pass road. You get to the singing caves by making a right turn at the junction of Utnesvegur and Snaefellsnesvegur. They have a sign at this junction before you make the right (http://www.snaefellsjokull.com/_/rsrc/1336600236798/home/snaefellsjokull%20sign.jpg?height=225&width=400 ) We were lucky that we didn’t get stuck but we did drive up to a certain point and had to turn around because we felt it was unsafe to proceed further. You definitely need a land rover equivalent to go through this path. Google maps says you can drive through it but do not follow it if you are in a vehicle like the Subaru Legacy. It is very beautiful up there though but please be VERY careful. Other than that, you can see all the other attractions with ease.
Written 28 September 2013
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