West Region

  •   Icelanders have always had a dislike for the beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord. Until 1998, when traveling away from Reykjavík to enjoy the western or northern part of the country, they had to endure a 62 km detour around the fjord on Highway 1. It was an irritating detour. Few were inclined to admire the splendid nature surrounding them, while driving along a gravel road. There was simply too much dust. For those traveling to Reykjavík, the detour was wasted time. Then, in 1998 the tunnel...
  •   Ingjaldshóll is an old farm and a church that you should visit if you are traveling the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. The farm and its history can be traced back to the 10th century. It has always been an important place in the surrounding region throughout the centuries. Currently and for the last fifty to sixty decades it has been deserted as a farm because the quality of the soil declined due to wind erosion. But still, it can uphold its importance and role in the nearby region as it...
  •   Kirkjufell is a spectacular mountain near the town Grundarfjörður at Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  In recent years it has become one of the most recognized landmarks and one of the most photographed places in Iceland. Kirkjufell has always been considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the country, but with growing tourism, social media, and many competent photographers it has been enhanced to a new level. Photos of the mountain with the Kirkjfellsfoss waterfalls in the foreground and often...
  •   The two large pillars towering over their surroundings at the shore near Hellnar in Snæfellsnes are Lóndrangar. The two towers are believed to be ancient volcanic plugs that have endured the forces of nature for tens of thousands of years. They have sustained the wind, the forces of the ocean and even eruptions that have pushed more lava around them some thousands of years ago.  The higher one is 75 meters high, and the shorter is 61 meters high. A place that has always captivated...
  •   If there is one place horse-riders love in Iceland, it is Löngufjörur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  Contrary to other beaches in Iceland it is white – with a brownish hue and stretches for miles and miles. Some horse-riders say riding along Löngufjörur feels like riding through eternity. The sands are resistant, though soft on the hoof and seem to go on forever. During your ride, you'll have the pristine Snæfellsjökull in front of you the whole time and the beautiful Ljósufjöll (Light...
  •   For centuries and even up until the eighties and the nineties most places on the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula were isolated.  This was because the road was tough and the part from Ólafsvík village to Rif / Hellissandur villages was often considered dangerous until it was permanently changed, and moved lower to the shore, in the eighties. Although this might seem a bit strange today at Malarrif where you have an information center for the Snæfellsnes National Park, the farm...
  •   Öndverðarnes is the name of the outermost point of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The place is a small land or a stripe by the shore that made it possible for centuries to serve as a fishing station.  Unlike most of the nearby area that is covered with lava and craters from eruptions thousands of years ago.  Öndverðarnes is therefore surrounded by large lava fields on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other side.  It is a fascinating place although not necessarily one of the most beautiful...
  •   Rauðfeldsgjá is a deep, high and narrow ravine in the cliffs south of the glacier Snæfellsjökull with a dramatic story and family tragedy attached to its name. The location is near the tiny hamlet of Arnarstapi. Seen from the road, it looks like a small crack in the berg that slid just a bit, enough for people to enter and observe. There is a parking lot by the road and a five to ten minutes walk to the entrance of the ravine.  Rauðfeldsgjá is part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula road trip. A...
  •   Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers many interesting and fascinating places to stop by, view and experience.  When you enter the Peninsula driving from Borgarnes town one of the first places that we recommend is Eldborg crater.  The hike back and forth from the parking lot to the top of Eldborg is not necessarily a short hike and takes about two to two and a half hours.  But for those who prefer a shorter walk to see a crater, Saxhóll is a good option although the crater is nowhere as impressive as...
  •   Skarðsvík is a small and rather exceptional beach in the landscape in Iceland.  Surrounded by harsh and bare black lava, the soft orange-yellow beach conveys a convenient contrast to the surrounding landscape.  Due to the depth and the bright and clean ocean by the beach the color is a bit light blue and turquoise only enhancing the whole experience of visiting the beach.  Because of its location in front of the mighty Atlantic Ocean, it is recommended to visit the place at low tide.  The...

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