Arnarstapi a small village at Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • Arnarstapi on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of Iceland's favorite destinations.
    Arnarstapi on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of Iceland's favorite destinations.
  • Today, the Arnarstapi dock is and important harbor for small boats and also a popular destination for pleasure crafts and yachts.
    Today, the Arnarstapi dock is and important harbor for small boats and also a popular destination for pleasure crafts and yachts.

Arnarstapi on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of Iceland's favorite destinations. It is a mesa surrounded by exquisite nature, great history and has the best access to the Snæfellsjökull glacier. This tiny village wasn't always this small. During the fifteen and sixteen centuries, it was an important trading post and an important fishing village. Today, the Arnarstapi dock is and important harbor for small boats and also a popular destination for pleasure crafts and yachts.

A tiny village with an impressive history

The village is at the foot of Stapafell, a rather small but distinct mountain that already played a role in Iceland's history when the island was being settled. It was home to Bárður Snæfellsáss half brother Þorkell who emigrated to Iceland with his brother.  And, Bárður was a large man as can be seen by the life-size sculpture the artist Ragnar Kjartansson erected by the village shoreline befitting the local guardian spirit.

In the midst of a beautiful landscape

Part of Arnarstapi's beauty is the columnar basalt ravines and grottoes surrounding the harbor, as well as the lava formations along the coastline. Following quite accessible and easy hiking trails, you will find magnificent cliffs and caves, with fantastic birdlife. You can comfortably inspect the kittiwake, the Arctic tern, razorbills and the fulmar up close.

Here you can see and feel the force of the Atlantic ocean

During your hike, you will also experience the full force of the ocean as it clashes with the cliffs at three ravines along the way. It is a powerful and energizing experience, but, mind you, do not stand too close to the edge if you want to survive the impact.

Tours and things to do in the West Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the West Region. A Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour or a tour to some of the natural wonders and historically important places in Borgarfjörður.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tour from Reykjavík

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders.  At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes. 
3 persons minimum 

Viking Sushi

Have you ever tasted fresh scallops straight from the sea? If not then the "VikingSushi Adventure" is the right boat tour for you - seafood simply doesn´t come fresher than this! Operating from Stykkishólmur town on the northern side of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  In all the growing flora of tours and entertainment for visitors in Iceland, this spectacular tour has been around for more than thirty years and is among the most interesting things you can do in Iceland. It is a very original tour based on an idea only someone local can come up with.  A Bird & Nature Watching Tour for everyone all year around. It is a combination of sailing, viewing small islands and spectacular landscape, birdwatching and tasting seafood as fresh as it gets.