Hellnar

  • The cliffs between the Hellnar and Arnarstapi villages are a Natural Reserve
  • It defies imagination that Hellnar on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula used to be one of the largest fishing villages south of the glacier.
  • But, mind you, the shoreline has been corroded during the ages and today Hellnar is a very charming destination for those who seek the thrill of being in the company of the elements.

When you are at Hellnar, it is difficult to imagine that this tiny hamlet on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula used to be one of the largest fishing villages south of the glacier. With only a few people living there permanently today, it doesn't look like an ideal location for a fishing station.  Currently, the tiny hamlet is more like a small tourist village.  The attraction is the rocky shore, cliffs and strong currents bashing the shoreline.  And by the coast, there doesn't seem to be much room to maneuver a rowboat, let alone a fishing vessel although a small dock still exists.

The shoreline and the magnificent lava formation

But, mind you, the shoreline has been corroded during the ages and today you can spend a long time by the rocky beach enjoying all the magnificent formations resulting from the battle between the ocean and the rocks.  And Hellnar is also a charming destination for those who seek the thrill of being in the company of the elements.  Possibly elves and trolls as Hellnar has a reputation of being a favorite place for such creatures.  Being so near the majestic glacier and the home of Bárður Snæfellsás who still protects the area around Snæfellsjökull glacier, while enjoying the ocean's mighty currents and observing the abundant birdlife is an excellent way to pass the day.

Hellnar shoreline is a wonerful place to view lava and rock formation

The many formations of rocks by the shore at Hellnar tiny hamlet

The walking track from Hellnar to Arnarstapi

The cliffs between the Hellnar and Arnarstapi villages are a Natural Reserve and the two and a half kilometer hiking trail over the lava field, along the cliffs and shoreline offers an exceptional experience.  At Hellnar, you will find an excellent café, practically on the tempestuous beach, and a lovely eco-friendly hotel.  The track is a great destination for photographers.