Saxhóll

  • Saxhóll crater is only about 100 meters high

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 the larger Eldborg crater.  Saxhóll is actually two craters where the lower one is more popular and easier to visit and climb.

Saxhóll the view and the crater

Saxhóll crater is only about 100 meters high, and recently a convenient walking path and steps have been set up making it quite easy to climb.  The crater is probably one of the most accessible places in Iceland to see a crater that once spewed a thousand degrees of magma from the ground delivering the massive surrounding lava.  As the craters also stand higher than the vicinity, it is also a good place to view the tip of the Peninsula with the Atlantic ocean to the west and north and the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier on the east side.

For centuries an isolated part of Iceland

Although the region around Saxhóll, particularly by the shore, had farms and fishing stations throughout the centuries the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula was always a very remote and isolated place.  Communications were difficult, and few people had reasons to visit the place.  Only a few centuries ago there was a church near Saxhóll as there were quite some people that lived there despite the isolation.  But a few years ago the road was fixed, and today there is an asphalt road around the Snæfellsnesjökull glacier area, and it is far from being isolated.  In fact, it has become one of the most popular scenic drives in Iceland. To access Saxhóll, you simply stay on the main road around the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula called Útnesvegur in Icelandic, Nr. 574 and on the western most part you will find Saxhóll as it is only a few meters from the road.

 

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.