Skarðsvík Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • Skarðsvík is a small and rather exceptional beach in the landscape in Iceland.


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 waves can be quite aggressive and even dangerous when high tide and strong winds play together and anger the Ocean.  A spectacular sight also but a game you would prefer to view from a distance.

Part of the beauty and scenic drive around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

From the main road around the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula called Útnesvegur in Icelandic, Nr. 574, the distance to Skarðsvík is short when you take a turn west of Öndverðarnesvegur Nr. 579.  The road to Skarðsvík has asphalt although further driving in 579 is a narrow gravel road.  So the drive to Skarðsvík is quite simple and easy for any vehicle.  It is a place where you can see the kind of artwork Mother Nature puts to display giving you one of those places that are immensely relaxing.  Particularly when the weather is calm, sunny and the tide is low.  So if you are driving the Snæfellsnes Peninsula Drive, you should take the short drive to Skarðsvík.

Other interesting places on Road Nr. 579

If you choose to continue on the gravel road, it will take you to other interesting places here at the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  The lighthouse at Svörtuloft and the Saxhóll cliffs in addition to Faxi well to name a few.  Near Skarðsvík you will find also find interesting tracks leading through the lava if you have more time to spend at the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  

Read this important article written by a local expert before you choose a car.

Below is the location of Skarðsvík Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the map of Iceland