Vatnsnes

  • Vatnsnes peninsula is home to a variety of wild arctic animals.
  • The Vatnsnes Peninsula is a bit underestimated by the Icelanders, claiming it doesn't hold any natural wonders.

The Vatnsnes Peninsula is a bit underestimated by the Icelanders, claiming it doesn't hold any natural wonders. Indeed, if you are only looking for geological wonders, you might not find many on Vatnsnes. But, it most certainly has natural wonders of a different kind as it is home to a variety of wild arctic animals.

On the Vatnsnes Peninsula, you will find the largest and most accessible seal sanctuary in Iceland, and observe the common seal at a very close range. It is a joy as the seals are tame and unafraid. They are also curious about humans and will observe your behavior in equal measures.  You can observe the seals at various places on the Peninsula, but their breeding ground is at Ósar. There you can watch the adults raising their youngsters.

By Ósar, you will also find the striking Hvítserkur, a 15 m high rock formation, just offshore. The tremendous forces of the Arctic Ocean and gales have sculpted the magnificent rock across the centuries, leaving it looking like a fossilized sea monster. Nearby is Borgarvirki, a natural fortress located on top of a 177 m high hill. After enjoying Vatnsnes, your next stop should be Kolugljúfur in Víðidalur – if you haven't already been there.

Below is the location of Vatnsnes Peninsula on the map of Iceland