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.
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