Stykkisholmur is a charming town of about 1,100 people located on the northern shore of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. A hub of service and commerce, Stykkisholmur has been a popular destination for settlers for centuries due to its natural harbour and its access to the abundant fishing grounds of Breiðafjörður.
Grundarfjörður is a picturesque town situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland. Nestled between a majestic mountain range and the sea, the town is framed by Mount Kirkjufell, which forms a small peninsula to its west. With two stunning waterfalls - Kirkjufellsfoss and Grundarfoss – nearby.
Kirkjufell or 'Church Mountain' is a stunningly shaped peak With its dramatic formation and stunning coastal setting, Kirkjufell has become known as "the most photographed mountain in Iceland".
Ólafsvik, located on the west side of the picturesque Snaefellsnes peninsula, is a charming fishing town of just over a thousand people. With its thriving fishing industry and excellent natural harbour.
Djúpalónssandur or Deeplagoonsand is a truly remarkable black sand beach located in Snaefellsnes. With its majestic rock formations, this beach is one of the most stunning places to explore in the west of Iceland. From the captivating black sands and colossal rock formations, to volcanic landscapes and the remains of the Epine GY7. This Black Lava Pearl Beach is filled with black pebbles that are swept in by the ocean waves.
Hellissandur is an ancient village, dating back to the 16th Century. A centre of fishing and trade in the past, it is now a popular tourist destination. Hellissandur is located directly beside the Snæfellsjökull National Park and is thus within view of the famous volcano and glacier, Snæfellsjökull itself.
Arnarstapi is a picturesque village located on the southern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Records indicate that settlements have existed here since the time of the Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss, an ancient Icelandic Saga that tells of a half-human, half-ogre who was believed to be the area's guardian spirit. The region was especially popular with settlers due to its natural harbour, which made fishing the rich herring grounds of the surrounding waters easy. The beach at Arnarstapi is particularly beautiful and captivating; it features an eroded circular stone arch called Gatklettur. Here, the interaction between the powerful waves and the sun's light create a truly enchanting spectacle.
Vatnshellir Cave is an 8,000-year-old lava tube located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sites for caving tours. Formed during an eruption, this incredible natural formation is a testament to the power of volcanism. When molten rock was expelled from the volcano, the outer layers cooled and hardened while the lava beneath flowed away, leaving behind a hollow tube. Exploring Vatnshellir will give you a unique insight into the immense power of nature. The minerals of this lava can still be seen in Vatnshellir today. The rocks are vividly coloured, with reds representing deposits of iron, yellows representing sulphur, and greens representing copper.
Vatnshellir is 200 metres (656 feet) long, with a deepest point of 35 metres (114 feet).
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