Snaefellsnes Peninsula

This peninsula is often called "Iceland en miniature" since it contains so many different landscapes you encounter all around Iceland. At its end you find Snæfellsjökull glacier. On good days it is visible from Reykjavik even though it is about 120 kilometres away. This is not surprising as it is almost 1,5 kilometres high. This is the point Jules Verne picked for his protagonists to descend on their "Journey to the Center of the Earth". This is however something we recommend you do not try yourself. The 2008 movie with the same title was also filmed on location with Brendan Fraser and Icelandic actress Anita Briem.

You can find more on the volcanic activity on Snæfellsnes peninsula in our blog.

Another famous point is mount Kirkjufell ( eng: Church mountain) which is called this due to its form.

Already the Vikings used it as a setting for some of their sagas. For example the Laxdæla saga is set here for large parts.

The main towns and villages are Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Rif, Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður, Stykkishólmur and Búðardalur. From Stykkishólmur you can take the ferry Baldur which connects the peninsula with the west fjords of Iceland. The town is the social center for the peninsula with most services located here. The peninsula is also well visible in the movie "The secret Life of Walter Mitty" with Ben Stiller. With large parts taking place in the town of Stykkishólmur on the north side of the peninsula.


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