Explore the Snaefellsnes
A key attraction of the area is Snæfellsjökull National Park, which extends for around 170 square kilometres. Central to this is the mighty glacier which gives the park and the peninsula their names: broken into its parts, ‘Snæ-fells-jökull’ is the ‘Snow-mountain-glacier’. An active volcano, it reaches 1,446 metres in height and is a truly awe-inspiring natural feature to see. Its iconic structure has inspired many, most notably the French novelist Jules Verne, who used it in his ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ as the gateway to the realms below ground.
The town of Stykkishólmur is a lively urban centre in this part of Iceland. It was also one of the country’s first settlements and now boasts a harbour region filled with vibrant buildings. The surrounding cliffs are well-established nesting sites for a spread of seabird species, including puffins and guillemots – best appreciated on boat trips, which can give you a closer look.