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Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula once inspired Jules Verne to write his famous science fiction novel. May your visit be that fruitful too!


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Icelandic landscapes are stunning wherever you go, yet Snæfellsnes Peninsula deserves to be singled out. You can't feel indifferent about its scenic beauty that embraces vast lava fields, soft moss, white and black sand beaches, bird nests scattered all over cliffs, trout lakes, salmon rivers, caves, waterfalls, mountains, and volcanoes.

Lava Field on Snæfellsnes Peninsula 2020
Lava Field on Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Near Arnarstapi 2020
Near Arnarstapi
Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland - Best Season 2020

In fact, Snæfellsnes is home to Snæfellsjökull volcano that appeared in the "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a subterranean fiction novel by Jules Verne. It's also the biggest mountain on the peninsula.

Snæfellsjökull 2020

When you head out to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, make sure to check out its most famous locations. First of all, it's Snæfellsjökull National Park; small fishing villages at Hellnar, particularly the charming Arnarstapi; and 8,000-year-old Vatnshellir cave—this 200-meter-long lava path is set at 35 meters below the surface.

Vatnshellir Cave, Snaefellsnes, Iceland 2020
Vatnshellir Cave, Snaefellsnes, Iceland
Vatnshellir lava tube, Snæfellsjökull National Park, West Iceland 2020
Vatnshellir lava tube, Snæfellsjökull National Park, West Iceland
Cavetour in Vatnshellir 2020
Cavetour in Vatnshellir

Although the area may be visited all year round, the best season is considered from mid-May to late September, as the roads leading to the peninsula are the most drivable during that season, and fresh green Icelandic moss also enlivens the sceneries.

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