6 Places to visit on Snaefellsnes Peninsula (West-Iceland) 6 Places to visit on Snaefellsnes Peninsula (West-Iceland)

6 Places to visit on Snaefellsnes Peninsula (West-Iceland)

Snaefellsnes is a peninsula in West-Iceland. It owns waterfalls, lava fields, volcanoes, natural hot springs, Icelandic horses, massive cliffs, and small fishing villages. The peninsula contains almost everything Iceland is known for and that’s why it’s also called ‘Iceland in Miniature’. Snaefellsnes is only a 2-hour drive from Reykjavik and can be explored in a day. We recommend you to spend one to two days in this area.

1. Natural Hot Spring Landbrotalaug

Have a bath in a 40-degrees natural hot spring after a day of driving in Snaefellsnes, Iceland. There are two hot springs located in the area. The biggest one is near the pump and a 4-person hole just across the river.

Good to know is that there aren’t any changing rooms or toilets out here. Follow Google Maps to the hot spring that leads you over a bumpy gravel road.

snaefellsnes west iceland Natural hot spring

2. Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes

The Kirkjufell mountain is the icon of Snaefellsnes. This is one of the top photographed spots in Iceland. The waterfall shot is perfect with mount Kirkjufell in the backdrop. There is a parking place just on the side of the road so it’s easy to visit. Kirkjufellsfoss belongs to the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

waterfalls iceland Kirkjufellsfoss

3. Picturesque churches

Two of the most picturesque churches in Iceland is located on this peninsula. The first one, Ingjaldshólskirkja is a hidden gem. The second, Búdakirkja is a black church and well known for wedding shoots.

4. The cliffs at Arnarstapi (Snaefellsnes)

Arnarstapi is a cute little village with huge cliffs where waves hit. There is a small walking route that automatically leads you to the highlights.

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6 Places to visit on Snaefellsnes Peninsula (West-Iceland)

Snaefellsnes owns one of the best campsites in Icelandd called Olafsvik Campsite. Highly recommended to spend the night here.

snaefellsnes west iceland Arnarstapi

5. Driving through the lava fields

As far as we known, Snaefellsnes has the only lava fields with a road in between. Take a little detour on one of the gravel roads and drive through the weird fields of lava. This was near Berserkjahraun on Google Maps.
If you have the time, visit Hellissandur. It’s a tiny village that owns a street art section.

snaefellsnes west iceland lava fields

6. Volcanic crater Eldborg

Near the natural hot springs is the old volcano Eldborg which was active thousands of years ago. The hike to the crater is about 40-minutes.

27/10/2023 https://www.saltinourhair.com/iceland/snaefellsnes-west-iceland/
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  • Maggie

    Am I crazy or did the title of this article promise us 7 place but the article itself only mentioned 6?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Maggie, haha you’re completely right. We had to remove one of the paragraphs because it was closed but forgot to edit the title. Editing it now.. Thank you!

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