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Jórunn, a Reykjavik local and talented photographer, was our helpful tour guide for the day! She led us to all of the most beautiful places along the peninsula. She was absolutely invaluable as we were planning our trip to Iceland, offering endless tips and advice. We found Jórunn through a blog she writes on a helpful planning site, Guide to Iceland. In addition to the helpful advice she provided as we were in the planning stages of our trip, she offered to join us on some of our adventures, at a very reasonable day rate! She took us to places we would have never been able to find on our own and also taught me some new photography tips along the way! If you’re looking to see much of Iceland on your own, as opposed to going with a large bus company, consider hiring a private guide like Jórunn. This day would have also not been possible without our dependable rental vehicle from Geysir Rental.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula can be done in a day trip from Reykjavik, but prepare yourself for a long day! Get a good night’s sleep, charge your camera batteries, and get ready to see some of Iceland’s most beautiful landscapes!
Icelandic horses can be found all over the country. They are the friendliest of creatures and will usually approach anyone who stops to take a photo.
The drive from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula takes about 2 hours, but the scenery is so stunning, we guarantee you will want to stop for some photos along the way!
Our first stop on the peninsula was the tiny village of Búðir.
The tiny black church in Búðir is one of the village’s main structures along the windswept sandy and lava rock beaches.
We were grateful to have our own vehicle (through Geysir Rental) while exploring the peninsula, allowing us to stay in any given place as long as we wanted!
Our next stop was the fishing village of Arnarstapi.
The natural arch formation- Gatklettur
You can always find fresh fish in Iceland!
A statue of Bárður Snæfellsás stands by the beach at Arnarstapi.
Our rental in front of Mt. Arnarstapi.
Spectacular rock formations at Hellnar beach.
We then came across an old abandoned house- Dagverðará.
Snæfellsjökull (glacier) can be seen throughout much of the drive on the peninsula.
This glacier/mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.
After leaving the abandoned house, we drove closer to the seaside cliffs, just to see the view!
Next, we drove to Lóndrangar- a pair of sharp, volcanic plugs protruding near the ocean.
When we got to the lighthouse at Malariff, we came across a sturdy, homemade zip-line.
What a fun, impromptu adventure!
The off-shore wind was intense, creating some monster waves!
Djúpalónssandur was the final beach we visited on our day along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
As the sun was setting, we made Mt. Kirkjufell our final stop for the day before making the 2 hour drive back to Reykjavik.
Check out a quick video of our drive along the peninsula below!
For a (printable) quick-reference destination guide to what we did during our entire stay in south Iceland (where we stayed, where and what we ate, activities, money saving tips, etc.), click here.