— Exploring Iceland- The Snæfellsnes Peninsula —

Snaefellsness MapImage Credit: www.icelandreview.com

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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 Snæfellsnes 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Our first stop on the peninsula was the tiny village of Búðir.

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The tiny black church in Búðir is one of the village’s main structures along the windswept sandy and lava rock beaches.

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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!

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Our next stop was the fishing village of Arnarstapi.

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The natural arch formation- Gatklettur

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You can always find fresh fish in Iceland!

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A statue of Bárður Snæfellsás stands by the beach at Arnarstapi.

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Our rental in front of Mt. Arnarstapi.

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Spectacular rock formations at Hellnar beach.

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We then came across an old abandoned house- Dagverðará.

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Snæfellsjökull (glacier) can be seen throughout much of the drive on the peninsula.

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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.

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After leaving the abandoned house, we drove closer to the seaside cliffs, just to see the view!

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Next, we drove to Lóndrangar- a pair of sharp, volcanic plugs protruding near the ocean.

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When we got to the lighthouse at Malariff, we came across a sturdy, homemade zip-line.

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What a fun, impromptu adventure!

Iceland Mar14 (259)The off-shore wind was intense, creating some monster waves!

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Djúpalónssandur was the final beach we visited on our day along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

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As the sun was setting, we made Mt. Kirkjufell our final stop for the day before making the 2 hour drive back to Reykjavik.

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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.


  1. This looks absolutely stunning!!! I hope to visit Iceland in 2015, any recommendations of what I really shouldn´t miss there?

    • Well, as you can see from this post, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula should not be missed! So much beautiful scenery! Also, a dip in the Blue Lagoon is a must while visiting Iceland. We really enjoyed the drive along Ring Road on the south part of the country; heading west. The further west you go, the more beautiful it gets! The glacier lagoon (Jokulsarlon) was like nothing we had ever seen before. Stayed tuned to this site, as I will continue to post blogs and many beautiful photos from our time in Iceland!

  2. Toccara, Island looks really amazing in your photos! I have to admit that Island is not really a place that is high on my travel radar, but seeing your photos really makes me curious to eventually explore those rugged landscapes as well. Thanks for sharing those beautiful impressions of your trip… 🙂

    • Honestly, it was never really high on my bucket list either. What was high on my list was seeing the Northern Lights, so when I came across a great package deal to Iceland, I couldn’t resist! My husband and I couldn’t have been more pleased with our decision to go. We were beyond pleasantly surprised with how much we fell in love with Iceland and plan to go back again some day… next time, in the summer months, so we can hike and camp in the Highlands!

  3. I’m going to Iceland later this year.

    Your beautiful photos from your trip is great inspiration.
    Do you remember more specific where you found the old abandoned house- Dagverðará?

    • We had a local guide with us the day we drove the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Dagverðará is nearby Gjafi, Hellnar and Hellnanes and is also close to Merarvík. I found these coordinates online (Latitude: 64.743637 Longitude: -23.720558), but cannot guarantee their accuracy. A quick Google search should hopefully provide you with the information you are seeking. Have a wonderful time in Iceland!

  4. Hi Toccara & Sam,

    I am very inspired by your Iceland pictures and will be visiting soon (end September). Can you please drop me a reply on my email id? I will be travelling alone. I have a few questions and was hoping if you could help.


  5. The pictures alone are so beautiful, I can’t imagine how breathtaking it would be to be there in person. I will be visiting end of February 2018. Your page is really helping me plan out our day in the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Thank you. 🙂

  6. Hi Toccara
    Loved your pics. We are also planning a day trip to Snæfellsnes Peninsula from Reykjavik in mid March. I was wondering did you guys drive there in winters? How were the weather conditions and all. Do you advice to stay overnight in area or a day trip is a better idea. We are planning to cover south east coast too.
    Many Thanks

    • We had a Nissan Pathfinder that we obtained through Geysir Car Rental during this particular trip. The road conditions were just fine the day we visited the peninsula, but a few days later, there was a small blizzard, so it’s really hard to predict in the winter months. We’ve been twice in the winter now (once with a 4WD drive vehicle and once without). We were fine in both situations, but again due to the unpredictability of the weather, that’s not always a guarantee. We did not stay overnight anywhere and to be quite honest it was a loooooong day that left us exhausted. If coming from Reykjavik, I would recommend an overnight stay on or near the peninsula, so you can get the most out of your day.

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