The wildest region of Iceland with breathtaking landscapes, lovely small
towns, rock formations, colorful sand beaches, waterfalls & lava fields…
Stykkishólmur: A typical Icelandic fishing village
- This small village is linked to Iceland by a small land strip. The pastel houses of this small harbor seem to be clung to the relief. Their facades and their roofs have some sweet colors of yellow, blue, purple or grey, and contrast with the rocks dotted with bright green grass. Stykkishólmur is proud of its houses of downtown, a magnificent example of traditional Icelandic houses from the XIX and XX century. The city received a prestigious award EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) for the protection and preservation of cultural and historical heritage. Its steep coast is peopled with thousands of sea birds which shelter into the rough cliffs.
Grundarfjörður & Kirkjufell: A village & an impressive mountain
- Further west, we will visit the fishing harbor of Grundarfjörður. This small town is located at the base of the Mount Kirkjufell. This small town enchants people with its dynamic character. This is undoubtedly one of the prettiest landscapes of Iceland. The Kirkjufell, lonely mountain, nicknamed the Mountain Church, seems to rise up from a dream with its waterfalls, its beautiful lake in which it is reflected, and its plains stretch away in front of you. We find also the volcanic black rocks dotted with green moss…
Skarðsvík: A gold sand beach
- We will stop on this beautiful and tranquil beach with gold sand, blue waters and surrounded by stunning cliffs. This place offers amazing views out to the sea and fascinating history. From here, with a bit of luck – you can see seals…
Snæfellsjökull: Journey to the Center of the Earth
- It is a volcano up of 1446 meters, covered with snow all year. This imposing volcano has inspired the famous writer Jules Verne for his novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth“. The Snæfellsjökull owes its shape to the lava fields and phreatic eruptions that marked its daily these past 800,000 years. The surrounding landscapes are amazing. A great part of the peninsula is now protected by the establishment of a national park since 2001. In this magical space, you can discover strange formations of rocks which seem to have been carved, many plants and even have the chance to watch kittiwakes.
Lóndrangar: The rocky castle
- The journey through this region is rich in legends and tales. This trip will lead you towards this unusual pair of basaltic rocks with a height of 75 m and 61 m. Seeing from distance Lóndrangar looks like a huge castle reaching out to the sea. According to local beliefs, it is also an important living place for elves. The farmers in the area never make hay on the hill, because it is said to belong to the elves living in the area… The place is surrounded by beautiful cliffs which are a paradise for lovers of birdwatching: puffins and fulmars have their nests in the area.
Hellnar & Arnarstapi: The twin villages
- Lost amid the basalt mountains, these twin villages full of charm and with a magical atmosphere are connected by an extremely spectacular coastal road with a length of 2.5 km, where strange rock formations emerge from the water, such as stone monsters. Every year at the solstice, shamans and magicians get together at Arnarstapi for mysterious ceremonies.
Búðir: The black church
- It is a romantic, windswept location, a former fishing village located just a stone’s throw from the ocean. Surrounded by the Búðahraun lava field – rumor has it that is home to countless elves and enjoying unsurpassed views out over the Atlantic, the tiny pitch-black church dates from 1703. When the importance of Buðir as a trading post declined, the hamlet was declared to no longer be a parish. A replacement church was needed. One woman, Steinunn Lárusdóttir, fought and won the King’s permission to build a new church…It serves today as a reminder of the strong Icelandic woman and her determination. With the majestic Snæfellsnes mountain as a backdrop, the view from there is spectacular.
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