Snaefellsnes is a GORGEOUS 90 km long peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. This place consists of all the beautiful things you can imagine. It has spectacular mountains, waterfalls, beaches, cliffs and all the wonderful things that nature has to offer.
1. Yellow sand beach by Langaholt
Our first stop was a rare yellow sand beach. Yes that’s right, yellow sand beaches are rare in Iceland! This is mostly due to the volcanic activities which cause the beaches to have black sand. Here, we spotted a few seals who were too shy to come up to us!
2. Arnarstapi to Hellnar coastal walk
Up next was our beautiful coastal walk in Snaefellsnes. Beautiful views from here. The ocean on one side and mountains on the other.
The most beautiful of all mountains here is Mt. Stapafell.
We stopped at a nearby restaurant which was quite busy during lunch time. Everyone kept ordering this cake for lunch and I was really curious to try due to my FOMO (fear of missing out). Being the last one in that line, the person before me had ordered the last piece! (Boo) However, I had a very pleasant surprise when the waitress had brought me a piece to my table saying “I found a piece and you HAVE to try this when in Iceland!”. It was actually a really good chocolate cake!
3. Grabok Lava Field
This lava field was created by a fissure eruption about 4000 years ago. This lava field is covered by fringe moss and bushes which look very beautiful.
4. Purkhólahraun lava field
Stopped by some view points of glaciers and volcanoes. There is a lava cave which was created by lava flows. People can actually go here and in fact, there’s a saying that you can actually get to the center of the earth through this tunnel!
5. Djúpalónssandur or the Black Lava Pearl Beach
There was a black sand beach which had pieces of a wrecked ship. This was my first black sand beach and I was completely taken aback by it. It looks like a black&white filter but really, it’s real!!!
Behind the beach is this lagoon called the black lagoon – crystal clear water as you can see below.
There a rock formation with a hole in it, through which you can see the glacier! This is known as the Gatklettur rock and is a hot spot for photo shoots here!
6. Snæfellsjökull glacier
You can see this glacier from many places in Snaefellsnes. It’s massive! Of course, you can also actually go to this glacier for a magical experience!
7. Black sand beach
We had a washroom stop at this place where I was told by the tour guide that I should try the glass bottled coke because it’s refreshing and better than cans and plastic bottles. He was not only right about the glass bottle, but I also discovered that Iceland had the best coke in the world!
The black sand beach was quite an incredible site!
We visited this cute little waterfall by the volcano, it was really pretty and magical 🙂
8. Mt. Kirkjufell
This is the most photographed mountain of Iceland!
I’m sure there’s so much more to this beautiful Peninsula which I haven’t covered but these are the must see 8 places! Hope you enjoyed Snaefellsness – it was my personal favourite!
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