Second last day in Iceland, at the great Snæfellsnes. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a peninsula on the western part of Iceland. All day we literally just drove around the whole peninsula and stopped at each major tourist attraction. Each town has something unique to offer, but unfortunately since it was winter, we couldn’t do stuff like, ride the horses. I am too lazy to type up where we went, so i’m going to steal the data from my gf’s post.
- Búðir – lava fields, yellow/grey sand “beach”
- Arnastapi – small town at foot of mt Stapafell, lava fields, giant rock statue of Saga character named Bardar
- Hellnar – more lava fields; there is a short 2km hike between Arnastapi and Hellnar, but we did not make time to do this as there were several more stops to make before dark.
- Lóndrangar – volcanic plugs that haven’t been eroded yet
- Malarrif Lighthouse
- Saxholl – volcanic crater
- corner of the peninsula
- Hellissandur – small town along the way
- Rif – small harbour town
- Ólafsvík – originally a fishing town
- Grundarfjörður – another small town along the way
- Kirkjufellsfall – the waterfall
The next picture actually has a story. At a local gas station we picked up a magazine. The cover of it had this beautiful lighthouse and it said: “Fifth most iconic lighthouse in the world.” Ignoring the simple fact that, the fifth most iconic lighthouse is really nothing to be proud of (it’s like the participation award) we felt obligated to take a picture. So driving around this place, we saw a tall structure and automatically concluded this was THE ONE (and by the one, we mean the fifth). A couple of observations:
- At all the other tourist attractions, there were a couple of cars and at least a couple of people
- Usually, parking is labelled very clearly
When we got to what we believed at the time to be the fifth most iconic lighthouse in the world, we had to park far away. (10 min walk maybe). But feeling obligated to take a picture, we did the hike anyway. Feeling unimpressed we took the picture and quickly forgot about it. It was not until we got back to the hotel did we realize, we had taken a picture of some random structure. The fifth most iconic lighthouse was at the end of the route and… I had no idea where we were and what this picture really is, but enjoy!
That’s it for the stops. After all of that we went to our hotel because we had another planned night for chasing the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn’t catch it that night (but fear not, we do catch it and i’ll have a separate post just for it).
- Name: Hotel Stykkisholmur
- Cost: 110 Euros
- Review: Pretty standard, I don’t remember anything from it.
We had originally found a really cool restaurant, but it was closed (darn you winter) So we went to a nearby “Pub”