Heading north from Reykjavik, follow the Route 1 in the western coastline, so it’ll be easier to be guided until the famous Snæfellsnes peninsula, a beautiful national park.
First at all, driving in Iceland can be dangerous, especially after blizzards, roads become very slippery and there are very strong winds. It’s essentially necessary to drive (it’s cheaper and there very few tours towards West part) to visit this region.
So, if you don’t feel comfortable enough to, we advise to you have a look in other regions in Iceland. Hiring specialised tours would be an alternative, access here and find the option best fits you.
Hiring a car is the first step, you can find very good options before embark to Iceland – more info here – and pick-up the car directly in the airport just after you arrival.
1 – Landscapes
Use the GPS from the car or just active your Maps app at your mobile phone and set the route towards to Snaefellsnes peninsula. Along the road, prepare yourself to ones of most beautiful landscapes, the mountains rock formation is unique.
2 – Hvalfjörður Tunnel
It’s the longest Icelandic underwater road tunnel, Hvalfjörður has 5,500 meters long and reaches a depth of 165 m. Recently built, it’s the shortest way to the west, it’s under the Hvalfjörður fjord and belongs to the Route 1.
3 – Settlement Center
This is a great place to enjoy an inexpensive meal – they have since catch of the day, lunch special soup, pasta dishes and also vegetarian food.
4 – Wild Life
Icelandic horses are everywhere, they’re very friendly and beautiful.
5 – Stykkishólmur
This is a very small village at the beginning of peninsula. Its houses, most of them built with wood, recall to the 19th-century. At the docks you’ll have a wonderful view to the ocean. They have a great Library of Water where you can see 24 columns with water from the Glaciers, check more info at their website.
6 – Berserkjahraun – Lava field region
There is a myth tells how a berserker was promised a local man’s daughter if he cleared a path through this lava field, but was murdered just after he completed the task.
7 – Snaefellsjokull National Park
Based around an ice capped volcano, this national park is vegetated by lava fields and has a rich birdlife. Hikers will love this place, there are many trails and most of them lead there from the main road, so you’ll notice signs adverting about them. In majority, the trails have 1,5-4km. You can see more here.
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