On our last full day in Iceland, we drove back west from northern Iceland to tour the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Every turn we took was another surprise. The Snæfellsnes peninsula is so big and I took so many pictures that I divided this itinerary into three articles. In this blog you can enjoy thousands of islets, beautiful vistas, cute villages and extraordinary lava fields. Will you join us?
Breiðafjörður: the bay of thousands of islets
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords are separated by Breiðafjörður Bay. According to local legend, there are only two things in the world you can’t count: the stars in the sky and the rocky islets in this bay.
As soon as we drive along road 54 toward the first stop, we immediately see it: the thousands of islets that ask to be photographed. We get off at a deserted spot along the road and walk to the end of the inlet. What a beautiful view. Counting is pointless, the entire bay is littered with small rocks. Gazing at this natural beauty is actually a good idea, and we do so gratefully.
Súgandisey: the magnificent view from the rock island in Stykkishólmur
We drive a little further until we reach the turnoff to Stykkishólmur. Here on the map. A beautiful road takes us to the very tip: the rocky island of Súgandisey. Here on the map. From the cute little harbor, stairs lead up the high rock. At the top is a bright red lighthouse. What a view that thing has!
On the rock, we walk from side to side, marveling at the beautiful views of Breiðafjörður and the colorful village of Stykkishólmur. We enjoy the fresh breeze while our thoughts wander to how wonderful these people live here. How beautiful Iceland is…
Berserkjahraun: riding through black lava fields
After the beautiful view from Súgandisey, we drive back to Route 54, heading for the next special destination. Along the way, we pass through black lava fields and discover two beautiful hidden spots.
The first is the mini-village Bjarnarhöfn, where we find one of the oldest wooden churches in Iceland (built in 1859). In the other direction, we come to a bay what looks like a kind of lava swamp, right on the sea. There is no one at all, except three very curious sheep. Of course, that very thing produced beautiful pictures!
And this is only part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is worth visiting the entire peninsula. Here you can read all articles about the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
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