Stykkishólmur - Caves, craters and coves
Available all year
Walk around a volcanic crater
Take a journey underground
Snæfellsjökull glacier is a dormant stratovolcano, 1,446 m high and with an approximately 200 m deep crater that is believed to be one of the seven chakras (energy centers) in the world. Visitors often comment on being aware of the glacier's almost tangible magnetic energies. It is even said that some people don't sleep at all while visiting the area due to the energies that radiate from the glacier!
The peninsula is brimming with evidence of volcanic activity with numerous craters and moss-covered lava fields stretching as far as the eye can see. First up is a refreshing walk amongst the craters at Saxhóll. The walk to the main crater takes about 30 minutes return and despite not being particularly high (about 300 m), it offers great views and the chance to walk around a volcanic crater rim and take a look inside.
Next, discover beautiful sea coves and take an approximate 1km scenic hike from Djúpalónssandur to Dritvik. Djúpalónssandur is a beautiful pebbled beach located at the foot of the glacier. It was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the bay is uninhabited. Take in magnificent views from the cliff tops and look out for the ancient labyrinth built by fishermen as you walk to the picturesque cove of Dritvik.
Last, but certainly not least, we head to Vatnshellir Cave and journey underground along a 200 m lava tube (quite appropriate considering this is the exact location where Jules Verne based his famous novel "Journey to the Centre of the Earth"). Follow the path of the lava flow into the cave and descend 35 metres below the surface to see amazing colors and lava formations.
The upper section of the cave has remarkable features including unique statue-like formations. The lower part of the cave is reached by descending a long and narrow staircase deep down underground to a place hidden from the outside world for thousands of years. Scientists believe Vatnshellir was created during an eruption between 6,000-8,000 years ago.
Included: hot drinks and snacks
Walking Information: Loose gravel, mud paths and paved surfaces throughout. Some steps and inclined surfaces can be expected. About an hour walk from Djupalonssandur to Dritvik, guests can stay in the coach.
Remarks/Requirements: Approximately 3h in total driving time. It is recommended to bring warm clothes and gloves because the underground temperature is 6°c. Helmets and flash lights will be supplied.
Not accessible for wheelchairs.
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