Leaving Grundarfjörður, this tour takes you through several small and tranquil fishing villages that hug the dramatic coastline. The first highlight is the famous Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which was made popular by the French writer Jules Verne in his classic novel Journey to the Centerof the Earth. It is one of the country’s many interesting geological features, but you will also see other prominent mountains and volcanoes in this area. After arriving at Djúpalónssandur beach, you can take a short and refreshing walk on the pebbled beach by the Atlantic Ocean. On the shore you will see some strange rock formations, and some of them were used to determine the ‘manliness’ of the fishermen in the past. If you feel like impressing the rest of the group, you have a chance to test your own strength on four of them, weighing between 50 and 340 pounds. During the trip, your guide will tell you several stories that are connected to this area, adding to its aura of mystery.
Black lava and sandy beaches
Driving past the dramatic cliffs of Lóndrangar you will sense the magnificent power of nature. Then we arrive in Hellnar, which used to be a major port and can probably trace its function as such back to the Middle Ages. Stop by the visitor’s center to enjoy some of its beautiful surroundings. The Arnarstapi village offers an idyllic setting, several interesting lava formations, and an abundance of birdlife during the summer months. Búðir is famed for its beautiful surroundings of black lava and as a contrast, one of the few yellow-sand beaches in Iceland. When exploring the area we recommend a visit to the Búðakirkjachurch before we head back to Grundarfjörður.