Upon leaving Stykkishólmur, our journey takes us through the several small fishing villages that hug the dramatic coastline as we head toward the famous Snæfellsjökull Glacier. The glacier was made popular by the French writer, Jules Verne, in his classic novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. It is one of the country’s many interesting geological features but other prominent mountains and volcanoes also sculpt the area.
Rocky Icelandic beaches
We make our first stop at Djúpalónssandur beach, where we’ll take a short refreshing walk on the pebbled beach by the Atlantic Ocean. Strange rock formations are found on the shore and here guests can test their strength on four great rocks, weighing from 51 to 400 pounds. The rocks were used to determine the 'manliness' of the fishermen from here in the past. Many stories are connected to this area, which adds to its aura of mystery.
To the port of Hellnar
After a short drive past the Lóndrangar cliffs , we’ll drive to Hellnar. Hellnar used to be a major port and can trace its function as such back to the Middle Ages. There we will visit the visitors center and we will enjoy some of the beautiful surroundings found here. After Hellnar we will make a short stop at Arnarstapi village, its idyllic setting boasts many interesting lava formations and an abundance of birdlife during the summer months.
Next we'll head for Búðir, famed for its beautiful surroundings of black lava and one of a few yellow-sand beaches in Iceland. We’ll enjoy the area and pay a visit to the Búðakirkja church before we head back to Stykkishólmur.
- Sighting of birds cannot be guaranteed after mid-August. Sightings are dependent on both season and weather.
- We reserve the right to reverse the itinerary if necessary or operate the tour in a different order than that described.
- Language: English
- Remarks: Approximately 3h total driving time and an optional 0h45 walk. Dress according to local weather conditions with good footwear (closed toe recommended) with rubber or non-slip soles.
- Walking information: All walking is optional and most sites can be viewed through the motor coach windows. There are no actual steps at most stops, but some inclines do exist. Surface underfoot is grass/mud/gravel and there are rough pathways throughout. Anyone with mobility challenges is kindly asked to travel in the company of an able-bodied care provider or request assistance from the ship.