Snæfellsnes -- A land of mystery and beauty
We leave Reykjavík heading north and enter the town of Borgarnes. In their day, both the Viking hero, Egill Skallagrímsson and the brilliant scholar and strategist, Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241), lived in this area. From here, we proceed to Snæfellsnes Peninsula and ultimately as close to Snæfellsjökull itself as we can get.
Another option during summers (13 May to 15 October) is to take Seatours' Viking Sushi Adventure Boat Tour, among the islets of Breiðafjörður, from the quaint seaside village of Stykkishólmur. In season, puffins, cormorants, and many other seabirds await us, and with luck, we may see Iceland’s largest bird of prey, the Sea Eagle. During this 2 hr 15 minute cruise there is the chance to sample fresh shellfish caught by the crew. Due to the timing of this voyage, it might be good to carry a light snack, or purchase one on board, to last until lunch ashore. At about 1:30 pm the ship docks and lunch may be bought at a restaurant in Stykkishólmur. Alternatively, sandwiches can be purchased before the voyage.
If we take the boat tour, then, after lunch we travel back across the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and head further west to Snæfellsjökull, a glacier-covered volcano. If we skip the boat tour, we may elect to eat at a tiny café just off a tiny inlet at the foot of the mountain or picnic somewhere convenient with sandwiches bought in Borgarnes. Snæfellsjökull is the crowning jewel of one of Iceland’s newest national parks is believed by many to be one of the earth’s natural energy centres, and the area is also setting of many fascinating folk tales and legends. We visit a monument to a legendary character at Arnastapi, and marvel at the coastal formations and birdlife.
If we go directly out on the peninsula, we may have time for an afternoon coffee stop either in Hellnar or at Hótel Búðir. Also time permitting, we may visit the beach at Dritvík and the Djúpalón area. But these options are not feasible if the boat tour is taken. Return to Reykjavík from the peninsula starts no later than 3:30PM to be back in time for dinner.
Included: Certified, English-speaking driver-guide, admission to Settlement Center Museum.
Additional: Optional Seatours Unique Adventure Tour (€45 per person), lunch in Stykkishólmur, coffee & refreshments at either Arnastapi, Hotel Búðir.
Season and duration: May to October; 9 hrs. +/- depending on boat tour, stops, road conditions, weather etc.
Price: € 185 per person, minimum 2 persons, reasonable surcharge for solo.