Snaefellsnes peninsula is fast becoming a major tourist attraction in Iceland, and no wonder, since the area has been a favourite among the locals for years. It has everything Iceland has to offer, and sometimes referred to as Mini-Iceland.
Iceland may seem small in comparison to some other countries. But you as a tourist will discover, how the island seems to grow with each day while you try to reach your favourite destinations. This may be because of the little amount of roads or the impressive nature in wide areas, but no matter why, the hours of driving each day may irritate you even though you travel through picturesque scenery.
To address this issue, you might want to wish for a smaller island to cross, with a high density of sights which take your breath away. As a matter of fact, there is such a thing. It is called Snaefellsnes.
The peninsula Snaefellsnes is exactly what you are looking for. Tourists have named the region Mini-Iceland or Iceland in miniature because of the beautiful scenery on the peninsula, which features a lot of the natural sights you can find on the whole island in a relatively small area. This is why one of for national parks in Iceland has been created in this region.
The original name can be translated with „peninsula of the snowy mountain“, related to the mountain at the peek of the land tongue. But this is not the only attraction tourists are looking for in Snaefellsnes and its national park. The variety of landmarks and remarkable landscapes covers most of the attractions found on the rest of the island.
A Bit of Everything
Beginning with the eponym of the peninsula, the „snowy mountain“, the national park features volcanic action. The mountain/volcano is also a glacier, meaning you can see and maybe touch snow all around the year on top of this mountain. Not only the Snaefellsnes-Mountain, but the whole region is interspersed with active volcanoes. The peninsula includes one of the most active region in Iceland. Volcanoes are a huge part of the charm of the island, so you would not want to miss that in a journey through Iceland. If you are looking for geologically interesting spot, Snaefellsnes could and should therefore be a destination of yours.
Going on with plain areas of rough nature, the peninsula also features a national park. The wilderness in here is well-known, photographers love the landscape for the beautiful scenery and the diversified scenery.
If you think of Iceland, waterfalls will certainly come to your mind. An the peninsula also includes them. Several cascades or cataracts can be found, for example the Kalfárvellir. But also waterfalls all around the coast of the peninsula create scenery for a perfect photograph in rough nature.
How to get to Snaefellsnes
As a peninsula, Snaefellsnes is of course linked to the island. It is located in western Iceland and can hence be reached by car, plane or ship. If you decide to go by the former, you will travel on the roads on the shore of the island with a beautiful view to both sides, the seaside and the heartland. To enjoy this tour even more, you can consider to purchase an original Iceland Jeep Tour. We would love to share our experience with you to provide you with the best car for your trip.