We depart the small town of Stykkishólmur, continue past the fishing villages Olafsvik, Rif, and Hellissandur, and around the western edge of Snaefellsnes peninsula. The landscape is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky shorelines and jagged mountains. It is crowned by shimmering Snaefellsjokull glacier, featured in Jules Verne's novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
Our first stop is at Djupalonssandur, where we hike to impressively strange rock formations along the shore. We then proceed past Londrangar - two prominent rocks protruding from the coast just east of the lighthouse at Malarrif - to Arnarstapi.
We now start walking from the town's beautiful harbor, which is surrounded by cliffs and considered by many as the most beautiful in Iceland. We follow the cliff's sides, where we can examine and photograph one of Iceland's largest seabird colonies up close. The walk ends at the stone memorial to Bardur Snaefellsas, protector of Snaefellsnes.
We continue to Budir, where we enjoy a walk to a rare yellow-sand beach. We then drive over Frodarheidi Heath, once deemed one of Iceland's most haunted places, enroute to Stykkisholmur.
- 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.
- Kindly note that the sighting of sea birds cannot be guaranteed after mid-August as it depends on both season and weather.
- We reserve the right to reverse the itinerary if necessary or operate the tour in a different order to that described.