This day was ear marked for the Snefellesness Peninsula located in Western Iceland. To reach Snefellesness we had to take a detour off Ring road towards the West. We passed by a lot of beautiful fishing villages like Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Rif, Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður. On this day we also stopped by Kirkjuvel, the famous conical mountain. We visited Djupalosandor to witness the remains of the Grimsby shipwreak. Snefellesness Peninsula is considered as a mini Iceland and it takes nearly the entire day to experience it. In the evening we started the journey which was the beginning of the end of our epic road trip. We drove straight to Keflavik airport via Reykjavik. One notable feature of this journey was the underwater tunnel to reach Reykjavik. We spent the night inside the car as one of our friends (The credit for all the images here is hers) had a flight early next morning.
Also in Snaefellsnes peninsula, there are sets of waterfalls called Barnafoss and Hraunfossar, which may not be as large as other walls but you can get a good view via a walkway and climbing up and down a rocky section. A major piece in the peninsula is Snaefellsjökull Glacier, found at the very end. A beautiful site, this glacier is a stratovolcano, which means it’s a conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and volcanic ash. The glacier also has a footnote in literature, described in Jules Verne’s novel, “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Yes, overall, there is much to see while driving along Snaefellsnes.
Renting a car from Sadcars, we poked our noses into countryside Nordic life along the island's west coast. We headed North from the city of Reykjavík and drove towards the direction of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - going through the Hvalfjörður tunnel and making pitstops at the towns of Akranes, Borgarnes and Hellnar. These spots were randomly picked out by us on our paper maps, but just remember to select them properly on the GPS and you're set to go. We had a peek into the local neighbourhood as the towns turned out to be hidden gems on our road trip. We also somehow walked into the back alleys of a fishing factory, not surprising as the fishing industry is pretty big in the country. I think the local workers were rather amused to see us, but were friendly enough to say hi! Looking back, I love how the arctic coastline and the occasional Nordic wooden house blended into an unassuming composition with the background mountain range, exuding such a quintessentially Icelandic charm. Even a simple stroll along the beach envelopes you in awe as the snow capped mountains stare down on you - God's creations are sure sublime.