We spent most of our time on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in a town called Arnarstapi. It was a really cute (tiny) town with spectacular views and a great jumping off point for the southern part of the peninsula. This is a cafe called Snjofell with Mt. Stapafell in the background. I loved the green of the turf roof with the bright red and white of the building. This is where we got to see Iceland beat England in the World Cup! Everyone was so happy and crying. Definitely one of my favorite memories from our trip.
This is a picture of our Air BnB in Arnarstapi. I know… it was magical!
The statue across from the cafe is Bárður Snæfellsás who was the settler of this area, half a troll and half a man. Like a lot of popular guys in Iceland, he has his own saga, the Saga of Bárður Snæfellsás. If you can’t tell from his last name… he is where the name of the peninsula comes from!
On our last day, we wanted to hike from Arnarstapi to another town called Hellnar. Luckily for us, my brother was feeling lazy and met us with the car in Hellnar at the end of our hike so we didn’t have to hike back. Just go to the statue of Bárður Snæfellsás, walk behind it and you should find the path for the hike. It is pretty well marked with a clear trail. It was a pretty short hike, only about 2.5 km or so. Since it is through a lava field, the challenge came from the terrain. This is true all over Iceland but especially for this hike, make sure you have sturdy shoes with a solid sole!
Keep scrolling for photos from along the hike! You are rewarded with great views along with your work out.
Below is a view of the trail. Like I said before, wear good shoes!
This is the cute town of Hellnar! We didn’t explore too much since we had a full day of driving ahead but I would definitely go back and check it out in the future. From the hiking trail, you can head up to the town or down to the water. We chose the water…
We did stop for breakfast at the Fjöruhúsið café which is down by the water. It is a very small place and popular so make sure to get there early! But, not too early like we did because then it won’t be open and you’ll have to pester the owner until she opens early… haha! Don’t be like us. You can also see the end of the hiking path in the hills behind the cafe. After lots of rocks, that wooden path was a welcome relief!
We just ordered one of everything pretty much! I really liked the quiche-like thing I got (which you can see my dad trying), the hot chocolate and the waffles.
Take me back there! Let me know if you have any questions about Arnarstapi or the hike in the comments below. More on Iceland coming soon!