Jules Verne wrote about the Snaefellsnes Glacier. We take you to this extraordinary peninsula which has often been referred to as little Iceland.
The Snæfellsjökull National Park was established in 2001. It stands at the foot of a volcano and glacier and it’s the only park that reaches from shore to the mountaintop. The glacier is world famous from Jules Verne’s book Journey to the Center of the Earth. The glacier is also an active volcano and is 1.446 m high. Many people believe in its mysterious powers and are certain that the glacier is indeed the secret base for Alien life on earth. How about you? The view from the top is unbelievable and breathtaking. Come with us on a journey to the center of the earth.
The world famous author, Jules Verne(8.2.1828-24.3.1905) wrote his masterpiece novel in 1864. The story begins in May 1863, in Germany. Professor Lidenbrock has bought an original runic manuscript of Heimskringla, written by Snorri Sturluson(1179-1241) one of our greatest authors. When looking through the manuscript, he finds a coded message. The message, after being decoded reveals a passage to the center of the earth through the Snæfellsnes Glacier in Iceland.
We start early from Reykjavik and drive towards Borgarnes. We go through the town of Borgarnes and drive to Gerduberg, basalt columns, where we make a short stop and view these magnificent columns.
The church at Budir is phenomenal in its beauty. The church was built in 1848. In the church there is a bell from 1672 and an altarpiece from 1750. We make a short stop and take a good look at this beautiful church.
Rauðfeldsgjá is a ravine with a beautiful waterfall. Bárður Snæfellsás, who was part troll had a daughter named Helga. She was once playing with her two uncles and somehow got on an iceberg that drifted from shore and vanished. Bárður became so furious that he took the two boys and threw them off the top of the mountain, into the ravine. Since then the ravine has been called Rauðfeldsgjá, after one of the boys but his name was Rauðfeldur. There is a bit of a hike up to the ravine but it is worth it if you are able.
From Rauðfeldsgjá we head to Arnarstapi fishing village where we will make a stop and walk along the sea cliffs that are filled with birds.
From Arnarstapi we head towards a beautiful lava cave called Vatnshellir. We will go into that cave and experience the calmness of it. The cave is 8000 years old.
Lóndrangar – a beautiful 75 meter high basalt rock on the beach.
Next stop is Djúpalónssandur, a beautiful black sand beach. The beach was used by fishermen of the past when rowing out to fish.
The mountain of Kirkjufell(463m) is the most popular place of Snæfellsnes. It is a beautiful mountain and one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland. The waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, is also very beautiful. We will stop there and walk around.
Bjarnarhöfn, shark museum, is one of the best attractions on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. We will stop by the museum and have a nice taste of the fermented shark and a shot of Brennivin with it. In the museum we will be told about the history of shark hunting around Iceland and how the meat is processed to make it safe to eat.
Stykkishólmur is such a beautiful fishing village. That will be our last stop. The movie, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, was in large part shot in this town.