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The Wonder of SnæfellsnesKlettaströnd við Arnarastapa

Snæfellsnes is a thriving community with rich economic and cultural diversity.  Most of the coastline is dotted with small villages or settlements. There is a good road along the coastline and the distances are short between villages. The varied landscape and different towns offer a unique experience for visitors.

Fishery provides the main employment for the inhabitants of Snæfellsnes and there are five bustling harbours on the peninsula.  It is a must to do as the Icelanders and visit the harbour area of these small towns, to feel the atmosphere and see the action. 

Tourism has been growing steadily as an industry on Snæfellsnes.  It is based on the quality and resources of the area with sustainability in mind.  Snæfellsnes was given the EarthCheck award for being a sustainable community in 2008.

Snæfellsnes Recommends


Snaefellnes offers a wide range of activities such as boat trips, whale watching, tours of the Glacier, bird watching, great hiking, horse riding etc. No one should be bored on this beautiful peninsula!
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History and Culture

Fishing and fish processing characterizes theSnæfellsnes peninsula. There is always a lot going on at the harbours of the towns which are considered to be the heart of the towns. The inhabitants of Snæfellsnes are creative people with the good fortune of having a magnificent environment as a constant source of inspiration for various forms of art. There are many historical sites in Snæfellsnes, especially dotted around the glacier.
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Snæfellsnes is a magnificent world of nature and history. The diversity of the area is unique and it has become one of the country's most popular destinations for both local and foreign tourists.
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Points of Interest

  • Bjarnarhöfn

    At Bjarnarhöfn Farm on Snæfellsnes, tourists are welcome to visit the Shark and history museum throughout the year. The museum consists of ancient shark curing and hunting paraphernalia and is an impressive exhibition of family history.
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  • Norska húsið

    The Norwegian House was built in 1832 and was the first double storey timber house in Iceland. It now serves the role as the folk museum and has been renovated to its original state. Specialized exhibitions are often housed here and there is also a quaint shop selling local handcrafts, homemade old-style sweets and other rather interesting objects.
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  • Arnarstapi

    Arnarstapi was formerly a town which enjoyed a thriving fishing life due to its landing facilities being considered one of the best in the area. Today, Arnarstapi is a popular tourist destination, which has a campsite, guesthouse and restaurant. Tours onto the Glacier are offered from Arnarstapi . The coast between Arnarstapi and Hellnar was declared a nature reserve in 1979. The walking trail between the two places was an ancient horse trail. The huge sculpture called Bárður Snaefellsas by Ragnar Kjartanss
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  • Vatnshellir

    The Water Cave is a magnificent natural formation that is definitely worth a visit. The cave was made accessible to the public in the summer of 2011. During the summer there are regular guided tours of the cave.
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  • Snæfellsjökull National Park

    Snæfellsjökull National Park Visitors’ Centre at Hellnar is also the regional centre of information for tourists. The Visitors’ Centre has an exhibition of the ecology of the national park which is presented in interesting and dynamic ways. Visitors are given an opportunity to touch and experience various things, such walking in the footsteps of ancient Icelanders by trying on ancient leather shoes and walking over lava just as they would have done.
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