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Hellissandur & Rif

Hellissandur was once a major fishing centre but Rif was one of the main trading ports on Snaefellsnes peninsula. Most of the villages' fishing fleet is now based at Rif. These two villages are only 2 km apart.

The Maritime Museum at Hellisssandur has displays that include Iceland´s oldest rowboat, built in 1826.

The area between Hellissandur and Rif is a bird-lovers' paradise and one of the largest arctic tern nesting areas in Iceland.

Snaefellsjokull National Park is on the doorstep of Hellissandur.

From Reykjavik City Centre to Hellissandur:195 km.

Hotel, camping site, restaurant, cafés and museum.

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Hellissandur & Rif
GPS Points N64° 55' 3.957" W23° 53' 1.635"
Postal codes

355,356

Population

535

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HorseRidingIceland.is
Travel Agency
  • Gröf
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 897-2256
Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir
Tour Operators
  • Álftavatn
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 848-2339
Jokull Golf Course
Golf Courses
  • Fróðá
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 861-9640
Samkomuhúsið Arnarstapa
Tourist Information Centres
  • Félagsheimilið Snæfell, Arnarstapa
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 435-6611, 615-1962
Brimhestar
Guesthouses
  • Brimilsvellir
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 436-1533, 864-8833
Þórunn Hilma Svavarsdóttir
Tour Operators
  • Neðri-Hóll
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 893-5240
Ragnhildur Blöndal
Travel Agency
  • Gröf
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 435-6805
Kast Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Lýsudalur
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 693-4739, 893-4515

Others

Skálholt Accomodation
Bed & Breakfast
  • Skálholt 6
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 867-9407, 436-1117
Guesthouse Hof
Guesthouses
  • Hofgarðar
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 846-3897
Brimhestar
Guesthouses
  • Brimilsvellir
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 436-1533, 864-8833
Kast Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Lýsudalur
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 693-4739, 893-4515
Gíslabær Hellnum
Guesthouses
  • Gíslabær, Hellnum
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 435-6886, 867-7903

Others

Samkomuhúsið Arnarstapa
Tourist Information Centres
  • Félagsheimilið Snæfell, Arnarstapa
  • 356 Snæfellsbær
  • 435-6611, 615-1962
Hraun Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Grundarbraut 2
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 431-1030
Söluskáli ÓK
Cafés
  • Ólafsbraut 27
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 436-1012
The Grill
Diners
  • Ólafsbraut 19
  • 355 Ólafsvík
  • 436-1362
History and Culture
Songhellir, cave

Songhellir is a famous cave. The name means the cave of songs. It is well known because of its echo.

History and Culture
Stadarstadur

Ari-the-Wise served as a priest at Stadastadur from 1067-1148. He is well-known for his Book of Icelanders, the first work of history written in Iceland.

The place is also the setting of a very known novel by the Nobel price winning Icelandic author Halldor Kiljan Laxness: "Under the glacier".

Nature
Bardarlaug pool

Bardarlaug at Hellnar is a crater pool and said to have been the bathing pool of the Bardur Snaefellsas.

This demi-troll, instead of dying like ordinary people, made his home in the Snaefellsjökul glacier according to the local legend. Bardur is the patron of the glacier and was said to have had psychic abilities; e.g. being able to communicate with the hidden people.

A big statue of Bardur by the artist Ragnar Kjartansson can be seen at Arnarstapi.

Nature
Hellnar

For centuries, Hellnar was among the largest fishing villages beneath the Snaefellsjokull ice cap.

Valasnos, a freestanding rock, extends east of the bay. One of Iceland's most peculiar caves, Badstofa, is there. It is known for its special light exposure and colourful interior.

A cold water spring is to be found at the lava's edge. It is dedicated to the Holy Virgin, because it is said she had appeared here once.

The Hellnar church was built in 1945 on a picturesque site where a church was first raised in 1833.

Hotel, café and visitor´s Centre of the National Park Snæfellsjökull.

Nature
Ytri Tunga

The beach near the farm Ytri-Tunga is a well-known seal colony. The best time to see seals there is in June and July.

Nature
Arnarstapi

Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past and had a much bigger population than it has now.

Columnar basalt, ravines and grottoes surround the Arnarstapi pier. There is good anchorage for small boats.

There is quite a large arctic tern colony in the village itself. A walk along the coastline is recommended to watch the birds and the magnificent lava formations. The seaside and the cliffs between Arnastapi and Hellnar have been made a Natural Reserve in 1979.

A very interesting old path follows the coastline where you can see old lending places of fishermen, lots of birds, like the kittiwake, the Arctic tern and the fulmar and pass through a lavafield. If you take a guided tour, you will also hear a ghost story.

A sculpture of Bardur Snaefellsas by Ragnar Kjartansson stands by the beach at Arnarstapi.

Nature
Gatklettur - Arch Rock

Gatklettur - Arch Rock - is a cliff with a circular arch. Rock Arch shows how distinctive wave action has eroded the rocks into arches and beautiful swirled patterns.

There is great birdlife around the cliffs and pretty flora surrounding the area.

West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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