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Take a hike!

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Take a hike!

There is a network of well maintained, marked trails all over West Iceland. Find hiking offers and read about the main hikes here below. Snæfellsjökull is really popular for hiking, but we recommend you to go with guide.

Akrafjall Mountain

Akrafjall is a picturesque mountain close to Akranes. The mountain offers one of the best views in West Iceland across Faxafloi Bay and a panoramic view from Reykjanes to Snaefellsjokull Glacier.

The mountain was smoothed on the top by a glacier and surrounded by water during the Ice Age.

It is easy to ascend the mountain from the Akranes Water Works car park, where a sign points the way to Haihnukur (555m), the shoulder on the right side of the mountain seen from Akranes. A visitor's book is at the top. A somewhat longer hike takes you to the highest peak in the range, Geirmundartindur (643m).

Grabrok Crater

The largest of three craters in a short volcanic fissure.

Beautiful scenery over Borgarfjordur is from the top of the Grabrok crater. Mt. Grabrok can be ascended by a marked trail from the main Ring road no. 1.

Saxholl crater

Saxholl is a crater which is easy to climb. There is a great view over the area from the top.

Eldborg Crater

A beautifully-formed crater rising 60m above the surrounding lava.

The spatter cone is the largest crater along a short volcanic rift, 200 m in diameter and 50 m deep. Its last eruption was about 5000-6000 years ago. According to medieval chronics there was also one around the time of the colonisation of Iceland about 1000 years ago, but today it is known that it came from another of the many craters of the valley Hnappadalur which are part of the volcanic system Ljosufjoll, the mountains of the light.

It is easiest to approach Eldborg from Snorrastadir on its southern side, walking 2,5 km through the shrub-covered lava field. It is possible to walk all the way around the crater as well as up it.

Glymur

Iceland's tallest waterfall, is located in Botnsdalur valley, Hvalfjörður. Leading up to it is a fabulous hiking path that should only be attempted by those not daunted by heights or challenging hikes. Glymur is in the river Botnsá that runs out of Hvalvatn, which is a lake closed by molten lava, some 160 metres deep. In Hvalfjordur in West Iceland you can stand in awe before Iceland's highest waterfall. Standing by the fall you'll have a good view of the surrounding landcape, which is is particularly attractive, as Hvalfjordur is widely considered one of Iceland's most beautiful fjords.The walk, approximately 4 hours roundtrip, will take you from the trailhead at Botnsa river through spectacular scenery including a rock arch and will have you crossing a crystal clear river on a strategically placed log.

Hafnarfjall mountain

The mountain Hafnarfjall near Borgarnes is part of the same extinguished central volcano as Skardsheidi and is also about 4 million years old.

The mountain is 844 m in height and its sides are rather eroded. Most of the mountain consists of basalt, but on the north side there is a small crag, which is made of granofyr. The name "flatfish" indicates its form. Let the children discover it!

On the foot of the mountain is a small forest of birch trees where the authorities of Iceland practice reforestation. It is possible to hike up the mountain beginning near the bridge over the fjord at Borgarnes.

Stykkisholmur

Stykkishólmur is located by Breiðafjörður Bay on the north of Snæfellsnes peninsula, and is surrounded by wonderful views of the innumberable islands. One of the defining landmarks in Stykkishólmur are the old houses which reside in the old city center and this is reflected in the atmosphere – it sometimes feels like a place from a different time. In 2008 Stykkishólmur was presented with a planning award in part for its renovation of the old houses. The town and its inhabitants have systematically rehabilitated the houses, and they have gained new and exciting purposes – what once was a library is now an art installation, a fish packing house is now a restaurant, the old recreation center is now a volcano museum!  The church in Stykkisholmur is an fascinating architectural structure. It makes a beautiful landmark both from land and sea. The view from the church over Breidarfjordur is spectacular.

Stykkisholmur is, as we mentioned above, known as the gateway to the innumerable islands of Breidafjordur bay, which is renowned for its natural beauty and remarkable wildlife. We have plenty of ways to explore these sight on different levels via kayaking and tour boats of all sizes.

Stykkishólmur boasts of a great swimmingpool, that includes an indoor and outdoor pool, a large water slide and hot tubs with water with healing properties certified by the Institut Fresenius. In Stykkishólmur we have open wi-fi access for tourists, numerous hotels, youth hostels, bed and breakfasts, a large camping site and a 9-hole golf course. In Stykkishólmur everyone should be able to find a restaurant to their liking as there is not only many of theme here, but they also cater to diverse tastes.

Within the city center you can visit three unique museums: The Volcano museum, The Library of Water and The Norwegian House.

The Volcano museum is The private collection of Haraldur Sigurðsson, a renowned volcanologist who has carried out research on colvanoes worldwide. Aunique exhibition of international art and objects related to volcanoes and their impact on our historu. Enjoy or movies of volcanic eruption all aroud the world

The Library of Water is an istallation of 24 glass columns, by the artist Roni Horn, containing melted ice from some of the major glaciers around iceland. The glass colums refract and reflect the light onto a rubber floor embedded with a field of words that concern with weather, water, words and identities.

The Norwegian house serves as the regional museum for the Snæfellsnes area. The house has been renovated back to it original style, with an open storage on the top floor. Rotating exhibiton as wrll as a museum shop with handicraft, sweets, coffee from the area.

Stykkisholmur has been the frontrunner in environmental consciousness in Iceland and along with the four other municipalities on the Snaefellsnes peninsula it is the first community in Europe to get  the EarthCheck environmental certification. The town is operated in as environmental friendly way as possible continually measuring various environmental indicators. The town was also the first municipality in Iceland to start fully sorting its waste as well as the first town in Iceland to receive the prestigious Blue flag eco-label for its harbour, and has been an European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), since 2011.

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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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík