Snæfellsnes peninsula

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Snæfellsnes peninsula

Iceland holidays day trips: Experience Snæfellsjökull glacier by jeep

Iceland holidays day trips: Travelling by superjeep is the best way to experience Iceland and this tour is no exception. The Snæfellsnes peninsula is only a few hours away from the capital, Reykjavik. The landcape of Snæfellsnes is simply magical. The impressive landscape was formed by centuries of volcanic activity and it is one of a kind. The peninsula is about 90 km long with many mountains. At the far end of the peninsula, towers Snæfellsjökull glacier, one of Iceland´s most beautiful mountains, and it is believed that it is one of the seven main energy centres of the earth. Five communites are on Snæfellsnes: Eyja- og Miklaholtshreppur, Snæfellsbær, Grundarfjörður, Helgafellssveit and Stykkishólmur, and they are the first communities in the northern hemisphere to join Green Globe (an international benchmarking and certification system for sustainable travel and tourism).

HIGHLIGHTS

• Snæfellsnes peninsula
• Snæfellsjökull glacier
• Snæfellsjökull National Park
• Caves
• Five Green Globe communities
• Icelandic history
• Spectacular and captivating scenery
• Lava fields
• Boat trip on request


BÚÐIR

We start our Iceland holidays day tour by driving towards the peninsula and our first stop is Búðir. It is a small hamlet that belongs to Snæfellsbær, a minicipality that has its administrative centre in the town of Ólafsvík. It is Iceland´s oldest trading town butiIt is believed that commercial ships and fishing vessels have been making their landing at Búðir all the way back to when Iceland´s first inhabitants made their way there across the ocean. The main function of Búðir was originally to act as a commercial and trade hub for Snæfellsnes and the surrounding west coast region, during an extended period of Danish trade monopoly.

SNÆFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER

Snæfellsjökull glacier is a 700,000 year old stratovolcano with a glacier covering its summit, Situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is one of Iceland´s most famous sites and it is included in the Snæfellsjökull National Park (Þjóðgarðurinn Snæfellsjökull, 170 km²/65 sq. miles), Iceland´s only National Park to extend to the seashore.
Lava is prominent on the landscape of the National Park and the lava formations are varied and fascinating and there is a wealth of caves in the area. Please note that visitors are advised to enter caves unless accompanied by an experienced guide.

STYKKISHÓLMUR

Stykkishólmur is a center of services and commerce for the Snæfellsnes area. Most of the inhabitants make their living from fishing and tourism. Stykkishólmur has become one of the most popular destinations in Iceland and the conservation of cultural heritage and history as well as its environmental awareness plays a big role in increasing number of visitors. The hot water used in Stykkishólmur is completely sustainable as it is reinjected into the ground when it has been used for heating purposes. Stykkishólmur is one of any interesting places you will visit on one of many of your Iceland holidays day trips.

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