Snæfellsnes in West Iceland


The Snæfellsnes peninsula is on the western part of the island of Iceland, and boasts Kirkjufell (literally Church Mountain) and some lesser known gems like Skarðsvík Beach. It is also home to the Snæfellsjökull glacier which served as inspiration for Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.  This was at the tail end of our trip and as a nice bonus we were treated to the northern lights, even though it wasn’t the best time of year for them in August. The area is less crowded than the South of Iceland or the Highlands.

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Near Arnarstapi, with the Snæfellsjökull glacier in the back left


Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss at sunset


Kirkjufell Silhouette
Fading light giving Kirkjufell a silhouette at sunset


The church steeple – Kirkjufell summit at sunset


Near Snaefellsness
The way back from Kirkjufell, in the land of fire


Guesthouse Hof
Our little hut at Guesthouse Hof


View from the cabin


Northern lights, after the sun goes down


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