Visiting the Snæfellsnes Peninsula — Day 6 in West Iceland
My day started off a little late since I was having such a great time at breakfast with my new Icelandic family. I told Ben that they would make amazing Hoosiers because of their awesome hospitality. 😊
I ventured off to West Iceland’s Snaefellsness Peninsula, which I read was suppose to be one of the most gorgeous places in Iceland. Boy, was the internet right!
It took about two hours to get out to the peninsula — which normally wouldn’t be bad, except it was almost entirely on a dirt and gravel road. Ugh, bumpy ride!
My first stop was at a small town called Stykkólmur that had a cool lighthouse and lookout point. I also stopped for lunch at a place called Sjávarpakkhúsið, which is known for their local blue mussels. I had the seafood pasta that had the blue mussels, scallops and shrimp.
Then I stopped a few more times on the north side of the peninsula on my way to Kirkjufell Mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfalls, which was about a 45 minute drive. I saw some amazing scenery and stumbled upon a really neat church that was made out of all triangles.
Finally, I made it to Kirkjufell Mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfalls, which were both pretty high up on my list of places to visit. The surroundings looked like something straight out of a Lord of the Rings movie. Gorgeous!
As I made my way around Snaefellsjoekull National Park, I stopped off at Saxhóll Crater (because why wouldn’t you climb inside a crater?) and made the very long treck to the top. It was definitely worth the view!
Next, I visited a really cool black rock beach called Djúpalónssandur. The water was freezing but I put my feet in anyway, because why not? (And the water did feel good on my feet.)
(Yes, I know I’m in desperate need of a pedi when I get home. My hiking boots have done a number on my feet!)
At this point, I’m beat. So once again, time to rest and eat at Primus Cafe in Hellnar for some Golden Fish Soup (their specialty), a dessert called the “Happy Marriage” and a cup of coffee. The had an awesome outdoor patio (which are pretty rare here) that was great considering it was so warm today with the high near 60. Other than the rotten shark, there’s really nothing I’ve eaten that I haven’t liked. All the food in Iceland is very fresh and homemade.
My final stop of the day before heading to the guesthouse, is to the little black church by the sea, Búðir. I came across this place on Instagram when I was researching Iceland and knew I had to put this on my list of places to visit. It’s rare that churches are this moody charcoal color so between that and its mountainous backdrop and location by the sea, this place is a truly unique little gem.
On my way to get to the church, the line of cars coming in was stopped for about 20 minutes because a wedding was taking place on the property. It was really neat to see the other tourists kill their engines and get out to watch the ceremony. Turns out, the couple is from the U.S. — and two of their guests were from Rochester, so I found out while taking their picture in front of the church (the guy noticed my St. Bonaventure shirt of all things). Again, what a small freakin’ world.
I can’t believe tomorrow is my last full day in Iceland! I’ll be heading back down toward Reykjavik to the Reykjanes Peninsula (just a bit south of the capital city) where I’ll be visiting one of Iceland’s most famous attractions — the Blue Lagoon!