Roaming the Snaefellsnes Peninsula off-season
Iceland’s magical landscape is vividly obvious wherever you go, there are however some good reasons to venture beyond the Ring Road that runs around the island. West Iceland makes an easy trip from Reykjavik, but more importantly, roaming the Snaefellsnes Peninsula gives you a chance to sample a diverse landscape with some of the most charming small towns of all of Iceland. To get that “remote feeling”, spend time at Búðir, the small black church makes a perfect picture no matter how many times you have seen it. This lonely and romantic spot is just exactly that, such that Hotel Budir is so popular you will have to think way ahead if you want to spend the night here. If you can’t catch the sunset here, move on the next two small towns, Hellnar and Arnarstapi are linked to each other and hotel Hellnar makes a perfect base for touring the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Roaming this region off season means that you can wander the black sand beach at Djupalonssandur and imagine yourself walking on the moon. One lava field after another, along the way you can take time to ponder abandoned houses and the stories they could tell you. It will be impossible for you to resist the opportunity to take pictures of the Kirkjufell mountain on your way to the charming fishing town of Stykkisholmur. As you stay a night (or two) at the Hotel Egilsen, you begin to wonder whether to take the ferry and go to Flatey island or venture a bit further into the Westfjords.
By Anh-Dai Lu