The Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland is definitely in the running for one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet. It has crumbling cliffs, towering mountains, giant icecaps and glistening fjords. Which, in my opinion, make one of the most beautiful places to visit on the west coast of Iceland. It was certainly my favourite!
The journey alone to reach the Snaefellsnes peninsula took us via some of the most beautiful scenery on the west coast of Iceland. Whilst the low winter sun glistened in shades of gold on the calm water of the fjords, the lurking clouds developed a glorious red halo.
Drive along the coastline and you are treated to dramatic basalt cliffs that have been worn down by the wild seas, creating stone pillars and arches where the ocean meets the land.
You’ll also find a wonderful example of one of Iceland’s many orange lighthouses on the peninsula, which you can drive to if you’ve got a 4×4.
You can’t visit this area without visiting the famous Kirkjufell mountain and the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, one of the most photographed in Iceland, and for a good reason. When you see it, you’ll understand why.
No stay in this area would be complete without a visit to the Hotel Budir boutique hotel. This quirky hotel is full of historic touches and vintage charm. It offers travellers a warm and welcoming atmosphere in an otherwise hostile environment. Nearby is the black church of Budir. Just a few hundred meters from the hotel, this church is a popular wedding location. Both locals and destination couples come here looking for somewhere intimate and remote to celebrate their marriage. Being further away from the main tourist routes of Reykjavic and the golden circle, it’s also much quieter than some of the other popular spots in Iceland.