5 Days in Iceland – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Day 5 in Iceland involved our ambitious goal of driving the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in one day. I highly recommend you come here to experience the spectacular fjords and seaside cliff sides, the golden beaches, gorges and the famous Snæfellsnes glacier. Be sure to get an early start to the day and choose the top sites you want to visit within this diverse 100 km landscape. If you have time to spare, definitely choose to stay an extra day to explore the peninsula, you won’t regret it!

Ytri Tunga Beach

Unlike the black sand beaches you experience in the south, Ytri Tunga is a golden sand beach that lies along the southern portion of Route 54. The beach is well known for its seals, and it is common to see seals flopping around on the rocks.
Ytri Tunga
Ytri Tunga Beach

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

Our next stop was the Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge, just a short 25 minute drive west of Ytri Tunga Beach. The sheer size of the cliff face will take your breath away as you approach. Just a short 15 minute hike from the parking lot, make your way up along the stream until you reach the entrance.

It is possible to continue climbing up through the gorge. Just keep following the stream, climbing up the rocks until you see a rope, which you can pull yourself up to a small waterfall! I never made it this far, but I definitely saw other tourists making the trek inwards (and getting soaked trying).

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
Inside Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

Hellnar

After working up an appetite, we decided to drop by the town of Hellnar to seek out a cozy little cafe called Fjöruhúsið. They make the absolute  best homemade hot chocolate and an excellent fish soup. Sit out on the patio and soak up the stunning views of the coast. I highly recommend you stop by here for a bite to eat before beginning your hike towards Arnarstapi.
Hellnar Town
Hellnar Town
Hellnar
View from Fjöruhúsið café

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