Information about Snæfellsjökull National Park

SNAEFELLSJOKULL NATIONAL PARK

Snæfellsjökull National Park was established on June 28th, 2001.The Park's purpose is to protect and conserve the area's unique landscape, indigenous plants and animal life as well as the important historical relics. At the same time, the Park is meant to allow visitors easier access as well as an improved opportunities to get to know the area. National parks are amongst Iceland's finest assets and everyone is free to explore them.The Snæfellsjökull glacier lies within the national park, and the park is the only Icelandic national park that stretches to the sea. The geology of Snæfellsnes national park is diverse with formations from almost every era of Iceland’s past. The more prominent formations in and around the National Park mainly date from geologically “modern” times back to the last ice age. The hills to the north of the glacier, around Bárðarkista, are of volcanic palagonite tuff, formed during eruptions under the glacier or below the surface of the sea. Svalþúfa is most likely the eastern section of a crater that erupted under the sea, while Lóndrangar is a volcanic plug.

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Attractions nearby Snæfellsjökull National Park

Klukkufoss

Klukkufoss is about 40 meters tall and is surrounded by basalt columns.  It's located south of the fishing village Hellissandur, close to Hreggnas...

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Arnarstapi

Arnarstapi Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past and had a much bigger population than it has now. Columnar basalt, ravines and grott...

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Lóndrangar

LONDRANGAR BASALT CLIFFS Uniquely-formed remnants of ancient basalt volcanic dikes sticking out from the sea. Londrangar and the hill Svalthufa are...

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Gatklettur

GATKLETTUR - ARCH ROCK Gatklettur - Arch Rock - is a cliff with a circular arch. Rock Arch shows how distinctive wave action has eroded the rocks int...

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Djúpalónssandur

DJUPALONSSANDUR & DRITVIK Djupalonssandur is a beautiful pebbled beach, with a series of rocks of mysterious form emerging from the ocean. It is one...

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Svörtuloft

Svörtuloft sea cliffs are at the west part of Snæfellsnes.  They were formed when lava poured into the sea, and then where broken of and reshaped by t...

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Búðir

Búðir (transliterated Búdir) is a small hamlet in Búðahraun lava fields in Staðarsveit, which is in the western region of Iceland, on the westernmost...

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Kirkjufell

Grundarfjörður's beautiful landmark is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Its isolated position jutting out into the sea makes it a focal...

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Grundarfjörður

GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR Home to Mt Kirkjufell Though Grundarfjörður is not the most well-known town in Snæfellsnes, its mountain is certainly one of the most...

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Berserkjahraun

Berserkjahraun The central western peninsula, Snaefellsnes, is one of the most Saga invested parts of the country, and this area is no exception. The...

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Rauðisandur

RAUÐISANDUR Rauðasandur (Red Sand) is precisely that: a beach with endless red sand. Well, not endless but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of th...

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Flatey Island

Flatey is the largest of the Western Islands on the Breiðafjordur bay. Almost 40 smaller islands belong to Flatey. It has been a trading post since th...

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Garðar Boat Wreck

Gardar BA 64 is an old whaling ship, which was rammed ashore in the Skápadalur valley in Patreksfjörður when it was deemed unfit for duty back in 1981...

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Látrabjarg

LÁTRABJARG One of Europes biggest bird cliffs, a home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This westernmost point of Iceland is really a line of several...

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Breiðavík

Breiðavík is situated on the way to Látrabjarg. When you drive over the mountain pass from Örlygshöfn you will come down in the creek of Breiðavík. In...

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Ketildalur

The Ketildalir valleys are on the southern shore of the fjord Arnarfjordur. The best know of those valleys is probably Selardalur, a very popular dest...

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Arnarfjörður

The fjord is 30 km long and 5 to 10 km wide, and is oriented NW/SE. It branches into two main bays, both containing a few coves. They are Borgarfjörðu...

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Reykjavík

The Reykjavík Capital Area is the country's largest and most populated city and currently home to 211.282 people, that's two-thirds of the ent...

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Lokinhamrar

Lokinhamrar is a deserted land in Lokinhamradal east in the north of Arnarfjordur .  On both sides of the valley are high mountains and soaring hillsi...

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Dynjandi

DYNJANDI Simply enthralling; The Westfjords' favourite front-page model for decades, and is never short of breathtaking. The biggest and widest p...

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