Snaefellsnes Peninsula

In southwestern Iceland, one finger of land points in the direction of Canada’s most northern regions. That fjord dotted finger of land is called the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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Although filled with scenes of beauty, that peninsula harbors certain dangers during the winter months. Still, those travelers that are willing to risk such dangers can experience a most memorable trip. That trip should provide them with breathtaking views of Iceland’s many volcanic cones. A number of those cones bear distinctive stripes, evidence of past lava flows. During the winter snow emphasizes the existence of the stripes on certain mountains.

The beauty of Iceland’s striped mountains has not escaped notice of those that designate the Island’s park land. Snaefellsnes Peninsula contains one of the Island’s National Parks. Those who visit that park and the surrounding area should watch for a couple significant spots.

Snæfellsjökull (Photo credit: bonus1up)

One of those spots is the Glacier of Snaefellsjokull. Residents of Iceland view this glacier as a rather mystical place. Legend indicates that it holds some sort of relation to aliens.

Ólafsvík Church (Photo credit: yellow book)

Another spot of interest has been given the name “Ólafsvík.” Located along the shores of the ocean, it offers access to an amazing seashell wall. In some places that wall has attained to a thickness of one centimeter.

Arnarstapi (Photo credit: Atli Harðarson)

During the Iceland’s short summer, children love to collect seashells. One can be fairly certain that some children look for items as lovely as the ones found at Olafsvik. Later, however, the same children have to spend long hours indoors.

The basalt columns of Snæfellsnes Peninsula reminded me of the great Svartifoss waterfall.

On top of the world (Photo credit: Margrét G.J.)

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