410km, 5.5hrs driving
Photos and writing by Sam Arnold, owner of Resagrafik
This drive takes you to the Snaefellsnes Peninsular and is considered to have all that Iceland has to offer.
Snaefellsness Peninsular is breathtakingly beautiful and could be considered as a mini-Iceland in itself. It really does have all in one as it has the best that Iceland has to offer in one relatively small place. It is also far less touristy than the Golden Circle and you will find that you will often have miles of open road to yourself.
▐ Reykjavik to Snaefellsnes Peninsular return
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Reykjavik to Snaefellsnes Peninsular return
▐ Reykjavik to Snaefellsnes Peninsular return (~410km, ~5.5hrs)
This drive is best done during the shoulder seasons. It is between one hour and a half to two hours to the start of the peninsular from Reykjavik, so a full days sunlight is needed. The roads are also far less maintained than the Golden Circle, so a snowstorm can leave you stranded. Be prepared with food, water and a full tank of petrol/gasoline on departure from Reykjavik .
The whole Snaefellsnes Peninsular is stunning following the driving loop shown on the map. Rather than focusing on places to go or stop at, the best way to experience Snaefellsness is to be spontaneous and take the drive as it comes to you. Stops just off the loop I highly recommend include a stop in Hellnar , located on the south coast of the peninsular which is home to a gorgeous church with a stunning background and a coastline and cave that needs to be seen to be believed. Weather depending, you can also try to get as high up Snaefellsjokull as safely as possible to get a view over the sea and surrounds. Other than those two stops, the loop (Route 54) around the peninsular will leave you with a road trip that you will never forget.