Snæfellsnes peninsula has many natural wonders, in fact, the whole western tip is a National Park, the only National Park in Iceland that is inhabited. The Snæfellsjökull glacier, located within the National Park, is surrounded by much mistique and some people claim it gives them energy and say it has a very strong aura. Many people are fascinated by the story A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne and visit the area for that reason.
Arnarstapi is by the coast right below the glacier on the southern tip of the peninsula. It has a good camping site and it is convenient to camp there for a few days and travel around in the area. We camped close to a arctic tern colony and were screeched to sleep. It was actually very calming. The shore at Arnarstapi is beautiful with amazing rock formations.
We took a comfortable hike between Arnarstapi and Hellnar through lava and heath with good view of the ocean and the Snæfellsjökull glacier. At the end of the trail, at Hellnar, is a cozy little cafe right on the shore and little further is the Snæfellsjökull National Park Visitor Center which is well worth visiting.
How to get there:
Arnarstapi is by road no. 54, the main road on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.