Snæfellsnes peninsula is one of my favorite places in Iceland although I can’t really put my finger on it what it is exactly that I like so much about it. The nature is breathtakingly beautiful but I think I’ve also just always been very lucky with the weather when traveling there so in mind it’s this magical place bathed in beautiful golden light that makes the whole peninsula glow. I’m sure it’s not always like that though, this is Iceland after all.
Because of this it made sense that my third Drive-It-Yourself guide would feature this gorgeous area. If you haven’t booked a car yet you can check out this awesome car rental offer or if you’d rather do this as a part of a tour you can also check out The Wonder’s of Snæfellsnes tour (just keep in mind though that you won’t get to stop at all the places mentioned in the guide on the tour).
Although all my Drive-It-Yourself guides are set up as day tours from Reykjavík you can of course either expand them into multi-day trips or use them as a part of a longer trip around Iceland. Just because you can do something in a day doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best way to do it. However, when you are pressed for time and you just want to see as much as possible, using Reykjavík as your hub, it’s good to know that this is at least possible.
According to Google Maps the drive from Reykjavík around the peninsula and back is about 475 km and they estimate that you need just over 6 hours for the driving without stops. This day trip could easily take 12 hours or more with all the things to see and do on the way but if the weather is nice I would say it’s well worth it.
Visiting Snæfellsnes Peninsula in winter
Although Snæfellsnes is no less beautiful in winter it suffers from lack of available service. If you don’t pack a lunch and your schedule gets messed up for some reason you might have to drive a long distance for something to eat and then it might only be a gas station hot dog. There are also a lot of day tours and other activity that is only available in the summer so if there’s anything you’ve got your heart set on doing, make sure it’s available before you make the drive up here.
One major draw in Snæfellsnes in winter is the diverse bird and sea life on the north side of the peninsula, in particular in January, February and March. Grundarfjörður has for example become famous in recent years for the killer whales that hang around just outside the town but you don’t see so much of them in other parts of Iceland.
Like always when you are traveling around Iceland in winter you have to make sure you keep an eye on the weather and road conditions before you head out. There are areas in Snæfellsnes that are known for being really windy and some of the roads are mountain roads that can be icy.
Instructions on how to use this map (viewing it larger is advised):
There are three layers on this map. To see all the layers click on the button in the top left corner. The first layers contains points of interest in the area. The second layer contains places, restaurants, pools and such that might be worth visiting in the area. The third and last layer contains rough driving instructions from Reykjavík. To hide and show different layers click on the boxes next to the names of the layers (if they are visible there’s a little check mark in the box).
To make the map bigger click the bracket (next to your profile photo) in the top right corner of the map.