The first national park to become established in Iceland was the Snaefellsjokull National Park. It stands at the foot of a volcano and a glacier and it happens to be the only park that reaches from the seashore to the top of the mountains.
There is no surprise that the Snaefellsjokull Glacier is the main attraction of the National Park. It is undeniably beautiful and the active volcano stands 1,446m high, which was the setting for “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
This glacier is said to be one of the seven great energy centers of the earth and it is believed to have numerous mysterious powers. When at the top you can see the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Westfjords on the north side. Additionally, you can see well over the Snaefellsnes Mountains to the east. Tourists can book excursions on the glacier from the village Arnarstapi.
If you are looking to explore the wonders of the ocean, coastline and the beach, the Snaefellsjokull National Park is ideal for you to visit. Those who have an interest in marine life usually love it here; however, those who are interested in geology such as volcanology will have a great experience here too. You can take advantage of bird watching because the coast and lowlands are abundant with birdlife.
Access and Services
Services in the area have improved since travelers were greeted by Axlar-Bjorn and found themselves in the Iglutjörn pond. All you have to do is get on Road 574 and you will arrive at the National Park and the nearby nature reserves. Additionally, the staff is always ready to serve you in any way that they can in addition to answering all of your questions and concerns. Lastly, guide tours can be booked so you can see all of the hotspots.
Unfortunately, there are no camping grounds near the National Park, however, hikers and cyclists can stay one single night in their tent if they desire. Arnarstapi, however, does have a campsite available and there are various hotels and restaurants available in Hellnar and Búðir. If you venture out to other nearby areas, you will find accommodations and food too. You can have access to swimming pools, supermarkets and more in the nearby villages.
If you are planning a visit to Iceland, make sure you schedule a trip to the Snaefellsjokull National Park.
Travel Guide Iceland Team – Reykjavík (Iceland)