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  • Writer's pictureEinar Páll Svavarsson

Hellnar Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Updated: Apr 7, 2023


Hellnar Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Hellnar Snæfellsnes Peninsula

When you are at Hellnar, it isn't easy to imagine that this tiny hamlet on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula used to be one of the largest fishing villages south of the glacier. However, with only a few people living there permanently today, it doesn't look like an ideal location for a fishing station. Currently, the tiny hamlet is more like a small tourist village. The attraction is the rocky shore, cliffs, and strong currents bashing the shoreline. And by the coast, there doesn't seem to be much room to maneuver a rowboat, let alone a fishing vessel, although a remnant of a small dock still exists.


Vesturland - West Region - map of Iceland
Vesturland - West Region - map of Iceland

The shoreline and the magnificent lava formation

The famous coastline at Hellnar
The famous coastline at Hellnar

But mind you, the shoreline has eroded during the ages, and today you can spend a long time by the rocky beach enjoying all the magnificent formations resulting from the battle between the ocean and the lava rocks. And Hellnar is also a charming destination for those who seek the thrill of being in the company of the elements. Possibly elves and trolls, as Hellnar has a reputation for being a favorite place for such creatures. Being so close to the majestic glacier Snæfellsjökull and the home of the famous troll Bárður Snæfellsás who still protects the area around Snæfellsjökull glacier, while enjoying the ocean's mighty currents and observing the abundant birdlife is an excellent way to pass the day.


Hellnar at Snæfellsnes Peninsula beach
Interesting formation at Hellnar Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The walking track from Hellnar to Arnarstapi

The cliffs between the Hellnar and Arnarstapi villages are a Natural Reserve. The two-and-a-half-kilometer hiking trail over the lava field along the cliffs and shoreline offers an exceptional experience. At Hellnar, you will find an excellent café on the stormy beach and a lovely eco-friendly hotel. In addition, the track is a fantastic destination for photographers.



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