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Malarrif Snæfellsnes Peninsula


For centuries and even up until the eighties and the nineties, most places on the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula were isolated. This was because the road was tough, and the part from Ólafsvík village to Rif / Hellissandur villages was often considered dangerous until it was permanently changed and moved lower to the shore in the eighties. Although this might seem a bit strange today at Malarrif, where you have an information center for the Snæfellsnes National Park, the farm Malarrif was a very isolated place. Today it is a simple drive and an asphalt road accessible for any car. But like most roads in Iceland, a precaution is required during winter, and looking at the weather forecast before taking this part of the road is a must.


Snæfellsnes Peninsula on map of Iceland
Snæfellsnes Peninsula on map of Iceland

Malarrif is an old farm and an old lighthouse with a new role


The shore by the farm and information center is interesting as most of the shorelines of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Today it is the main center for the Snæfellsnes National Park, and when traveling in Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you should visit the center. The walk from the tourist center to Lóndrangar is quite spectacular, as well as the rocky pebble beaches. The old lighthouse had an important role for Icelandic fishermen for decades as they fished in the rich fishing grounds by the shore. Fishing grounds that Icelanders used for centuries. It was built in 1917 and rebuilt in 1947. The height of the lighthouse is 20 meters, and the light has a range of eighteen miles. At that time the Malarrif farm was one of the most isolated farms in Iceland. It was also the westernmost farm on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.


A center for all the beautiful places to visit at Snæfellsnes Peninsula


Malarrif Information Center is an important stop when visiting the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is an information center for Dritvík, Djúpalónssandur, Vatnshellir cave, Hellnar, Snæfellsjökull glacier, and many other interesting places at Snæfellsnes Peninsula.



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