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The Snæfellsnes peninsula is mostly famous for the Snæfellsjökull glasier. Jules Verne made it famous with the story “Journey to the center of the earth”. Snæfellsnes peninsula has amazing nature, salmon fishing rivers, craters, lava, natural hot pool, cliffs at the sea, canyons, lava caves and the black pepple beach. The birdlife is amazing in the summertime as the Artic Tern migrates all the way from Antartica to nest at the peninsula. Kirkjufell mountain, which has been made famous by “Game of Thrones”, is a beautifully formed mountain on the north side of the peninsula.
We’ll meet at your hotel or accommodation 10 min prior to departure and head towards Borgarnes, going through a tunnel that goes under Hvalfjord. We will be in Borgarnes after approx one hour. Here we can buy some snacks and coffee and use the restrooms.
Salmon fishing in Iceland is popular, both Icelanders and foreigners like to catch salmon. We will stop at Hítará river which is like a typical salmon fishing river in Iceland.
We might be able to stop at a natural hot pool. The hot pool is located in the middle of nowhere and there are no facilities there, no house to put on the swimming garmets
It is believed that commercial ships and fishing vessels have been making their landing at Búðir all the way back to when Iceland’s first inhabitants made their way there across the ocean, and commercial activity started there very early in recorded history. Originally the main function of Búðir was that to act as a commercial and trade hub for Snæfellsnes and the surrounding west coast region, during an extended period of Danish trade monopoly.
Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell between Hellnar village and Breiðavík farms on the southern side of Snæfellsnes, Iceland.
Placenames in the vicinity of Arnarstapi and nearby Hellnar village are inspired by Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss, an Icelandic saga relating the story of Bárður, a half human and half ogre. Arnarstapi was a natural site for landings and harbor for small vessels, and therefore ideal for a shipping port. In the olden days, Arnarstapi was thus from very early on, a busy fishing port and commercial centre servicing the West coast area under the Danish crown and a merchant monopoly of Denmark was in effect from 1565. From then on and through the 17th and 18th century, agents of the Danish crown had custodial power over Arnarstapi and commercial rights by royal appointment over nearby lands, formerly owned by Helgafell monastery and monopoly of all trade in the area.
Djúpalónssandur is a sandy beach and bay on foot of Snæfellsjökull in Iceland. It was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the bay is uninhabited.
Four lifting stones are in Djúpalónssandur, used by fishermen to test their strength. They are Fullsterkur (“full strength”) weighing 154 kg, Hálfsterkur (“half strength”) at 100 kg, hálfdrættingur (“weakling”) at 54 kg and Amlóði (“Useless”) 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify.
On the beach there are remains of the Grimsby fishing trawler Epine (GY7) that was wrecked there on March 13, 1948.
Kirkjufell (Icelandic: Church mountain) is a 463 m high mountain on the north coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður. It is claimed to be the most photographed mountain in the country. Kirkjufell was one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones season 6 and 7, featuring as the “arrowhead mountain” that the Hound and the company north of the Wall see when capturing a wight.