Iceland › Arnarstapi
Added by Talia Touboul
Beautiful scenery at a historical monument. Stunning rock formations, amazing sunrises/sunsets and a really great hike.
Arnarstapi is a small village located on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is not as touristy as other places in Iceland, and really allows you to get a feel for what most of Iceland is like. Today the small town is a fishing village. Although summer months are a much busier than the winter ones, the village has much beauty to offer during the colder season.
Once you arrive in the village, Bardur Snaefellsas, a giant rock statue is immediately visible. Bardur is a character from ancient Icelandic saga. His monument is a perfect starting point to exploring the area. You can begin to see incredible rock formations as close as the Gatklettur "Arch Rock", which is a giant rock that formed into an arch. The arch is just down to the left of Bardur, if you are facing the water.
Along the coast is a hiking path called Nedstavatn you can take from Arnarstapi to Hellenar. This hike is a beautiful path of lava fields and stunning rock formations. The hike is about 2.5 km long, point-to-point, which takes about 1h to complete in one direction. When you arrive to Hellenar, you can grab a bite to eat at the Fjöruhúsið café, a popular place to enjoy the view.
This small town is a magnificent gem, and if you are in the area, well worth the stop.
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We didn't have time to walk the full 2.5k trail, but just stopping and hanging out at the top of the cliff for awhile was awesome. Great scenery and awesome location. I wish we had time to do the full 2.5k walk! If you are out on the peninsula, definitely worth a stop.
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