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Day 4 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Hellnar Hike

Today was a long day but a feast for our eyes and minds. We are spending two days in a little town called Stykkisholmur with a population of about 1000 people. It’s located at the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula which is in western Iceland. I can’t even find the words to describe the area. the wow factor is off the chart!

First on the to do list for today was Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall. We barely made it out of Stykkisholmur before we had to pull over for this gorgeous view

Stykkisholmur Iceland

Little break from skipping rocks…


Stykkisholmur Iceland 2

Just a pretty stop outside of Stykkisholmur

The waterfall was only a 20-minute drive. The map is rather deceiving as we are used the driving  distances in Canada. Here you can drive around the whole country in about 6-7 hours ;-). Of course we quadruple the driving time with all the stops to take photos.

Here’s the beautiful Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall. They were very impressive.

WaterFall Iceland

Kirkjufell waterfall

WaterFall Iceland

Bruce & Kasm at the foot of Kirkjufell waterfall

Our friends Linda & Derek are spending two weeks in Iceland and arrived here on Saturday, so we decided to meet up and spend the day together. After taking a few hundred pictures at the waterfall and making new friends we cut across the peninsula to meet up with them on the other side.


Icelandic Horses

There aren’t a lot of highways in this country. We had two options, go around the peninsula or take highway 54 to cut through which is what we did. Looking at the map, it seemed as if it would take us an hour or so to get to the other side but yet again we were fooled by the map! It look about 15 minutes.

Our plan was to do a hike from Anarstapi to Hellnar along the coast. Before meeting them we made a quick stop at the black church.

blackchurch Iceland

The Black Church

We finally made it to our meeting location. Distance wise, the hike is not very long but it did take us a few hours as we were in awe of scenery mother nature had granted us!  Between the 5 of us we must have taken over a 1000 photos.

Hellnar Hike

Kasm The Great



Break time!


Linda & Derek - Hellnar Hike

Linda & Derek – Hellnar Hike

After the hike, we decided to drive around the Peninsula to check out the black sand beach and then head back to Stykkisholmur. The whole peninsula is only 90-km long but it houses a vast variety of  spectacular mountains, beaches of sand and pebbles, lava fields, cute little villages and much more. The western part of the peninsula, where we were, is the national park and is home to Snæfellsjökull, a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano with a glacier covering its summit. It’s one of the most famous sites in Iceland due to the novel  “Journey to the center of earth” by Jules Verne. It is the entrance leading to the center of earth. We passed this spectacular mountain on our way to the beach.

And then there was the black sand beach! I am almost embarassed to be writing about the natural beauty Iceland has to offer as I don’t think I have the vocabulary to give it a well-deserved poetic description!

I will let the photos do the talking

Kasm & Bruce - Black Sand Beach

Kasm & Bruce – Black Sand Beach


BlackSandBeach Iceland

Boys running down to the beach



Black Sand Beach



Yoga @ Black Sand Beach


The rest of the drive back was just as stunning. There were a lot of oooohhhs and ahhhhs between us in the car.

Our lovely friends treated us to dinner at Hraun. The lamb was delicious!

Linda & Derek, it was lovely spending the day with you guys. We hope you will enjoy the rest of your trip around Iceland and perhaps we will see you in another part of the world :)

And that’s it for Day 4!


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  • Reply Maryse June 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing. It is a real pleasure to read your words & to admire your awesome photographs. Enjoy your trip to the fullest!

    • Baharak Ghorbani
      Reply Baharak Ghorbani June 21, 2016 at 3:23 am

      Thank you for your kind words Maryse :)

      • Reply Pierre Porcheron June 22, 2016 at 12:17 am

        Happy birthday Baharak I hope you get this message

        • Baharak Ghorbani
          Reply Baharak Ghorbani June 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

          Thank you Pierre! Hope all is well. Say hello to Sally for us

  • Reply Paul June 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    More great pictures!! I found out yesterday that a friend of mine and his wife from NB are going to Iceland in August. I will pass along your web site info to give them some ideas :-)

    • Baharak Ghorbani
      Reply Baharak Ghorbani June 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks Paul! That’s great. I think they will enjoy it very much. We loved it! It’s a fantasy land !! If they are up for a hike they should visit the hot spring river just outside of Hveragerði. It’s on the golden circle drive , not far from selfoss. Hope all is well :)

      • Reply Paul June 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm

        Thanks for the additional info Baharak, I will pass it along. They have booked a self-drive tour with Based on your experience I am sure it will be great!

  • Reply Dee June 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    How neat you got to meet up with Linda too! Haha love the yoga pose on the beach. Those Icelandic horses are gooooorgeous!! Love the pics as usual :)

    • Baharak Ghorbani
      Reply Baharak Ghorbani June 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you! I think everyone should visit Iceland at least once! We are now in London but I’m not going to be able to post anything till I have access to decent Wifi! Loving it. Strange time to be here with the Brexit vote!

  • Reply Linda Wang July 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Wow we’re in your blog! 😀 Iceland was so much more than I expected, what a nice day we had together!

    • Reply Baharak July 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      You certainly are 😉 and even in the video 😀

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