West Iceland – Iceland in a nutshell
West Iceland is known through Jule Verne’s famous story Journey to the Center of the Earth on the elongated peninsula of Snaefellsnes. The journey starts in Snaefellsnesjökull, a massive central volcano at one of the outermost western parts of the country. The peninsuka is surrounded by a rough coast, constantly attacked by the forces of the Northern Atlantic Ocean. Steep cliffs like Lóndrangar, breeding sites of countless birds rise from the floods. Small, pictoresque fishermen villages are the only human settlements along the southern coast of Snaefellsnes. Maybe the most beautiful peak of the island, Kirkjufell, rises from the bay of Grundarfjörður on the northern coast of the peninsula, which is also the center of socienty on Snaefellsnes – with less than 1000 inhabitants. Sneafellsnes seems to be quite small and you might therefore think it can be discovered in one or two days time. But you will be suprised by the varienty of impressions and probably stay one or two days more.