Day 6: Snæfellsnes peninsula Iceland and Blue Lagoon

After five days of intense activities and a lot of driving (2300 km/ 1430 miles), the last day of our road trip arrives. We drove the night before to a guesthouse in the Snaefellsnes peninsula with the idea of visiting the Snæfellsjökull glacier first thing the morning. The afternoon plan was to drove for around two hours to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing end of the trip. So we were really excited about the day!

Snæfellsjökull it is a volcano of 1446 meters, covered with snow all year and visible from reykjavik in clear sky days. This imposing volcano was the inspiration for the novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth” from the famous French writer Jules Verne. The surrounding landscapes it is beautiful with lava fields and strange rocks formations.

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The Snæfellsnes is just around two hours drive from Reykjavik, so there are different tours that you can book at Viator to visit this national park.

Day 6 itinerary:

  1. (09:20) Búðakirkja church
  2. (10:20) Lóndrangar cliff
  3. (11:30) Saxhóll crater
  4. (12:40) Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss
  5. (18:00) Blue Lagoon
  6. (22:00) Bridge between continents
  7. (00:00) Where to stay in Reykjavik?

In this itinerary, we skipped some places because we didn’t have time. But if you have more time, you can also visit ArnarstapiDjúpalónssandur black beach, Vatnshellir cave, and the Eldborg crater.

Búðakirkja church

  • Free parking.
  • No food or WC.
  • Time spent there: 15-30 minutes.

The Búðakirkja is a black church located in the south of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is one of 3 black churches in Iceland. In the last years, this church has become an icon for photographers, and Iceland photography.

The black-painted exterior walls have resisted over 100 years the harshness of the Icelandic clime. Moreover, the minimalist design makes it preferred by photographers.

Búðakirkja church with the Snæfellsjökull glacier at the horizon.
Búðakirkja church with the Snæfellsjökull glacier at the horizon.
Búðakirkja church.

At this point we tried to access to the Snæfellsjökull glacier from the F570 south road. A big sign of danger road with a skull on it afraid us, and we though to access then from the north path. But, when we arrived there we found the same sign. So, we decided to skipped it and border Snæfellsjökull glacier using the road Útnesvegur.

Lóndrangar cliff

  • Free parking.
  • No food or WC.
  • Time spent there: 30 minutes.

Just 20 minutes driving from the Búðakirkja church, always in the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Lóndrangar cliff is found. The curious thing about the cliff is that it once was a volcanic crater. The cliffs can be accessed from the Snæfellsjökull Park Visitor’s Centre, through fields of lava, but they can also be seen from the sea.

Lóndrangar cliff
Lóndrangar cliff
Lóndrangar cliff
Snæfellsjökull Iceland
Lóndrangar cliff
Lóndrangar cliff

Saxhóll crater

  • Free parking.
  • No food or WC.
  • Time spent there: 30-60 minutes.

The third stop of the day was the western point of the Snæfellsnes peninsula: the Saxhóll crater, just 15 minutes from Lóndrangar cliff. Saxhóll is an easy hiking crater with approximately 100 m high, with a walking path and steps. It is an alternative to visiting the Eldborg crater, which requires 2.5 hours hike to visit. An incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean is seen from the crater, with a dried lava field before.

Saxhóll crater with view of the Atlantic Ocean is seen from the crater, with a dried lava field before

Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss

  • Free parking at Kirkjufellsfoss.
  • No food or WC.
  • Time spent there: 30-45 minutes.

In about 40 more minutes, we rach Kirkjufell, a shaped peak mountain found in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. The peak is 463 m high and is an outstanding landmark. If you are a very experienced and confident mountain climber., you can hike to the top of Kirkjufell (preferably with an expert guide), where you will find a magnificent panorama. The hike will take an hour and a half to ascend and, the same time to descent.

Within walking distance from Kirkjufell is located the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss. From a different perspective, photographers love to frame the mountain in the background. The mountain is impressive in all seasons; whatever time of the year you are visiting, you will love it.

If you watch the HBO series Game of Thrones, you will recognize Kirkjufell as a shooting location from Season 7.

Due to its vicinity with Reykjavik, the Snæfellsnes peninsula is one of the most visit places in Iceland. There are plenty of excursion you can book to visit these spectacular places.

Blue Lagoon

  • Free parking.
  • Food and WC.
  • Time spend there: 3-5 hours.

After a 3 hours drive and a stop for lunch in one of the gas stations, we finally arrived in the Blue Lagoon. Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in a lava field in southwestern Iceland. This man-made lagoon is approximately 20 km from Keflavík International Airport and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The water has a milky blue shade due to its high silica content, but it is also rich in salts and algae.

Our time in the Blue Lagoon was amazing. We thought that a dedicated post would be better to share our experience. So, you already know: our next post will be about the Blue Lagoon, and you will be reading it very soon. STAY TUNED!

Bridge between continents

  • Free parking.
  • No food or WC.
  • Time spend there: 15-30 minutes.

After relaxing in the Blue Lagoon and about 22:00 in the night, the last spot in our Ring Road Trip was this bridge (in Icelandic: Brù milli heimsàlfa).

Yeah! Iceland is a unique place: you can walk from Europe to North America within seconds. The Bridge between Europe and North America is a 15 m footbridge located in the Reykjanes peninsula. Built as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America, the bridge provides clear evidence of diverging plates margin.

Where to stay in Reykjavik?

Unfortunately the apartment we choose for that night it is not longer available, but you can check Guesthouse Andrea, the one we choose for our first night at Reykjavik. More details about our thoughts of this accommodat in our post: What to see in Reykjavik iceland.

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