Have you ever heard of Jules Verne and his novel "Journey to the center of the Earth"? Well, we'll take you to Snæfellsjökull volcano, also known as the entrance to the core of the planet.
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The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often called "Iceland in Miniature". It has everything Iceland has to offer, lava fields, waterfalls, local folklore, and seals. More about these wonderful creatures in a bit, please keep reading. Our first stop is at a local town called Borgarnes. Here we can purchase some snacks and refreshments before heading to the peninsula. If the weather is sunny enough, we can spot the ice-capped peak of the Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano. According to Jules Verne and his beloved novel, "Journey to the center of the earth" the entrance to the subterranean realms is located under the volcano.
Our first official stop is the Berserkjahraun lava field. In Old Norse mythology berserkers were mighty warriors who fought their battles in a trance-like fury. However, we are not going to spoil the origin of the name of this area yet, listen to our guide once you arrive and you will be able to learn a lot about this 4 000 years old gem of nature.
Coming up next, a local movie star! Kirkjufell is not only the most-photographed mountain in the whole country, but it also had an important role on the popular "Game of Thrones" TV show. Next to the mountain is a beautiful waterfall as well, which we will visit too.
Let us visit a dormant volcanic crater next. Saxhóll has formed 3 000 years ago and it is 100 meters high. To make it easier for us, there is a staircase leading to the top and the view will clearly reward those who reach the top.
Icelandic history is full of strong people. By strong, we mean like really-really strong. At our next stop Djúpalónssandur, we will learn more about this. Back in the day, this, currently uninhabited settlement was a busy fishing village. The local man had to prove their strength in order to earn their place on the fishing vessels. There are four stones to be found on the beach and it is time to test your own strength.
We are heading to Arnarstapi next, a beautiful and charming fishing village. Over the centuries the local cliffs were eroded by powerful waves forming beautiful shapes on the coastline. The guardian of the peninsula, a sculpture by Bárður Snæfellsás is located here as well.
Let us continue with some more Icelandic history at Budakirkja, the "Black Church". Thanks to a woman named Steinunn, important historical artifacts were saved here in the 19th century, which we will be able to enjoy. Your guide will explain everything in detail once you are here.
Back to the seals, as we promised above. Our last stop, before heading back to Reykjavik is Ytri-Tunga, a beautiful golden-colored beach. Huge seal colonies spend their lives here, often laying on the rocks, enjoying the sun. Thanks to your experienced travel companion, you will be lead to the exact place, where you can find them. Please do not disturb their nap though, being a seal is not always an easy job and they are really into relaxing as much as possible.