I am a huge fan of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, I think it’s such a gorgeous region of Iceland. Every time I’ve been there, I’ve seen something different and each time seems more beautiful.

Lonely Planet has ranked it #2 in the world for top regions to visit in 2016. This part of Iceland is sometimes referred to as “little Iceland” because it combines the most diverse landscapes that Iceland has to offer: glaciers, lava fields, mountains, volcanic craters, jagged cliffs…all on a tiny peninsula in the Northern Atlantic!

Every place in Iceland looks different depending on which season you visit so if you’re wondering…surely everything looks just as beautiful with snow?! Let me tell you…everything looks really different dressed in white.

This new series of posts is like the Iceland landscape version of “Who Wore It Better”…summer or winter.

Winter Roads on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

I would have been happy just driving around the peninsula and leaving without stopping at any of the sights. Driving the road around Snæfellsnes, you are wedged between huge mountains and the sparkling ocean…what could be better?! Pretty sure I almost went in the ditch several times, there was so much to look at!

Winter bonus: very few other travelers!

Charming Fishing Villages

I love the Stykkishólmur harbor. Just look at all of those adorable multi colored fishing boats, and then the cliff in the background? I can’t even.


I’m in love with lighthouses, and Iceland is full of them, but when they’re next to the sea and covered in snow? Hello, photo op!

Snow covered Mountains and Waterfalls

Kirkjufell and the waterfalls is the most iconic part of Snaefellsness. The mountain is the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland! I think it’s a really impressive sight to see, even if the waterfalls are frozen! I have now officially seen Kirkjufell in all weather and seasons.

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The North Atlantic Coastline

I love the contrast of the snow on the black rock with the blue ocean crashing in. The glorious part about Snaefellsnes is you are basically driving between a mountain and the sea the entire time – scenery galore!

Powerful Glaciers

The Snæfellsjökull glacier is my favorite. I love the cone shape of it, and it just sits at the end of the peninsula like the badass it knows it is.

Iconic Churches

Búðir is a small bay on the Southern tip of the peninsula. Set in a lava field with a clear view of the Snæfellsjökull glacier, this area is a beautiful spot to stop.

And seriously, this church needs to be in a movie.

Snæfellsnes Sunsets

Hands down winter wins the sunset award. Not only does it last longer than you would expect, but I love the way the snow makes the colors of the sky standout.
The coastline at Arnarstapi was an unbelievable place to watch, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful sunset in my life!

If you’re considering a trip to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula make sure to grab my digital map and travel guide for the South + West region.

In it I cover so much detail not only about the main sights and hidden gems, but all the logistics that you need to know along the way as well.

Toilets, restaurants, parking info, and MORE…if you’re driving the peninsula, this guide and map will make your trip planning SO much easier!

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Happy planning,

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