Stykkishólmur is a sleepy little town situated on the northwestern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Even though the town is very small, it's the epicenter for services and commerce on the peninsula. Fishing and tourism are the main sources of income for local people. I really loved Stykkishólmur and the vibe there was much different than any other town. Out by the bay, there is a large rock formation that you can climb and the views were incredible. Stykkishólmur was also a filming location for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In the scene where Kristin Wiig serenades Ben Stiller with Space Oddity was filmed there. It's one of the most pivotal scenes of the movie and one of my favorites as well!
If you're lucky and somehow make it to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, one of the places you should stop is Djupalonssandur and Dritvik. Their is a a great view of the famous glacier Snæfellsjökull which is famous for being cited as the entrance to the center of the earth in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Djupalonssandur and Dritvik were so beautiful and I took way too many photos, as usual. I hope you enjoy this first post and all the others that follow as well!
This is the first post from Snaefellsnes Peninsula, my favorite part of Iceland. This area looked different than every other part of Iceland. It was more idyllic and much more isolated. Every time we ran into other people, I was surprised, because it really felt like we were the only ones there. I loved feeling like Markus and I were explorers discovering a new land and making our own adventures!
It doesn't get more idyllic than this. The only other place that can compare is the Lake District in England. I still cannot get over the beautiful colors of this beach. Everything was so blue and absolutely gorgeous. Honestly, I could've spent days exploring this place.
This second part of Ytri Tunga Beach focuses mainly on the rocky shoreline. The beaches of Iceland are so different then what I'm used to. They're mostly rocky and when they aren't, they are covered with black sand. This only furthers the otherworldliness feeling when you explore the island. As I stated in part one, the beach is known for being a seal colony. We kept hoping to run in to a random seal sunbathing, but they continued to evade us. I read recently, that the best time for seal spotting is June and July. We were there right at the start of the season and I guess they weren't ready to be seen yet. It's okay though, we were in San Francisco a month before this trip and we saw heaps of them at Fisherman's Wharf!