On the western side of the island, Snæfellsnes Peninsula — just 55-miles long — manages to pack in gold and pink beaches, basalt columns, lava tubes, caves, rifts, hot springs, glaciers, craters, ancient churches, mountains, and lighthouses. In 55 miles.
Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which sits on top of a dormant volcano, was the inspiration for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. It’s widely believed the area is a vortex, and you might be able to feel it when you’re here. Kirkjufell Mountain is the other main draw to the area, and experienced hikers can climb to the top (a deceptively tough 1,519 feet). Everyone else will have to settle for the incredibly scenic waterfall at its base.
Stykkishólmur is where you should stay on your visit. It’s a teeny town but, just like the peninsula it’s on, packs a small-but-mighty punch.