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Opinions on including the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in 9 day itinerary

We are planning to do a 9 day road tripl Aug/Sept 2019. We have 9 full days as we travel back late on day 10. We are including the golden triangle and sites in the south as well as Snaefellsness peninsula, but noticed that the RS travel guide excludes it. In order to spend 2 days covering this area we decided to give up the Northern Iceland areas. Any opinions on which is a better choice, heading to the North or covering this peninsula? We have 5 adults in our family group, have no physical limitations, are seasoned independent travelers but only mild to medium hikers. Oh yes and we have at least 3 photography addicts. We will be renting a car and staying at airbnb locations. Suggestions please!

Posted by
502 posts

Sounds similar to my plans.

But there isn’t much help here. Did you get the RS book?

Posted by
10 posts

they're both awesome.

i drove the ring road--snaefellsnes included--in 15 nights. if i had to choose? i'd probably pick the north--trollaskagi peninsula, hofsos, husavik, myvatn, etc. but you don't have the time to do it justice. the only consideration is your route as you'll be doubling back along the south coast. but there's so much to see you could split your sites up for driving both ways, then make the stops twice as often.

i'd stick to snaefellsnes. plan a stop by glymur waterfall along the way. it's a serious hike, but you can go up to the river crossing--on a log with a wire for assistance!--then turn back. maybe even that year round glacial tube--forget the name.

snaefellsness is worth a couple days. the national park takes up almost the entire western part of the peninsula. plenty of easy walks. lots of rocky beaches with little coves and inlets. snaefellsnesjokull itself is the inspiration for journey to the center of the earth. they do snowmobiling trips to the peak, but they stop in june. may offer snowcat tours throughout the year, but i'm not sure. stykkisholmur is a cute little town on the northern edge of the peninsula. couple nice restaurants and a nice harbor. could think of worse places to bed down for a night.

either way you'll do fine. i'd focus on minimizing the driving as the sites will be wonderful either way.