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Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Nestled in the heart of Iceland lies the captivating Snæfellsnes Peninsula, aptly named “snow-mountain-peninsula.”

At its very tip stands the iconic Snæfellsjökull, a breathtaking ice-capped stratovolcano steeped in mythical tales from the present and past.

Often referred to as “miniature Iceland” or “Iceland in a nutshell,” Snæfellsnes boasts a mesmerizing array of natural wonders.

From ancient basalt layers shaped during a temperate Pliocene climate to glacial-carved valleys and fjords from the Ice Age, and more recent volcanic formations of hyaloclastite, lavas, and scoria and spatter craters—Snæfellsnes is a geological treasure trove.

Enveloping the peninsula’s westernmost tip is the awe-inspiring Snæfellsjökull National Park.

The dormant volcano, rising 1446 meters from the coastline, commands a breathtaking presence.

The diverse coastline offers a stunning tapestry of lava fields, craters, sea stacks, black and golden beaches, and bird cliffs, captivating visitors at every turn.

Beyond its natural splendours, Snæfellsnes is steeped in a rich cultural history.

The region’s fishing villages, some as old as Iceland’s settlement, thrive on the abundant fishing grounds of Breiðafjörður Bay.

Why is Snaefellsnes Peninsula, in Iceland, a sustainability reference?

☘ The five municipalities on the peninsula have taken a leading role in pursuing EarthCheck certification. EarthCheck is a renowned sustainability certification program for the travel and tourism industry, focusing on the environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability.

☘ The communities in Snæfellsnes heavily rely on fishing, and they have embraced sustainable fishing practices.

☘ Is home to diverse and fragile ecosystems, including lava fields, craters, sea stacks, and bird cliffs. The region’s commitment to conservation and preservation efforts ensures that these natural wonders are protected from human impact, supporting biodiversity and ecological balance.

☘ Its abundant geothermal and hydroelectric energy resources.

☘ The tourism industry in Snæfellsnes has made conscious efforts to promote sustainable tourism practices. This includes limiting the number of visitors to sensitive areas, providing eco-friendly accommodations, and promoting responsible tourism behavior to minimize the environmental impact.

Imagine yourself descending into Vatnshellir Cave, an 8000-year-old lava tube!


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