Iceland Journal Day 5 (May 20, 2017): While the Westfjords proved to be a magical place that are certainly worth revisiting again in the future, it was time to hit the road and head south for the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Unfortunately, the remote Westfjords are just that, remote, and the drive time to and from their outer reaches is signficant. As such, today was spent traveling all the way from Patreksfjörður, across the sourthern expanse of the Westfjords, and through to the south side of Snæfellsnes Peninsula to a small town called Hellnar. Although today proved to be mostly a travel day, the sights along the way were fantastic and we had a great time stopping here and there to take in the sights.
Hellnar is a centuries old fishing village of a few dozen buildings, and this elegantly simple church, situated just above the ocean cliffs on the southern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Although Iceland isn’t renowned for ornate architecture, the simple and functional designs have a clean and classic aesthetic.
Iceland Journal Day 6 (May 21, 2017): Another big travel day! Today was devoted to circumnavigating the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and making our way inland to Húsafell. The Snæfellsnes Peninusla offers a ton of unique landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities and we felt we didn’t spend enough time here. Nevertheless, before leaving Hellnar however, we took another walk along the coastal cliffs and marveled and the unique and rugged volcanic formations.
Here is our route from Patreksfjörður in the Westfjords, through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and out to Húsafell: