Snæfellsnes, August 2020

We spent three nights in Hellnar on the Snæfellsness peninsula in the western Iceland and made a few trips around: views, waterfalls, beaches, churches, cemeteries, cafés…

But our stay was somehow dominated by the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier situated on the very tip of the peninsula. We planned a climb with a group organised by GoWest agency and looked each second hour towards the omnipresent glacier — is the weather improving? And it turned very, very well, as our group guide told us, “I know you know that we are very lucky with this kind of weather here, but I am sure you are not fully aware how lucky you are!” The gallery of pictures contains also a few photos from Klofningsnes penisula we visited on the way further north towards Vestfirðir, the West Fjords, with a visit to a very atmospheric Dagverðarnes church on the way. Gallery (145 images)

By the way, the cloud above the Snæfellsjökull in the featured image is altocumulus lenticularis.

And yes, this is the same glacier which plays the somehow central role in two books: Journey to the Center of the Earth  by Jules Verne and Under the Glacier by Halldór Laxness. To the latter, an excellent essay by Susan Sontag in The New York Times is recommended.