Skarðsvík Beach, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
While Kirkjufell is clearly the main draw on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, it would be a shame to overlook Skarðsvík Beach. The golden sands and turquoise water cut a sharp contrast to the surrounding dark, volcanic landscape.
Getting There: Skarðsvík Beach
To get to Skarðsvík Beach, follow the main road of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Útnesvegur (Nr. 574), before turning west onto Öndverðarnesvegur (Nr. 579). It is a gravel road but we were able to get there with our small city car.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is on the western part of the island of Iceland, and boasts Kirkjufell (literally Church Mountain) and some lesser known gems like Skarðsvík Beach.
Reykjavik is northernmost capital in the world, however due to its "sub-polar oceanic climate" it is only the fifth coldest capital, on average. Walking around the city you wouldn't guess you're so far north, the city is colorful and the people are so warm you might think you're closer to the equator than the arctic.
The Gjáin valley is like many other attractions in Iceland, things look quite barren and uninteresting and as seemingly out of nowhere a spectacular canyon or valley appears.
Sigöldufoss is a small waterfall, by Icelandic standards, however the desolate landscape contrasted against the almost pure turquoise makes it a sight worth seeing.
Known as the Heart of the southern Highlands, being in Landmannalaugar is like being on another planet. These pictures will hopefully attest, that this region is arguably the most beautiful in Iceland.
Before heading to the South Coast of Iceland, we spent a few days in the Highlands. There are plenty of highlights in the south but the Highlands were so spectacular, we wanted to stay longer. Hiking in Landmannalaugar is like being on another planet.
The south coast boasts many of Iceland's highlights, but as a result it is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Fortunately there are some hidden gems and some lesser known spots close to the main attractions so you can enjoy some spectacular nature without the chattering masses and buzzing of drones.