At the foot of Snaefellsjökull Glacier is Arnarstapi, a tiny village known for its spectacular cliffs and the flocks of sea birds that inhabit them: one of the most impressive scenes in Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Arnarstapi is a small town on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, located to its south on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal strip is the main attraction of the village, thanks to its impressive natural cliffs and rock formations.

What to see in Arnarstapi?

  • Arnarstapi Cliffs: extraordinary basalt columns and cliffs make Aranastapi one of the most beautiful places on the peninsula, if not in the whole of Iceland. Living and nesting around the rock formations are a huge number of different species of sea birds, including kittiwakes, gulls and Arctic terns. What's more, from the numerous viewpoints around the cliffs, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the area's other natural wonders, like Lóndrangar.
  • Gatklettur: it may not be as famous as other attractions in Iceland, but Gatklettur is one of the most spectacular natural sights you'll see on your trip. The rock formation has been eroded away by the elements over the years, forming a large natural arch with a perfectly round hole next to it making the ideal photo opportunity.
  • Statue of Bárdur: this striking sculpture created from local stones represents Bárður Snæfellsás, the half-man half-troll who is one of the most famous characters from the Icelandic sagas.
  • Rauðfeldsgjá: a few miles from Arnarstapi is this beautiful ravine that goes unnoticed by the vast majority of tourists. We recommend visiting if the weather's good, as you'll be able to go inside and admire the enormous rock walls and the furious river flowing through.
  • Budakirkja: not far from Arnarstapi is Budakirkja, a tiny Lutheran church located in the village of Búðir. It's black façade contrasts wonderfully with the landscapes of Snaefellsnes and it has become a popular photo stop.


How to get to Arnarstapi?

The best way to visit Arnarstapi is to rent a car and drive along the road that circles the Snaefellsnes Peninsula until you see the exit to the village. It is also possible to take public transport - the number 82 bus connects the town with Stykkishólmur - but you do then have to rely on the bus timetables and reduced flexibility.