Snaefellsjokull National Park

Snaefellsjokull National Park

Snaefellsjokull National Park lies in the westernmost part of Snæfellsnes peninsula and covers 170 square kilometers. 

It was founded on June 28th, 2001, with the aim of protecting the area‘s unique nature and important historical relics. The Snaefellenes peninsula coastline is very varied. 

Rocky coves alternate with black sand beaches, light sand beaches and precipitous sea cliffs that teem with seabirds in the nesting season. 

The lowland within the national park is mostly lava that has flowed from Snaefellsjokull and from smaller craters in the lowland. The lava fields are largely covered in moss, and intermittently they contain beautiful hollows where vegetation thrives sheltered from the wind. 

The national park‘s visitor center is located in Malarrif and opened in the summer of 2016 in the renovated barn. 

At the visitor center, you can learn more about the wildlife, geology, and history of the national park from the rangers and acquire information about potentials activities in the park. 

The center has an exhibition with the theme „the fisherman and nature“, documenting how people lived off the natural resources through the ages. 

The visitor center has something of interest to people of all ages and in the area around Malarrif, you can find the outdoor playground for the kids. 

Opening Hours: 
Daily May 15th – September 30th between 10 am until 5 pm. Weekdays October 1st – May 14th between 11 am until 4 pm 
Entrance Fee: Free