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A Day and a Half Spent Driving Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Photos

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Posted on / by Alex Berger
Snæfellsnes Waterfall by Alex Berger

Is a four day solo road trip through Iceland enough to properly explore the country?

Absolutely not. But, it sure does make for one heck of a brilliant teaser.

My visit to Iceland’s Westfjords left off as I hopped the small car ferry from the Ferry Baldur terminal. The ferry took me across perfectly flat seas, stopped briefly at the car-less island of Flatey, and continued on before docking at Stykkishólmur on  Snæfellsnes peninsula. The following day and a half was spent exploring Snæfellsnes, photographing waterfalls, walking old volcanic craters, and even spotting an Orca from the cliffs.  It was beautiful and included amazing experiences with locals as I stumbled into the local annual Fisherman’s Festival.  This post showcases photos taken during the ferry ride and my time spent on Snæfellsnes. 

 

My trip to the Westfjords was, in no small part, inspired by Hjortur who I interviewed about Iceland, the Viking Sagas, and all things related here.  Photos in this post were captured using a Canon 6D (aff. link) and combination of lenses. Make sure to catch all five of my full Iceland albums over on flickr here.

Icelandic Horses - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Svörtuloft Lighthouse - Iceland

Breiðafjörður Bay and Flatey

Svörtuloft Lighthouse - Iceland

Svörtuloft Lighthouse - Iceland

Ingjaldshólskirkja - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Malarrif Lighthouse - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Icelandic Horses - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Kirkjufellsfoss - Snæfellsnes - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Svörtuloft Lighthouse - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Icelandic Horses - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Kirkjufellsfoss - Snæfellsnes - Iceland

Ingjaldshólskirkja - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Icelandic Horses - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Iceland

I hope you enjoyed! All photos were taken on a Canon 6D with a variety of lenses aff. link. You can click into the individual photo to see what lens was used and what my settings were. These photos are just a small cross section of the shots I took while in Iceland. See the full albums in Color Iceland Album / Black and White.

Didn’t catch my Westfjords post and albums? Read it here.

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

9 Comments

  • ilana maletz
    September 3, 2016

    Hi Alex,

    I’m a friend of Kathy Levin’s, and she suggested I reach out to you. I’m a writer living in Sedona, and I’m considering a blog that is a little like what you’re doing, but focused on Northern Arizona/Four Corners. I am very new to the blogging world, and when I was telling Kathy about my attempts to become more savvy she immediately suggested I should introduce myself to you. Anyhow, if you don’t mind sharing some of your experiences of what worked and what didn’t, I would be very appreciative.

    I loved your Iceland pictures, so very beautiful! My husband and I were just there last December. It was such a stunning landscape, but also a winter one, and the dramatic storms dictated what we could and couldn’t see. We both felt we needed to come back when weather would permit us to see Iceland’s beauty in a milder season. Your pictures are renewing my resolve to make that happen.

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    • Alex Berger
      September 4, 2016

      Hi Ilana, great to hear from you! You’re very welcome to fire me an e-mail and we can chat. Been blogging since 07′ and heavily involved in the travel space, so more than happy to elaborate a bit. Easiest for me if you hone in on specific areas you’re interested in or running into issues and then I can elaborate based on that.

      Thanks for the kind words on Iceland! I can’t wait to get back and to explore more of the Island. Debating a trip this winter to catch the northern lights and some of the dramatic winter landscapes.

      Reply
  • Best Flight Deals
    September 11, 2016

    You have captured real beauty of that beautiful place. these photos are looking so beautiful.

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  • Meg
    September 13, 2016

    Hey Alex,
    Your photography from Iceland is amazing, I hope to make it over there myself soon. Four days seems quite short, but for a solo trip it just might be perfect. I don’t know how much longer I could be alone, but on the other hand, for photography purposes, it’s almost better to travel alone. I am an amateur landscape photographer, and shoot with Canon 6D also. Love outdoors, hiking, and everything nature.

    I stumbled upon your blog last night, looking for more information about the post-shooting in Christiania back in late August/early September. I’ve visited Copenhagen in July, and somewhat feel in love in that city. After doing some thinking, decided to quit my job in Chicago and try my luck in Denmark. I am flying to CPH next week, and hopefully be there for the fall color change.
    Originally from Poland, I moved to US back in 2000, and after 16 years in the land of the free, I felt like moving back to Europe would be a nice change of pace. My life has been hectic and little too fast lately. With the move, I am looking to make new friends and network with people that are passionate about the same things I am. Photography and travel.
    I haven’t traveled anywhere near as much as you did, but I hope someday to make some progress in that direction. For now, I would like to focus on staring a new chapter in my life in Copenhagen, meet people that share similar interest.

    Let me know if you would be open to meeting a fellow Canon shooter, landscape/travel photographer to hang out, do a photo walk in CPH or get a drink. You might be getting tons of weird emails/comment like mine, so I will not be upset if you tell me to go away…

    Thanks,
    Meg S.

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    • Alex Berger
      October 13, 2016

      Hi Meg, thanks for the wonderfully kind words. Had a look at your gallery and your shots are gorgeous. Welcome to Copenhagen! I had an issue with my moderation cue, and only just now saw this. Will follow up with you directly about Copenhagen.

      Reply
  • Pete
    September 27, 2016

    Wow great photos. Iceland is such a beautiful country some place that seems to be on every photographers itinerary at the moment…and for good reason.

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    • Alex Berger
      October 13, 2016

      It’s definitely getting a ton of attention and pressure at the moment, but despite that still has enough unique beauty and creative potential to surprise.

      Reply
  • Jane
    October 1, 2016

    Reminds me of the ranchlands in Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia … incredible photos!

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    • Alex Berger
      October 13, 2016

      Thanks Jane! There are definitely some similarities in feel!

      Reply

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