The newest of Iceland's national parks, Snæfellsjökull National Park is the newest. Established in the summer of 2001, Snæfellsjökull plays a key role in the conservation of native plant and animal species, as well as regional historic relics. At the heart of the park lies Snæfellsjökull Glacier. It soars 4745 feet into the sky atop an active volcano. Snæfellsjökull is arguably the most famous natural site in Iceland – first popularized in the Jules Verne novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth.
The park itself occupies the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and covers about 170 square kilometers, with a southern boundary at Háahraun and a northern boundary near Gufuskálar. There are a number of lava features, including caves – but visitors without an experienced guide are discouraged from exploring these. Other interesting features of Snæfellsjökull National Park include stone structures near Gufuskálar, Skarðsvík bay, and the coastal path from Klofningsrétt to Hólahólar.
Address: Klettsbud 7, Hellissandur, Iceland
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