The Snaefellsnes region, under two hours to the north-west of Reykjavik, is a starkly beautiful peninsula jutting out into the North Atlantic on Iceland's western coast. In the long summer days, when the sun hardly sets, there are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from: fishing for sea trout or river salmon, riding, sea kayaking, whale-watching, hiking or snowmobiling on the glacier-topped volcano that dominates the end of the peninsula - and plenty of daylight hours in which to enjoy them. Snaefellsnes Peninsula holidays also have a lovely literary angle, because the region is closely connected with the Norse Sagas,
and the crater of Mt Snaefells - the volcano in question - is the access point for Jules Verne's heroes in the Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula was also the birthplace of Leif Erikson, the first European to reach North America, some 500 years before Columbus.
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