‘Follow my finger along the west coast of Iceland. Do you see Reykjavik, the capital? You do. Well; ascend the innumerable fjords that indent those sea-beaten shores, and stop at the sixty-fifth degree of latitude. What do you see there?’
– Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 1864
Jules Verne had never been to Iceland, but rightly saw fit the
Land of Fire and Ice as the appropriate location for the entrance to the center of the earth. Capturing my imagination since childhood, the Snæfellsnes peninsular is an obvious tourist destination for fans of the classic novel; however, the varied landscape also attracts nature lovers, geology enthusiasts, adventures seekers, and more recently, Walter Mitty fans. Advertised as a busy albeit manageable day tour from Reykjavik, Snæfellsnes satisfies anyone looking to experience Iceland in its prime.
…but back to Professor Lidenbrock’s all important question: what do you see there? Well, why tell you, when I can show you.
Even before departing Iceland, I had firmly decided that I would visit again, but in the summer, to complement my present experiences. If Snæfellsnes is this breathtaking in the winter, I can only imagine it’s vitality under the midnight sun!