West Fjords to Snæfellsnes Peninsula
We experienced our first rainy day in Iceland and thankfully, it fell on a day where we had few plans except for driving from the West Fjords to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. When driving the southern leg of the West Fjords to the Snæfellsnes region, you basically have two options: take the Ferry Baldur from Brjánslækur to Stykkishólmur or you can drive the jagged, crescent moon shaped route like we did. I’m sure there’s some kind of option for flying, but I didn’t research that so I have not a clue! If you do choose to take the ferry, you have the option of exiting the ferry for a visit at Flatey Island located roughly midway between the two peninsulas. Beware that if you do choose to visit the tiny island of Flatey, your car will have to continue on to Stykkishólmur without you since cars are not allowed on the island. If we could have a do-over, I would probably choose to take the ferry just to try something different, but for the sake of our budget, we stuck to the roads!
We did not find the southern half of the West Fjords to be as scenic as the rest of the fjords, but they were still beautiful. I’m sure that the rain and clouds muted some of the scenery, which means that we’ll just have to go back and catch this area basking in the sun! Due to the weather, we refrained from hopping in and out of the car like we normally do and just focused on the drive. We drove for about two and half hours before stopping in the small town of Búðardalur where we grabbed lunch at the Dalakot Guesthouse. Next up, we headed to our cute cabin located at the base of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Seljaland. I had originally wanted to stay deeper within the peninsula to be closer to the sights, but I found that the accommodations in the Snæfellsnes area were priced high even when booking in advance. I found our cabin on airbnb for $50 dollars a night! We definitely couldn’t pass up that steal! Plus, our bodies needed a break from the hustle and bustle of travel so we welcomed the much needed rest.
When I asked Ben to describe our day at Seljaland, he said that it was “peaceful.” I would agree. Seljaland is located in a small valley and is comprised of a farmhouse, pastureland, and five cabins built by the owner. The cabins are simple and sweet. Our cabin had two twin beds (that we pushed together) with flannel sheets. We had a big window with views of the mountain. There was a small space heater to keep the place cozy. Niels and his wife, the owners of Seljaland, met us at the main house where they gave us some extra blankets, showed us the dinner and breakfast menus, and offered for us to hang out and watch TV in the common area. They were so nice and helpful! It was such a unique experience staying in our little cabin out in the middle of nowhere and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. So glad we stayed in this tucked away retreat and I would encourage you to check it out for yourself if you’re ever headed this way! Check out pics below!