Exploring the Snaefellsness Peninsula with a Toddler

Our obsession with the Snaefellsness Peninsula started when we first saw a picture of majestic Mount Kirkjufell on Instagram. After doing some more research we quickly realized that this little peninsula north of Reykjavik had so much to offer and warranted a couple of days to explore. Here are our Snaefellsness Peninsula must see stops:

Gerduberg Basalt Columns
The Gerduberg Basalt Columns are not only gorgeous but extremely easy to visit. You can drive right up to the base of the cliffs as you get closer you realize just how huge they are. Kids of all ages will enjoy climbing the rocks and exploring the area.

Gerduberg Basalt Columns

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
If you don’t pay attention, you might drive right by because it appears only as a small crack from the road, but Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge is in fact a deep ravine perfect for exploring.

View of Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge from the parking lot

From the parking lot it’s about a 10 minute uphill walk to Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge. You will definitely need to baby wear if your kiddo is too small to either navigate the mini-hike or is apt to run off as there are some mini-drop offs along the way.

Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

Village of Arnarstapi
Arnarstapi is a quaint little fishing village with a stunning coastline. Kids and parents alike will love this stop as there is plenty of green space to explore, birds and sea creatures to spot and epic views.


While we didn’t have time to do this ourselves, you can do a 2.5km walk along an old horse trail to Hellnar and experience even more of the beautiful Icelandic shore.

Arnarstapi views

Mount Kirkjufell
Our last Snaefellsness Peninsula stop was the one we were most excited about and it did not disappoint. Standing at nearly 500m, Kirkjufell is one of the most beautiful and unique looking mountains we have seen. There is a small parking lot right at it’s base making it easy to visit. Be sure to cross the road and head over to the small series of waterfalls for the best views.

Mount Kirkjufell

Tips for Parents:

  • If you are traveling with a toddler make sure to bring a carrier as most of the attractions on the Snaefellsness Peninsula are not stroller friendly. We only used a stroller once during our visit.
  • If you want to indulge in some fresh and delicious fish and chips, check out Finsens in Stykkishólmur where they prep and cook your meal on the spot. The portions are huge and our toddler loved the “giant fish sticks”!

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