Snaefellsjokull National Park

Iceland - West Iceland

Snæfellsjökull National Park was established to protect and preserve the area’s unique landscape, indigenous plants and animal life, and important historical relics.

The park also aims to provide visitors with improved access and opportunities to explore the region. Iceland’s national parks are valuable assets that are open to everyone. This park includes the Snæfellsjökull glacier and is the only Icelandic national park that extends to the sea. Snæfellsnes National Park boasts diverse geology, with formations dating back to almost every era of Iceland’s past. The prominent formations in and around the park originated from geologically “modern” times, including the last ice age. The hills north of the glacier, near Bárðarkista, consist of volcanic palagonite tuff formed during eruptions beneath or under the sea. Svalþúfa is probably the eastern part of a crater that erupted underwater, while Lóndrangar is a volcanic plug.

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