Seltjarnarnes

Seltjarnarnes is a small town situated on tip of the Reykjavík peninsula, with remarkable views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Seltjarnarnes Kría

Kría

Since much of the town is located within a beautiful nature reserve, it attracts many of the locals, who make use of its excellent recreational areas and the extensive walking and cycling paths encircling the entire peninsula. Its unobstructed views, of the setting sun and the impressive Snæfellsjökull glacier, make it a major romantic destination and magnet for travellers and photographers alike. During the winter, the areas around the coastline become a perfect platform for viewing the magnificent Northern Lights and maybe a shooting star or two! The most visible landmark is the old lighthouse on Grótta Ísland, where you’ll find unending sea-views and a wealth of birdlife. Observe that during the nesting season Grótta is closed from 1st of May until 1st of July.

Adding extra idyllic charm to the town is a permanent art installation entitled Kvika by Ólöf Nordal. Made of dolomite stone with a round footbath carved into the centre, this extraordinary work of art is located on the northern side of the peninsula next to the shark-curing shed. People visiting are thoroughly encouraged to bring a towel and make good use of it by taking a relaxing footbath out in the open sea-air! In case you’d like to warm-up more than just your toes, the town’s thermal pool comes highly recommended and features a lap pool, several different hot tubs, a slide, a steam bath and toddler pool; all supplied uniquely with geothermal seawater.

If you’re interested in the development of medicine in Iceland then you’ll find a curious museum on Neströð, which houses a small collection focused on the history of pharmacy.

Another popular stop in Seltjarnarnes is the nine-hole golf course with exceptional ocean views and a nice clubhouse, where players can rent equipment and buy refreshments.

Serviced by bus no. 11.

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