The small town of Arnarstapi sits on the south coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula and is home to the spectacular Hellnar Sea Cliffs. The area was made a Natural Reserve in 1979 and, as such, the scenery here is quite striking from jagged sea cliffs to thrashing Atlantic waves.


This tiny village was once a thriving trading post home to many fishermen, today it’s far quieter and is home only to a guesthouse or two. Life here is peaceful, picturesque and secluded which makes for a great place to explore Iceland’s natural beauty.

Hiking Trail

From Arnarstapi you can walk along the coastal headland heading west towards Hellnar. This route is approximately 2.5km and can be done in less than an hour. Upon arriving in Hellnar, you’ll reach a pebbled beach and the Hellnar Sea Cliffs, a rocky formation that’s well worth climbing atop for a picture. Make sure you pack your binoculars too as this coastal path is renowned for its birding.

Photos from Arnarstapi