During a recent trip to Iceland we spent a day exploring the beautiful peninsula of Snaefellsnes and the area surrounding Hvammsfjord. Because it was the middle of June, West Iceland never truly got dark, with the sun dipping just below the horizon before it rose again a few hours later. We drove the length of Snaefellsnes, part of the way along dusty dirt roads barely wide enough for two cars. The water was bright and blue under the black cliffs at the tip of the peninsula.
The town of Olafsvik provided a great dinner at Hotel Olafsvik, just a block from the harbor where the fishing boats are docked. The church was designed to look like a ship and can be seen from all over town. Back across the fjord we stayed at the new and very remote Hotel Vogur, a converted farmhouse sitting under two waterfalls and overlooking Breidafjördur Bay. The view from the hot tub of the mountains on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula was incredible!