Arnarstapi is a fishing hamlet
at the foot of the low Mt. Stapafell on the southern side of the
Snaefellsnes peninsula. According to the Bardar-Saga, this
mythological person, half a man and half an ogre, lived in a cave in
the northern slopes of this mountain. The lighthouse of Arnarstapi was
built in 1941. Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past.
The cliffs along the coastline are occupied by myriads of birds,
kittiwakes, fulmars and razorbills and many others nest in the area.
There is quite a large arctic tern colony
in the village itself. A walk along the coastline is recommended to
watch the birds and the magnificent lava formations. Three blowholes,
connected with the sea, open up on the way. When the wind is blowing
hard from southerly directions they create fountains of ocean water,
and then its not advisable to stand too near.
People from all over the world, believers in the energy
radiation of Mt. Snaefellsjokull, gather in the area every
summer to recharge their "batteries" and rock crystals.
An interesting hiking trail connects two fishing hamlets, Hellnar and
Arnarstapi. From Arnarstapi people also hike to the top of the glacier
or all the way to the fishing village Olafsvik on the northern side of
Snjofell ltd offers snowmobile
and snow scooter tours on the glacier. The distance from the capital is
about 188 kilometres by the Whale Bay tunnel.
The purpose of establishing nature reserves is to protect the natural
environment of the country in such a way that people have an
opportunity to enjoy it. By establishing reserves, an area of land is
set aside for nature to take its normal course and for people to
observe the marvels of nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Increased
public awareness and active participation in natural protection is
essential to achieve these objectives.