on the southwestern part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula is very popular
among tourists because of the beauty of the region and the nearness of
the Snaefell Glacier. Many
wide travelled people have stated that nowhere in Iceland have they
enjoyed the natural surroundings more.
The yellow beaches, the black and green contrasts of the lava
field and the homely, old hotel dating partly back to 1836, with its
unequalled cuisine help creating an unforgettable atmosphere.
Above it all rises the mysterious, cone shaped Snaefell Glacier
within easy reach for everyone who might want to conquer it on foot or
on snow scooters. A new hotel was opened at Budir in 2002.
BUDAHRAUN LAVA FIELD
are two nature reserves in the region of Snaefellsbaer, Budahraun and
the coast at Arnarstapi and Hellnar. The Nature Conservation Agency is
responsible for the nature reserves.
off the road often causes damage to soil and can carve unwanted and
unsightly new tire marks into the landscape for use by future
vehicles. Off-road driving in the area is therefore prohibited.
Special care should be taken in the vicinity of nesting grounds. If
the birds are disturbed, there is a risk that they will leave their
nests for too long, which may result in unsuccessful hatching or the
death of their nestlings. Cutting plants, disturbing wildlife and
damaging the soil is prohibited.
should be taken to the nearest waste container to keep the beaches
are numerous old trails of cultural value in the area. People are
welcome to use these trails and thereby contribute to their continued
existence as arteries of traffic. In addition, the trails serve as
links between historical sites as well as reminders of Iceland's
industrial history. The routes harmonize well with their surroundings
and travellers are brought into close contact with nature. People on
horseback may use paths and roads, but herding loose horses is
prohibited in the nature reserve. Those who intend to ride along the
Klettsgata trail can obtain further information from the warden and
service providers in the area.
is important that these rules are observed. The land is our common
heritage and we must ensure that future generations will be able to
enjoy it to the full. Respect Nature and its diversity of life and
purpose of establishing natural 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.