Svörtuloft – A Lighthouse and Cliff in Snæfellsnes Peninsula


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On the westernmost point of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland, there is Svörtuloft, a lighthouse, and a 4-kilometer long cliff. You can visit the place when the weather is calm and the tide is low. Visiting this cliff in the summer season provides an amazing view. The formation of the cliff at the Snæfellsnes peninsula is quite spectacular. The dark black lava cliffs attract a large number of tourists from across the world and throughout the year. There is a viewing panel that was installed a few years ago for a better panoramic view. The natural arc by the lighthouse is an amazing part of the cliff. With the stack that stands tall from the sea line, this place looks spectacular. The place is named so because of the cliffs made from pitch black lava. The lava flow at this place did not stop until it reached the cold sea.

The concrete lighthouse is also known as the Svörtuloftaviti lighthouse. The 12.8 meters tall lighthouse was taken into use in 1931. You will find around 14 places in Iceland by the same name Svörtuloft. The lava at these cliffs looks like it has been cut and made into 4 kilometers long sheer black wall. If you visit this place between May and August, you may witness many seabirds on and over the cliffs. You can also get a view of puffins flying over the Svörtuloft cliff. The bright orange lighthouse standing out the black rock and cliffs offers a stunning view.

Svörtuloft cliffs and lighthouse in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Visit Around Svörtuloft Cliff

If are planning for a weekend trip to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, visit the beautiful Bjarnarfoss waterfall. Surrounded by green fields, the Bjarnarfoss waterfall is located on the south side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Going into the river Bjarná, it falls from a height of 80 meters in two tiers from basalt cliffs. The upper tier of the waterfall sometimes blows upwards in strong breezes. This splendid waterfall is also visible from road 54. The streams of the waterfall can be seen from the way to Hellnar, Aranstapi, and Lóndrangar. The tall mountains in the backdrop of this waterfall provide a stunning panoramic view. It is located where the main road splits to Fróðaárheiði, leading to Ólafsvík in the northern part and to Arnarstapi and Búðir on the south shore of the peninsula. The interesting point of the waterfall is high in the cliffs and takes an effort to hike up the steep slope.

Visit Snæfellsjökull, a glacier-capped volcano situated on the top of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in west Iceland. This volcano stands in a National Park of the same name that is one of the only three National Parks in the country. Explore this region on your trip to the Snaefellsnes. You can either visit this place through the guided packages or in your rented vehicle.  It draws the attention of many travelers across the world and can be reached throughout the year. It stands at 1,446 meters tall and is visible across the bay from Reykjavík. The strato volcano beneath Snæfellsjökull glacial volcano is known to be millions of years old.

Svörtuloft cliffs and lighthouse in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

How to Reach Svörtuloft

Located at a distance of about 214 kilometers from Reykjavik, Svörtuloft can be reached easily. It can be accessed without any hassle from any part of the country. If you are starting from Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, drive on to Ring Road 1 towards the north. When you reach the town of Borgarnes after driving for some time, take a left turn to drive on to Route 54. Keep driving on this route towards West Iceland for about an hour. Take a left turn towards the Útnesvegur. From Ólafsvík, head towards the Svörtuloft cliff. After driving on this path for about 10 kilometers, take a right turn to reach Svörtuloft.

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