A small fishing village at the foot of Mount Stapafell, Arnarstapi encapsulates everything that is magical about West Iceland.

Once an important trading post with a much bigger population than it has now, today Arnarstapi is still a bustling harbour during summer, with private fishing and recreational vessels filling the docks.

Surrounding the Arnarstapi pier is a haven of columnar basalt, ravines and grottoes, making it one of Iceland’s most beautiful natural harbours. As you walk along the coastline, you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of Mount Stapafell standing in all its dramatic splendour, as well as magnificent lava formations.

Widlife-lovers should also keep an eye out for the many different birds that breed here, including kittiwakes, gulls, fulmars and Arctic terns!

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