In 1979 the cliffs between Arnastapi and Hellnar where made a Natural Reserve.
Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past and had a much bigger population than it has now.
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.
The majestic Mt. Stapafell towers over the town adding to the dramatic landscape.
Bárður Snæfellsás was the settler of Snæfellsnes. Half troll and half human he is said to protect the peninsula and the people there. A large sculputre of Bárður by artist Ragnar Kjartnasson stands by the beach.