Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell between Hellnar village and Breidavik farms on the southern side of Snaefellsnes peninsula. Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past and had a much bigger population than it has now. Today Arnarstapi is still a somewhat busy harbor during summer, with private fishing and recreational vessels filling the docks.
Arnarstapi is also a thriving center for local activities with a variety of natural and culinary attractions as well as a cluster of second homes that are located in and around the village. There is much beauty to be found in nearby attractions, and an old horse trail past Nedstavatn is now a popular hiking trail across the lava and along the beach between Arnarstapi and Hellnar. This walk is about one hour. In 1979 the cliffs where made a Natural Reserve.
Arnarstapi’s unique nature
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.
Bardur Snaefellsas was the settler of Snaefellsnes. Half troll and half human he is said to protect the peninsula and the people there and many placenames in the area are inspired by his Saga. A large sculpture of Bardur by artist Ragnar Kjartansson stands by the beach.
Near Arnarstapi you will also find many other interesting natural wonders like Raudfeldsgja, Dritvik, Bjarnarfoss and Londrangar.
Check out our complete guide to Snaefellsnes peninsula.