Once the most distinctive features of Iceland’s other-worldly landscape are the lava fields (hraun). The Snæfellsnes peninsula has a number of volcanoes, one of the biggest and most notable being Snæfellsjökull, a stratovolcano at the end of the peninsula that is covered by an icecap. Snæfellsjökull last erupted around 200 ad., but its claim to fame is more recent. This is the volcano through which Jules Verne’s characters travel from the surface to the core in Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Thanks to Snæfellsjökull and company, the western half of the peninsula features some of the most beautiful lava fields in the whole country. You can literally see the path the magma took as if flowed down out of the mountains to the water.