A spiritual experience. Hellnar is right next to the mystical Snaefellsjokull Glacier, considered to be one the largest and most beautiful glaciers in the world.
The glacier and the surrounding town are also thought to be one of the major energy centers of earth, with many spiritual attractions and activities. The French writer Jules Verne chose it as the entrance in his novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”
WHEN TO GO
Spring, summer, and autumn are the best times, although winter can be very special, too. The Icelandic winter is mild, but damp, and the winds tend to be a bit chilly.
GETTING THERE icelandair.com) to Iceland from New York, Baltimore, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul in the US.
Drive to Hellnar by car — rentals available at the airport or elsewhere — or take a daily bus.
- Snaefellsjokull Glacier
Miles of ice. Great glacier hiking, climbing, snowmobiling, skiing.
- Mary’s Spring
West of Hellnahraun lava-field, about 300 meters beyond the old hiking trail between Hellnar and Arnarstapi, is a spring that comes out from under the lava. In the year 1230, bishop Gudmundur, the good one, came visiting Hellnar. He asked for water for him and his men and an old man took them to the spring. Men drank of the water and watered their horses. The weather was cloudy, but when they were about to leave, the sun broke through and Mother Mary and three angels appeared before them. Mary asked the bishop to bless the water for healing. He did. In 1989, the inhabitants at Hellnar bought a statue of Mother Mary and put it up by the spring. The water is still used for healing.
- Gudridur’s Statue
A statue in the memory of Viking woman Gudridur Thorbjarnardottir, who went to settle in America just after the year 1000 and is considered to be the first European mother to give birth there.
BEST UNUSUAL ATTRACTION
Lines on both sides of Hellnar that connect with the pyramids in Egypt and in Southern Mexico. More proof that the place is a spiritual center.
BEST ACTIVITY AND TOUR
- Tours to the top of the glacier by Snjofell
- Guided tours of the glacier, mystical sites and coastlines by Guiding Light Tours
- The Personal Growth Center
Tel. + 354-435-6810 or 435-6820
Fax: + 354-435-6801
Peace Center Workshops, peace prayer ceremonies, healings, personal card readings and other spiritual, psychic activities.
- The Snaefellsass Community
Tel: + 354-435-6810
Established in 1995, this is the first intentional community in Iceland, and is based on ecological, spiritual and self-sustainable principles. The community houses a tour operation, a guesthouse, a campground and a small publishing house, and became a member of The Global Eco-village Network in the summer of 2000. Visitors are welcome to learn more about the community and join.
- Guesthouse Brekkubaer at Hellnar, an eco guesthouse.
Tel: + 354-435-6820
Fax + 354-435-6801
Open from April 1st – November 1st annually, the guesthouse has 10 double rooms with private bathrooms, and one double room and one single room that share a bathroom. In summer, a campground is available. Also offers Reiki sessions, Viking card readings, daily yoga classes and delicious, organic foods and wines. Since 1997, the Guesthouse Brekkubaer has operated with strict ecological guidelines and is committed to reducing consumption of resources. Currently working toward certification through Green Globe 21.
Guesthouse Brekkubaer or Fjoruhusid, a coffee house, both at Hellnar
- Viking feasts at Guesthouse Brekkubaer with local music and entertainment
BEST LOCAL HAUNT
The glacier. Other outdoor spots. The beach. eyeoniceland.com
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