The magnificent natural beauty defines Snæfellsnes. There is all kind of diverse entertainment offered for all ages. You can have a base camp at Kast guesthouse and from there, go easily onto various excursions.
Kast guesthouse is opposite of the community centre Lýsuhóll, where the unique swimming pool with the natural mineral waters can be found. This water is famous for its nutrient resources for skin.
The basin of Lýsa lies along the highway partly in the valley of Lýsudal. There is about 2 minutes drive to the lakes. There you can go fishing for salmon, trout and sea trout.
In short distance away, there are interesting attractions. For example to the west there is a natural treasure called Búðir, only 15 km away. And to the east there is an ancient church called Staðarstaður, only 10 km away.
If you walk from Kast up to Lýsupass, you will come upon small water called Lýsa. A trout has been caught there. From there on you can walk on an unmarked path, across the mountain to Grundarfjörður, which is about 4-6 hours walk.
Snæfellsjökull, the national park’s glacier, is also nearby with a fascinating natural and historical heritage signs. Uniqueness of the park is in close proximity to the ocean and the interaction between human and nature. There you can find for example; relics of fishing station from the past. Overview of the national park is the magnificent Snæfellsjökull (the glacier) which is draped with mystique and energy. During the summertime there are daily snowmobile tours or trample on the glacier, ranging from early morning until midnight. Trips at midnight are indescribable experiences in the summer.
Horse-Riding:Kast Guesthouse offers a one to three hour riding tours every day. Arrival is 15 minutes before departures.
there are a few things in life more fun than enjoying nature on horseback so it´s ideal for turists to give the car a break and get to know the icelandic horse.
We also offer riding tours for groups. We do not supply riding autfits but we do supply the helmets.
every tour has atleast one guide.
A walking distance from Kast is Lysa Lake. You can go on a sea angling which is from Arnarstapa and with Sæferðum (trip by sea) which is from Stykkishólmi.
You can drive from Kast to Ólafsvík and from there you can drive around Snæfellsjökul along the seaside. The glacier‘s top road is open to all cars during the summertime and runs from Hellnum/Arnarstapa over to Ólafsvík. At the foothill of Stapafell is a singing cave, which Bárður Snæfellsás lived in while he built his farm on Laugarbrekka. After he built the farm he used the cave to counsel with his men. The cave is a vault, there are a lot of echoes and on the walls you can see inscriptions dating back to the year 1753.
From Kast to Ólafsvík over Fróðarheiði are about 30 km. To Arnarstapi is 30 km. To Borgarnes are about 90 km and to Reykjavik are about 160 km or 2 hour drive.
Trip to the Shore:
The shore from Hellnum to Arnarstapi is protected and the nature is magnificent and miscellaneous birdlife. Ideal is to go there for walks.
Near Búðir is a beautiful white sand beach that is fun to walk around and collect shells and stones.
From Stykkishólmur you can go on a wide range of sea tours with Sæferðir. For example children’s tours, day trips to Flatey, natural- and birdwatching trips over Breiðafjörð and many more.
Four golf courses are at Snæfellsnes. By Langholt near to Kast. In Olafsvík, Suður-Bár near Grundarfjörður and in Stykkishólmur
By Ytri-Tungu in Staðarsveit you can often see the seals on the rock offshore. There is an easy access for all to go there.
In the rocks by Hellnar are many birds nesting and it´s easy to monitor fulmars, squeal, guillemots and sea hen. Fantastic bird cliff is also at Svalþúfa and Öndverðarnes. One of the largest tern nests in the world can be found between Hellissandur and Rif, as well as a substantial at Arnarstapi and Hellnanes. In lakes and ponds at Staðarsveit and Rifsós, there breeds many species of waders, some are rare. Sæferðir in Stykkishólmur also offer bird watching sea trips around Breiðafjörður.
Out of the Snæfellsnes is one of the best conditions in the world to view whales, both Blue Whale and Sperm Whale, which are one of the largest animals of the earth. You can also view smaller whales such as Killer Whale and Porpoise. The Whale Watching boat goes daily from Ólafsvík for 5-7 hours sailing.
At first Lýsuhól‘s swimming pool, which is opposite of Kast guesthouse about two minutes walk. The pool is with natural warm mineral water, directly from the earth. It is very rich of minerals and it is considered very healthy and healing. No chemicals such as chlorine, is mixed with water. The swimming pool in Stykkishólmur is a warm outdoor pool with 57m long water slide, which is the second longest slide of the country. You can also find Wading pool, two hot tubs and 12m indoor pool which is primarily intended as a teaching and training pool. The hot tubs have healthy water that comes straight from the borehole at Hofstaði and the water is good to treat all kinds of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The swimming pool in Ólafsvík is 12.5m indoor pool and has also hot tub. The pool is next to the gymnasium, football stadium, football field, playground and short distance to all services.
In Snæfellsnes you will find various museums. At Hellissandur is a Maritime Museum. In Ólafsvík is a Local Museum in a house called Pakkhúsið and also Fish Collection of marine life from Breiðafjörður. In Grundarfjörður is an History Centre. In Bjarnarhöfn is Shark Museum and in Stykkishólmur is a Norwegian house.