Gatklettur Rock Arch, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Gatklettur Rock Arch, Snaefellsnes peninsula is a magnificent phenomena in West Iceland. It is a marvel to photograph no matter what the weather is. We like visiting the arch at high tides in howling winds when huge breakers roll in embracing the arch. The rock is a circular arch. It shows how distinctive wave action has eroded the rocks into arches and beautiful swirled patterns.
Thankfully, Gatklettur is less frequently visited by guests to Iceland, so there is a good chance we’ll have this scenic stop all to ourself. The best way to access the rock arch is to hike from Arnarstapi to Hellnar, taking in the beautiful coastlines and gorgeous mountain backdrop as you walk. This route is approximately 5 km and should take around two hours. Gatklettur is far closer to Arnarstapi than Hellnar.
There is great birdlife around the cliffs. Some of the birds that can be photographed at a close range. They are species like kitty wakes, fulmars, glaucious gulls, eider ducks, schags, cormorants etc.0