We are sure, that this spot will hypnotize and overwhelm you. It can be easily missed while traveling in the East because it’s not hyped up much. Hólmanes peninsula is a place you don’t even expect; hidden over a hill, near a road connecting two fjord towns. In spite of its close proximity to civilization, you have an extraordinary feeling that it’s kind of wilderness at the end of the world. You can feel in the air that it’s nothing else, but an elves’ hideout. Although it takes only something about half an hour to get there, you have an impression that you made a really long way and as a prize you discovered this fairy place.
Hólmanes peninsula is situated behind a town called Reyðarfjörður and just before Eskifjörður. Since 1973, there is a little nature reserve, where thousands of birds live amidst fascinating tundra plants. A real joy for nature lovers. Express your excitement quietly not to flush them and of course not to annoy elves (ATTENTION: they can be very impish while irritated!). In Hólmanes reserve, you can spend an hour or two, but if you have time, there is enough to do for a couple of hours. It all depends on your schedule. Imagine majestic mountains, remarkable rock formations and tiny islands, endless water, and gentle wind. This is a very mysterious space where you can breathe deeply, relax and be inspired by nature’s miracles – you won’t have enough of it.
We’ve visited Hólmanes a few times, often on the way to the swimming pool in Eskifjörður, which is one of our favorites. One summer weekend, as huge fans of spending a night in beautiful unspoiled places we decided to camp there. And guess what – we didn’t meet a soul. We had the whole peninsula just for ourselves. Hólmanes, even if it’s situated near the civilization, still has this kind of Icelandic magnetic, almost mystical spirit.
This is an ideal place to enjoy a walk in whimsical atmosphere. With a bit of luck, you could even stumble upon a herd of wild reindeer. They also adore this spot. Feed your soul and eyes wandering around this fairy peninsula and strain your ears to hear the steps of timid reindeer and likewise timid elves. It’s Iceland off-the-beaten-path at its best. Oh yes!