Hópsnes

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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A 2-kilometer-long and 1-kilometer-wide headland in the middle of Grindavík, a small fishing town on Reykjanes Peninsula. Hópsnes is a unique and fascinating site which is a home to the remains of over 20 ships that ran aground on this small lava peninsula next to the harbour. There is a road that goes around the headland where you can explore the rusted hulls and twisted metal frames of these once great vessels, that have now fallen victim to sea spray and are slowly decaying away with rust and corrosion. On the peninsula stands a nearly 100-year-old lighthouse and some ruins from former settlers and old fishing houses. This location is also good for surfing.

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Accessibility

A good gravel road around the peninsula with small parking lots along the way for offloading.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

This location is in Grindavík municipality and only 30 minutes from Keflavík so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is also in Keflavík.
Accommodation
< 1 km
Gas station
< 1 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 30 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 1 km
Shopping
< 1 km

Permits

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The lighthouse and the road are owned by the Grindavík municipality, but the land is divided and owned by several private owners. You would need a three way permit here
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
Reykjanes Peninsula is on UNESCO Global Geopark list
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

There is a good gravel road that goes around the peninsula. Few small lots to offload equipment. As this location is in the middle of the town, a basecamp area could be at the harbour or wherever suits the production. There are no facilities at this location.

Risk factors

The area is very rocky and covered in block lava which can be dangerous to walk in and result in twisted ankles or broken bones. The waves can get quite big, and stones are slippery when wet. If you want to surf, you need to let the harbour master know and check tides tables and the weather forecast.

Visitors

This area is popular with the locals, for running, driving and just enjoying the outdoors. You could easily get a permit to close it off and would need PAs to help you with that.

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