Svörtuloft Lighthouse – Iceland - Atlas Obscura

Svörtuloft Lighthouse

A Wes Anderson-esque lighthouse that boasts magnificent coastal views. 


This lighthouse is situated on the westernmost part of the volcanic Snæfelsnes Peninsula and maintains spectacular views over the western coastline. 

This marvelous work of architecture resides at the end of a winding gravel road and was constructed around 1931. At the end of the road is a fork, and off to the right is the Svörtuloftsviti Lighthouse. Its bright orange color stands out amid the black rock and cliffs formed from volcanic activity. If you turn right at the fork, you see the more well-known, and smaller lighthouse known as Öndverðarnes Lighthouse.

While driving there, be sure to stop and check out Skartdsvík Beach, one of the few beaches in Iceland that actually has white sand. 

Also, look for the poem written near the back of Svörtuloftsviti Lighthouse.

Know Before You Go

Once you pass Skartdsvík Beach, you'll drive on a narrow gravel road in order to reach both light houses. Take precations. 

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