It was here that Jules Verne set his story Journey to the
Centre of the Earth and Halldór Laxness his book Kristnihald
Undir Jökli. Modern cultists look to the mountain for energy.
Geologically this strato volcano is active, though it has not erupted
for around 1750 years. The Snæfellsnes peninsula represents the
original spreading ridge in Iceland, but spreading ceased here around
6 million years ago. The most recent volcanic activity on the
peninsula was at Rauðhálsar around the time of