Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a world of diversity, comprising many of Iceland's unique features on one peninsula. It is a legendary area of magic and beauty, immortalized in Jules Verne's “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. We will also visit a cave on the way.
Operated in a minibus
Small groups & personal service
Duration: ~12 hours
Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30
Group maximum: 19 persons
Available: All year
Age limit: 6 years
- Small Group Experience
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Kirkjufell Mountain
- Arnarstapi village
- Vatnshellir Cave (optional)
- Black Sand beaches
- Snæfellsjökull National Park
- Djúpalónssandur beach
- Saxhóll Crater Views
- Icelandic wildlife
- Berserker lava field
- Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall
- Snaefellsjokull glacier
- Free WiFi on bus
Included: Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, free WiFi and an English guided minibus tour.
Optional extra: (Recommended) The caving tour to Vatnshellir cave is optional (see price in booking engine). For those who do not book the caving tour, you can take a short walk around the area with your guide.
Not included: Lunch (We stop at a local restaurant/diner)
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. A camera is also a good idea. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine.
Reviews on TripAdvisor
"I booked the tour to Snæfellsnes and it was an awesome day. Sunny weather, a nice group (about 20 people) and the tour guide David also did a great job. I especially liked the walk along the coastline and the visit in the lava cave."
The tour begins with collection from your hotel in Reykjavik and progress west towards Snaefellsness peninsula, following a scenic route of dramatic landscapes. We will make a short stop in Borgarnes for refreshments, allowing you to pick up supplies for the day ahead.
The peninsula is home to varied wildlife, including many types of bird and even a seal colony. We stop at a black sand beach near Ytri-Tunga farm, offering an opportunity to spot some of these playful residents.
Next up is a visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi village where you‘ll take a walk through extraordinary landscape along the precipitous shoreline toward the small village of Hellnar. Here we will break for lunch.
Lava Cave Vatnshellir
In the afternoon the tour continues as we make our way to Hellnar, one of the oldest fishing towns on the peninsula. From there we drive to Vatnshellir lava cave located in the Snæfellsjökull National Park, close to the glacier which is the setting Jules Verne chose for the start of his famous adventure. The cave is optional (see price in booking engine). If you do not book the caving tour, you can take a short walk around the area with your guide while the other guests go caving. Note that you can also wait in the car if you want.
Exploring Vatnshellir you‘ll descend into a subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations. The glow of your headlight may form eerie shapes and shadows, which dance across the walls of the cave. The caving is short, very easy, and suitable for everyone.
Black Sand Beach Djúpalónssandur
From the curious underworld of Vatnshellir, we continue to Djúpalónssandur, a black-pebbled beach that offers stark views out to the sea and fascinating histories of shipwrecks and adventure.
Departing Djúpalónssandur beach we travel past impressive landscapes, towards the northern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Enjoy the amazing view of the volcanic crater Saxhóll. Our first stop on the north side is the small town of Ólafsvík, where we will take a bathroom break and maybe get some refreshments. After that, we stop at Grundarfjörður fishing village is the next stop. Surrounded by particularly beautiful mountains. The area is home to one of the peninsula‘s most photographed iconic landmarks Kirkjufell. This symmetrical mountain towers 463 m (1519 ft) up from the shoreline, “church mount” is its name translated to English and you can see why.
Out of Grundarfjörður, the route lies across a lava field named Berserkjahraun. According to Viking legends, this is the place where two Swedish "berserkers“ forged Iceland‘s first road, which went over to the south side of the peninsula through a highland pass.
Heading back to Reykjavik, we have a chance to take in the view of the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, home to a beautiful belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes.
On our way home we stop once again at Borgarnes for a quick break, before heading back to Reykjavik.
We drop-off to your hotel, allowing the day's magic to sink in deep.
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Center of the Earth - Rated 5/5 based on 23 customer reviews
Very good tour guide5 by Verified customer 2017-05-30
Nice small tour5 by Verified customer 2017-06-05
Centre of the Earth tour5 by Verified customer 2017-06-13
Missed walking from Arnarstapi to Hellnar5 by Verified customer 2017-07-01
The guide5 by Verified customer 2017-07-06
Excellent tour and tour guide5 by Verified customer 2017-07-20
Amazing experience5 by Verified customer 2017-08-02
Amazing tour!5 by Verified customer 2017-08-05
Great way to see this area's highlights5 by Verified customer 2017-08-11
Excellent tour guide!!!5 by Verified customer 2017-08-13
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Beautiful!5 by Verified customer 2017-08-24
Awesome day for sightseeing and exploring the peninsula5 by Verified customer 2017-09-16
the BEST5 by Verified customer 2017-10-03
A wonderful part of Iceland!5 by Verified customer 2017-10-03
Nice tour5 by Estelle 2018-11-12
Great Trip!5 by Ian 2018-11-16
All I can say is YOU MUST GO ON THIS TOUR!!!5 by Shannon 2018-11-30
Perfect tour!5 by Sylvia 2018-12-03
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Excellent tour5 by Sharyn 2018-12-14