Journey to the center of the Earth - Minibus day tour


Journey to the Centre of the Earth - EI28

Minibus day tour to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, in West Iceland

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 and personal service.

Duration: ~12 hours

Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30

Group maximum: 20 persons

Available: Apr - Sept

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy

Map (click here)

Tour Highlights:
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Arnarstapi village
  • Vatnshellir Cave (optional)
  • Black Sand beaches
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Gerðuberg Basalt Columns
  • Icelandic wildlife
  • Berserker lava field
  • Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall
  • Snaefellsjokull glacier

Included: Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, 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.

Aerial footage from Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Mt Kirkjufell - Image gallery

Djupalonssandur Black Sand Beach

Gerduberg basalt rock columns

14 990 ISK per adult

Children (6-15): 50% off

If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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Tour Description

Arnarstapi natural bridge

Natural bridge, Snaefellsnes peninsula

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 for refreshments, allowing you to pick up supplies for the day ahead.

kirkjufell mountain rainbow

Rainbow over Kirkjufell mountain

The peninsula is home to varied wildflife, 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.

vatnahellir cave stairs

This spiral staircase is certainly a unique experience

Lava Cave Vatnshellir

In the afternoon the tour continues 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.

Djupalonssandur black sand beach

Djupalonssandur black sand beach

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.

Gerduberg basalt rock columns

Gerduberg basalt rock columns

Departing Djúpalónssandur beach we travel past impressive landscapes, towards the northern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula. 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 it's 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 and over to the south side of the peninsula through a highland pass.

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall and the lonely mountain

On the way a short stop is made at a viewpoint where you can take a short walk down to a small and beautiful waterfall.

Heading back to Reykjavik, we have time to take in the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, home to a beautiful belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes. Finally, we drop-off to your hotel, allowing the day's magic to sink in deep.

Center of the Earth
Rated 5/5 based on 15 customer reviews

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Very good tour guide

5 by Verified customer 2017-05-30
I had gone on 2 other tours prior to this one, but with another tour company, and this tour, and especially the guide, were exceptional. He had an excellent grasp of knowledge and was able to provide us in-depth information for a variety of subjects. This was a long tour (about 12 hours), and he kept us informed and engaged the entire time.

Nice small tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-05
We enjoyed the smaller group for the tour.

Centre of the Earth tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-13
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was a long 12 hour day, but the time went quickly. With it being our 1st day in Iceland, we had lots of questions which were answered politely and with humor by both driver and assistant (Scott). We were lucky with the weather which made it for a pleasant day, but the route was outstanding, information conveyed along the way always interesting and the stops were welcome. With it being a 12 hour tour, time was tight and we understood that the schedule needed to be adhered to, but the scenery always begged for more photographic stops, even if they would only be 5 minute stops. We would thoroughly recommend anybody taking a tour with Extreme Iceland. Thank you

Missed walking from Arnarstapi to Hellnar

5 by Verified customer 2017-07-01
We were looking forward to walk along the coastline according to the program. Our guide skipped that part due to strong wind.

The guide

5 by Verified customer 2017-07-06
The guide is the best I've ever met!

Excellent tour and tour guide

5 by Verified customer 2017-07-20
It was a small friendly group with a very friendly guide Ingun. We visited several spots and had ample time at each. The guide even made small detours and showed us new places or stopped at unscheduled places we wanted to check out. Gave us great stories and insight into Icelandic life. Only improvement: Pickups could start earlier even at 7-8am. Snaefellsness is beautiful of course. Highly recommend this tour.

Amazing experience

5 by Verified customer 2017-08-02
I went to the tour with a friend and we really enjoyed the landscapes and scenery, but also the way the tour was organized. Our guide Paulina was great. Would definitely book again with Extreme Iceland.

Amazing tour!

5 by Verified customer 2017-08-05
The tour was fantastic we enjoyed every stop and had the best fish and chips we ever have had for lunch, amazing.

Great way to see this area's highlights

5 by Verified customer 2017-08-11
This is a long day tour, but covers so many interesting and contrasting places. It isn't rushed, plenty of time at each stop, and time for breaks and lunch if you haven't brought food with you. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable about the geology of the area, but also on history, legends, language, culture. The lava cave was a good extra too. Absolutely worth the cost of the tour, and an area I would like to explore again another time.

Excellent tour guide!!!

5 by Verified customer 2017-08-13
I learned so much about the culture and history of Iceland from our guide, very knowledgable and interesting man. The commentary was only to be matched by the beautiful locations we stopped at.

Journey To The Centre of the Earth - EI28 + Lava Cave Vatnshellir

5 by Verified customer 2017-08-18
While we enjoyed this tour immensely, and your driver/guide was a lot of fun, we are both 70 years old and we think the description on your website of the Lave Cave is a little misleading when it states ""The caving is short, very easy and suitable for everyone"". I really do not know how I managed to climb down the spiral staircases and then climb up them on the way back. I have a replacement hip and osteo arthritis in both knees. But somehow I did it!! But having said that we really did enjoy the 12 hour tour and the driver never lost her sense of humour! Chris & Pennie Powell


5 by Verified customer 2017-08-24
All place we visited was fantastic and we have enough time walking around. Also our guide stopped a couple of times for photo taking! Thank you so much for the amazing trip!

Awesome day for sightseeing and exploring the peninsula

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-16
Paulina was our driver and a tour guide. She was upbeat, cheerful, friendly, and knowledgeable. I enjoyed short hikes/walks and the views of various beaches, lava fields, and waterfalls. Unforgettable day! Plenty of stops to eat, have coffee, and relax. The drive was scenic as well. I highly recommend Extreme Iceland for all the tours because of their attention to safety and professionalism.

the BEST

5 by Verified customer 2017-10-03
Although the weather was not very cooperative, the tour guide really gave us the total icelandic experience! :))) kudos! will be back for more trips!

A wonderful part of Iceland!

5 by Verified customer 2017-10-03
Our guide Maria was absolutely fantastic! She had a great mixture of local knowledge and folklore tales which kept us entertained. The tour itself went t some wonderful parts of the peninsula and would recommend it to anyone.
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