2 Day Snaefellsnes & Auroras Tour - EI47

Winter tour - Northern Lights, black sand beaches and more

Explore the magnificent Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland. We offer you a scenic winter tour with great ocean view, stunning landscape, northern lights hunting and an easy cave exploration in Cave Vatnshellir, making this two-day tour great value for money. Snaefellsnes peninsula has been given the well-deserved nickname "Iceland in miniature".

Operated in a minibus

Small Groups & Personal Service

Duration: 2 days

Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30

Group maximum: 18 persons

Available: Oct - Apr

Age limit: 10 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Northern lights search
  • National Park of Snaefellsnes
  • Hraunfossar waterfalls
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Optional caving tour
  • Small fishing village
  • Black sand beaches
  • See Snaefellsjokull Glacier
  • Country guesthouse
  • Reykholt village
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Skorradalur valley
  • Hvalfjordur fjord
  • Volcanic Crater Eldborg
  • Gerduberg basalt columns
  • Búðir Church

Free WiFi


  • Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Minibus tour
  • English guidance
  • Free wifi on the minibus
  • Accommodation for 1 night w/ breakfast & private bathroom
  • Northern lights search

Not included: Lunch and dinner are not included in the price (only breakfast on day 2).

Optional extra: An easy cave tour to Vatnshellir cave (see booking engine for prices). If you do not want to go caving, you can go for a short walk with your guide around the area.

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, gloves and a camera. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine.

Drop-off information: We will be back in Reykjavik at 19:00 - 20:00 on day two, depending on weather and road conditions.

Snaefellsnes peninsula - Tour footage

Mt. Kirkjufell - The Lonely Mountain

Djupalonssandur black sand beach

Gerduberg basalt columns

Snaefellsnes ocean view

48 990 per adult

For a single room you have to select the single room supplement extra.

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

 Booking engine



Reviews on TripAdvisor


"I can only recommend this tour around magic Snaefellsnes; you get to see a lot in two days packed with sights and adventure. Our guide was wonderful and kind and an expert driver (no small feat driving on these icy roads with gales of sidewind), and I especially enjoyed the fact that we were only a small group (13 people). At first, the prize might seem a bit steep, but you really get two full fun-packed days for it and the tour is most definitely worth it!"

Tour Description

budir snaefellsnes small group tour

Búðir Church

Cave Vatnshellir

Caving tour to Cave Vatnshellir

Day 1

When we have picked you from your hotel we will begin the tour when we drive to Hvalfjordur, if weather allows. Hvalfjordur is a peaceful fjord, with dramatic landscape, waterfalls and cliffs, rich in history.

We will arrive in the small seaside town of Borgarnes, home of the legendary viking Egill Skallagrímsson. We drive through and onwards towards the peninsula, and make our way to the magnificent mountain of Kirkjufell.

The Lonely Mountain iceland

The Lonely Mountain

We make a stop at the waterfall with the iconic mountain Kirkjufell in the backdrop. At the foot of the mountain is the peaceful little village of Grundarfjordur. We can buy a lunch pack or some refreshments there.

From there we head on our way to the fishing village of Olafsvik, where we’ll stop for lunch.

Djupalonssandur black sand beach

The power of the ocean can be witnessed first-hand in Djupalonssandur black sand beach

Cave Vatnshellir

One of the tour highlights is this easy cave exploration in the National Park of Snaefellsnes. Note that this caving tour is optional (see booking engine). If you do not wish to go caving you can take a short walk around the area with your guide, while the rest of the group goes caving.

** There's no need to be in any particular physical condition to explore Cave Vatnshellir. Helmets, gloves and torches are provided to all travellers during this guided visit **

Inside the lava tube there are two main sections. The upper section has great features and unique formations of lava statues curved on the sides of the lava tube. The lower part of the lava cave which can be reached by a long and narrow staircase takes us deep down underground to a place which was hidden from the outside world for thousands of years. Vatnshellir was created in an volcanic eruption some 7,000 years ago.

Visiting this beautiful cave offers a unique experience. In the total darkness of the lava cave most sense shut down and the sense of smell becomes dominant, deep underground there is absolutely no sound.

The black-sand beaches

Our next stop will be the black sand beaches of Djupalonssandur and Dritvik, where there were fishing operations in the olden days. The debris of two shipwrecks from some decades ago is still spread along the beach. These beaches are stunning and extremely interesting places to see with unusual cliff formations and black pebbles.

If time allows, we will take a short 30 minute hike along the coastline connecting the two beaches to see the amazing scenery in this area.


Hraunfossar Falls

Hraunfossar Falls are not far from Reykholt

Arnarstapi fishing village

We will see a sculpture of Bardur Snaefellsas at the beach of Arnarstapi, who was half human and half ogre. After some quite dramatic events in his life he is reputed to have vanished into Snaefellsjokull ice cap. We take a short hike along the coast at Arnarstapi to see ravines, caves, basalt columns and seabirds. We’ll carry on and stop at the quaint church of Búðir.

Our last stop of the day is at our accommodation, a nice country hotel on the peninsula’s south coast.

One of the highlights of this day is probably Hraunfossar Falls, a stone’s throw away from Reykholt. The falls consist of a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres through a very porous lava field. The waterfalls pour into the River Hvita from ledges composed of the less porous rock in the lava.

eldborg volcanic crater

A very handsome crater named Eldborg

Day 2

Today, after breakfast, we will continue our journey around the peninsula of Snaefellsnes. We stop at the Ytri-Tunga beach, well known for its seal colony. The best time to spot the little cuties is in June and July.

We will then drive to Gerduberg, an impressive wall of beautiful basalt columns forming geometric patterns in the cliffs. We will also stop at the mineral spring of Raudamelsolkelda in Hnappadalur. Driving west along the peninsula we travel through peaceful countryside with a dramatic backdrop of towering cliffs and peaks. Rhyolite from ancient volcanoes colours the mountains in bluish and pastel tones.

black sand beaches

Crashing waves and black sand beaches

One of the highlights of this day is probably our next stop at Hraunfossar Falls. The falls consist of a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres through a very porous lava field. The waterfalls pour into the River Hvita from ledges composed of the less porous rock in the lava.

A few steps upstream from the Hraunfossar Falls we will find the waterfall of Barnafoss. This name means "the Waterfall of the Children", and is derived from an accident which is said to have taken place there in ancient times. The tale says that once upon a time there was a natural bridge over the waterfall and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths using that bridge to cross the river. It is said that the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

Our next stop is at Reykholt, a little village in the valley of Reykholtsdalur. Snorri Sturluson, author of the Edda Sagas and one of Iceland's most significant people in historic times, lived in Reykholt. He was a famous poet and politician whose work left records of the Old Norse language and medieval Icelandic mythology which are invaluable to modern day scholars. He also left what is probably the oldest hot tub in Iceland.

We will visit the hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which has the highest flow of any hot spring in Europe. The water temperature is 97 degrees and the flow rate is over 180 litres per second. You have the option of stopping at the Krauma geothermal baths & spa. If you choose not to visit Krauma, we'll go visit a nearby horse farm and pet some Icelandic horses!

After two amazing days in Snaefellsnes, we head back to Reykjavik, where we will drop you off at your desired location, at around 17-18 (5-6pm).

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula Two Days - Rated 5/5 based on 4 customer reviews

Snaefellsnes 2 day tour

5 by Verified customer 2018-01-29
The tour was great. I felt that I got to see a lot of the sights I had been hoping to see. The accommodations were very nice and our tour guide, Erla, was very knowledgeable.

Great trip

5 by Patty 2018-11-11
"This was my first trip to Iceland. I have booked a 2+3 day tour with Extreme Iceland - and I wanna go back! It tasted like much more. The tour was nice - easy - next time i would go for a middle intence tour. I had great fun with the small group of max 18 pax your travel with which is a ok sixe group. The hotel we slept in was nice and cozy. Thanks for the great experience - will come back soon."


5 by Vincenzo 2018-11-13
Tours were fantastic and the guides super professional. The booking process is easy, fast and it gives us all the info you need.

An excellent way to see Iceland

5 by Carrie 2018-11-30
"I'm not much for tour groups but with a limited amount of time and daylight we thought it would make sense to leave the getting around to someone else. Our tour had about 18 people so large enough to diffuse the expense but not so huge as to make it impossible to track everyone down to get from place to place While you may not be able to linger as long as you want at every stop the tour, the stops, the snacks, the sights were all well thought out, I never felt rushed and the experience of being able to sit back and take in the landscape between locations and not stress about driving, navigating, sorting out where to get food or a bathroom relieved all of the burden of that kind of planning. This was our first visit to Iceland and the landscape is mind-bendingly beautiful. We had a 4 day tour (split into two 2-day tours), our guides for both trips (Erla and Karl) were both amazing. I think for our next visit we'd be interested in more hiking, caving, physical activities and, longer visits to certain spots with a bit more time outside to explore, but as a first visit we saw a huge variety of things, it all felt well balanced, not having to deal with driving was fantastic, the accommodations everywhere were comfortable (some of the food was hit or miss but I don't blame the tour for this). I'd definitely recommend the tour company, it's an excellent way to visit for the first time (because we're definitely coming back), there is no way we'd have seen as much, covered as much ground, etc.. without the expertise of our local guides. Such a magical trip."
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Disclaimer: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.

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