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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

Included:

  • 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

from:
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

5

"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!"


Djupalonssandur black sand beach

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

Day 1 - Snæfellsnes & Northern Lights

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.

Day Highlights

  • Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Vatnshellir cave (*entry fee extra)
  • Snæfellsnes National Park
  • Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)

Included

  • Pick-up in Reykjavík
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Visit to all highlights of the day
  • Hotel Accommodation (Snæfellsnes area)

Accommodation

Hótel Rjúkandi
Quiet and rustic ecolodge Hotel Rjúkandi off Route 54
Or similar
Free Parking
Free WiFi
Breakfast
Restaurant
Bar
Read more about day 1...

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.

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.

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 travelers 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 a 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.

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 meters through a very porous lava field. The waterfalls pour into the River Hvita from ledges composed of the less porous rock in the lava.

 

 

Hraunfossar Falls

Hraunfossar Falls are not far from Reykholt

Day 2 - Exploring West Iceland & Northern Lights

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.

Day Highlights

  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Historic site of Reykholt
  • Hraunfossar
  • Barnafoss
  • Borgarfjörður area
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Basalt Columns Gerðuberg
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)

Included

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Visit to all highlights of the day
  • Drop-off in Reykjavík
Read more about day 2...

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 the peaceful countryside with a dramatic backdrop of towering cliffs and peaks. Rhyolite from ancient volcanoes colors the mountains in bluish and pastel tones.

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 meters 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, the 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 liters 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).

 

 

 

 

lonley mountain iceland

The Lonely Mountain

Read customer reviews

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Two Days - Rated 4.8/5 based on 32 customer reviews


Two Day Snaefellsnes Peninsula

5 by Marie from La Crosse, Wisconsin September 10, 2018
"My husband, daughter and I EXTREMELY enjoyed our two day trip with Eagle the Guide. When we were planning our trip, we debated whether to rent a car or go with a guided tour. We are so happy we went with a guide. Eagle knew just where to take us, and we saw so many things that we never would have seen on our own. Just finding a good place to eat would have ""eaten"" up a lot of time, and Eagle knew the best stops for food and rest rooms. The roads are sometimes quite narrow or slippery with ice and wind, and we were happy to let our guide and driver negotiate them with skill. He also told us many stories, some funny and some sad, that we would never have enjoyed had we been on our own. A big part of travel for me is getting to know the culture of the area, and Eagle was an entertaining as well as an educational guide. If he didn't know the answer to a question, he always took the time to find out at our next stop. I would recommend the two day trip out on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, rather than one because there are so many beautiful spots to see and activities like cave exploring that you might miss on a one day tour. I wish I'd had even more time there. Our hotel had great food and was right on the sea. There were whale ribs next to the parking lot! We are hoping to return to Iceland to explore new areas that we missed the first time, and we would certainly go with Extreme Iceland Tours."

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

5 by Fergal July 27, 2018
"This was great tour to start our trip to Iceland, Siggi was a brilliant guide and had lots of interesting information to share. We visited so many sights it is hard to describe them all but the highlights included seeing Husafell, Arnarstapi, the grey underpants crater, ytri tunga beach (and all the seals). We visited the Sturlureykir horse farm and saw the famous icelandic horses and ate bread which had been cooked in the hot spring on the farm. We loved it and it was topped off with a visit to the majestic Kirkjufellsfoss. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see some of the natural beauty and wilderness of Iceland."

Amazing Experience

5 by Karla Garcia Corral Lobo April 7, 2018
The tour, the guide, the hotel and everything that we saw on the tour was amazing and I would totally would recommend it to a friend!

Friendly, fun, and full of knowledge

5 by Rebecca Gallagher April 7, 2018
We truly enjoyed our time with Diddy. He clearly loves his home country and sharing it with visitors. We learned a great deal about the history of Iceland and its natural wonders. Diddy was responsive to the needs of the group and easily adjusted plans for weather conditions. We covered a lot of ground in just two days, but never felt rushed. Accommodations were cozy and private, and the staff at the hotel was flexible and kind. We would recommend this tour agency to anyone who wants to experience Iceland and leave all the details to experts!

Smoothly run tour

5 by Alex April 4, 2018
I've just come back from Iceland where I had a great time. The tour was well organised and it ran smoothly. Swen changed the route as the weather conditions weren't great but he kept us informed at all times. He was also very lively and entertaining. I would recommend this tour, small group and you don't have to worry about anything except for taking great pictures and having the time of your life!

Great trip!

5 by Andrew Brower April 26, 2018
"Had an awesome guide, got to see lots of great sights and get good photos. The hotel and food along the way was fantastic. The trip felt really well organized. We had lots of time to look around at each stop, with short bus rides between them."

Great tour

5 by Darryl Johnson April 23, 2018
Great tour, great sites and great guide.

Beyond expectations!

5 by Dee Dee March 8, 2019
"What an incredible trip! Our guide Ziggy made our experience a 10!!! He was so kind, knowledgeable, patient, professional and friendly. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide! He went out of his way to assure a top notch experience for all the travelers. Arctic Adventures/Extreme Iceland were great to deal with prior to our trip. They answered all of our questions promptly and thoroughly. Thank you all for the trip of a life time!!! (We were on the 5 day trip)"

I really like Snæfellsnes Peninsula!

4 by Dickson March 4, 2019
"I like Snæfellsnes Peninsula for being less touristic and crowded than Golden Circle or South Coast. The tour guide is nice and funny, and explained to us a lot about Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Only minor comment: it'd be great if we were notified ahead that most of the sites would be icy, so that we'd have bought crampons in town."

Satisfied

5 by Anna tan March 30, 2018
Well organized and we are kept well informed of the day’s plan. Some disappointments on places we did not manage to see but mainly due to weather conditions. Overall very satisfied.

Beautiful

5 by John leung March 24, 2018
It is great adventure in Iceland, we can enjoy very much during the trip. The scenes of Iceland are so beautiful.

Two-day tour

5 by Jillian March 20, 2018
Last week I had the adventure of a lifetime on the two-day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula! The views were breath-taking and our tour-guide Oliver was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the area. We were even lucky enough to see the aurora on our night over at a small guesthouse. The highlight for me was the lava tube cave tour, in which we descended several spiral staircases and heard stories from local folklore. If you’re looking for a tour company that is worth every penny, I definitely recommend Extreme Iceland! Can’t wait to go back again someday.

Exploring Iceland with Extreme Iceland

4 by Kiran Vairagkar March 2, 2018
"We took 2 plus 3 ,5days tour and at the end came back with full of memories of scenic white beauty of Iceland, In challenging weather . Team kept on updating correctly on pick up, whilr we wwere delayed Hilmer our guide madr full justice to itinerary, he is real gentleman with gentle voice. However microphone not working in bus made him to stretch, His description of each site n detaling was marvalous, our family tour went really well , Iceland has variety of water falls Bernafiss is small but different. Snaefellsness peninsula woukd have neen great if did not had snow ob it but never yhe less people like us from tropical countries is really a treat n different. good to go, great to explore and in safe hands like extreme ucelands,"

Awesome experience

4 by Marili Van der walt March 19, 2019
"The two day tour was an awesome introduction to my time in Iceland. Our guide, Dúì, was very knowledgeable and gave us some interesting stories. He was always available to answer questions. My only comment is that it would have been nice to spend a little longer time at some places or add an additional stop as we got back to Reykjavík quite early."

Smitten with the Snæfellsness Peninsula!

5 by 5 March 13, 2018
This tour was outstanding and a great introduction to our exploration of Iceland! Ricky, our tour guide, was kind, fun, knowledgable and passionate about his country. We saw beautiful things and I really appreciated Ricky sharing his personal experiences and stories, particularly as we drove through his hometown. Our group was small and we all connected right away! Such a great experience, and I will definitely use this tour company the next time I come to Iceland!

Snæfellsnes

5 by Simon March 12, 2019
What a fabulous tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and personable and chatted throughout the two days. We saw so much, packed in to two long days. I would thoroughly recommend the tour.

Wonderful experience

5 by Ming Hung March 10, 2018
The guide is very friendly and professional. He is one of the most wonderful guides I've ever met. (He is a Polish guy if I am not mistaking.) He talked a lot about Iceland, making participants know more about this beautiful country. He picked us up to chase the northern light twice. I greatly appreciate what he did! The tour itself is a lot of fun.

Every expectation

5 by Nigel Osborne February 24, 2018
Great short tour which fulfilled every expectation - even with a bit of help from nature. Seals, sun, snow and the Northern Lights to boot. Organized, well led and by Icelandic standards good value for money.

Great tour

5 by Bennett February 2, 2018
Sven was a great guide who added a lot of value to the experience. Very entertaining and knowledgable.

Northern Lights & Snæfellsnes Peninsula dream tour 2019

5 by Jill February 12, 2019
"This two day tour is fantastic. We were blessed with great weather, sunny skies and snow on the ground. Stunning mountains, beautiful waterfalls, lava caves and getting close up & personal with horses, what is not to love. Biggi was a great tour guide with lots of information on the sights we were seeing and generally making sure we all had a great time. Our stop over hotel, Rujk Andi was very comfortable and served fantastic food and was a great place to see the aurora from. I would recommed this tour to anyone. Our group had the best time."

Magnificent Sven!

4 by Nicholas Short February 1, 2018
"We booked on the 5 day combo tour. For the first two days, we were lucky to have Sven, an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly guide whose passion for Iceland and nature was contagious and quickly caught on. A fantastic, laughter filled two days with a great hotel stay (was the best of the four) and delicious food. Minibus was comfortable, w great music and a good size. Can’t reiterate how much of a difference Sven made to the trip! The fact that he always got our and actually guided at each location, instead of just sitting in the car was great! Only 2x criticisms is that this is also supposed to include some Northern Lights hunting, and despite periods of clear skies, our guide wasn’t interested in taking us out to try and find them, something repeated on the second stage of the tour. Also, the hotel in Reykjavík in between tours was crap and outdated compared to the countryside hotels - also in the middle of no where in the town outskirts."

An excellent way to see Iceland

5 by Carrie November 30, 2018
"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."

An excellent way to see Iceland

5 by Carrie November 30, 2018
"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."

Fantastic!

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

Fantastic!

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

Great trip

5 by Patty November 11, 2018
"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."

Snaesfellsness tour small group tour

5 by John Monaghan January 6, 2019
"Great time, eagle was a superb driver and guide and had a great sense of humour. Obviously limited time due to sunlight hours so would consider this tour in summer (minus northern lights). Didn’t see northern lights due to cloud cover but the hotel was perfect choice. We were unlucky. The group were encouraged to mix as we dined together - I like that. Time spent at sites was adequate. Thanks again and will be back to Iceland again I’m sure. Regards John and Nicola (Edinburgh)"

Snaefellsnes 2 day tour

5 by Monica January 29, 2018
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.

Northern lights?

4 by Don Pat January 18, 2019
Well..we did not see northern lights...but everything else that was within your control Kata delivered expertly!

Memorable tour

5 by Mohamed January 14, 2019
Ragnar is one brilliant guy. Very energetic and very informative. Its like being on a historical and geographical tour; he is very knowledgeble and very approachable too! We cant thanked him enough for reserving the seats for us due to our illness. It made so much difference and we enjoyed the tour so very much! Being on a small group tour is awesome, we are able to get to know other passengers during these two day trip and learnt about their backgrounds and life experiences! Priceless! Thanks again arctic adventure for a memorable time in cold cold iceland!

Bad weather

3 by Kiara January 11, 2019
Although it's a super beautiful tour, with bad weather we have little chance to see it properly...

A wonderful guide makes all the difference

5 by David Willecke January 11, 2019
I've been on guided tours and trips all over the world, from Southeast Asia to Europe to North America, and my guide on this tour, Hjalti Bjornsson, was the most authentic local who clearly cared deeply for the people and places he took us to. Arctic Adventures (I did 3 of their tours in my 12 days in Iceland) seems to give their guides a great deal of flexibility to work with the needs of the group and bring their own personal touch to the tour--kudos! Nobody wants to feel like they are on a scripted, canned, pre-arranged sequence of events that isn't any different from any body else's trip, and I definitely didn't feel this way with my tours, especially this one with Hjalti. I can't wait to come back to Iceland.
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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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