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
- 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
- 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.
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"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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.