Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.
Your adventure begins, when we collect you at 8:00 from Reykjavik and make the scenic drive west. We’ll quickly enter Iceland’s rural heartlands – a glorious untouched glacial landscape replete with dramatic mountain peaks and imposing volcanoes. We’ll make a stop in Borgarnes along the way, so you can have a quick snack in preparation for the coming adventures.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour is famous for its diverse selection of wildlife and you’ll see many different birds on the way.
Our first stop is the iconic Kirkjufell Mountain, which may well be the most photographed mountain in the world. It rises like an idyllic emerald turret 463 meters into the sky. Your friendly guide will take you to the Kirkjufoss Waterfall – the best place to snap a photo of this stunningly beautiful scene.
After a stop at Olafsvik, our adventure continues on to Djúpalónssandur. This black pebbled beach is a geological wonder. Keep an eye out for the old shipwreck of a British trawler that ran aground in 1948. Then we head out to Arnarstapi.
We’ll proceed on to the heart of the Snæfellsjökull National Park to see the stunning subterranean beauty of the Vatnshellir Lava cave. It sits beneath the iconic Snæfellsjökull glacier – where Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth Began.
Vatnshellir is a remarkable underground world that was created by volcanic activity more than 8000 years ago. You’ll see dramatic stalactites, stalagmites, and unique lava formations, along with gorgeous rainbow-colored walls that will take your breath away. As you travel through the cave, eerie shapes will dance on the cave walls and you will get some amazing photo opportunities. The caving is rated as easy, meaning that everyone can take part! The cave is an optional add-on.
Our journey home will take us across the sprawling Berserkjahraun lava field – where, according to Viking folklore, a pair of Swedish berserkers forged Iceland’s first road. It passes the famous Gerðuberg basalt columns – whose magnificent geometric shapes are the perfect way to end an exciting day. We’ll drop you back in Reykjavik after an unforgettable day filled with adventures.
Pick up starts at 08:00am from authorized pick up points in the Reykjavík area. Please note that this process can last up to thirty minutes – we thank you for your patience in advance. Check out our list of available pick-up points here. )
We recommend wearing warm clothing and sturdy hiking shoes for the tour, if you don’t own these items, then we can lend them to you during the booking process (this service is not available on the day of the tour). This tour takes place for most of ...)
The caving tour to Vatnshellir cave is optional – we recommend that you book it, however, if you don’t want to visit the cave, you may simply walk around the area with your guide. We reserve the right to alter the tour based on safety and the condit...)
Reviewed on April 18, 2019 by Nick L From our post-trip system
Tour was awesome and very informative. The van was nice, clean, spacious and comfortable. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see some great views up the West Coast of Iceland. This tour will take about a full day (~12 hours).
Reviewed on April 14, 2019 by Lindsey DeLodder From our post-trip system
The landscape on this tour was breathtaking. There are several stops so it doesn't seem like you are in the van long. The lava tube is a must as well but beware there are a lot of steps. Highly recommend this tour.
Very well organized tour operator
Reviewed on April 12, 2019 by Ilja From our post-trip system
This was our second tour with Aron as guide. Which was a nice surprise at the pickup of the second day, since he has a good sense of humor and is a really pleasant person to be on tour with. This time we had less good weather as on the first tour, which made some stops of the tour inaccessible. However, Aron from morning was checking weather predictions with his operation team and finally flexible altered the route to some alternative stops. Well, about the stops itself I don‘t think much has to be said about it: the nature landscapes of Iceland are simply very impressive and beautiful. About the organisation of arctic adventures I can only say positive things: punctual pickup, very competent and sympathic guide, perfect stops on the way for picking up snacks and coffee, always open to discuss alternative or extra stops with the group. And you travel in rather small groups, that is also a nice thing. Overall I can recommend arctic adventures in any aspect. @Aron: thanks once more for two wonderful days!
A great introduction to Iceland
Reviewed on March 31, 2019 by Rob Andrews From our post-trip system
I booked the Arctic Adventures Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small Group Tour for my first day in Iceland and it was a perfect start to my holiday. The tour takes in some truly spectacular sites, including the iconic Mt. Kirkjufell and the beautiful black beach of Djúpalónssandur. The tour lasted over 11 hours, partly due to some adverse driving conditions, but there were regular stops for food, coffee, toilets etc. and the pace of the tour was perfect so the day didn't feel overly long. My main reason for visiting Iceland was the opportunities it would offer me as a photographer; with this in mind, I opted not to take the cave tour and was driven to another beautiful beach and given an hour to explore, one of my personal highlights of the day. Einar, our guide for the day, was the perfect host. He was extremely knowledgeable, teaching us a great deal about the area. He had a great sense of humour and spoke perfect English. Einar kept offering to answer any questions anyone had, whether they related to the tour itself or to visiting Reykjavík generally, he even wrote a great list of must see places, recommended bars and restaurants for me! This tour was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Iceland, I recommend it highly. Thank you Arctic Adventures and Einar.
Reviewed on March 18, 2019 by Tina From our post-trip system
The scenery was gorgeous and our tour guide was funny and enthusiastic. Even though there was heavy wind and storm alert at the end of the day, our tour guide sent us back to hotel safely and on time.
Reviewed on March 17, 2019 by Michaela Webb From our post-trip system
Ragnar was our guide for the day and he was a proper character. Funny, knowledgeable with a touch of sarcasm. Loved him and his pink jumper. The day itself was fantastic, snaefellsnes is stunning. From the black beaches to beauty of kirkjufell, to climbing a crater and listening to fascinating stories from Ragnar...I'd do this tour again myself, so I'd definitely recommend it to others.
Berk was Great!
Reviewed on March 17, 2019 by James From our post-trip system
My wife and I signed up for this tour based upon our previous experiences two weeks ago with Arctic Adventures. Berk was a great guide, we really appreciated her love and enthusiasm for the outdoors, folklore and history. This tour provided such a wide range of landscapes from the snow covered waterfalls to the pleasant summer fishing village. I would highly recommend this tour while in Iceland.
Reviewed on February 17, 2019 by Melissa wagner From our post-trip system
Our guide, Albert, was great! Very personable and good sense of humor. I felt I learned a ton about the area from him. The sightseeing tour shows off the beautiful west coast, very different views from our Sourh coast tour. We really enjoyed spending the day with Arctic Adventures! I would definitely use again when we come back to Iceland!
Great Northern Adventure!
Reviewed on January 28, 2019 by Paola Bonanno From our post-trip system
We traveled in January so it was a great treat to get to venture to the north and not have to worry about driving. The lava cave was AMAZING! Worth the extra fee for sure. On the way back to Reykjavík there was an accident blocking the route and a blizzard hit. Our guide, Maggi, was a great driver and I never for once felt unsafe. He entertained us the best he could until we were clear to drive on. I’d recommend this tour to anyone.
Very well organized tour with a wonderful tour guide!
Reviewed on January 14, 2019 by Mina V Garrey From our post-trip system
We really enjoyed spending the day with our tour guide Bjork. She was very nice, extremely knowledgeable and very funny. Even though we started a little later than expected and the day was short (winter time) she managed to take us to all the places promised in the tour and we did not feel rushed. We enjoyed the everything about this tour. I would highly recommend it.
Reviewed on January 09, 2019 by Franca Sonnenberg From our post-trip system
The tour was a great experience. Everything was perfectly organized and the driver/ guide was great. He knew everything and willingly shared his knowledge and also experiences with us - all that in a very "icelandic way", with a lot of humor! We really enjoyed this absolutely recomendable tour!
Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.
YES! A valid international driver’s license is a must. Those without a driver’s license will have to travel in the passenger's seat.
No – the Northern Lights can only be seen between late August and April; however, it is not guaranteed even then – part of their magic is their elusiveness, but we will always do our best to make sure that you see them. We have booked nights in country inns to maximize your chances of seeing the aurora borealis.
Yes, and we’ll give it to you. Once you arrive at the location, we’ll provide everyone with an overall suit, gloves, warm headwear, and a helmet. Make sure you’re wearing warm first and middle layers under the suit. One thing to note is that you have to be able to fit into our overalls. The biggest size we have is 5XL.
Unfortunately, due to safety precautions, we don’t recommend our snowmobile tours for women that are more than 3 months pregnant.
Unfortunately, no. You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch or buy it at a cafe at the meeting point. Please note, that some meeting points might not have a cafe.
Your safety is very important to us, however, the natural forces that operate in Iceland are a bit unpredictable. To bring you back safe and sound, we reserve the right to change the itinerary or routes based on the weather forecast or due to other unforeseen circumstances.
You will not be able to take pictures while on the move, however, when we stop, you can use whatever device you have to take pictures or video. If you’re bringing a Go Pro, make sure you have all the fittings necessary if you want to mount it on a helmet.
Bring additional warm clothes in case you find yourself a bit chilly during the tour. Also, good hiking shoes are essential, if you don’t have them, you can rent them when booking the tour. UV sunglasses or a skiing mask is also necessary. And last but not least - bring your camera to catch those spectacular views! Also, if you feel like you’ll be getting hungry during the tour, pack your own lunch.
You should be ready for the pickup at location and time indicated on your booking. Please note, the pickup might last up to 30 minutes, until everyone is assembled.
Unfortunately, due to safety precautions, we don’t tolerate the consumption of alcoholic beverages before or during our tours. You can relax with an alcoholic beverage after the tour.
Yes. We recommend bringing a backpack with some warm clothes, lunch, and a thermos with tea/coffee on the tour.
The snowmobile is designed to be shared by two people. If you’re traveling alone or with an odd number of people, you should purchase a single ride supplement.
Yes. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Yes. All snowmobile tours are guided by a certified glacier expert.
No. Everything we provide on the tour is included in the price. However, if you need to rent hiking shoes, you should do so during the booking process and pay any additional fees then. We won’t be able to rent them to you at the location.
Yes. There are restrooms at the base camp or in the cafes close to the glacier. You’re more than welcome to use them, however, during the tour there will be no bathroom breaks.
No. You don’t need any previous experience. Our expert guides will teach you how to drive a snowmobile.
If you want to drive a snowmobile, you have to be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license. Otherwise, all children above the age of 8 and those without a valid driver’s license will have to travel in the passenger's seat.