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Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a world of diversity, comprising many of Iceland's unique features on one peninsula. It is called "Iceland in a nutshell" for a reason. The magic and beauty of this legendary area are immortalized in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth.


  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • View of Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Borgarnes
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
  • Búðakirkja Church
  • Village of Arnarstapi
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Ytri-Tunga
  • Ólafsvík
  • Miðgjá stone bridge


  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Sightseeing of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothing
  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera

Tour Snapshot

Availability All year
Duration ~11 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No


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The tour begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavik and continues west towards the Snaefellsness peninsula, following a scenic route of dramatic landscapes. We will make a short stop in Borgarnes for refreshments, allowing you to pick up supplies for the day ahead.

We'll drive to the northern coast of Snaefellsnes, where we'll come across a spectacular lava field named Berserkjahraun. According to Viking legends, this is the place where two Swedish "berserkers" forged Iceland's first road, which went over to the south side of the peninsula through a highland pass.

Then, we'll travel through an area surrounded by breathtaking mountains. The site is home to one of the most photographed iconic landmarks in Iceland, Kirkjufell Mountain. This symmetrical mountain towers 463 m (1519 ft) up from the shoreline, "church mount" is its name translated to English, and you can see why.

We'll make a stop here and explore the two waterfalls named Kirkjufellsfossar. Don't forget your camera on the bus - this is one of the most picturesque locations in Iceland!

West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavik at 8:00. Then, we'll make the scenic drive west and 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 that you can have a quick snack in preparation for the coming adventures.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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 Berserkjahraun lava field – where, according to Viking folklore, a pair of Swedish berserkers forged Iceland's first road. Later we will visit the iconic Kirkjufell, 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 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 the lovely town of Arnarstapi and stop at Búðakirkja - a 19th-century church painted all black! The last few stops will take us to the village of Borgarnes and Ytri-Tunga, a place where seals love to hang out.

After an unforgettable day filled with adventures, we'll drop you back in Reykjavik.

  • Pick-up starts at 08:00 am 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, you can rent them from us during the booking process (this service is not available on the tour day).

  • This tour takes place for most of the year – please ensure that you dress appropriately.

  • We will make regular stops for food; however, meals are not included, meaning we recommend bringing some snacks for the tour.


Based on 11 reviews

Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Small Group Day Tour

1- of 11 reviews

Great Tour

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).

Beautiful tour

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.

Wonderful trip

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.

Fantastic day

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.

Cool tour!

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.

Snaefellsnes tour

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!

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

The pickup time is stated on your voucher and therefore we recommend you to review your voucher carefully. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated as you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the right pick up time that you chose when booking the tour.

Wait for your guide at your assigned pick up location.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Alcohol is prohibited on all of our tours before and during activities. If we find the participant to be intoxicated, we will prohibit them from taking part in the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished then you are more than welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do have a tour into Langjökull Ice Cave that has no minimum age and it is a fantastic option for the whole family. As a Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, enjoyable tour for a family traveling with young children, these guys have an enormous success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

If you want to explore parts of Icelandic Highlands than we have our magnificent Landmannalaugar Safari tour that also offers you to bathe in natural hot springs. Almost all of our jeep tours are suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. Then we also have a relaxing experience that we highly recommend, our Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

We reserve the rights to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Your safety is our number one priority.

Please read more information in our terms and conditions in regards to this matter.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified guide on all of our tours, expect on our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are English guided.

We have four different categories that help participants to get a better understanding of what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. All of our tours are rated to make it easier for you to find a tour that suits you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

In Iceland, the standard is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs. If you are visiting from the UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs, therefore, we highly recommend you to bring an adaptor.

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