Overview

Explore the magnificent Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland.

Highlights

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

We offer you a scenic winter tour with a great ocean view, stunning landscape, a chance to see the northern lights, and 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".

  • Free Wifi
  • Small groups (minibus)
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
Availability Oct - April
Duration 2 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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46 990
Per Adult
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What's included

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

What to bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Hat, gloves & scarf
  • Camera
  • You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine.

Not Included

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

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Itinerary

Introduction

Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula is one of the most iconic regions of the country. Welcome to bird cliffs, dramatic mountains, rich history, dramatic lava fields and lava caves. 

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

 

autumn view of hvalfjordur area

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.

summer evening view of kirkjufell mountain

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 that 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 senses shut down and the sense of smell becomes dominant, deep underground there is absolutely no sound.

walking around Vatnshellir lava cave in snaefellsnes

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.

black sand beach djupalonssandur in snaefellsnes

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 hotel in West Iceland.

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.

small house in arnarstapi in snaefellsnes

Day Highlights

  • Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Vatnshellir cave (*entry fee extra)
  • Snæfellsnes National Park
  • Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Northern Lights (if conditions are right)
Day Highlights
  • Pick up from Reykjavik
  • Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Vatnshellir cave (optional)
  • Snæfellsnes National Park
  • Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Visit to all highlights of the day
  • One night in a hotel room
Accommodation
Hotel Borgarnes
or similar

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.

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.

bright colour hraunfossar waterfall in autumn

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.

aerial view of Reykholt town

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 (5-6 pm).

krauma baths view on a sunny day

Day Highlights

  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • The historic site of Reykholt
  • Hraunfossar
  • Barnafoss
  • Borgarfjörður area
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Basalt Columns Gerðuberg
  • Northern Lights (if conditions are right)
Day Highlights
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Historic site of Reykholt
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Borgarfjörður area
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Basalt columns Gerðuberg
  • Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Visit to all highlights of the day
  • Drop off in Reykjavik

Frequently asked questions

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call upon request if they lights are spotted. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

When booking with Adventures.com, you are guaranteed accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standards and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

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