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

From

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

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