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Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Natural Park Guided Day Tour

1. Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Natural Park Guided Day Tour

Visit Mini Iceland, or the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this guided day tour. See everything Iceland has to offer in one trip from lava fields, waterfalls, and folklore, to seals, volcanic craters, and mountains. Learn the local legends and see a local seal colony up close and personal. Begin your trip in the local town of Borgarnes. Grab some snacks before heading to the peninsula and try to catch a peak of the ice-capped Snaefellsjokull stratovolcano. Arrive at the Berserkjahraun lava field, and learn the origin of its name. Picture next, Kirkjufell, famously known for its role on the "Game of Thrones" television show, and for being the most-photographed mountain in the entire country. Visit the neighboring waterfall, and be swept away by the magic. Climb the staircase to the top of Saxholl, a 100 meter high volcanic crater. Reach the top and be rewarded by the stunning views of this 3000 year old feat of nature. Learn local legends, and the history of the strong Icelandic ancestry. Venture into the uninhabited settlement of Djupalonssandur, and test your strength like local men used to on the beach. Head to the fishing village of Arnarstapi and witness the beautifully eroded cliffs and the sculpture of Barour Snaefellsas. Discover a deeper understanding of Icelandic history at Budakirkja, or the "Black Church." View historical artifacts from the 19th century, all thanks to a woman named Steinunn. Find yourself at last at the enchanting golden-colored beach of Ytri-Tunga. Witness a huge seal colony, laying on the rocks and enjoying the sun. Find the exact place they love to relax, and try not to disturb their nap.

From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Depart Reykjavik and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a bus day trip to experience Iceland's diverse natural beauty. Take in the dramatic landscape of volcanic peaks, sea cliffs, golden beaches and sparkling fjords. Visit charming fishing villages, such as Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Admire the spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, including Kirkjufell and Ljósufjöll. Cast your eyes on the black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur, see the majestic glacier of Snæfellsjökull. Tour at a leisurely pace and experience the magnificent scenery of the peninsula at ease. This tour takes place a variety of landscapes in a compact region which was immortalized by Jules Verne in his book, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth." 

Reykjavik: Small-Group Snæfellsnes Day Trip

3. Reykjavik: Small-Group Snæfellsnes Day Trip

Spend the day in Snæfellsnes National Park, often described as “Iceland in Miniature” for its diverse scenery. Travel in a group of no more than 19 people for your comfort and maximum personal attention. Depart Reykjavik and get your first view of Snæfellsjökull volcano on the way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Marvel at the highest peak in the area, often visible from the capital on clear days. Continue to the charming farm of Ytri-Tunga, where the nearby beach is home to a popular seal colony. Look at their cute faces as they sunbathe and play in the surf. Discover the coastal areas and natural harbor of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where beautiful rock formations, spotted with green-and-yellow moss, dot the coastline. Take a stroll along the cliffs to get some refreshing sea air. Next, look at the 2 black basalt columns of Lóndrangar, so tall that they can be seen from the road. Go to the black beach of Djúpalónssandur, where the air is filled with the sound of birds circling the cliffs and the ocean waves hitting the sand. Move on to the curious smooth stones of Djúpalónssandur. Known as “lifting stones,” they were used to measure the strength of fishermen who worked and lived along the coast. The largest, called "Fullsterkur" (“Full-Strength”) weighs 154 kilograms (340 pounds) and you should lift it with your knees so that you don’t hurt your back. The second is known as "Hálfsterkur" (“Half-Strength”) and weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds), while the third, called "Hálfdrættingur" (“Weakling”), weighs 54 kilograms (119 pounds). If you could only lift the 23-kilogram (50-pound) stone called "Amlóði" ("Useless”), then you were considered the shame of your village. Test your strength! End this fascinating day trip with a visit to Kirkjufell Mountain. See the mountain rise from the green hills, surrounded by trickling rivers. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your own collection.

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

4. From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

Join this 16 people maximum tour, You will be picked up from either your hotel, guesthouse or bus stop starting 30 minutes before departure time (Please allow a thirty-minute window for everyone to be picked up) The journey will take us outside of the city limits away from any light pollution as the Northern Lights are harder to see from Reykjavík. To which location it is hard to say, it will depend on the cloud coverage and activity in the evening. The drive will be kept as short as possible and you might stop at several locations as the lights can be quite elusive and often it will be a waiting game for this beautiful phenomenon, which might be perfect while your guide sets up his camera for the free photoshoot of your group. On this journey we are going to offer you blankets, hot chocolate, and snacks.

Snæfellsnes: Small-Group Hidden Treasures of The West Tour

5. Snæfellsnes: Small-Group Hidden Treasures of The West Tour

In a small group, explore Snæfellsnes peninsula. Walk along the seashore near Arnarstapi and view this tiny fishing village from afar.  Next, you'll visit rock formations formed by the sea at Lóndrangar. You'll notice that Djúpalónssandur's pebbled beach is also the site of a 1948 shipwreck. For centuries, fishermen rowed out to the Atlantic Ocean from here. Try one of the "lifting stones" to see if your strength measures up! Then, check out Saxhóll Volcano, formed in an eruption nearly 4,000 years ago. For spectacular views of the lava formations and the national park, you can climb to the top via stairway. At the end, you’ll visit one of Iceland’s most famous mountains - Kirkjufell. You’ll recognize the hat shape when you see it. For the best view, walk around its circular path and see Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.  Fun Fact: Kirkjufell appeared in Game of Thrones (Season 6 and 7) as ”Arrowhead mountain.”

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Kirkjufell Mountain Guided Tour

6. Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Kirkjufell Mountain Guided Tour

Discover an oasis of tranquility in the west of Iceland and journey back to the land of myriad secrets and ancient landscapes on this small group tour. Make your way to the dramatic Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where mangled lava fields reveal the stresses and destruction the land once endured. Marvel at volcanic rocks of unimaginable shapes as they flare up in twisted forms from the earth. Take a walk beside the jagged cliffs of Arnarstapi and see the beautiful arcs of Hellnar, where pillars of basalt slowly ascend from the unforgiving sea. Take in the stunning backdrop of the summit of the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Journey along roads less traveled to find beaches of lava and smooth volcanic rock at Djupalónssandur. End on the north side of the peninsula at the high mountain of Kirkjufell. Then, journey back to Reykjavik with a new sense of calm and positive energy. Along the way, benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of the guides. They will share not only the must-see sites but local knowledge, great stories and personal recommendations to make the most of your time in Iceland.

Arnarstapi: Snæfellsjökull Glacier and Volcano Hike

7. Arnarstapi: Snæfellsjökull Glacier and Volcano Hike

Put on your hiking boots and join the tour group on a wonderful hike to one of the most beautiful peaks in Iceland. Snæfellsjökull is a glacier-covered volcano located on Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland and stretching 1446 m above sea level. Admire the stunning views over the peninsula, made famous by Jules Verne's book, Journey to the Center of the Earth. The entire hike from the base of the glacier usually takes about 5-6 hours.  Starting from Snæfellsnes road, hike along a rocky path for 1-hour to get to the base of the glacier. Stop to put on glacier gear, crampons, harness, ice axes, and ropes. The guides will show you how to use this equipment and there will be time to stop for a snack and water.  Hike for about 3 hours to the summit of Snæfellsjökull. On clear days the view is beautiful over the peninsula. Depending on your inclination, stop at around 1400 m or adventure all the way up to 1446 m. It is a steep slope to the top of the peak that is protected with ropes. Spend some time at the summit to eat some lunch and take in the stunning views. Head back down along the same trail which usually takes between 1-2 hours. 

From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

8. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

Explore the terrains of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a guided day trip from Reykjavik. Marvel at the lunar landscapes and volcanic vistas as you head towards the Snæfellsjökull glacier. After, regain your strength with a home-cooked lunch. See the ice cap across the bay as you depart Reykjavik. Feel the energy and admire your mystical surroundings, said to be the "Center of the Earth." Tour volcanic craters, lava fields, hidden coves, bizarre rock formations, and listen to local legends and folk stories from your guide. Continue to a nearby horse ranch and tuck into a home-cooked meal. After, be returned to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

From Reykjavík: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Bus Trip

9. From Reykjavík: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Bus Trip

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on this bus day trip from Reykjavik. Travel through the Snæfellsjökull National Park and visit the charming village of Arnarstapi. Stoll on a black pebble beach, capture pictures of mount Kirkjufell, and admire Snæfellsjökull glacier. Choose a tour with the option of being picked up at your hotel or a stop located near your hotel, or select a tour with a centrally located meeting point in Reykjavík. Board the comfortable bus which has Wi-Fi access, so you can upload your photos on the go. Stop to enjoy the small village of Arnarstapi and take a walk through the rugged beauty of the rock formations on the shore. Visit the gorgeous black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur and see its fantastical rock formations. Listen as your guide tells you stories of the shipwrecks off the coast. Enjoy views of the mountain Kirkjufell, which was used to depict the Arrowhead Mountain in the series Game of Thrones. With some additional stops along the route you’ll get a good overall sense of the magical influence of the 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier. Return to Reykjavík at the end of your tour.

Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Tour

10. Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Tour

Spend the day in Snæfellsnes National Park, described as “Iceland in Miniature,” on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Following your transfer from the city center, travel along the coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Snæfellsnes Glacier, enjoying mountain scenery on one side, and the unique Breiðafjörður beach on the other. Locals call it the "Golden Beach" as it is one of the only beaches in Iceland that is not made of black sand. Pass small towns and fishing villages, including the hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, and see spectacular birds nesting in cliffs by the sea. Look out for other wildlife, including - if you are lucky - seals! End in the center of the park at the mighty Snæfellsjökull volcano glacier, made famous by Jules Verne in “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” On the north side of the peninsula you will see the famous church-shaped Kirkjufell Mountain, with the nearby waterfall of Kirkjufellfoss.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,139 reviews

This trip is exactly what it promises to be: a well-planned and well-executed full day excursion to a beautiful place rich not only in breathtaking sceneries but also in culture and history, all of which are extremely enoyable in the company of all the nice people and the friendly, funny, smart guide I met. I can only recommend it to anyone interested in Icelandic culture, nature, and the stories they still tell - either in the form of the unforgettable saga-sites or as some notable places for film-shootings recognized by many people all around the world. All the stops are valuable (with context provided by the guide) and there are never too great distances between them, which makes this trip perfect for all ages. The bus gives enough comfort to enjoy this trip even in bad weather, but nothing is comparable to the minutes when the sun comes out every now and then to accompany the travellers on their magical journey through one of the most astonishing places of Earth.

Absolutely gorgeous tour!! So many incredible views, all the waterfalls, the black beach, the rocks, everything was so picturesque and beautiful. It was also a very peaceful and relaxing tour. We got to see everything and had enough time at all locations. Our guide and driver HBO was very nice and entertaining. He played amazing Icelandic music during the drives to the locations, and it was a very nice touch! Would 100% recommend!!!!

Definitely worth the visit and a great variety of things to see, from hidden waterfalls, craters and stunning cliffs and beaches. Also the value for money was really good and we enjoyed traveling with a small group for people. Special thanks to our guide Chris for the advice that we could catch the northern lights, and for his knowledge and sense of humour that really enhanced the experience!

I quite liked the tour. We had quite a few spots on the tour in different locatioms so we saw quite a bit. Julien was our tour guide and he was very good- he stopped for us to take a couple pics of horses too. My advice will be to take loads of snacks as lunch break is around 3pm. Also, North Iceland is say colder than Reykjavik so gloves and hats (even in May weather).

Matey or Matt was our guide! He was very informative and made the day very enjoyable! The tour was well spaced and we had enough time for photos and sightseeing on our own! Thank you :)