Our most recommended things to do in Western Region, Iceland
1. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour
Depart Reykjavik and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to experience Iceland's diverse natural beauty in a single area. 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. The 10-hour tour takes in a variety of landscapes in a compact region, immortalized by Jules Verne in his book, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth."
This was a fantastic tour. You spend a lot of time on the road but you get to see so much in just one day. The landscapes are awe-inspiring as are the tales that accompany them. Peter, the guide, told us histories, myths, and legends along the way. Mount Kirkjufell is breathtaking. My best photos of the trip came from this place.
2. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour
Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local art...
I did this experience on the 12th September. The driver was wonderful, he was a great communicator, very helpful and happy to answer any questions. I learned a lot about the history of the area. The van had USB ports and wifi and was very comfortable. The tour was similar as a lot of others, you some of the many waterfalls of Iceland. What made it special was the visit to Husafell, the original strongman stone and the hot pools nearby.
3. Húsafell: Langjökulll Glacier Ice Cave Tour
Experience Iceland’s second-largest glacier from the inside and enjoy the rare sight of blue ice at the heart of an ice cap glacier on this half-day tour. All tours depart from Húsafell, from where you will catch a shuttle to the Glacier Base Camp, Klaki. You will meet a professional guide and gear up in warm overalls if needed, before boarding a specially-modified glacier truck for the drive up to the cave entrance. Arriving at the cave entrance, head inside the glacier with your guide. The man-made Langjökull Glacier Tunnel is a wonder to behold. The ice is lit up from behind by glowing hues, allowing you to see the layers that have formed over many years. Your guide will walk with you through the glacier's corridors where you will have a chance to learn about geology, the history of glaciers, how they are formed and how they move.
Such a unique experience - an absolute “must di”. It is a long day - be ready for 4 hours - and dress warm!
4. Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat
Hop aboard a RIB speedboat and head out for a thrilling adventure just off Reykjavik's coast. Marvel at the abundance of sea life Iceland has to offer, such as majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Begin your tour from Reykjavík’s Old Harbor and cruise among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík. Admire fantastic views of the city and its landmarks like the Harpa concert hall as you search for wildlife in the water. During your tour, pass by Engey, the second-largest island of the Kollafjörður (Faxa Bay) fjord in western Iceland. Also cruise past Lundey, literally “Puffin Island” in Icelandic, a small uninhabited island off Reykjavík’s western coast. Enjoy the chance to see incredible animals in their natural habitat without being overcrowded onboard the boat. And if you don't get lucky with wildlife sightings on the day you go, you'll rece...
It was a amazing tour We really had a great time on the RIB boat seeing whales and dolphins really close. Must do in reykjavik.
5. Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Trip
During this full-day (10-hour) excursion from Reykjavik you’ll travel along the Snæfellsnes peninsula and through the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Stop to enjoy the small village of Arnarstapi and take a walk through the rugged and dramatic landscape by the shore. Visit the the gorgeous black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, see the rock formations and hear stories about famous shipwrecks off the coast. Enjoy the view of the world famous triangular 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 Snæfellsjökull glacier.
I gave 4 stars because of waiting for 30 minutes for picking up. I should be there at 7:30, the tour starts at 8 and bus arrived on time. However, the guide was excellent and he explained us everything and showed lots of things.
6. Krauma Geothermal Baths Entrance Ticket
Treat yourself with entrance to the geothermal baths at Krauma, where multiple outdoor pools are heated by the Deildartunguhver hot spring. Soak in the warm waters as you admire spectacular views of the natural surroundings. Make your way to the baths to begin your relaxing experience. You’ll have access to six baths – five warm and one cold – as well as two steam rooms. There are outdoor showers and a relaxation room, where guests can lie back and enjoy a warm fire. Bathrobes are available to rent, and the dressing rooms provide shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, and hair dryers. Feeling hungry? The onsite restaurant serves Icelandic dishes (available at your own expense), made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers.
Excellent staff, great facilities, no big crowds and so very relaxing with good food. Some ongoing work at the adjacent geothermal station, but didn’t really spoil the experience.
7. Small-Group Premium Snæfellsnes Peninsula from Reykjavik
Discover an oasis of tranquility in the west of Iceland and journey back to the land of myriad secrets and ancient landscapes. 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 knowled...
The tour was excellent. David, our tour guide, was very informative. Besides his extensive knowledge of Iceland's history, he also gave some tips for exploring Snaefellsnes. The black beach was gorgeous, and it was different from the other black beach in Vik. We are glad we booked this trip. I thought it was well organized. David chose a restaurant with really fresh cod, and we really enjoyed our lunch there. We have several opportunities to use the restroom as well as plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. I recommend this tour. Despite the long travel time, the experience was worth it. David mingled with all of us. It's hard to remember his last name, but he's an excellent tour guide and an original from the UK. Our tour was made even more enjoyable by the beautiful weather that day!
8. 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...
The tour was great and the guide we had was the best. We went on 9/11 and we could not have been happier from the weather to the guide. We must mention him more then once. The trip covers everything and is encompassing to say the least. If you want to see Iceland do this and the Southern tour, you cannot go wrong. We got to see seals, all kinds of mountains, waterfalls, cliffs, formations, you name it we got to see it and was on time as all trips are. Highly recommended and worth every penny.
9. 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 ...
Excellent guide (Jacob). We had the most beautiful and inspiring day traveling around the peninsula. Jacob was really well informed and interesting about the geology, folklore and history of the area. I couldn’t recommend this enough.
10. Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour
Your 8-day Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik, then sets out along the Golden Circle, passing by Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park. As you admire the hot water spouting from the earth, learn about the history of Iceland from your expert guides. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascades, and hike on an ancient glacier. The highlight of the day is a trip to the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Explore Skaftafell National Park on day 3 and marvel at the white sheets of ice as they contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, explore an Ice Cave and blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlon. Spend the evening looking out for the stunning Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. On day 4, follow your guides thro...
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I am so glad and feeling so lucky to have booked this day trip. I had an amazing experience. The place itself speaks everything. Apart from that I would say I got super lucky because I got the guide named Howser. I cannot express how glad I am to have gotten the guide like him, one of the best days in Iceland. His passion towards his country, his stories and his wisdom and wise words was tremendous. He is super funny, kept the journey Alive, an hour seemed like few minutes. Best part is , I was asking him where we can see the horses since it was my first travel to Iceland, we were not only on time, to and from , he took to so many secret and additional stops and he showed the horses on the way. It felt surreal. I have to mention this - on the way I had my jacket greased on the road because of the wind, it was no one's fault, he took an initiative to get my jacket dry cleaned and drop it back to my hostel, he's an angel! Thank you so much bus travel for the most beautiful memories.
This was a fun tour! It's one of the longer tours they offer 11 hours but it takes you to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We were on a Mini coach so the group was small which made it nice. We were able to see a couple of waterfalls, a black sand beach, have a delicious lunxh at a restaurant that had fresh fish and if course see the iconic Kirkjufell mountain. Plenty of nice spots to visit on this tour. Our tour guild was awesome and allowed us enough time at places and we never felt rushed.
Howser was our guide and wow! His stories and knowledge was excellent. He made the 11 hour trip go very quick and we were sad to get off the bus. Kirkjufell mountain was stunning, we would go back to Iceland just for that. Lunch stop was nicer than expected, delicious fresh fish in a great restaurant and a stop on the way back to the city for the best chocolate cake. Trip was well worth the money.
Make sure you book a Snæfellsnes Peninsula trip and if you are lucky enough to get Howser as a guide, you will have the best day in Iceland. He will show you hidden gems, he is a great driver, he is funny and he knows so many stories and sagas, you will never be bored for a minute during the 11-12 hrs tour. It was the absolute highlight of our Iceland trip, worth every penny.
Super relaxing atmosphere with delicious food at the restaurant afterwards. Parking lot under construction