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The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

1. The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Experience the scenic beauty of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a bus tour from Reykjavik, and discover why it is often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature.” Depart the city center and travel along the west coast. Enter a landscape of white and black sand beaches, cliffs full of nesting birds, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters. Discover the area's incredibly rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, see lush valleys and unique harbors in charming fishing villages. It all begins with the Snæfellsnes glacier at the peak of Snæfellsjökull volcano, the highest mountain of the peninsula. Experience first-hand why this majestic landscape has captured the imagination for many years, and why it inspired Jules Verne to write his classic science fiction novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

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Reykjavik: 4-Day South Coast, Golden Circle, and Snæfellsnes

2. Reykjavik: 4-Day South Coast, Golden Circle, and Snæfellsnes

Throughout this tour, you’ll get the chance to see the famous geysir and the geothermal area, the powerful waterfall of Gullfoss, and Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle. You’ll also be taken with your local guide to see the impressive Kerið crater, and visit a traditional diary farm where you’ll try local ice-cream, free of charge. On the second and third day, you’ll be taken to the famous south coast. Along the shore, you’ll get to see the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, and the stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón in the Vatnajökull National Park. Whilst in that national park, you’ll also get the change to explore Europe’s largest glacier. On the fourth day you’ll be taken to beautiful Western Iceland. There, you’ll explore the hidden gem of the west, the peninsula of Snæfellsnes, also known as “Iceland in a nutshell”. It is characterized by several magnificent and picturesque sites, including glacial-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss-topped lava fields, volcanic craters, coastal cliffs topped off by the volcanic glacier Snæfellsjökull, and the "Center of the Earth".

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Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Tour

3. 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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From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

4. From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

Spend 4, 5, 6 or 7 days on a road trip around the land of Ice and Fire. Explore and see the best attractions of Iceland and experience an adventure without having to worry about getting around. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which creates a more personal and enjoyable experience. Day 1 – South Coast of Iceland Departing from Reykjavík, see the Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Glubrabui waterfalls and admire the black-sand shores of Reynisfjara Beach. Finish the day at Skaftafell National Park where you can admire panoramic views on a glacier hike. Day 2 – Adventure in the East Start the day in style with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. From May throughout October, a boat tour among icebergs is included, while from November to March you can go ice caving. Later, visit Vestrahorn, Studlagil Canyon (April-October), and drive along the dramatic east coast which boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks. At the end of the day, you will soak in Vök Geoathermal Floating Pools Day 3 – Lake Mývatn and waterfalls Today, discover the unique natural volcanic environment of Lake Mývatn. Encounter geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming blue waters, imposing rock formations, unique birdlife, and fauna. Explore highlights such as the magnificent Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Góðafoss - the waterfall of Gods. Relax at the end of the day with a visit to Mývatn Natural Geothermal Spa and plunge into silky, blue waters rich in skin-healing minerals. Day 4 – Northern Iceland Start your day at Akureyri, the capital of the North. Here you will enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town and take part in whale-watching boat tour. While driving through the North Coast towards Reykjavik you will have a moment to enjoy the Hvítserkur and Kolugjufur Canyon (April-October). Day 5 (optional) – Borgarfjörður and Lava Caving Admire the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of almost 300 ft. Afterwards, see the majestic Barnafoss waterfall and Reykholt Historic Site. Later, head inside the biggest lava cave in Iceland, Viðgelmir, before finishing the day at Deildartunguhver, the highest flowing hot spring in Europe. Day 6 (optional) – Snæfellsnes National Park Spend the day exploring Snæfellsnes National Park. This park has often been referred to as "Iceland in miniature", due to its many varieties of geology. Don't miss a visit here if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island. Day 7 (optional) – Golden Circle Finish your time in Iceland with a journey along Iceland's most popular route. Spot Geysers, The Golden Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and Kerið Volcano, all of which are must-sees for visitors. You may also choose to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon to your tour today.

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Arnarstapi: Snæfellsjökull Glacier and Volcano Hike

5. 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. 

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Private Day Tour

6. Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Private Day Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and prepare for a day of adventure as you set off to see the incredible views of this epic peninsula. Relax in a comfortable 8-seater jeep, with your friends and family, as your guide drives you to some of Iceland’s most iconic landscapes. Marvel at the stunning Kirkjufell mountain, as seen on the hit show Game of Thrones, as you travel to Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, next to the mountain. Continue to Búðir, where you will get to see the beautiful black church, a gorgeous spot for photos. Explore this beautiful area known for its diverse landscapes that include, lava fields covered in moss, basalt rock formations, mountain ranges, black sand beaches, and a lot of beautiful wildlife between tiny fishing villages. During the tour, your guide will make stops throughout, giving you plenty of time to take the perfect photo of each spectacular view, while they fill you in on the fascinating history of the peninsula.

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From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Private Day Trip

7. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Private Day Trip

Discover the rugged beauty of the Snæfellsjökull National Park on this day trip from Reykjavik. After getting picked up from your hotel in the morning, travel through the region of Snæfellsnes. Enjoy panoramic views of the area's rolling cliffs, lava fields, and mountains. Upon arrival at your first stop, Ólafsvík, enjoy a wander through the streets of Iceland's oldest market town and stop for lunch at a delicious local restaurant. Next, continue to Stykkishólmur and take in breathtaking views of Breiðarfjarðarflói. Later, head to Snæfellsjökull Glacier. Listen to your local guide's stories about the elves and trolls who are said to live here and learn more about the glacier's mythical history before returning to Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Snæfellsnes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Our guides Bergur and Lisa were absolutely great, very friendly and professional. Unfortunately, we didn't make it all the way to the top, but this was not due to our guides. Nevertheless, we got a great insight into the ascent of a glacier and I can only recommend it to everyone to have done it once! The ascent was okay and absolutely feasible from the exertion - and we are really not great athletes. But then you should expect one or two "problems" in your legs the next day, which is definitely worth it. The landscape was beautiful and we were able to enjoy one of the few sunny days on the ascent. The view from above is fantastic and can hardly be captured with a camera because it really overwhelms you. Conclusion: The guides were an 11 out of 10 and it is more than recommendable!

It is the perfect tour to get a view of the south and the Snaefellness peninsula. Unfortunately, GetYourGuide does not have the updated program and this has created many problems for us which we have however solved with the local operator. Jo, the Portuguese guide, is personable and knowledgeable: the best guide we have ever had in all our many travels. Oskar, our last day private guide is fantastic and available to take us on extra excursions.

What an amazing time we had as a group with David leading the way! We got to see so much in such a short time and got lifetime images will never forget. Only thing that would have been better would have been having time to go down to the Studagil Canyon.

Great experience. It was really a lot of fun. Amazing stories, cool sights to see and with Trond, a very funny and experienced tour guide. Thanks!

Very nice tour and great guide, can only recommend. The guide was friendly and adapted to the group, we had a great time.