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From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

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." 

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Trip

2. 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.

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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.

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Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes, Kirkjufell & Black Sand Beach Tour

4. Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes, Kirkjufell & Black Sand Beach Tour

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 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.

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From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

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

Get back to nature in the amazing landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a day trip from Reykjavik. Marvel at the lunar landscapes and volcanic vistas as you head towards the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Look for the ice cap across the bay as you depart Reykjavik. Be prepared to experience unexplained energy flows from the mystical scenery, said to be the "Center of the Earth." See volcanic craters and lava fields, discover hidden coves and bizarre rock formations, and listen to local legends and folk stories. Then, enjoy a tasty home cooked meal at a local horse ranch.

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Snæfellsnes: Small-Group Hidden Treasures of The West Tour

6. 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.”

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Reykjavik: 2-Day Snæfellsnes Tour

7. Reykjavik: 2-Day Snæfellsnes Tour

After being picked up in Reykjavik, your tour begins by driving on the scenic route 1 to the friendly town of Borgarnes. From there, the course is set to the Snæfellsnes, where you will enjoy watching seals play on the beach and take in some amazing sights at the many beautiful creations of nature in the area. The Snæfellsnesjökull glacier looms mysterious and magical as your tour continues around the peninsula, and you will also have a chance to admire the beautiful and photogenic mountain of Kirkjufell. After this visual feast, your day will end at your accommodation in Western Iceland. The Northern Lights are also famous for playing their incredible symphony of lights in this area if the conditions are favorable. On the second day, your journey continues to the Borgarfjodur area, where you will visit the Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls. One of the many highlights of the tour is a caving expedition to the Vidgelmir Lava Cave, with admission fees included.

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The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

8. 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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Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small-Group Tour

9. Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small-Group Tour

See colorful wildlife throughout your 12-hour tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See the picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain, rising 463 meters out of the sea. Stop at the charming village of Arnarstapi to see the breathtaking cliff formations. Visit the black-pebbled beach of Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes National Park. Hear interesting stories from your guide of shipwrecks and adventures. Travel past impressive landscapes on the way to the northern side of the peninsula. Enjoy views of Gerðuberg Natural Heritage Site and the dramatic lava field of Berserkjahraun. Stop by the picturesque black church, Búðakirkja

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

10. 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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What people are saying about Snæfellsnes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,154 reviews

This was fabulous! Due to a canceled flight, we lost a whole day on our Iceland trip and had to make some tough decisions on what plans to keep and what plans to cancel. I am SO glad we decided to keep this tour. Our guide was Simon. He said that Snaefellsnes is his favorite (easy to see why) and it certainly seemed that way. Simon was genuine, friendly, professional, and helped us make the most of our day. Though it was a long day with lots of driving, it was worth it for the beautiful scenery. Just magical. I think I would say to anyone visiting Iceland that Snaefellsnes is a must, and this was a great way to see it.

This tour is probably the best I’ve done yet! It was amazing! A little bit too long but loved it! We saw an Arctic Fox too it came close and allowed us to feed it! Our tour guide was called Siggi and he was brilliant, really informative and taught us many things about Iceland. The tour allowed us to see the sun rise and the sun set again due to the short hours of daylight this time of year! Highly recommend this tour, we saw sooo much more than we thought!

Great tour with Omar Highly recommended, even if the weather was not always gracious to us. There were eight of us, and the atmosphere was great. Great corners and photo opportunities found. The tour was worth every penny.

Its was the greatest tour ever… our guide Omar was so nice he made the tour very enjoyable sneafellness is must see place in Iceland… just amazing i really recommend this tour

The sites of Iceland are all to be seen and those there too. I will not say more to leave the surprise. Have a nice turn