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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 Reykjavík: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Bus Trip

2. 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.

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Mt. Kirkjufell Guided Minibus Tour

3. Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Mt. Kirkjufell Guided Minibus 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

4. 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. 

Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Private Day Tour

5. 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.

Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Tour

6. 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.

From Reykjavik: 5-Day Golden Circle & More Camping Adventure

7. From Reykjavik: 5-Day Golden Circle & More Camping Adventure

Our 5-day / 4-night camping tour takes you to our most beloved sights or as we like to call them „náttúruperlur / natural pearls“. With an experienced guide by your side, you‘ll get to learn and experience so much more as you visit the Reykjanes peninsula, Snæfellsnes, Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Skaftafell, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon just to name a few. Day 1 Seltún First up is Seltún, a geothermal area. Lava field A volcano close by erupted forming a lava field. Gunnuhver It’s the largest mud pool in Iceland. Krýsuvíkurberg Cliff With a fantastic view over the Atlantic and Valahnúkur mountain breaking down into the ocean. The bridge between the continents The bridge connects the European and North American tectonic plates. Day 2 Berserkjahraun We are not going to spoil the origin of the name of this area yet, listen to our guide once you arrive. Kirkjufell The most photographed mountain in the country. Saxhóll A dormant volcanic crater. Djúpalónssandur Long ago there was a busy fishing village in this area. Arnarstapi A beautiful and charming fishing village. Búðakirkja A historic church located on the peninsula. Ytri-Tunga Unlike most of the beaches in Iceland, Ytri-Tunga has golden sand, rather than black. Day 3 Þórufoss Our first stop of the day takes us to Þórufoss waterfall. Þingvellir The first Icelandic parliament was founded here in 930 AD. Laugarvatn Let‘s learn about Iceland‘s renewable energy. Geysir The most famous geyser in the world and the originator of the word itself. Gullfoss Our next stop is Gullfoss „The Golden Waterfall“. Urriðafoss This waterfall makes up part of the longest river in Iceland. Day 4 Eldhraun A vast lava field. Fjaðrárgljúfur A beautiful and dramatic canyon. Skaftafell An oasis of diverse landscapes and features. Hofskirkja One of the only six turf churches remaining in Iceland. Jökulsárlón It is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. Diamond Beach Named after the clear ice that gathers on the black sand beach. Day 5 – The South Coast Skógafoss The surrounding land is very flat so you can walk right up to the wall of water. Reynisfjara This beach was rated in the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Vík Church Offers a great view of the coastline. Seljalandsfoss Your guide will bring you behind the waterfall‘s curtain for an amazing experience.

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What people are saying about Arnarstapi

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 100 reviews

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).

The weather was bad, with a real snow storm, but thanks to the excellent professionalism, including the quiet and safe driving of the small van, and the availability of our guide, we still managed to make our tour. The peninsula deserves a lot and certainly has extraordinary landscapes, among the most beautiful of those seen.

Great trip! The peninsula is beautiful. The weather was a bit rainy but just dress appropriately and you’ll have a great time. Our guide, Howser, was very knowledgeable and funny which definitely helps on the long drives. Also - get the cod !

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 :)