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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 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: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Day Trip

2. Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Day Trip

Visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this guided day trip from Reykjavik. See everything Iceland has to offer in one trip including Berserkjahraun lava fields, Snaefellsjokull volcano, and Kirkjufell mountain. Learn the local legends and see a seal colony. 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. Next, head to 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. Then climb the staircase to the top of Saxholl (visited only from February - November), 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 strong Icelandic ancestry. Venture into the uninhabited settlement of Djupalonssandur, and test your strength as 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. Finally, discover a more in-depth understanding of Icelandic history at Budakirkja, or the "Black Church." View historical artifacts from the 19th century. Continue to the enchanting golden-colored beach of Ytri-Tunga (only visited from February - November). Witness a huge seal colony, laying on the rocks and enjoying the sun.

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

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

Hunt for the aurora borealis on a guided group tour from Reykjavik. Witness the unique starry sky with the flash of light cutting across the Icelandic landscape. Curl up in warm blankets with hot chocolate and snacks. The journey will go outside of the city limits away from any light pollution as the northern lights are harder to see from Reykjavík. The end location is not pre-determined as 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. It is often a waiting game for this beautiful phenomenon, but it is always worth it. As you search for the aurora borealis, your guide will set up their camera for a free photo shoot of your group. Round off your night with a hot drink while stargazing in good company.

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Mt. Kirkjufell Guided Minibus Tour

4. 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 group tour from Reykjavik. Travel to the highlights of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula aboard a climate-controlled minibus. 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 your meeting point in Reykjavik. Benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of your 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.

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.”

From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

6. From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on this unforgettable 4-day tour of the Land of Fire and Ice! Your adventure will start with a city pick-up, traveling in a small group (19 or less), and savoring the scenery en route to West Iceland. Day 1 - Silver Circle & Lava Caving After a stop in Borgarnes, you’ll see the most powerful hot spring in Europe at Deildartunguhver and two spectacular waterfalls at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Then we’ll take you deep underground to explore a lava tunnel at Víðgelmir, where you’ll see fascinating ice and lava formations! Day 1 will end in the Viking heartland of Húsafell and Reykholt before spending the night in Borgarnes. Day 2 | Snæfellsnes National Park The second day will take you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called “Iceland in Miniature.” You’ll see the famous “Black Church” at Budakirkja and the thrilling rock formations at Arnarstapi, including Gatklettur and the towering pinnacles at Lóndrangar. Take a stroll on the picturesque black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur and enjoy the breathtaking sight of Kirkjufell, one of Iceland’s most photogenic peaks. We’ll then return to the city for the night. Day 3 | South Coast Waterfalls & Black Beach The third day takes you to Iceland’s stunning South Coast, where you’ll be amazed by a parade of astonishing waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, and Skógafoss. You’ll get close to a glittering glacier at Sólheimajökull, discover the dark rock arches of Dyrhólaey, and walk on the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. We’ll stay in the peaceful countryside overnight, always watching for the Northern Lights overhead, provided the weather conditions are suitable! Day 4 | Glacier Lagoon & Blue Ice Cave The final day brings you to the dream destination of the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach at Jökulsárlón. Then we’ll take you deep into the Vatnajökull National Park with a Super Jeep journey for a Blue Ice Cave experience! On our return to Reykjavík, you’ll also see a traditional turf-roofed church at Hofskirkja.

Reykjavik: Winter 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

7. Reykjavik: Winter 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 through the East Fjords in search of native wildlife such as wild reindeer. As you pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live, learn about the culture and way of life in the nearby small villages. After a cozy night’s stay in a sleepy Icelandic village, explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Then continue to the Námaskarð Pass where the earth boils and bubbles in front of your eyes. On day 6, visit the fjord of Eyjafjörður, spend some time getting to know local farmers at Kaffi Kú, and stop by Hauganes for a Whale Watching Tour. Try some Icelandic delicacies if you fancy it, then stay overnight in Borgarnes. On day 7, explore the capital of the north at your own leisure, before heading out to the Saga Trail to visit Reykholt where the medieval poet Snorri Sturluson lived. On day 8, see the incredible Snæfellsjökull glacier on Snæfellsnes Peninsula and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy an optional underground tour of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave. In the evening, you’ll return back to Reykjavik, where your 8-day adventure ends.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small-Group Tour

8. 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

Stykkishólmur: 2-Hour Sea Kayak Tour

9. Stykkishólmur: 2-Hour Sea Kayak Tour

This 2-hour sea kayak tour is the perfect opportunity to discover Iceland's nature and wildlife at its best. Escape the crowds on this excursion and travel along the coastline to some of the most remote islands of Breiðafjörður Bay. Enjoy scenic landscapes from sea level and see the surrounding glaciers and volcanoes of the peninsula. The tour will start at the kayak base located in the center of the charming village of Stykkishólmur. After a short paddle, the tour arrives at the first landmark, Landey, the world famous eiderdown harvesting location. Later, the tour visits shipwrecks, including the eerie wreckage of the Thorgeir. Occasionally kayakers spot the king of Iceland’s birdlife, the white-tailed eagle, flying far above or nesting on the islands. The white tail eagle is a rare and unforgettable sight. Then, after a short paddle break, the tour threads between local islands before returning to shore.

From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Snæfellsnes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,434 reviews

This was the best and wonderful trip what we experienced in Iceland. Fortunately weather was clear and sunny and the whole travel route were a feast for our eyes. Our driver and guide Mr. Bjöur was very knowledgeable and caring person. He allow us to spend more time in every locations and explains all history in detail. He even dropped us near to our stay. Overall it was an amazing experience to us.

Frank was an awesome guide and I hope to have him the next time I visit Iceland! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the lights but he and the driver were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and gave it all they could to show us the lights. They certainly made the best of the situation and made it a fun adventure!

Very well organised… very fortunate to see the lights… extremely cold hot drinks available to warm up… didn’t wait long for the lights to appear was amazing.. and brilliant to have professional photos… even more amazing as daughter partner proposed with lights in background

Frank, our guide, was a great storyteller and knew exactly where to go. We arrived to a park with nobody else and saw the lights. Later, several other busses arrived—we’d found the best spot!

AJ was absolutely brilliant as a guide. His knowledge is next level!