Day Tour Exclusive – Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Snæfellsnes has been described as a world of diversity, and is nicknamed “Iceland in Miniature”. It really does encapsulate just about everything Iceland is known for within an almost 100-kilometer-long peninsula.
Waterfalls, lava fields, a majestic volcano and glacier, rocky coastlines and black beaches with crashing tides as well as lush beaches of golden sand. Snæfellsnes has it all and then some.
The Snaefellsness peninsula is a couple of hours drive north and west of Reykjavik. The scenery along the way is dramatic with many beautiful mountains.
Our first stop on the peninsula is Gerðuberg, an impressive length of basalt cliffs with beautiful hexagonal columns and sensational views of the surrounding mountains.
We then drive towards the north of the peninsula, over a mountain pass called Vatnaleið before heading west along the stunning north coast. We pass through the small fishing village of Grundarfjörður and then arrive at Kirkjufell “the Church Mountain”.
This iconic mountain is said to be the most beautiful in the whole of Iceland. We will also visit Kirkjufellsfoss, the picturesque waterfall that sits below the mountain.
We continue our journey around the end of the peninsula, and on a clear day we are rewarded with stunning views of Snaefellsjökull, the sleeping volcano on the end of the peninsula that is crowned with a majestic glacier. This volcano was the inspiration for the famous novel by Jules Vernes, “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.
Our next stop isDjúpalónssandur, the Black Lava Pearl Beach. This beautiful beach is covered in smooth black pebbles and surrounded by cliffs of lava that form unique shapes. The ruins of a shipwreck can also be found here. This beach is famous for being the setting of a battle scene in “Game of Thrones”.
We then take you to Vatnshellir Lava Cave, where a specialist guide will take you underground for 45 minutes to explore the inside of a lava flow. You will discover fantastic stalactites and rock formations and experience the total darkness of this eerie underground world. The caving is easy and suitable for all.
Next we visit the small fishing village Arnarstapi where there are stunning columnar basalt sea cliffs. In the summer many sea birds nest here, including fulmars, gulls and Arctic tern.
Our final stop is the beautiful white sand beach at Ytri-Tunga, where it is often possible to spot seals on the rocks.
- Specially Trained Go Icelandic Guide
- Bus / Car
What do I need to bring?
- Warm Clothes and walking boots for all weathers - Wool and Cotton is essential and dress in layers - even in summertime
- Mobile Phone, Camera and Batteries