Discover the legendary highlights of West Iceland and get the chance to see the magnificent Northern Lights!
Be enchanted by the Snaefellsnes Peninsula that was picked as the best winter destination in Europe. On this unforgettable two-day tour you’ll soak up the spectacular views of Snæfellsjökull glacier, walk on the black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, witness Europe’s most powerful hot spring and get in touch with diverse Icelandic nature. To make things more exciting, be prepared to knock the Northern Lights off your bucket list!
Oct. - Apr.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
- Hraunfossar Waterfall
- Barnafoss Waterfall
- Gerðuberg Basalt Columns
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Vatnshellir Cave (optional)
- Djúpalónssandur Beach
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- Krauma Geothermal Baths (optional)
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Guided Tour in a Minibus
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Visit to the highlights around Snæfellsnes area
- One night in hotel room with a private bathroom
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
This compact two-day tour begins with a journey to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, situated along Iceland’s west coast.
Snæfellsnes is one of the best-kept secrets of Iceland, with diverse scenery topped by Snæfellsjökull Glacier as its crowning landmark. This ancient glacier volcano has sparked human imagination for centuries, most famously with Jules Verne commemorating it in his novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Our optional (extra fee) guided tour will offer a chance to step into the 8,000-years-old Vatnshellir Cave and feel closer to the core of the Earth!
On Snæfellsnes exploration, you’ll have ample moments to admire towering peaks and cliffs, ghostly lava fields, black sand beaches, and traditional fishing villages. We’ll stop to snap great pictures of the famous Mount Kirkjufell and Djúpalónssandur, a black pebble beach dotted with fascinating rock formations.
To cap off the adventure, we’ll visit the impressive Gerðuberg basalt columns, forming geometrical patterns in the cliffs. Your accommodation will be at a country hotel in the Snæfellsnes area. Away from the city lights, you’ll have the best chance to spot the Northern Lights.
On the second day, we’ll leave Snæfellsnes behind and head to Borgarfjörður area, known for its pristine natural beauty. First, we’ll stop at the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe, Deildatunguhver, and you’ll have an opportunity (with an extra fee) to soak in the geothermal baths at Krauma. Next up is Reykholt, a village that was once home to Iceland’s best-known historian and saga writer, Snorri Sturluson.
After visiting the village of historical significance, we’ll head to the popular waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The first is a set of thousands of rivulets streaming out of a lava field, whereas the latter is more powerful, with a lamentable legend behind it. Many landmarks in Iceland can be both beautiful and haunting, so prepare yourself for the fables and folktales!
Pick up is at 09:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
After two days filled with sensational and extremely varied sights and experiences, we return to Reykjavík in the evening around 18:00 (6 PM).
What to bring: Warm layers and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants when you book your tour. Please note, we do not rent gear from locations, it must be booked in advance.
Single supplement is required for solo travelers.
Day 1: Snæfellsnes & Northern Lights
Your adventure into West Iceland starts with a pick-up from your chosen pick-up point in Reykjavik at 9:00 a.m. As picking everyone up might take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Once everyone is on our minibus, we’ll head to one of Iceland’s greatest hidden gems, Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Our first stop is at the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, which is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and lava fields.
After wandering in the surrounding area, we’ll head to the Snaefellsjokull National Park, where you’ll have an option (at extra cost) to step into Vatnshellir Cave. The cave is a 8,000-years-old lava tube tunnel that burrows 35 meters (115 feet) underground. This experience is as close as you’ll get to the Jules Verne novel, A Journey to the Center of Earth. If you’re not joining the caving part, your guide will walk you through some of the most intriguing landscapes in the area.
Next, we’ll stop at Hellnar—an ancient fishing village—to grab some lunch before continuing with our journey to the picturesque Djúpalónssandur Beach.
Djúpalónssandur is full of black pebbles, also known as Djúpalóns Perlan, meaning “Deep Pool Pearls.” On the beach, we’ll have a short hike and explore the spooky remains of a shipwreck, that dates back to 1948. Here you may also find four lifting stones to test your strength like the fishermen used to do in the old days. Just make sure to stand well back from the ocean, the waves here are powerful and sneaky as well as awesome!
After indulging in all of Djúpalónssandur’s delights, we’ll head to Iceland’s most photographed peak, Mt. Kirkjufell. The cone-shaped mountain with the series of waterfalls in the background has been ranked as one of the seventeen majestic mountains in the world by Mashable. No wonder why his majesty Kirkjufell was featured in the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones!
Afterward, we’ll make our way to a country hotel in Snæfellsnes. If the forecast is promising, your guide will show you the best place to admire the magical Northern Lights. The lights occur when charged particles from the sun hit Earth’s magnetic field and start to collide with atoms and molecules in our atmosphere. Since the Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon, a bit of luck is also needed, but let’s hope those colorful swirls of light will paint the dark sky!
- Pick up from Reykjavik
- Arnarstapi Fishing Village
- Vatnshellir cave (optional)
- Snæfellsnes National Park
- Djúpalónssandur beach
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to all highlights of the day
- One night in a hotel room
Day 2: Exploring West Iceland & Northern Lights
After breakfast, we’ll set forth to the gorgeous landscapes of Borgarfjörður area, located in West Iceland. Our first stop is at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.
Deildartunguhver provides 180 l/sec (48 gals) of 100°C (212°F) hot water, which is also used for central heating in neighboring towns like Borgarnes and Akranes. Here you’ll have an opportunity to immerse yourself into the brand-new Krauma geothermal baths fed by Deildartunguhver hot spring if you choose. Please note, the baths at Krauma are optional with an extra fee.
Thereafter, we’ll head to the historic site of Reykholt, once home Iceland’s greatest medieval author Snorri Sturluson. Today scholars from various corners of the world come to Snorrastofa—Reykholt’s independent research centre—to study medieval history.
Next, prepare to go deeper into the legends of Iceland! As we continue with our trip, we’ll visit the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. After absorbing the tranquil beauty of Hraunfossar, we’ll visit Barnafoss, also known as Children’s Falls. The waterfall is linked with an eerie story of two children falling in the waterfall, but your guide will tell you all the haunting details!
Back on our minibus, we’ll leave the Borgarfjörður area behind and drive through the lands of Snæfellsnes towards Gerðuberg Basalt Columns. These perfectly shaped hexagonal rock structures seem as they were carved by some divine stonecutter. In the evening, we’ll head back to Reykjavik and, if the weather is on our side, hunt for the Northern Lights.
We return to Reykjavík around 18:00 (6:00 p.m.).
- Deildartunguhver hot spring
- Historic site of Reykholt
- Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
- Borgarfjörður area
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Basalt columns Gerðuberg
- Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
- Breakfast in hotel
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to all highlights of the day
- Drop off in Reykjavik
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.
If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.
The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.
These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:
The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.
Book your airport transfer in Iceland.
The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.
For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.
Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.
If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.
Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!
Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.
Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.
You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.
When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!
A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.
Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.
If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.
We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.
If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.
For further information about rental gear:
Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.
There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.
If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.
- You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
- You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.
We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.
Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.
Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.
We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.
If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.
If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.
If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.
If you pay with your card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.
We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.
Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.
Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.
In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).
As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.
Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.
Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.