Discover the West of Iceland. The spectacular Snæfellsnes peninsula is coated with lava. Treat yourself to landscape like never before!
West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes peninsula has been chosen as the most scenic destination in Europe by the Luxury Travel Guide and the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula is fast becoming one of the most visited places in Iceland, for really good reasons! This place is simply magical and spellbinding with moss-cloaked lava fields, picturesque mountains, stunning black sand beaches with roaring ocean waves, lava tube caves, charming little villages and wild nature. This day trip from Reykjavík will show you the very best of Iceland in a single day.
~ 12 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Village of Arnarstapi
- Lava Cave Vatnshellir
- View Over Snæfellsjökull Glacier
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- Ytri Tunga*
- View of Gerðuberg basalt columns.
- Vatnshellir (optional extra)
- Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
- View of Saxhól Crater
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Guided Tour in Mini Bus
- Guided Caving Tour (Optional)
- Stop at a local Restaurant, where you can buy lunch
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
The epic day will begin when we pick you up in Reykjavik. Together we will be heading on a journey of dramatic landscape and endless visual adventures. We will soon make a quick stop giving you a chance to snack up for the trip ahead.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is known for having a colorful wildlife and is home to many birds and seals. To get a closer look at this we will make a stop at the beautiful black beach near the farm Ytri Tunga a known favorite spots for local seals. Next, we will visit the picturesque village of Arnarstapi. There are few places in the world as charming as this location and here we will take a walk along the coastline. This is where we will take a break to have lunch.
Next up on the adventure is the optional Vatnshellir Lava cave which is located in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. This is very close to the Snæfellsjökull glacier which is where the author Jules Verne decided to have his famous book Journey to the Center of the Earth begin.
When exploring Vatnshellir lava cave you will descend into a magical underworld of stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations. The light from your headlight might form eerie shapes and shadows, which dance across the walls of the cave adding to the excitement of the tour. The caving is short, very easy, and considered suitable for everyone.
From one volcanic setting to another one. Next, we will visit the black pebbled beach of Djúpalónssandur which offers astonishing views of the sea and here your guide will tell you fascinating stories of shipwrecks and adventure.
When departing Djúpalónssandur beach we set on to travel past impressive landscapes, towards the northern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The charming small town of Grundarfjörður is next on the menu. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, cliffs, beaches and other natural phenomena it is also the home to every photographer’s dream mountain Kirkjufell. Rising 463 meters out of sea this idyllic landmark stands tall above the fishing village.
When leaving Grundarfjörður we will make our way through the dramatic lava field of Berserkjahraun. According to Viking legends from the pagan times in Iceland, this is the place where two Swedish “berserkers“ forged Iceland‘s first road. Over to the south side of the peninsula through a rural highland pass. A view of Gerðuberg basalt columns can be seen from the road, this lava paradise is home to a belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes and is quite exquisite to look at. Finally, we will drop you off at Reyjavík, allowing the day’s magic to sink in.
Pick up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a selected 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.
Optional extra: (Recommended) The caving tour to Vatnshellir cave is optional (see price in booking engine). For those who do not book the caving tour, you can take a short walk around the area with your guide.
During the darkest winter months (December & January), Ytri Tunga will unfortunately not be visited on the tour as daylight is limited during this time period.
Due to limited availability during the holidays we have added the option to book the same tour with our trusted partner.
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!
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.