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Snaefellsnes & Kirkjufell Small Group tour

Kirkjufell, Djúpalónssandur Black Beach & Lava Cave

Discover the West of Iceland. The dramatic lava coated peninsula of Snæfellsnes. Treat yourself to landscape like never before!

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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.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    Approx. 12 hours

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 year

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Price from

    14.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Village of Arnarstapi
Lava Cave Vatnshellir
View Over Snæfellsjökull Glacier
Black Beach Djúpalónssandur
Mt. Kirkjufell
Gerðuberg Cliffs
Ytri Tunga
Borgarnes
Vatnshellir
Hellnar Village
Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
Included
Guided Tour in Mini Bus
Guided Caving Tour (Optional)
Stop at a local Restaurant, where you can buy lunch
Licenced Guide

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.

Two stops are then left, one at an amazing viewpoint where you can walk down to the cutest waterfall and then at the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg. This lava paradise is home to a belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes. Finally, we will drop you off at Reyjavík, allowing the day’s magic to sink in.

Pick up is at 08:00 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.

Please note

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellant when traveling to Iceland?

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.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sounds like a joke but 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.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high tech country. We actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

Disclaimer
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.

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Snaefellsnes & Kirkjufell Small Group tour | Average rating: 4.7/5 based on 10 customer reviews


"I would like to thank the Guide" | 5 stars By Livia Raele 16/07/2018
I would like to thank the Guide, Linus! He certainly made it very nice ! Thank you! Livia Raele
"A great tour with the best guide !" | 4 stars By Phil 08/07/2018
We had Hjalti and our tour up the northwest peninsula was nothing short of amazing . I was a little worried about it being a 13 hour day but it went by so fast that I never even thought of the time ! Our guide was funny , interactive and kept us in the loop of every place with a little history. We had so much fun that I didn’t want it to end . I would recommend for anyone wanting to see Iceland !
"Do not miss the Snæfellsnes Peninsula!" | 5 stars By Bobby 26/06/2018
Noris with Arctic Adventures was an awesome guide! We started the day watching seals play and then went to a fishing town with beautiful natural arches near the water. Next we went down into a lava cave - don't forget this is a (reasonable) add-on to the basic tour. This is where the tour gets it's name - Journey to the Center of the Earth. Afterwards we visited a gorgeous beach, stopped off at one of the most photographed waterfall/mountain combos, went to a waterfall "guarded" by sheep, and finished the day viewing rock formations.
"Fantastic Tour" | 5 stars By Ana Mir 24/06/2018
The tour was amazing with beautiful scenery. All was very well organised and we had enough time to walk and to make photos in each spot. The guide was very professional and kind with all of us. Thanks so much ! Ans
"I think this tour is great with many sightseeing spots" | 4 stars By Candis 18/06/2018
I think this tour is great with many sightseeing spots. Highly recommend to join the optional lava cave tour if physically capable of it.
"I really enjoyed the tour" | 5 stars By Smaragda 17/06/2018
I really enjoyed the tour and learned many things about the local history and myths.
"Great tour and tour guide!" | 5 stars By Smriti 13/06/2018
We had Bjork as our tour guide and she was a total delight to have as a tour guide! You could see how much she enjoyed her job which meant we had a great tour experience! Beginning of the tour she told us roughly what places we would be visiting (and she would keep updating us now and then) as well as what our pit stops would be, where to expect lunch, where to grab something to eat, etc. This was really good information to have and something all tour guides should give. That way we know what to expect - especially w.r.t. where and when can we have something to eat. The tour itself - starting off we didn't know what would be the great thing about this tour. After looking at the spectacular sights like the Seljalandfoss, snowmobiling on Landjokull, Jokulsarlon etc we were wondering if we would get much satisfaction from this tour. Turns out our skepticism was uncalled for. This area had a beauty of its own! It was just so beautiful that we were left spellbounded. The perfectly aqua colored water under the azure sky with lush green pastures dotted with a red and white house here and there... it was so beautiful! If you are looking for hikes, this is not the tour for that. It is a tour for admiring the various sceneries. Bjork was so excited to show us all the places, she didn't care even though it was past the scheduled time. She showed us what was on the list and more - even though she was the one driving. At every stop, she would come with us and tell us details about that place.
"I was disappointed that the visit to..." | 4 stars By Deborah 04/06/2018
I was disappointed that the visit to the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg was not included during the tour. There was time since we arrived in Reykjavik at around 19:15. It would also has been helpful if the information included a statement that the caving tour to Vatnshellir cave included some time in total darkness.
"Journey to the Center or the Earth - Snaefellsnes" | 5 stars By S-Dog 27/05/2018
This tour was excellent - a wide variety of sights and landscapes. The smaller group format is the only way to go! Our guide on this tour (and all of the other tours with this organization - we did two) was excellent, very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable...this made the trip just that much better! All in all highly recommend this organization and in particular this tour.
"Beautiful and memorable day trip" | 5 stars By Lizzie 04/04/2018
This trip takes you up the absolutely beautiful west coast to some unforgettable locations. My tour guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable, offering lots of fun facts along the whole trip. This tour gives an opportunity to see several Game of Thrones locations including the mountain shaped like an Arrowhead and the Bloody Gates. You don't want to miss this experience!
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