Overview

Discover the West of Iceland. The spectacular Snæfellsnes peninsula is coated with lava. Treat yourself to landscape out of this world!

Highlights

  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Village of Arnarstapi
  • View of Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Borgarnes
  • View of Gerðuberg basalt columns
  • Vatnshellir Lava Cave (optional extra)
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
  • Ólafsvík
  • Saxhóll Crater
  • Búðakirkja Church
  • Miðgjá stone bridge

West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula was rated the most scenic destination in Europe by Luxury Travel Guide. Stunning Snæfellsnes is fast becoming one of the most visited places in Iceland, for good reason! This place is simply magical and spellbinding with moss-cloaked lava fields, picturesque mountains, stunning black sand beaches, roaring ocean waves, lava tube caves, charming little villages and sea cliffs.

This day trip from Reykjavík will show you the very best of Iceland in a single day.

West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

  • Free Wifi
  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration ~ 12 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small Group

This is more of a sightseeing tour to stop at different locations. We finished according to the itinerary due to the advantage of small group and everyone were punctual. However we did have to rush at each location.

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What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in Mini Bus
  • Guided Caving Tour (Optional)
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket & pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Information

The epic day begins when we pick you up in Reykjavik. Together we will be heading on a journey of dramatic landscape and endless visual adventures. We'll make a quick stop giving you a chance to snack up for the trip ahead.

On Snaefellsnes peninsula, 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.

Our first highlight will be one of the best ones, every photographer’s dream - the epic "arrowhead" mountain Kirkjufell, at the northern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Rising 463 meters out of sea this idyllic landmark stands tall above the fishing village. 

After soaking in the view of this outstanding natural treasure and its beautiful waterfalls, we'll continue along the coast of Snæfellsness.

Our next stop will be the dramatic black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur which offers astonishing views of the sea and here your guide will tell you fascinating stories of shipwrecks that lie on the beach.

Next, we will visit another, even smaller fishing village, Arnarstapi. There are few places in the world as charming as this location and here we will take a walk to the scenic coastline. While in town, you'll have the opportunity to visit Miðgjá stone bridge, a natural rock arch off the coast.

Just east of Arnastapi, we'll stop to admire Búðakirkja, the 19th-century church.

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.

As an optional extra, you can join a guided caving tour to explore 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.

On our way back to Reykjavík, a view of Gerðuberg basalt columns will 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.

Before arriving back at the capital, we'll make another shortstop in the town called Borgarnes, where you can get a good Icelandic hot dog. 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.

(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.

FAQ

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 super 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.

Reviews

5
Based on 3 reviews

Snaefellsnes & Kirkjufell Small Group Tour

1- of 3 reviews

The best way to explore Iceland

Reviewed on March 16, 2020 by Nadhiya From our post-trip system

As a solo traveller, exploring with arctic adventure was an unforgettable experience. The group was given enough time at each stop along with useful tips on where to go to get the best angles for the pictures you will surely take. We were lucky to have a bright and shiny day on our excursion and the guide (I forget his name) took the liberty to make an unscheduled stop so that we could soak it all in. He was also very informative and shared stories from the Sagas introducing the group to hidden people and trolls.

Fantastic tour

Reviewed on March 03, 2020 by Salma From our post-trip system

Very well planned tour, very flexible tour operator that would stop whenever asked for a quick break yet keeping great track of time Very nice sceneries and locations Worth visiting

Great tour

Reviewed on February 26, 2020 by Jenina Saphara From our post-trip system

The tour was great. Plan for a full day! Each stop was beautiful. Plan for a lot of walking (if you choose to) and bring your camera for some photos that people will swear are photoshopped! The views are just amazing. The small fishing towns you stop in are so quaint and lovely. Grab a cappuccino at the cafe. You can warm up and enjoy the views from inside. Lastly, our driver was a professional! We had some terrible, white out conditions on the way back to our hotels but our driver got us their safe! It was scary! Thank goodness we had him behind the wheel!

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