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Snaefellsnes & Kirkjufell Small Group tour

Kirkjufell, Djúpalónssandur Black Beach & Lava Cave Day tour

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

Caving Sightseeing Tours
4.7 rating based on 10 ratings

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

    ~ 12 hours

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  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    6 year

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  • Price from

    13.491 ISK

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 Information

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.


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.

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.

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 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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

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:

Airport Shuttle

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.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

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.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

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.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent 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!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

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

Where do you offer pick-up from in Reykjavík?

We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.

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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If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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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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