Discover the West of Iceland. The dramatic lava coated peninsula of Snæfellsnes. 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.
Approx. 12 hours
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Village of Arnarstapi
- Lava Cave Vatnshellir
- Black Beach Djúpalónssandur
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- Guided tour in mini bus
- Guided caving tour (Optional)
- Stop at a local restaurant, where you can buy lunch
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 all the way to the little village of Hellnar. 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.
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.
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.
Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.
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.
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.
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.
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.