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ABOUT THE SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

Also known as “Iceland in Miniature,” this island region gathers the best of Iceland in one place: glaciers, volcanoes, lava tubes, waterfalls, and beaches. The unique Iceland peninsula is also home to rustic fishing villages, the perfect places to unplug from modern life.

Snaefessnes Peninsula wooden pathway baside hill with mountains in background.

What makes this cape in West Iceland really stand out is the celebrated Snæfellsjökull Glacier, immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.

You will have many thrilling activities as you explore Snaefellsnes. Hike along windswept trails to Mt. Kirkjufell, capturing panoramic views that have inspired artists and photographers for generations. Experience the serenity of Ytri-Tunga beach, known for its seal colonies basking on sun-warmed rocks.

With a range of departure locations, an incredible selection of sightseeing and activities, and a choice of durations, our tours of this region offer something for everyone. The surrounding area of western Iceland was named Europe’s best winter destination by Luxury Travel Guide.

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Must See Snaefellsnes Peninsula Attractions

Snæfellsjökull - Famous glacier-capped stratovolcano

Mt. Kirkjufell - The most photographed mountain in Iceland

Djúpalónssandur - Black pebble beach with shipwreck remains

Ytri-Tunga - Beach that is known for seal colonies

Reykholt - Historic village, home of writer Snorri Sturluson

Deildartunguhver - Powerful hot spring with steaming vents

Vatnshellir - An 8,000-year-old lava tube popular for caving tours

Arnarstapi - Coastal village with dramatic cliffs

Búðir - Iconic black church in lava fields

Lóndrangar - Tall basalt rock formations by the sea

Snæfellsnes Peninsula map

Explore some of the best sights and get oriented for your journey. Located only 2 hours northwest of Reykjavik, the Snaefellsnes is a popular and easily accessible destination on our tours.

This small land, surrounded by sea, offers a variety of landscapes: fjords, lakes, waterfalls, sea pillars, lava fields, volcanic cones, basalt formations, and even a glacier.

Road 54 circles the cape, and Road 56 provides a stunning shortcut across part of the region. The western tip is home to the Snæfellsjökull Glacier and National Park.

Our tours visit the main towns on the north shore, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur, and the key fishing villages, Hellnar and Arnarstapi. The peninsula is accessible in winter and is perfect for small-group tours from Reykjavik.

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Yes, visiting the Peninsula is a great idea for its stunning natural landscapes, including volcanoes, cliffs, and the famous glacier. You can explore picturesque spots like Mt. Kirkjufell, historic sites such as Reykholt, and small Icelandic fishing villages. Guided tours are helpful for learning about the area's history and geology, making your visit more complete.

Snæfellsnes is a fantastic destination year-round. In summer, you can expect long days that give you extra time for sightseeing. However, winter is perfect for hunting the great aurora. The Northern Lights season runs from September to April.

Absolutely, Snaefellsnes is as beautiful in winter as in summer. Besides, winter is the best time for watching incredible orcas and spying the Northern Lights. Not to mention that snow-covered Kirkjufell Mountain is a must-see for every nature lover.

The peninsula is located approximately 97 mi (156 km) northwest of Reykjavík, making it a straightforward two-hour drive from the capital city. However, many of our tours offer the convenience of pick-up and return transfers, ensuring you can relax and enjoy the scenic route without the need to drive yourself.

Yes, we offer both day and multi-day trips to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula departing from Reykjavík. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in the capital city. Please check the details of each tour for more information and booking options.

Yes, puffins are often spotted in this region during their season. One of the best places to see these adorable seabirds is the spectacular Grundarfjörður Fjord and the coastline of Olafsvik. Give yourself an epic wildlife adventure on our whale watching tour in Olafsvik where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see puffins, too.

Both should be at the top of your travel bucket list. The Snæfellsnes Peninsula boasts diverse landscapes and cultural sites, while the South Coast is famed for its stunning waterfalls and black sand beaches. You can visit both on our 5-day excursion, recognized among the top tours by TourRadar.

Yes, self-guided trips that include the Snæfellsnes Peninsula are highly popular among travelers for the diverse views that are hard to get enough of. For a comprehensive journey, consider our well-crafted 7-day South Coast, Snæfellsnes & Golden Circle self-drive tour. If you have more time, our Complete Iceland 10-Day Adventure offers a thorough exploration of Iceland's highlights, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula along with other iconic destinations.

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