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Packed with opportunities for adventures, Snæfellsnes Peninsula tours promise memories that will last a lifetime. Named Europe’s best winter destination by Luxury Travel Guide, Snaefellsnes is anything but ordinary. Our experienced guides help you discover all that Snaefellsnes has to offer.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland is famous for its volcanic peaks, sea cliffs, and black sand beaches. But it has even more to offer than just that. Hike up the majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier, go whale watching from Ólafsvík, or kayak under the world famous Mt. Kirkjufell. Check out our award-winning tours of Snæfellsnes Peninsula and start planning your trip today!

About Snæfellsnes

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

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

Read on to find out more about this impressive arm of the Icelandic West Coast.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula map

Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula with our interactive map

Snæfellsnes Peninsula Must-See Sights

Ready yourself for awe-striking mountains, odd rock formations, and wild beaches on your Snæfellsnes trip. Discover the top places we visit on our Snæfellsnes Peninsula tours below.

Kirkjufell Mountain

Kirkjufell Mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Mt. Kirkjufell is easily the most photographed spot in Iceland, and for good reason. The cone-shaped mountain will amaze even the pickiest Instagrammer. Also known as “Church Mountain,” Kirkjufell is named for its striking resemblance to a church steeple.

Soak up the majesty of Kirkjufell for yourself on our bestselling Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Small Group Tour.

Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach

Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach in Iceland

If you seek unspoiled beaches, head to Djúpalónssandur for the most beautiful coastal views you’ve ever seen. The black pebble beach is dotted with curious dark rock formations. Don’t miss out on four ancient lifting stones once used to test the strength of fishermen.

Get your fill of this wild beach on our Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik.

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Drone View of Snaefellsjokull National Park

Established in 2001 and located on the western part of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Snæfellsjökull National Park is worthy of every traveler’s attention. The national park protects Sneafellsjökull Glacier, the main highlight of the peninsula. The ice cap covers a dormant volcano and dominates most western Iceland landscapes.

Gerðuberg Basalt Columns

Gerduberg Basalt Columns in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Chances are you haven’t heard of the Gerðuberg Basalt Columns, but they actually have a big claim to fame. These dramatic basalt columns feature seemingly perfect hexagonal form will leave you breathless.

Arnarstapi Cliffs

Man Sitting near Arnarstapi Cliffs in Iceland

Did you really visit Snæfellsnes Peninsula if you didn’t take a coastal walk through one of its fishing villages? The charming village of Arnarstapi is the best place to do so. Arnarstapi offers peaceful trails along the coastline, rewarding visitors with jaw-dropping cliffs and lava formations. 

We visit Arnarstapi on most guided Snæfellsnes Peninsula tours. For example, this 2-day Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Borgarfjörður tour will introduce you to the most beautiful villages and natural attractions in northwest and west Iceland.

Things to Do in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

From hiking a glacier to seeing a whale breach, incredible moments are in store on our tours of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Glacier Hiking

Man Standing on Solheimajokull Glacier in Iceland

Snaefellsnes is as beautiful in winter. Thrill-seekers can enjoy the landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with a glacier hike. The best place to crevasse the ice is at the mighty Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which is visible as far away as Reykjavik.


Stairway near Saxholl crater in west Iceland

This peninsula offers some of the best landscapes Iceland has to offer. Make the most of it and explore the area by hiking one of the best hikes in the Snaefellsnes National Park.

Whale Watching

Whale Nose Sticking Out from Sea in Iceland

Want to see whales in their natural habitat? Live out your dreams with the help of our expert whale watching tour guides in Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s waters, one of the best places on earth to spot orcas.

We operate whale watching tours from the fishing town of Olafsvik from April to October. Orca tours depart from Grundarfjordur Fjord from December to March.


Small Group Kayaking near Kirkjufell Mountain

What could be more relaxing than paddling through calm waters beneath Iceland’s Kirkjufell Mountain? Nothing, according to the guides who lead our kayaking tours.

On your kayaking adventure under Mt. Kirkjufell, explore the serene Grundarfjordur Fjord rich in wildlife. As you kayak across the fjord, take in the natural beauty of Kirkjufell and keep your eyes peeled for playful seals and seabirds patrolling the skies.

Lava Caving

Raufarholshellir Lava Tunnel in Iceland

Are you into caving? Do you love exploring worlds covered in darkness? Then your trip to Snæfellsnes Peninsula needs to include a stop to explore Vatnshellir Lava Cave. 

Equipped with flashlights and helmets, venture into this mysterious underworld. We look forward to sharing it with you on our Snæfellsnes Peninsula day trip from Reykjavik.


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Yes, we offer both day and multi-day trips to Snæfellsnes Peninsula from Reykjavik. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavik.

For activity tours like glacier hiking, kayaking, and whale watching you’ll need to meet us on location for tour departure.

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Our Snæfellsnes Peninsula whale watching tours depart either from Olafsvik or Grundarfjordur. These two towns are located close to the famous Mt. Kirkjufell.

It takes only 30 minutes to drive between Olafsvik and Grundarfjordur.

Snaefellsnes 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.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula is located about 156 km (97 mi) from Reykjavik. It takes just two hours to reach the peninsula from the capital city.

Yes, puffins are often spotted in Snaefellsnes. 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 get close to puffins without disturbing them.

Both Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the South Coast definitely should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Snaefellsnes gathers the best of Iceland in one place. South Coast, on the other hand, is one of the most popular sightseeing routes in Iceland.

Why not visit them both? It’s easy to do so on our carefully crafted 5-day Snaefellsnes Peninsula, South Iceland, and Northern Lights Tour. This trip was chosen as one of the best tours of 2019 by TourRadar.

You’ll find plenty of great accommodation options in Snæfellsnes Peninsula including hotels, hostels, guesthouses, and campsites. Booking in advance is always recommended, especially in summer.

On our Snæfellsnes Peninsula multi-day tours we book accommodation for you. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the journey! Browse our selection of multi-day tours.

Yes, you can camp in Snæfellsnes Peninsula, but only in designated camping sites. The harbor town of Stykkishólmur (the capital of Snæfellsnes) has many pitches for tents and a service building with showers and toilets. There are also good camping grounds in the towns of Grundafjörður, Ólafsvík, and Hellissandur.

Keep in mind that camping in Snæfellsjökull National Park is not allowed. However, you can pitch your tent in the nearby town of Arnarstapi.

Yes, we offer a range of self-drive tours that include Snæfellsnes Peninsula in their itineraries. Check our most popular 4 Day Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes & the Golden Circle Self Drive Tour. If you have more time, opt for our expertly designed  7 Day South Coast, Snæfellsnes & the Golden Circle Self Drive Tour

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