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!
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.
Located in West Iceland, Snæfellsnes is just 2 hours drive from Reykjavik.
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.
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.
The imposing peak stands 463 m (1519 ft) tall above the picturesque town of Grundarfjörður.
Game of Thrones fans will want to bring their best cameras! The popular TV show boosted Kirkjufell’s popularity as it stood in for Arrowhead Mountain. The best viewpoint of the peak features the three cascades of Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall in the background. You’ve never seen such striking scenery before.
Soak up the majesty of Kirkjufell for yourself on our bestselling Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Small Group Tour.
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.
Some parts of Djúpalónssandur are covered with pieces of rusty metal from an English shipwrecked here in 1948.
Get your fill of this wild beach on our Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik.
Established in 2001, 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.
Located on the western part of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the park is also home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country. The park features lava fields and a coastline rich in birdlife. Come here to be wowed by volcanic craters, lava caves, and squawking seabirds.
Interesting fact: While some people believe that Sneafellsjökull Glacier is one of the world’s seven energy centers, Jules Verne used the ice cap as the doorway to the center of the earth in his famous novel.
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 forms. Such geological formations are very rare throughout the world, let alone in Iceland.
Gerðuberg was formed by flowing lava that was gradually cooled by ocean water. The row of basal columns is about 500-m (1640 ft) long and each column is about 14-m (46-ft) high.
The view of these majestic towers (not to mention their size) will leave you breathless.
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. Go for a slow stroll and take a break from the pace of modern life.
The most noteworthy attraction is Miðgjá stone bridge, a natural arch off the shore.
We visit Arnarstapi on most guided Snæfellsnes Peninsula tours.
From hiking a glacier to seeing a whale breach, incredible moments are in store on our tours of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Thrill-seekers can enjoy landscapes of Snæfellsnes Peninsula with a glacier hike. The best place to trevasse the ice is at the mighty Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which is visible as far away as Reykjavik.
If you seek extraordinary experiences, the hike to the top of Snæfellsjökull is for you. This 700,00-year-old ice cap rises 1,446 m (4,744 ft) above black lava fields. Just prepare to put in extra effort: the hike is challenging and requires good preparation. But what is that extra mile compared to epic views over Snæfellsnes Peninsula?
Snæfellsjökull is the spot where Jules Verne’s journey to the center of the earth starts. Ascending this celebrated ice cap is the greatest adventure you haven’t yet experienced.
For more hike details, check out our Snaefellsjokull Glacier Hike.
Want to see whales in their natural habitat? Live out your dreams with the help of our expert wildlife tour guides in Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s waters, one of the best places on earth to spot orcas.
Winter boat tours are recommended to see orcas, or killer whales, one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. If you come in winter, you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights as well!
Though orcas are the celebrities of Snæfellsnes’s coastline, close encounters with humpback whales, sperm whales, and pilot whales are also possible. Expect no shortage of marine life entertainment!
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.
What could be more relaxing than paddling through calm waters beneath Iceland’s Kirkjufell Mountain? Nothing, according to the guides who lead our kayaking trips.
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.
Hands down, this kayaking journey has everything to make your trip to Snæfellsnes Peninsula unforgettable!
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.
This lava tube cave is around 8,000 years old and lies 32 m (105 ft) below the Earth’s surface.
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.
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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