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Overview

See the Golden Circle, geothermal bathing, the best waterfalls on the South Coast, Reynisfjara black beach, engage in glacier hike and the sights of Snæfellsnes in West Iceland.

Highlights

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Village of Arnarstapi
  • Vatnshellir Lava Cave
  • Black beach at Djúpalónssandur
  • Mount Kirkjufell
  • Visit to the Secret Lagoon
  • Golden Circle Tour
  • Geysir Hot Springs Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Hekla Volcano View
  • Eyjafjallajokul Glacier/Volcano View
  • Gljúfrabúi - The Hidden Waterfall

See the ultimate sights: Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir & bathing at the Secret Lagoon, hike on Solheimajokull Glacier, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black beach and the jewels of Snæfellsnes peninsula with an optional caving tour. Just too many wonderful places to list!

Please note: If you're traveling with a party of 2 or more, be sure to book everyone under a single reservation. Otherwise, we can't guarantee you will all be on the same tour activity.

This itinerary does not include hotel stays. For multi-day trips with accommodation, check out our Multi-Day Tours

 

Snaefellsnes peninsula - The Best of West Iceland

 

To bring deliver the ultimate sightseeing holiday in Iceland we have combined our fabulous Snæfellsjökull Peninsula Small Group, Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon and South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike tours to bring you the greatest jewels. Each morning we pick you up and take you off to see the most amazing sights.

Availability All Year
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 6 years
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Accommodation Not Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Minibus Tour to Snæfellsnes
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Minibus Tour
  • Guided Caving Tour (optional extra)
  • Restaurant stop on Snæfellsness where you can buy lunch
  • Entrance fee to the Secret Lagoon
  • South Coast Guided Tour
  • Stops at all South Coast Highlights
  • Glacier Hike with Professional Guide
  • All the Necessary Equipment for the Glacier Hike
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Hiking boots or very sturdy footwear
  • Warm outdoor layers
  • Weatherproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves

Not Included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals

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Beach at Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland

To bring deliver the ultimate sightseeing holiday in Iceland we have combined our fabulous Snæfellsnes Peninsula Small GroupGolden Circle and Secret Lagoon and South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike tours to bring you the greatest jewels. Each morning we pick you up and take you off to see the most amazing sights.

Pick-up Information: Pick-up from your hotel or nearby selected meeting point in Reykjavik is at 08:00 am. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is greatly appreciated.

The tours in the package are:

  • Snæfellsnes and Kirkjufell: 08-20:00 approximately.
  • Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon: 09:00-18:00 approximately.
  • South Coast Sightseeing and Glacier Hike from Reykjavík: 08:00- 20:00 Approximately.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Please note: Accommodation and meals are not included. All tours commence from Reykjavík, so you will need to arrange accommodation in the city. Pick up and drop off are available from various points for each of the day tours. The Vatnshellir lava caving is extra.

Kikjufell Mountain at Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland

Today we head westward! We want you to see the diverse wonders, Snæfellsnes is renowned for. We’ll stop to admire Búðakirkja, the 19th-century church.

Then it's visit to Arnarstapi, a charming village with a beautiful view.  The nature around Arnarstapi is truly amazing! While in town, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Miðgjá stone bridge, a natural rock arch off the coast.

In Snæfellsjökull National Park, surrounded by lava fields, there are great views of Snæfellsjökull glacier, the location which Jules Verne chose as the doorway to the center of the earth - we can thank his book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, for making this majestic glacier world famous.

Your next stop is at Vatnshellir, an ancient lava cave. Our very easy caving tour will show you the wonders which exist beneath the lava, a surprising assortment of impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations will be revealed under the beam of your headlight. This caving tour is short and suitable for everyone (an optional extra but highly recommended).

Djupalonssandur Black Beach in Iceland

The black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur has astonishingly shaped cliff formations, fascinating history and great stories of shipwrecks. You will see the ‘lifting stones,’ used in the olden days to determine if men were strong enough to work on the fishing boats. Today, these lifting stones are very popular with tourists.

Moving on, we travel through glorious landscapes exploring the north side of the peninsula, stopping at Grundarfjörður, a lovely little town with a picturesque garden and great sea views. Just a short distance away we stop to enjoy Mount Kirkjufell. Rising 463 m, this is probably the most photographed mountain in Iceland, its iconic image has appeared everywhere.

Next, we will travel over the legendary Berserkjahraun lava field. The Viking legend tells us this is the area where, in Pagan times, two Swedish “berserkers“ created the first road in Iceland.

Before we return to Reykjavík we stop at an incredibly cute waterfall where you can walk to an amazing viewing point above it. Finally, we will drive by Gerðuberg to see the geometric basalt columns, people are amazed by this lava paradise.

After a first day imbued with magic, you will be dropped off in Reyjavík early in the evening.

Day Highlights
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Vatnshellir lava cave (optional extra)
  • View Over Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Borgarnes
  • View of Gerðuberg basalt columns
  • View of Saxhól Crater
Included
  • 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
Walking Track at Thingvellir National Park

The Golden Circle is the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland, a 300 km loop taking you to three great attractions and through beautiful Icelandic scenery. Your guide will tell you all about the places you are traveling through and share some fun local stories. Did you know, on a clear day, you get views of the Hekla volcano as you travel the Golden Circle?

At Þingvellir National Park you will visit the most important historical site in Iceland, the place where the Viking settlers founded the Alþing, the oldest continuously existing democratic parliament in the world in the year 930. There is more to this place than great history, you will see the Almannagjá cliff framing the area where this ancient parliament met.

Here the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates have been moving apart for around 11,000 years creating Almannagjá and some extraordinary scenery. There has been a lot of volcanic activity here in the past but nowadays those volcanic landscapes are covered with moss. You will get great views of Þingvallavatn, the biggest natural lake in Iceland and the lovely traditional wooden church.

Sunset at Secret Lagoon in Iceland

We stop at Geysir, the geothermal area at Haukadalur where we will see Great Geysir, and Strokkur. Great Geysir is the hot spring whose name gave us the English word “geyser”, however, it is now inactive, but Strokkur, a neighboring hot spring is very active! Every few minutes you will see Strokkur spouting impressive jets of scalding water up to 30 m high - always a great moment.

Not so far from Geysir, we will come to the most popular waterfall in Iceland, the majestic and turbulent Gullfoss. Pathways lead to excellent viewing points, watching the powerful glacial river, Hvítá, force its way through this 70 m high canyon, and dropping 32 m in two stages is magnificent. The mystical grandeur of Gullfoss is enhanced by the golden-toned water vapor which can be seen around the turbulent cascade. Gullfoss translates to ‘Golden Fall’ in English.

We will take you to the Secret Lagoon, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, which was a secret treasure of the people in this locality for many years. The official Icelandic name is Gamla Lónið, meaning the ‘Old Lagoon’. This pool is idyllic and totally charming, set in the midst of unspoiled Icelandic nature in an area filled with geothermal hot springs. When you bathe here, you can see geothermal hot springs which gurgle cheerfully as you luxuriate in the 38 to 40 C water. There is even a spouting geyser to entertain you! We travel back over the Hellisheiði pass and get back to Reykjavík around 18:00.

Day Highlights
  • The Golden Circle Tour route
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Alþingi
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Bathing in the Secret Lagoon
Included
  • Pick-up & drop-off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in Mini Bus
  • Stop at a local Restaurant, where you can buy lunch
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
  • Secret Lagoon entrance fee
Guided Tour on Solheimajokull Glacier in Iceland

Our first stop will be at the breathtaking Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The 60-m high cascade is stunning, this is the famous Icelandic waterfall that you can walk behind! After a short walk, we will visit Gljúfrabúi, also known as “the hidden waterfall”. Crossing the ice-cold river to see the waterfall can be a challenge, but the reward you’ll get is amazing!

Driving along Iceland's South Coast, you will get views of the Hekla volcano and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano.

Next on, we will embark on yet another adventure. A glacier hike is an experience everyone should try at least once. Your certified glacier guide will help you safely navigate the ancient ice formations and tell you some glacier history.

After the glacier hike, we will head to Reynisfjara black sand beach, known for its big waves and basalt columns. You’ll see the Reynisdrangar cliffs, which, based on the legend, are nothing else than trolls who were turned into stone by the rising sun.

We will show you another great waterfall today, Skógafoss, which drops 60 m from the sea cliffs of the ancient coastline. If you explore the right side of the falls you will see the ‘troll face’ which stares directly at the falls. Perhaps your guide will recite the legend about the troll who, transfixed by the beauty of these falls, forgot the time and was turned to stone by the morning sun!

We then return to Reykjavík arriving before midnight after three days of Icelandic magic.

Day Highlights
  • The views of Hekla volcano and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Gljúfrabúi - The Hidden Waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
Included
  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in Mini Bus
  • Glacier Hike with a Certified Glacier Guide
  • Stop at a local Restaurant, where you can buy lunch
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

FAQ

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.