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2 Day Northern Lights & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The wonders of western Iceland

Magnificent waterfalls, Snæfellsjökull glacier and the northern lights are among the things you can expect to see on this adventure tour to the wonders of West of Iceland.

Caving Sightseeing Tours
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The Snæfellsnes peninsula was picked as the best winter destination in Europe and on this tour you get to explore the wonders of the peninsula on fantastic a two-day winter adventure. Inspire the traveler within you exploring the most amazing sight including the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, the most powerful hot spring in Europe and the charming little fishing village of Arnarstapi. Get in touch with the true power of Icelandic nature and grab this unforgettable opportunity to see Icelandic diversity in it’s truest form!


  • Availability

    October 1st - April 30th

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Price from

    48.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Hraunfossar waterfall
Barnafoss waterfall
Gerðuberg basalt columns
Snæfellsnes peninsula
Vatnshellir cave
Djúpalónssandur beach
Mt. Kirkjufell
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Tour in a Minibus
English Speaking Tour Guide
Visit to the highlights around Snæfellsnes area
One night in hotel room with a private bathroom
Breakfast at the hotel
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

This tour will show you the very best of West Iceland and the famous Snæfellsnes peninsula.

We head out past Mount Esja, Reykjavík´s iconic mountain on our way to see the sights of Borgarfjörður. You will see Reykholt, the famous home place of the 12th/early 13th century historian and saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. Reykholt certainly featured very strongly in the history of Iceland. Visits are also made to Deildatunguhver, the largest volume hot spring in Europe, and two beautiful but very different waterfalls. Hraunfossar is unique, thousands of rivulets stream out through the edge of the lava, forming a dramatic and very wide crescent shape. An Icelandic legend is linked to the picturesque Barnafoss Waterfall, explaining how it came to be so-named. In English the name is ‘Children´s Falls’, your guide will tell you all about the legend!

Leaving Borgarfjörður, you are driven towards Snæfellsnes peninsula. A final stop will be made to see the wonderful Gerðuberg basalt columns. Your accommodation will be at a country hotel in the Snæfellsnes area. Away from the light pollution of the city, you will have the best chance of seeing the glittering northern lights. As with any natural phenomenon, so we always have to hope and cross our fingers a little, but let´s hope those shimmery jewel-bright swirls will ripple across the night sky!

Snæfellsnes has amazingly diverse scenery, with the Snæfellsjökull glacier as the crowning glory. This has been one of the most famous places in Iceland since Jules Verne featured it in his novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Our optional (extra fee) guided tour of an 8000 year old lava tube cave will take you a little closer to the core of the earth! On your journey through the peninsula, you will see the beautiful mountains, amazingly picturesque cliffs, black beaches and traditional fishing villages. You will certainly appreciate how diverse Icelandic nature is on Snæfellsnes!

We stop at the photographers favorite, Mount Kirkjufell, and Djúpalónssandur a black pebble beach with crazily-shaped cliff formations. Those black pebbles are known as Djúpalóns Perlan, meaning ‘deep pool pearls’, the white-tipped waves crashing on these glossy black pearls is an amazing sight. Just make sure you stand well back, those waves are powerful and unpredictable as well as stunning!

After two days filled with sensational and extremely varied sights and experiences, we return to Reykjavík in the evening between 19:00 and 20:00.

What to bring: Warm layers and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants when you book your tour. Please note, we do not rent gear from locations, it must be booked in advance.

Please note

Breakfast is included at your hotel restaurant on day two. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on this tour. We will, however, be making stops where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

Single supplement is required for solo travelers.

Map of Iceland - 2 Day Northern Lights & Snaefellsnes

Day 1: Exploring the west of Iceland

You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík in the morning. We will drive along the scenic west coast of Iceland to West Iceland. Our fist stop of the day is at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. It provides 180 l/sec of 100°C hot water and it’s used for heating all the neighboring towns. Thereafter, we visit the historic site of Reykholt. Here the famous author Snorri Sturluson lived in the medieval.


The waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss is our next stop. There you can see how the water flows from underneath the lava fields and hear the story about Barnafoss waterfall. We leave the beautiful Borgarfjörður area behind and continue to Snæfellsnes peninsula. Before we reach our hotel for the night we will stop at the stunning basalt columns Gerðuberg. In the evening we will hunt for the northern lights.


Day Highlights
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Historic site of Reykholt
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
Borgarfjörður area
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Basalt columns Gerðuberg
Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Pick up from Reykjavik
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to all highlights of the day
One night at hotel room
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
Hotel Rjukandi
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Day 2: Snæfellsnes area and Vatnshellir Cave


After breakfast, we drive west from the hotel, along the coastline of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The first stop of the day is at the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, where we walk around the surrounding area. From there we go underground, where you have an option to go into Vatnshellir cave which is located inside the Snæfellsnes National Park at an extra cost. The cave is about 8000 years old lava tube tunnel. This experience is as close you will get to the Jules Verne story, A Journey to the Center of Earth. If you are not joining the caving part, then the guide will take you walking around the area.


Next, we have a stop at Hellnar for lunch before we continue to the beautiful Djúpalónssandur beach. Here we will have a short hike on the pebbles stone beach and explore the remains of the ship wreckage. On the beach, you may also find the lifting stones, where you can test your strength like the fishermen used to do in the old days.


From Djúpalónssandur, we continue our journey around Snæfellsnes peninsula and our next stop is at the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, a favorite spot for many photographers.
On our way back to Reykjavík in the evening, we’ll make sure to make an extra stop if we spot the Northern Lights so you can step out and enjoy the show.

We will be returning to Reykjavík around 9-11 PM.

Day Highlights
Arnarstapi Fishing Village
Vatnshellir cave (optional)
Snæefellsnes National Park
Djúpalónssandur beach
Mt. Kirkjufell
Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Breakfast in hotel
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to all highlights of the day
Drop off in Reykjavik
How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, 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 summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  but if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.

The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.

You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel in one of the most popular parts of Iceland. The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with made-up beds with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.

Hotel breakfast is included!

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a day backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).
  • The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
  • It’s possible to store your luggage in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

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.

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If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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2 Day Northern Lights & Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Average rating: 4.5/5 based on 15 customer reviews

"All good, but a bit rushed" | 5 stars By Rick Au 28/01/2018
All good, but it was a bit rush in trip, it would be better if we can stay for longer time at each point. Anyway, it’s nice!
"Well organized and covered a lot of ground" | 4 stars By Anna Lisa 28/01/2018
The two day trip was well organized and covered a lot of ground. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula was amazing with all the beaches, rock formations and ever changing weather. Our guide was extremely flexible trying to make changes due to weather and ensure our days were filled with interesting sites and activities. The visit to the horse farm was a nice touch and added a more personal experience with the locals. The warm bread and coffeee was a bonus! Arctic Adventures is always organized, on time, professional and wrap all and I love the smaller groups. A fun way to travel with others especially if you are travelling solo. I would highly recommend booking with this company fir any tour you do!
"I was desapointed with the northern lights hunting" | 4 stars By Andressa calasans 29/01/2018
I was desapointed with the northern lights hunting! Because the guide dont stay look for the northern lights like if you join the northern lights tour!!! And when you book the trip is writing that we would go for hunting! And also in the day that we slept in reykjavik we could have went to hunt!! So this was really desapointed! Other groups that did the same came to hunt in the night! So i think that you should change that! Or at least dont writ in the website that we are going to hunt! But the tours during the day was perfect!
"Excellent tour" | 5 stars By Nikhil 05/02/2018
Sor, our tour guide was knowledgeable and took extra effort to show us around, give us the history of the places we visited and the culture as well. He also took keen interest to explain to us the northern lights, the websites that can be used to track them. We were fortunate to witness them. The hotel that we stayed at was great as well! Overall, an excellent tour.
"We had a fantastic time" | 5 stars By Josh Bergman 11/03/2018
We had a fantastic time touring Iceland with our guide! We would definitely use Arctic Adventures again and look forward to a return trip to this beautiful country.
"just perfect!" | 5 stars By Andrea Schuler 12/03/2018
The tour and everything around was just perfect!
"Hotel in the city" | 5 stars By Alejandro 12/03/2018
We enjoyed Outlet trip a lot! Overall great experiencie. However, You should not use the 4th floor hotel, it is loud and dirty.
"We enjoyed the tour. " | 4 stars By Ma Aurora Venturina 19/03/2018
Our driver, Alvaro, was great. We enjoyed the tour. Unfortunately, the weather did not permit to do the ice cave tour. Hope to get a refund on it.
"Nice way to start off our Iceland Adventure" | 4 stars By Shannon Campbell 26/03/2018
The 2 day tour was a nice way to start off our 5 day tour. Siggi (?) was very friendly and added a personal touch with introducing us to his future puppy. The views were fantastic, the accommodations fine and safe driving. The things I would suggest change- 20 people on a tour that was advertised as a small group- is not 15 people. The bus was a bit cramped. Please know what to expect on the additional tour to the lava tube. This was a bit more scary for some than expected, as well as uneven terrain and at times just a soaker. When there is not going to be lunch or food, a more stern advisement of going to the grocery store is needed -with ample time to do so. Maybe a cooler in the van to store food would ease minds of those who feel food should not be left out for long periods of time. Make sure people know- there really is no time to see things and shop- it's just how it is and we were good with it, though I think others may like to know this.
"Waterfalls, horses, and auroras on the Snaefeln" | 5 stars By Glynnis Anne Bowman 28/03/2018
The overnight Snaefellsnes tour was fantastic and our tour guide Oliver really went out of his way to make sure that we had a wonderful experience. One of the passengers asked if we could stop so that she could photograph the Icelandic horses and Oliver made an unscheduled visit to a stable. After dinner, he took us out for auroras and gave some excellent advice on photography. The hotel was very nice and the restaurant was excellent.
"Overall Positive Experience" | 3 stars By Aniela 30/03/2018
We had a pleasant time during our 4 Day Tour with Arctic Adventures. Francois and Triger were very informative and fun guides. Some of the stopovers, particularly in the west side on the first two days could have been skipped (for example the empty town with a swimming pool and the small church). Despite this, it was an overall positive experience.
"Awesome experience" | 5 stars By Payal Bauva 31/03/2018
It was great and enjoyable experience. I went solo for the first time and it did not give me the feeling of being alone. The guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. I felt love and warmth being in this tour. Highly professional and kind. They took care of us in covering all the points mentioned plus some additional few if time permits. The hotels allowed were really good. Took care of our comfort and personally I would say they do take care of our health too. Overall, excellent experience with them. I miss being with them. And I would definitely recommend this to all. I would like to actually take my people in collaboration with this tour. Thumbs up ??»
"Nice tour" | 4 stars By Jaione 03/04/2018
The tour was nice eventhough the weather wasn’t on our side. The guide was pleasant, shared a lot of interesting information and gave as a quick alternative when he had to take the van to the garage unexpectedly. Highly recommended.
"Amazing Trip" | 5 stars By Sydney 05/04/2018
So happy I picked this trip. Our tour guide Swen was incredible, he knew so much about Iceland and the places we were going, and how to keep us safe yet make the most of our trip in the tricky weather conditions. We managed to go to all the places on our itinerary despite the tricky weather, but additionally Swen knew good places to stop to see an amazing view or hidden treasure that was not part of the itinerary, which really made the trip special. Everywhere we went was beautiful and Swen was funny and engaging, it was also great to travel with a smaller group that you got to know. All around amazing trip.
"2 DAY Snaefellsness and norther lights tour" | 5 stars By Shajeel iqbal 09/04/2018
The tour followed the exact itinerary as it was mentioned. We got to do all the activities as planned. I think this tour should change its name and should not mention northern lights in its description (because we didnt even go to hunt it anywhere). Even though for us the conditions were not even close to good for viewing. But we did see northern lights on our 3 days tour. Overall it was a good tour with good guide.
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