2-day Trip through the Magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula, from Reykjavik
Duration: Multi day (2 days) Difficulty: Easy
Why we love this tour
Explore the winter wonderland of Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula. With rushing waterfalls, glacier-topped peaks, and volcanic sand beaches, both water and fire have made their uniques marks on this incredible region.
- Adventure through the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known as "Iceland in Miniature"
- See the iconic Mt. Kirkjufell, "Church Mountain"
- Catch outstanding views of the Saefellsjokull glacier
- Visit the rocky fjord and waterfall of Borgarfjordur
- Admire small fishing villages like Grundarfjordur and Olafsvik
- Explore the ancient Vatnshellir lava cave
No matter what time of the year, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula brings showstopping displays of nature. In September, the deep range of autumn colors emerge. From October to April is the perfect time to hunt for the Northern Lights. In April and May, thousands of migrant sea-birds who have nested on the numerous cliffs soar through the air. Read on to learn more about your itinerary in spectacular Western Iceland.
Day 1: Reykjavik - Snaefellsnes North
Kick off the adventure with an early morning departure from Reykjavik. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation or the nearest bus stop. On the way to the peninsula, stop to dip your feet into a nice, hot natural spring. Explore the northern coast of the peninsula with stops in picturesque small fishing towns. Then, marvel at the freestanding, much-photographed mountain Kirkjufell. Enter the Snaefellsjokull National Park and stretch your legs by climbing up to the Saxholl crater at 100 m (330 ft) high. Your next stop will be the Djupalonssandur pebble beach where you admire the intricate rock formations of the former fishing bay. After the beach, a short drive takes you to wander through the 8000-old lava tube cave Vatnshellir. Accommodation for the night is a comfortable hotel with private facilities. If the conditions are favorable, you will have a perfect view of the Northern Lights.
Day 2: Snaefellsnes South – Borgarfjordur
In the morning, you explore the astonishing South coast of the peninsula full of natural wonders. Visit the ancient fishing village of Hellnar and the cold water spring found at the lava’s edge. This water is said to have healing powers and is dedicated to the Holy Virgin, as legend says she once appeared here. From Hellnar a short drive takes you to the hamlet of Arnarstapi where you walk among the basaltic rock formations. The next stop takes you to Budir to visit the beautiful little black church and the golden sand beach. On your way to Reykjavik in the afternoon, drive towards the beautiful Borgarfjordur area and marvel at the magnificent waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver.
Need to know before you go
This trip runs every other Wednesday from September 1st to May 31st.
Pickup time is 8:30 a.m. at your accommodation address.
Minimum age is 10 years old.
Groups are limited to 16 people per guide.Lunch and dinner are not included in the price.
Single travelers and groups with odd numbers must choose the single supplement option during the booking process.
What to bring? Light hiking boots, thermal underwear (wool or synthetic), wind and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking pants, gloves, warm socks, hat, extra-warm jacket/parka for cold days (winter).
Other gear: Small backpack for clothes and items used during the day, sunglasses and sun protection (summer & spring), water bottle, and casual clothes/change of clothes.
Will we see the Northern Lights? To see the Northern Lights you need solar activity, clear skies, and darkness. The first two we cannot control, but the darkest months are September to March and therefore your best chance to see them.
Can I get a triple room? It is no problem to check if a triple room is available for you during your tour. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
How much luggage can I bring on the tour? We recommend that you bring one piece of luggage per person. We recommend that you bring a soft duffel bag since they are easier to stack in the vehicle.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement.
There is no reimbursement for later cancellations. In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
Designated Pickup Spot in Reykjavik
Please enter your hotel or hostel name in the booking form and the exact meeting point will be confirmed.