Snæfellsnes is a beautiful peninsula that divides the west coast of Iceland into two large bays, namely Faxaflói and Breiðafjörður. Snæfellsnes offers a choice of recreational activities. A guided bus tour to the famous and magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier at the tip of the peninsula. Nature lovers will enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the peninsula and rich bird life during summer.
PLEASE NOTE: From 1. September - 30. May the tour is only available on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays
This tour takes you west from Reykjavik on a scenic route to Borgarfjörður and the village of Borgarnes where a short stop will be made for refreshments.
Shortly after entering Snæfellsnes peninsula, by Ytri-Tunga Farm you‘´ll get a chance to spot local wildlife at the beach which is home to a seal colony and variety of sea birds.
Next up is a visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi village where you‘ll take a walk through extraordinary landscape along the precipitous shoreline to the small village of Hellnar where a brake will be made for lunch.
After lunch the tour continues to Vatnshellir lava tube cave that lies in the Snæfellsjökull National Park, close to where Jules Verne located his entrance for the “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.
Exploring Vatnshellir you‘ll plunge into a subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations that in the glow of your headlight form eerie shapes and shadows flickering across the walls of the cave.
From the dark underworld of Vatnshellir the tour takes you to Djúpalónssandur, a tranquil, black-pebbled beach that offers beautiful views out to the sea and fascinating history.
Leaving Djúpalónssandur you‘ll travel past striking landscapes to the north coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula to Grundarfjordur fishing village. Surrounded by exceptionally beautiful mountains Grundarfjörður is home to one of the peninsula‘s most iconic and photographed landmarks, the symmetrical mountain Kirkjufell that towers 1500 ft. up from the shoreline.
Out of Grundarfjörður the route lies across Berserkjahraun lava fields that according to Viking legends was where two Swedish „Berserks“ forged Iceland‘s first road and over to the south side of the peninsula through Vatnaleið pass. On the way a short stop is made at a viewpoint where you can take a short walk down to a beautiful waterfall.
Heading back to Reykjavik the last, but by no means the least attraction on the tour is the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, home to a beautiful belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes.
Columnar basalt cliff in Hnappadalur
Ölkelda, a natural spring of clean drinking water
Arnarstapi, a small fishing village