The Wonders of Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Witness the splendor of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this compelling tour of what is generally considered to be ‘Iceland in Miniature’. Pass by magnificent mountains and snow-capped stratovolcanoes. Soak in the cultural and historical aspects of the country in small fishing villages like Arnarstapi and Hellnar.
- Begin your trip where Verne’s novel, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ ended: The Snæfellsjökull Glacier.
- Relax at the black-pebbled Djúpalónssandur sand beach.
- Experience the essence of Icelandic culture at Hellnar and Arnarstapi.
- Spend some time watching exotic birds.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is home to some of Iceland’s most visited locations. The peninsula boasts small villages nestled between magnificent snow-capped mountains. The Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano is one of these exquisite locations. It is believed to be over 700,000 years old. It is part of the Snæfellsjökull National Park that serves as an abode for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
On the western edge of the Peninsula lies the Hellnar fishing village. Once a major port for fishing vessels in the region, there have been mentions of the village in writings dating back to the Middle Ages. The Valasnös cave formation at the beach is a stunning tunnel that is known for its colorful light patterns caused by the movements of the sea.
Arnarstapi, another small fishing village, lies at the foot of Mount Stapafell. It was used as Danish shipping port as far back as 1565. Today, Arnarstapi has continued its legacy as a center for private fishing vessels and recreational boats. The waves of the ocean distort sunlight and reflect it on the nearby rocks, making the rock formations along the coast host natural light shows.
Djúpalónssandur is a quiet black-pebbled beach in the peninsula. It is known for its ‘Four Lifting Stones’; massive rocks that Icelandic men once lifted to prove their worth. The Kirkjufell Mountain, featured in the sixth episode of the incredibly popular TV show, Game of Thrones, is another fascinating sight on this tour.
It would not be an understatement to say that the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is bound to be a paradise for any ardent fan of Game of Thrones. In the series, many of the scenes ‘beyond the wall’ were filmed in places like Kirkjufell (Arrowhead Mountain) and Svínafellsjökull. The Svínafellsjökull glacier is where you will begin your tour. Marvel at the incredible glacier and the fantastic sights all around before heading to the fishing villages.
At Arnarstapi and Hellnar, you will learn about how these tiny villages served as essential trading posts and fishing centers. Savor the local culture and find something to eat in these beautiful hamlets.
You will get some time to sit back and watch the waves lapping the black sandy beach of Djúpalónssandur. Be amazed by the fascinatingly-shaped Kirkjufell Mountain before ending your tour of the peninsula.
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Free pick-up and drop-off for people staying at central accommodations in Reykjavik
- Sightseeing tour of some of the most beautiful locations in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Know Before You Go
This tour is available on all days of the week from 1st June to 20th September. It is not available on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1st October to 31st May. The tour begins at 8 AM. Please be ready at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up. The duration of the tour is 11 hours.
Rules and Regulations
Seat belts must be worn inside the bus according to Icelandic law. Warm clothing and hot water is recommended.
Super-Flexible Cancellation Policy
Tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours prior to the tour for a full refund.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. You can display your voucher on your mobile device along with some valid photo ID at the meeting point.
You will be picked up from your hotel in downtown Reykjavik. If you are accommodation is not inside Reykjavik, you will be picked up at The Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar.
The ticket is valid only for the scheduled date and time.