The Wonders of Snæfellsnes
A day on Snæfellsnes is something you’ll never forget. Sometimes called “Iceland in miniature”, the 90-km peninsula features many of the natural features associated with this amazing island, like a glacier, a volcano, incredible cliffs, black beaches, fantastic bird life and the chance to see seals. Our guided day tour will help you learn about the wonders of this incredible place.
- See the incredible wildlife on the peninsula in West Iceland.
- Travel in comfort, departing from the centre of Reykjavik.
- An opportunity to enjoy the savage beauty of Snæfellsnes.
- Visit the picturesque fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar.
- See the stunning Snæfellsnes volcano.
Departing from Reykjavik, you'll travel along the island’s western coast to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. First stop is in Arnarstapi, a beautiful little fishing village at the foot of Mount Stapafell, a hyaloclastite mountain, which means it consists of a mix of rock, lava and glass. The village’s tiny harbour is surrounded by impressive basalt cliffs, which almost appear manmade due to their columnar structure.
Your next destination is Hellnar, once the area’s main fishing village. Here, you will be able to see more spectacular scenery, especially on the beach where, over the millennia, the waves have carved out incredible cliffs and caves. Your journey then continues along the unbelievable coastline; the landscape is like nowhere else on Earth.
When you reach Djúpalónssandur, you will have another opportunity to get out and explore. Enjoy the fantastic beach of black volcanic sand, and, if you’re feeling strong, try and lift the four lifting stones, which were traditionally used to test the strength of new fishermen before they went to sea for the first time. Their names mean ‘full strength’, ‘half strength’, ‘weakling’ and ‘useless’ in Icelandic. If you couldn’t lift the ‘weakling’ stone, you couldn’t go to sea!
The journey back to Reykjavik will take you through the small town of Ólafsvík and Kirkjufell, a stunning lone mountain that features on North-of-the-Wall scenes in 'Game of Thrones'. All along the way, you will see the most amazing natural wonders. You’ll return to Reykjavik amazed by the incredible landscapes of this unique country.
Before you Go
- Departure point: BSI Reykjavik Bus Terminal
- Departure time: 8:00 a.m., returning at 8:30 p.m.
- English: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
- German: Saturday
- No tours on 24th and 31st December
- Warm clothes, waterproof jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended (bring a winter hat, scarf, mittens/gloves and warm socks for colder days)