2 Day Snaefellsnes Peninsula & West Iceland | Lava Cave & Northern Lights

Experience the magical West Iceland on this excellent 2-day expedition to Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Borgarfjörður. Get a chance to explore hot springs, lava fields, waterfalls, black beaches and see the Snæfellsjökull glacier. You’ll also enter an 8,000-year-old lava cave and try to catch a glimpse of the mystical Northern Lights.
Available: October - March
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Minimum Age: 8 years old
Pick Up: Hotel pick-up included
Price From: ISK 49.900
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 48 hours in advance and pay 5.000 ISK cancellation fee

Tour Highlights

✅ West Iceland
✅ Snaefellsnes
✅ Hraunfossar
✅ Barnafoss
✅ Hvalfjordur
✅ Reykholt
✅ Arnarstapi
✅ Kirkjufell
✅ Vatnshellir Cave
✅ Londrangar
✅ Djupalonssandur
✅ Ytri Tunga Beach
✅ Budarkirkja

Tour Details

Departure: 08:00 am
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Minimum age: 8 years
Included: Two day guided minibus tour of the West Coast and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, one night in accommodation on the West Coast (breakfast included).
Not included: Lunch & Dinner.
What to bring: Warm clothes (first layer), waterproof clothing (second layer), hiking boots (available for rent when booking), camera.

• Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

• The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.

• It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

• Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

• For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small bag or backpack. If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage for you. 

Tour Description

Experience the magical West Iceland on this excellent 2-day expedition to Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Borgarfjörður. Get a chance to explore hot springs, lava fields, waterfalls, black beaches and see the Snæfellsjökull glacier. You’ll also enter an 8,000-year-old lava cave and try to catch a glimpse of the mystical Northern Lights. 

Snæfellsnes Peninsula or ‘Iceland in Miniature’ has to offer many of Iceland’s natural formations for you to experience. You will have a chance to explore the fascinating and often overlooked West region of Iceland.

A professional guide and driver will pick you up in the morning to start of your exciting journey to the West coast, where you will first visit Hvalfjörður fjord and Deildartunguhver hot spring geothermal area, hear about Vikings and Sagas and enjoy magically waterfalls cascade.

After spending a restful night at one of the best available hotels on the West Coast, you will hike along a path that takes you past dramatic cliffs, explore a black pebble beach, descend into a lava tube, and photograph Iceland’s most iconic mountain, Kirkjufell, all in the shadow of the impressive Snæfellsjökull glacier.

You will enjoy a good night sleep at an excellent hotel in the West Coast before you carry on your journey. You will hike along trails, past staggering cliffs, descend into a lava tube, visit Djúpalónssandur black pebble beach and of course the unique Kirkjufell mountain will greet you with its phenomenal features and photogenic nature. All of this with the amazing Snæfellsjökull glacier watching from a distance.

This is an opportunity to explore some of Iceland’s most popular locations and some of its lesser known hidden gems. Check availability by selecting a date. 

 

Day 1

Your two day tour in west Iceland is about to begin. Prepare to explore amazing things like, lava fields, dreamy waterfalls, dark caves, black and white beaches, historical locations and the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier of the west.

You will be picked up in the morning by a guide and a driver and you will be heading straight towards the mountain Esja, which overlooks Reykjavík. Driving along side it you will reach Hvalfjörður fjords, the name of it translates to “whale fjord”. You will enjoy the features of the area, towering snow capped mountains and open fields. You will be able to see an old abandoned naval base, which was occupied by the British during WWII.

After Hvalfjörður you will head on to Borgarfjörður, a region filled with historical heritage, Viking sailors reached land and settled there after leaving their homeland.

Reykholtsdalur valley is your next location, there you can learn all about the forces of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. From there you will journey to the village of Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson, the poet, lawmaker and historian used to live during the Middle ages. Snorri wrote many codices that are invaluable records of mythology and the Old Norse language.

Not far from there are you will find two very different but equally beautiful waterfalls, Hraunsfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar are a series of streams rushing through dark lava fields and Barnafoss, a bright blue stream speeding through a narrow ravine.

You will then head to your accommodation for a restful sleep. Keep an eye out for the magical Aurora at night, especially if the sky is starry and clear.

Day 2

The glacier of the west, Snæfellsjökull towers over the Peninsula in all its glory. The glacier played an important role in the novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, by Jules Verne, where it was the opening point to a great underground journey. You will have a nice breakfast and then head out for a adventure where you will be exploring the underground.

Once you have reached the Snæfellsnes Peninsula you will visit Gerðuberg Cliff, a large basalt column wall. Next you will be able to explore a white sand beach at Ytri-Tunga, which is unusual for Icelandic beaches, most of them have black sand. The sand in Ytri-Tunga is golden and the location is great for spotting seals.

The village of Arnarstapi is your next destination, a small fishing village surrounded by basalt ravines and lava pillars. You can see old fisherman landing spots and you can follow a path leading you along the coast with the Atlantic Ocean waves crushing against Gatklettur arch rock.

You will head to Djúpalónssandur, a black pebble beach, to get there you will trek through a unique field of lava pillars and rocks, a very special location, unlike anything else. When you reach the beach you can walk on the pebble shore and take in all the incredible features of the location.

As the Professor Otto Lidenbrok along with his uncle Axel from Verne’s novel, you will venture into the volcanic tube towards earths core, you wont reach the centre of the earth but Vatnshellir lava cave is an exhilarating experience. In the cave you will follow a path of lava that was created over 8,000 years ago.

After you resurface from the lava cave you will continue to explore Snæfellsnes and head to the northern part of the Peninsula. The iconic Kirkjufell mountain will welcome you with all of its unique features. As you may know, the mountain was featured in the popular series, Game of Thrones and has become one of Icelands most popular sites.

On your way back to the capital, you will past Hraunsfjörður, a beautiful fjords surrounded by mountains covered in snow you will be able to see the dark lava field of Berserkjahraun, and your guide will give you some knowledge about the road’s construction.

Remember to keep a look out for the magical sight in the sky when it gets dark, the Northern Lights with their unbelievable colours cant wait to put on a show for you. You then will reach your accommodation in Reykjavík in the evening where you can relax, that concludes your journey to West Iceland. 

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