2 Day Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Lava Cave, Waterfalls & More

Join this journey to explore the amazing nature of the West of Iceland. Visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its spectacular beauty and great views and explore the historic area of Borgarfjordur with magic waterfalls and hot springs.
Available: Nov - May
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 days
Minimum Age: 5 years
Pick Up: Pick-up included from Reykjavik
Price From: ISK 44.900
Reviews: 6 reviews

Tour Highlights

✅ Snaefellsjokull National Park
✅ Hraunfossar & Barnafossar waterfalls
✅ Krauma natural geothermal baths & spa
✅ Deildatunguhver hot spring area
✅ Snaefellsnes
✅ Stykkisholmur
✅ Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum + entry fee
✅ Hellnar
✅ Arnarstapi fishing village
✅ Kirkjufell Mountain
✅ Dritvikurgrunn
✅ Londrangar
✅ Djupalonssandur sandy beach
✅ Vatnshellir lava cave + entry fee
✅ Svöðufoss
✅ Saxhóll
✅ Gerðuberg
✅ Professional tour guide in English in a minibus
✅ Accommodation in a double or a twin room with private bathroom in hotel Fransiskus or similar

Tour Details

Availability: November – May
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum age: 5 years.
Guided language: English
Pick-up: Pickup takes place between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
Included: Accommodation in a double or a twin room with private bathroom in hotel Fransiskus or similar, breakfast, professional tour guide in English in a minibus, pick up and drop off within Reykjavik, entry to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum & free Wi-Fi on bus
Not included: Lunch and Dinner – we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour
What to bring: Warm, wind & waterproof clothes, good hiking shoes are recommended and camera.
Return time: This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 2 around 6:30 pm

  • If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement of 7.500 ISK is mandatory.
  • Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks is possible.
    Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise, you can use luggage lockers that are located in the center Reykjavík.
    Here is a link to their website where you can find all details. http://www.luggagelockers.is/
    We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office, located in Fiskislóð 45, Space M.
    To avoid any delays on departure luggage must be in storage before pick up time.

 

Tour Description

Join this journey to explore the amazing nature of the West of Iceland.  Visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsuela with its spectacular beauty and great views and explore the historic area of Borgarfjordur with magic waterfalls and hot springs.

Less than 3 hours from Reykjavik, this area combines all the wonders of Iceland in one place: the sea crashing upon the sandy shores, jagged lava fields, waterfalls, imposing cliffs for hiking and photography, and small fishing villages for those who are curious about the culture Iceland.

After being picked up in Reykjavik, your tour starts by driving on the scenic route 1 road to the friendly town of Borgarnes.   From there the course is set to the Snæfellsnes where you will enjoy watching seals play on the beach and take in some amazing sights at the many beautiful creations of nature in the area, including Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Djúpalónssandur, Lóndrangar, Svöðufoss, and Saxhóll. The Snæfellsnesjökull glacier looms mysterious and magical as your tour continues around the peninsula.   One of the many highlights of the tour is a caving expedition in the Vatnshellir Lava Cave with admission fee included.

After this visual feast, your day ends in the beautiful village of Stykkishólmur where your accommodation for the night is in the charming and historic Hótel Fransiskus.   The Northern Lights are known to play their amazing symphony of lights in this area if the conditions are favorable.

On the second day, your journey continues by visiting the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum with admission fee included, and the beautiful and photogenic mountain of Kirkjufell.    The Gerðuberg basalt column is next on the agenda and from there you will be whisked away to the Borgarfjodur area where you will visit Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls as well as the Deildartunguhver hot spring before heading back to the bright lights of Reykjavik.   Last but not least on the agenda for you is a visit to Krauma, the new natural geothermal baths & spa next to Deildartunguhver with admission fee included.   There you can enjoy great facilities including five relaxing geothermal baths, a cold tub, and two saunas.   A perfect way to end a great tour.

If you want to enjoy the Icelandic nature to the fullest and to witness the untouched beauty of the West of Iceland, then you should book this tour now as availability is very limited.

Please note: it is only possible to bring small carry on luggage such as backpacks for the tour. See further details under Quick facts.

Day 1 – Magic of snæfellsjökull national park

The day begins with a drive along the west coast through the town of Borgarnes all the way to the beach in Ytri Tunga which is a well-known seal colony. The seals are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks near the sandy beach.

The next stop is the fishing hamlet Arnarstapi and then Hellnar where you will have time to walk along the cliffs for half an hour; the view to the sea from this hike is breathtaking.
In Djúpalónssandur you will discover incredible rock formations. The beaches are covered with small black stones which are unique. You will hike to one of the most impressive formations called Lóndrangar, which are a pair of rock pinnacles made of basalt approximately 70 m high.

After enjoying the many amazing sites above ground level it is now time to journey towards the Center of the Earth! You will go caving in the Vatnshellir lave cave where you can see the tumult of the volcanic landscape up close. This cave was created by volcanic eruption 7.000 ago.

You will also stop in Saxhóll which is an old 100 m high volcanic crater. There is a good path to the top of the crater where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views in the area. From the magical Snæfellsnesjökull glacier to the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the scenery is simply amazing.

At the end of the day, you will finish with a drive through three small fishing villages on the way to the atmospheric village of Stykkisholmur, scene of the famous movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. There you will enjoy a lovely evening and spend the night in the unique Hotel Fransiskus, a beautiful hotel located in a former monastery. The rooms are cozy and comfortable with private bathrooms.

Day 2 – mountains, culture, waterfalls & hot springs

After a refreshing rest and having breakfast at the hotel, you day starts on a high with a visit to the majestic Kirkjufell mountain, which is one of the most popular photo stops in Iceland. If you have not used your camera before on the tour then this one is a must! You will also visit the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste some traditional Icelandic shark with a local schnapps while viewing hundreds of fishing and boating artifacts.

Driving across the Snæfellsnes peninsula, your next stop is at Gerðuberg, a big wall of huge Basalt columns. The cliff is 500 m long and 12 to 14 meters high, one of the highest in Iceland. This is one of the marvels of nature that just makes you stop and wonder about the architectural brilliance of mother earth.

Next is the visit to the historic Borgarfjordur area where you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 m (almost 300 ft!) across the Hallmundarhraun lava field, which flow from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava.

Literally a stone’s throw upstream from Hraunfossar, you will visit another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, “the waterfall of the children,” comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. There was a natural stone bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterward, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

Finally, take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe, providing 180 liters per second of 100@C hot water!   Thread the path carefully while watching and hearing the powerful energy of the hot spring at work.  To put the icing on the cake, your last stop today will be at the Kraumanatural geothermal baths & Spa, located next to Deildartunguhver.   This brand new beautiful Spa offers five relaxing geothermal baths, a cold tub, two steam baths and more, all in a very natural environment.

After this adventure exploring the West of Iceland for two unforgettable days, you set off back to Reykjavik arriving there in time to enjoy the rest of your night while reflecting on the beauty of the Icelandic nature.

6 reviews

  1. The two days in the snaefellsnes Peninsula have been an unique experience to me. I’ve seen magical landscapes, waterfalls and beaches, had an awesome stay at the Hotel and ate great (smoked mutton) and not-so-great (shark) food! David is a guide who shares his passion for this country and it’s spectacular scenery whiat made me admire all these beautiful things even more. Thanks for this awesome trip, it’s been breathtaking (and not just because it was freezing cold).
    Lara

  2. Perfect Trip!

    The 2 Day Snaefellsnes Tour with David was fantastic! I spent 2 wonderful days in this peninsula, each place was so peaceful and beautiful. Even the whale watching was cancelled, David brought us to different “secret place” to share us his passion for this wonderful country! Thank you so much for this Icelandic experience and for the unique birthday song! I recommend this trip with the enthusiastic David.

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