There is something so otherworldly about Snæfellsnes that Icelanders often associate it with spiritual experiences and folk tales. This tour provides an insight and spectacular views of this unique area where geological wonders boarder on the magical.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West of Iceland is almost like a miniature version of the entire island. The area has beautiful samples of some of the natural wonders Iceland is so famous for. This includes black beaches, magnificent mountains, volcanic craters, incredible birdlife, magical caves, and of course, the most picturesque glacier of them all, Snæfellsjökull.
This tour stops at the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and provides real insight into quintessential volcanic craters. Along the way you’ll get great views of the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and the dark cliffs and black sand of Djúpalónssandur bay are a favourite among photographers.
In the middle of this beautiful peninsula sits Snæfellsjökull, the stunning glacier that has captured the imagination of people all over the world, including Jules Verne who began his "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" at Snæfellsjökull glacier. The tour offers numerous views of this beautiful landmark. It is after all the real star of the show.
If you do not choose pick up, you can start the experience at any places below.
BSÍ Bus Terminal - City Center
Vatnsmýrarvegur 10, Reykjavík 101, IS
English: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday (all year)
German: Saturdays (all year)
Borgarnes - Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Iceland and is the largest town in the Borgarbyggð municipality with a population of about 3750 residents. Here we make our first small stop and will be able to buy small snacks which we recommend for the long trip
Ytri Tunga - A small golden sand beach known for it's wildlife and common spottings of Harbour and Gray Seals
Arnarstapi - A Fishing village known for its early founding and being since 1565 a trading post of the Danish Crown and a seat of Viceroyalty in the region until the 19th century. Birdlife and unique rock formations can be found all across the shores of the village. A Statue of Bárður Snæfellsáss - a legendary half human, half ogre from the Icelandic Sagas is prominently displayed.
Djúpalónssandur - A black sand beach near the foot of Snæfellsjökull Glacier. Rusted remains of the British trawler Epine (Grimsby) litter the coast after having wrecked on the cliffs nearby on March 13 1948. Four lifting stones can also be found here that were used as a test of strength among the locals. The Fullsterkur stone weighs 154kg, Hálfsterkur weighs in at 100kg, Hálfdrættingur at 54 kg, Amlóði at 23kg. To be considered to be fit to work on the boats that once populated the beach, a successful lift of Hálfdrættingur was the minimum weight required to atleast hip-height.
Hólahólar - A crater formation variously described as a home of mythical hidden-people legends and/or elves.
Ólafsvík - A small town on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Here we have a short break and are able to use the facilities.
Kirkjufell - A lonesome cathedral like mountain overlooking the town of Grundarfjörður