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Remote but still so close

THE SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

Snaefellsnes Peninsula is one of those hidden gems of Iceland. Located on Iceland's West Coast it is an area of stark contrast; beautiful mountains, idyllic farms, black and white sands, rock formations, lava fields, peaceful fishing villages. And best of all, it's profile is dominated by the mystical Snaefellsjokull Glacier, immortalized in Jules Verne's novel Journey To The Center Of The Earth.

After leaving Reykjavik the tour takes us through the tunnel below Hvalfjordur, continuing through the beautiful town of Borgarnes from which the peninsula tour proper begins. Borgarnes is actually very interesting in it's own right as it's where the Viking and poet Egill Skallagrimsson lived. In town we would find the Settlement Center with its exhibitions on Egill and the settlement of Iceland.

Once out in the peninsula our itinerary is practically endless and most days we will have to pick and choose among all the stops along the way:

  • Gerduberg, an impressive wall of basalt columns

  • Stykkisholmur, a beautiful small fishing town with its charming old houses.

  • Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, where you can sample or even buy fermented shark and the ever popular dried fish. Here we also learn everything we need to know about the art of hunting and fermenting the Greenland Shark.

  • Grundarfjordur, with its majestic Kirkjufell Mountain and 2 pretty waterfalls, Kirkjufellsfoss and Grundarfoss.

  • The black sand beaches of Djupalonssandur and Dritvik, with unusual cliff formations.

  • Vatnshellir Cave, an 8000 year old lava tube. Here you can enjoy a 45 minutes guided tour into the cave (entrance not included).

  • Londrangar sea stacks, old volcanic plugs formed when magma on its way to the surface hardened inside its vent. 

  • The Malarrif lighthouse and the cliffs by Malarrif.

  • The small villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi, where in a good weather we would recommend that you hike from one village to the next (approx 40 minutes) to enjoy the cliffs and birdlife of this beautiful shoreline.

  • Budir with its well preserved and renovated church, pristine lava field and golden sand beach. From here is also one of the best view up to Snaefellsjokull glacier.

  • Ytri-Tunga, a old farm on the coastline where seals are a common sight resting on the beach.

  • Olkelda where natural carbonated water runs from the ground. It's said to be healthy so why not stop and take a sip or two before we head back to Reykjavik?

  • On the way back we also might stop in Borgarnes for a visit to the Settlement Center where you might enjoy one or both of their exhibitions.

Also, weather and road conditions permitting, a drive up to the glacier itself might also be possible. 

  • Availability: All year

  • Tour duration: 10+ hours

  • Included: Car & driver guide

  • Price 1-3 passengers: 102000 ISK

  • Price 4-7 passengers: 120000 ISK

  • Price  8 or more passengers: Contact Us

  • What to bring: Good shoes, hat, gloves, warm jacket, camera.