2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour | Lava Caving, Waterfalls and the Northern Lights

On this 2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour you will see Iceland's landscapes in winter's costume.
The Gatklettur stone arch is one of the most iconic natural features of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Búðakirkja church is stunning to behold under the Northern Lights.
Mt. Kirkjufell dressed in winter attire.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is dotted with abandoned homes and farms that speak volumes of the country's harsh environment and unforgiving climate.
Mt. Kirkjufell rising above the frosty landscape.

Enjoy ‘Iceland in Miniature’ on this incredible 2-day winter tour to witness the diverse wonders of West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On this excursion, you will see volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal areas, cultural sites, beautiful stretches of coast and geological marvels. You will also get to cave in a 7000-year-old lava tube and to hunt for the elusive and magical Northern Lights.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation on the first morning and begin your journey north. This day will be dominated by the sites of West Iceland en route to the peninsula; you can expect to see the highest-flowing hot-spring in Europe, the charming village of Reykholt, two stunning waterfalls and dramatic geological formations in the valley of Hnappadalur.

This day will finish at your accommodation on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, from which you will be able to see the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano. This iconic landmark has inspired art for centuries, most notably being where Jules Verne set his novel, ‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. Before turning in, you will have your opportunity to hunt for the Aurora Borealis.

The glacier will be within sight for the majority of the next day, as you learn first hand why people call Snæfellsjökull ‘Iceland in Miniature’. You will see even more diversity of landscapes, as you head from black sand beaches to endless lava fields, tiny villages to vast mountains. Prepare to witness marvel after marvel both above the surface of the ground and beneath it.

You will return to Reykjavík that evening after two days packed with sightseeing and adventure.

Many of those visiting Iceland do not get an opportunity to see all the fascinating places on this tour, so do not let yourself miss out. Jump aboard to see the sites of West Iceland and the Snæfellnes peninsula and for your chance to witness the Northern Lights. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Snæfellsnes, Stykkishólmur, Reykholt, Barnafoss, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Saxhóll
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

  • Pick up / Drop off

  • Professional and fun English speaking guide.

  • Lava Cave Tour

  • Small group in a minibus

  • Wifi in minibus

  • One night of accommodation on Snaefellsnes peninsular, breakfast included

  • Lunch & Dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Rain Gear

  • Good shoes with a slip resistant sole or ice-grip shoe cover

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - To Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes is home to many incredible rock formations.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation on the first morning, and begin your journey north. The route to Snæfellsnes takes you around the beautiful Hvalfjörður, otherwise known as ‘Whale Fjord’, which is renowned for its tall peaks, many waterfalls, and serene waters.

The first place you will stop at will be the dramatic valley of Skorradalur, the site of a peaceful lake said to hold a terrible monster. Following your time here, you head to Europe’s highest-flowing hot-spring, Deildartunguhver, which pumps up 180 litres of near boiling water every second.

You will make another stop in the historical village of Reykholt, which was once home to legendary medieval writer Snorri Sturluson. This chieftain, poet and historian recorded the ‘Prose Edda’, considered the bible of Old Norse Mythology, amongst hundreds of other works.

Just a few minutes from Reykholt, you will find two waterfalls, which in spite of being right beside each other, are dramatically different. Barnafoss is narrow and violent, racing down a winding valley. Hraunfossar, meanwhile, is serene, with a series of little falls trickling out of an ancient lava field.

The penultimate site of the day will be Gerduberg, by the valley of Hnappadalur. Here, you will see a large wall of strange basalt columns, which form beautiful geometric patterns in the cliff.

You will reach your accommodation on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula by evening. In clear weather, you will be able to see the glacier Snæfellsjökull from here, and if the conditions are right, you have a chance to see the magical Northern Lights.

Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Comfort

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3 star hotel centrally located within the town Stykkishólmur. Spacious hotel with a view towards the bay. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The mighty Mt. Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Your second day will be spent exploring the marvels of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You will tour both its sides, ever in the shadow of the mighty Snæfellsjökull sub-glacial volcano.

You will have the opportunity to walk along the beautiful coastline of the peninsula, famed for its caves, basalt columns and geological formations. You will first do this from the charming village of Arnarstapi, then from the equally pleasant Hellnar. After enjoying these sites, you will head to the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur.

This area is steeped in local fishing history and surrounded by beautiful geology. You may see the ‘lifting stones’, which were used by fishermen in years gone by to test their strength and suitability to the rough seas.

You will next head to the 7000-year-old Vatnshellir cave. There, you will descend into the cave and explore its beautiful lava features. Unlike many other caves, this one is relatively easy to traverse, so those who worry about tight spaces, crawling and climbing should be able to put their fears to bed.

After the caving tour, you will move around to the north side of the peninsula, to admire the little fishing villages, before continuing to Kirkjufell mountain. This is the most photographed mountain in Iceland, and it is surrounded by beautiful scenery, complete with a trickling waterfall.

From here, you will begin your journey back to Reykjavík, but not without seeing two stunning fjords, Hraunsfjörður and Kolgrafafjörður. On the way to the capital, you will also drive through the haunting Berserkjahraun lava field, where you guide will tell you about its macabre history.

You will return to Reykjavík in the evening, no doubt still enraptured with memories of ‘Iceland in Miniature’.

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