2 Day Snaefellsnes Tour | Lava Cave, Waterfalls, Seals & Hot Spring

Many seals call the waters around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula their home.
Old and charming fishing hamlets and villages are characteristic of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland.
Djúpalónssandur is a beautiful black pearl beach and bay on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland.
This waterfall can be found nesting in rocky cliffs on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland.
Kirkjufell is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland and one of the pearls of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Snæfellsjökull is a forever mystical and alluring glacier volcano in West Iceland, used for inspiration by Jules Verne.

Explore the unique landscapes of Snæfellsnes Peninsula on this two-day adventure and get acquainted with the incredible nature of West Iceland. If you’d like to get to know the culture of Iceland and witness a vast array of its natural wonders, this tour is made for you.

The beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula is often dubbed ‘Iceland in miniature’, due to the myriad different landscapes located there. Prepare yourself for stunning coastal cliffs bombarded by the merciless waves of the Atlantic Ocean, rugged fields of lava rocks, cascading waterfalls, black beaches, majestic mountains, rural fishing villages and a magnificent glacier, just to name a few.

Your tour begins with a pickup from Reykjavík City, after which you will head up west along Route One to the town of Borgarnes. After a quick stop in this friendly municipality, the journey continues to Snæfellsnes peninsula, located less than three hours from the capital.

You’ll take in many of the fantastic sights of the peninsula on your first day, such as Saxhóll crater, the black pearl beach Djúpalónssandur, the sea stacks Lóndrangar and the historic fishing villages Arnarstapi and Hellnar. One of the many highlights of the tour is a caving expedition in Vatnshellir Lava Cave with admission fee included.

All the while, the grand glacier Snæfellsjökull looms within sight, watching over your circumference of the peninsula. Your first day ends in the village Stykkishólmur where your accommodation in a charming and historic country hotel awaits. If you embark on this trip during the winter season, and if luck and conditions allow, the Northern Lights might always grace the night sky before the day is over.

The exploration continues on the second day, as you will visit the fascinating Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn, followed by the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell, with its unique shape and eternal appeal.

Before heading back to the capital, you will get to explore the area of Borgarfjörður to see the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, as well as Deildartunguhver, the hot spring with the highest flow in all of Europe.

Don’t hesitate in booking your Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure now, to enjoy all of which Iceland has to offer in two, adventure-packed days. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Apr.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Caving, Hiking, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Snæfellsjökull, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Snæfellsnes, Stykkishólmur, Hellnar, Barnafoss, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Vatnshellir Cave, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Saxhóll, Ytri Tunga Beach, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik

  • Accommodation in a double or a twin room with private bathroom

  • Minibus (maximum 17 passengers)

  • Breakfast

  • Admission fee to the Vatnshellir Lave Cave with all safety equipment provided

  • Entry to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum

  • Free Wi-Fi on bus

  • Professional English speaking guide

  • 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

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 2 around 18:30 / 06:30 pm

If you are a single traveller, then a Single Room Supplement of 7.500 ISK is mandatory.

Only small carry-on luggage such as backpacks are 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.

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.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Magic of Snaefellsjokull National Park

The coastline at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland boast some stunning rock formations.

Today your adventure begins. After getting picked up from Reykjavík City, you will get to know your expert and friendly tour guide and head along the west coast to the town of Borgarnes.

From there, your journey continues to the beach at Ytri Tunga, a famous seal colony. You never know if you might spot a couple of these adorable and curious creatures lounging on the shore.

Next up are the ancient fishing hamlets Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where you’ll embark on a scenic hike boasting breathtaking views of the seaside.

Then, get ready to discover the unique rock formations at Djúpalónssandur, a beach of black pearls, and hike up to the 70-metre tall rock pinnacles Lóndrangar.

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 and personal. This cave was created by a volcanic eruption some 7,000 years ago.

You will also be stopping in Saxhóll, a 100-metre high volcanic crater with a pathway leading to its top. The scenery on hand will include the glacier Snæfellsjökull in all its glory, the backdrop for Jules Verne’s very entrance to the centre of the earth.

Before the day is through, you will pass through three more fishing villages until reaching Stykkishólmur, your destination and accommodation for the night. If it's dark out, look up in the sky for the Northern Lights before calling it a day, and get some rest for the adventures ahead.

Day 2 - Mt. Kirkjufell, Shark Museum & Waterfalls

West Iceland offers amazing waterfalls such as Barnafoss and Hraunfossar.

After your complimentary breakfast, your first adventure of the day will be an excursion to the mountain Kirkjufell, every nature photographer’s dream come true.

Afterwards, you’ll get acquainted with the area’s history and culture with a visit to the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum. Have a taste of traditional, fermented shark, washed down with local schnapps, if you dare.

Then, it is time to get back on the road and continue through the peninsula to visit Gerðuberg, a natural marvel of stunning basalt pillar formations which stretches across 500 metres.

Then it is time to leave the peninsula behind, but the sightseeing is far from over. On your way back to the capital, you’ll visit Borgarfjörður, an area rich in settlement history. You’ll visit the fantastically different waterfalls located right next to each other, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.

Finally, you will pay a visit to the one and only Deildartunguhver, a hot spring that spouts 180 litres of boiling water every second—making it the highest-flowing hot spring in all of Europe. Tread the path here carefully and heed the warning signs.

Then, it is time to head back to Reykjavík City; you’ll arrive in due time to enjoy a night in the capital and reminisce about your unforgettable, two-day Snæfellsnes adventure. Don’t wait any longer to secure your spot on this trip of a lifetime.

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