2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour | Whale Watching, Waterfalls, Caving & Hot Springs

Join this tour for a fairytale adventure through the Snæfellsnes peninsula. 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.

This tour is for anyone looking to relax after a day of hiking, snowmobiling or ice climbing, and for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in Iceland’s natural beauty. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik and carried off through the countryside. This tour also gives you more time to enjoy: You’ll spend a night in a charming hotel Fransiskus (or similar hotel) in the town Stykkisholmur where the famous movie "the secret life of Walter Mitty" was filmed. The day after you continue exploring the area before you return to the city.

Snæfellsnes is also home to one of three national parks in Iceland, with Snæfellsjökull glacier in the middle. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the deep places of Iceland with a hike through a canyon cut into the mountain, a lava cave to explore and imposing rock formations on the coast.

Then, after a restful night, you’ll head off to the open water with a whale watching tour, followed by another drive to view rushing waterfalls and rivers. At the famous Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, you'll see treasures and tools collected during a lifetime at sea.

There may even be fresh hákarl (the famous “rotten shark”) to try, dried in a shed behind the museum several times per year, along with a taste of Icelandic cumin schnapps to wash it down. For those who feel a cold coming on, the fumes are great for what ails ya, so don’t be shy. Take a big bite!

Don’t miss your chance to take a big bite out of all the sights, sounds and tastes of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik

  • English-speaking guide

  • Minibus tour (maximum 15 passengers)

  • Admission to Vatnshellir lava cave

  • Admission to whale watching tour (3 hours)

  • Accommodation overnight in Hotel Fransiskus (or similar hotel) in double rooms with private bathrooms, breakfast included (Upgrade to single room is available for 7.500 ISK; contact the tour provider with your requests)

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Camera

  • Overnight bag (please pack lightly)

Good to know:

All safety equipment, such as helmets, gloves and torches are provided in the Vatnshellir cave.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Magic of Snæfellsjokull National Park: Seals on a Black Beach, Lava Caving, and more!

2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour | Whale Watching, Waterfalls, Caving & Hot Springs

The day begins with a drive along the west coast 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. You will also visit Raudafellsgjá, which is a narrow gorge, cut deep into the stone of the mountain Botnsfjall.

The next stop is the fishing hamlet Arnarstapi and than 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.

After seeing so many great places around the glacier in the national park, you will go caving in Vatnshellir cave where you can see the tumult of the volcanic landscape here for yourself. This cave was created by volcanic eruption 7,000 years ago.

In Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, you will discover incredible rock formations. The beaches are covered with small black stones which are very unique. You will hike to one of the most impressive formations: Lóndrangar, which are a pair of rock pinnacles made of basalt approxmately 70 m high.

At the end of the day, you will finish with a drive through three small fishing villages on the way to Stykkisholmur, where you will spend the night in Hotel Fransiskus which is a very nice hotel with private bathrooms.

Day 2 - Whales & Waterfalls

2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour | Whale Watching, Waterfalls, Caving & Hot Springs

After having breakfast at the hotel, you will go for a two- to three-hour whale watching tour with Láki Tours. For the past few years, the herring have chosen Grundarfjörður as their port of call and right behind them are pods of hungry whales. This phenomenon provides a golden opportunity to see (and hear) the vast number of orcas swimming in the fjord. It is possible to get right up close in the boat, in order to watch the whales and hear them as they blow. This trip is a perfect opportunity to take unique photographs of these massive mammals enjoying a feast of herring, day after day.

When the whale watching tour is over, you will see the majestic Kirkjufell mountain and Gerðuberg Basalt column. 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.

Next is the visit to the 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 flows 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, there is 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 bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

Finally, take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. At the end if the day, you'll make your way through the town of Borgarnes on the way back to Reykjavik.

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