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About Snaefellsnes Tours

Because it is composed of an incredibly wide array of diverse and contrasting natural features, Snæfellnes peninsula is simply called ‘Iceland in Miniature.’ Here, you can join whale watching, lava caving and glacier hiking excursions, and from Reykjavík you can embark on one- and two-day tours that introduce you to all the sites that make Snæfellsnes a world renowned must-visit destination.

1. When is the best time to visit Snaefellsnes peninsula?

Snæfellsnes peninsula can be traversed throughout the year. Whale watching tours are operated year-round, but glacier hiking tours run from April to August.

2. What are Snaefellsnes' main attractions?

Snæfellsnes is home to multiple natural and cultural attractions, but the most popular are Mt. Kirkjufell, Stykkishólmur town, the fishing villages Arnarstapi and Hellnar and Snæfellsjökull glacier.

3. How far is Snaefellnes peninsula from Reykjavik?

It takes just under two hours to drive to the base of the peninsula, and two hours forty minutes to reach the tip.

4. Do I need a 4WD to travel Snaefellsnes?

No, although it is recommended in winter.

5. What accommodation is available on Snaefellsnes peninsula?

There are many hotels, hostels and campsites in the area. The 'capital of the west' is Stykkishólmur, the largest settlement on the peninsula. 

6. How big is Snaefellsnes peninsula?

The peninsula is 90 km (55 mi) long and roughly 10 km (6 mi) wide. 

7. Can Snaefellsnes peninsula be properly explored in a day?

Most sites can be reached within a day, but some operators conduct two-day tours to allow for enough time to take in each location.

8. Can I camp on Snaefellsnes peninsula?

There are multiple campsites there, and you can pitch a tent on public land for one night. It is not legal to camp in Snæfellsjökull National Park, however, or on private property without seeking permission first.

9. What facilities are there on Snaefellsnes peninsula?

There are small towns and villages with basic amenities and services.

10. Can I take a flight to Snaefellsnes peninsula?

No, but the area is easily accessible by car all year round.

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