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From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Depart Reykjavik and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a bus day trip to experience Iceland's diverse natural beauty. Take in the dramatic landscape of volcanic peaks, sea cliffs, golden beaches, and sparkling fjords. Visit charming fishing villages, such as Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi, and Hellnar. Admire the spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, including Kirkjufell and Ljósufjöll. Cast your eyes on the black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur, and see the majestic glacier of Snæfellsjökull. Take a photo stop at the famed Black Church at Budir, and spot seals lolling in the sea at Ytri Tunga beach. Tour at a leisurely pace and experience the magnificent scenery of the peninsula at ease. This tour visits a variety of landscapes in a compact region which was immortalized by Jules Verne in his book, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth." 

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Day Trip

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Day Trip

Visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this guided day trip from Reykjavik. See what Iceland has to offer on one trip including the Berserkjahraun lava fields, Snaefellsjokull volcano, and Kirkjufell mountain. Learn about local legends and see a seal colony. Begin your trip in the local town of Borgarnes. Grab some snacks before heading to the peninsula and try to catch a peak of the ice-capped Snaefellsjokull stratovolcano. Arrive at the Berserkjahraun lava field, and learn the origin of its name. Next, head to Kirkjufell, famously known for its role on the "Game of Thrones" television show, and for being the most-photographed mountain in the entire country. Visit the neighboring waterfall, and be swept away by the magic. Then climb the staircase to the top of Saxholl (visited only from March – November), a 100-meter-high volcanic crater. Reach the top and be rewarded by the stunning views of this 3000-year-old feat of nature. Learn local legends and the history of strong Icelandic ancestry. Venture into the uninhabited settlement of Djupalonssandur, and test your strength as local men used to on the beach. Head to the fishing village of Arnarstapi and witness the beautifully eroded cliffs and the sculpture of Barour Snaefellsas. Finally, discover a more in-depth understanding of Icelandic history at Budakirkja, or the "Black Church." View historical artifacts from the 19th century. Continue to the enchanting golden-colored beach of Ytri-Tunga (only from March - November). Witness a huge seal colony, laying on the rocks and enjoying the sun.

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Mt. Kirkjufell Guided Minibus Tour

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Mt. Kirkjufell Guided Minibus Tour

Discover an oasis of tranquility in the west of Iceland and journey back to the land of myriad secrets and ancient landscapes on this group tour from Reykjavik. Travel to the highlights of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula aboard a climate-controlled minibus. Make your way to the dramatic Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where mangled lava fields reveal the stresses and destruction the land once endured. Marvel at volcanic rocks of unimaginable shapes as they flare up in twisted forms from the earth. Take a walk beside the jagged cliffs of Arnarstapi and see the beautiful arcs of Hellnar, where pillars of basalt slowly ascend from the unforgiving sea. Take in the stunning backdrop of the summit of the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Journey along roads less traveled to find beaches of lava and smooth volcanic rock at Djupalónssandur. Explore the north side of the peninsula and the famous Mt. Kirkjufell. Discover the photographer's dream subject, the black church at Budir, which sits in desolate isolation. Look out for playful seals at Ytri Tunga gold beach, your final stop. Then, journey back to your meeting point in Reykjavik. Benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of your guides. They will share not only the must-see sites but local knowledge, great stories and personal recommendations to make the most of your time in Iceland.

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

Snæfellsnes: Small-Group Hidden Treasures of The West Tour

Snæfellsnes: Small-Group Hidden Treasures of The West Tour

On the way to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, we will pass a wonderful little town called Borgarnes. The journey to this place is absolutely phenomenal – we will drive through a fjord and many scenic mountains. Borgarnes was one of the first places Norwegian Vikings settled when they arrived in Iceland. Our first stop in Snæfellsnes will be a heavenly place for animal lovers – a place where the wild seals live. Ytri-Tunga is a sandy beach that has a little secret hidden away down by the sea, behind the farmhouses… a seal colony! Seals love to spend their time on the rocks of this beautiful beach. They are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks for you to spot them from a distance. In the old days seals used to be killed for food or for fashion, however nowadays Icelanders see seals as a beautiful addition to the culture and encourage visitors to come and visit them as well. Our next stop will be an old village located in the middle of huge lava fields – Búðir. In the old times the village used to be called Hraunhofn, which meant ‘“The Harbor of Lava” in Icelandic. Nowadays, in the once thriving town, the only standing building is a tiny wooden black church called Búðakirkja – better known as Black Church of Búdir. Also a modern Hotel Búðir has been recently built. Our next stop is a small fishing village at the bottom of a mountain, with one of the most beautiful harbors in the country. This tiny fishing village has picturesque coastal cliffs which derived from glowing magma, hit by the wild waves of the Atlantic. Thousands of years later, erosion has formed beautiful stone arches and a remarkable marine geyser. We will visit the coastline as we share some extremely fascinating stories about Bárður, the half-man half-troll, and his stories in the area. Afterwards we will stop at a beautiful Gatklettur, also known as “Hellnar Arch”. Gatklettur is a beautiful naturally formed stone arch. Gatklettur is a spectacular place for photographers, and videographers. Djúpalónssandur is a striking black sand beach on Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Its volcanic pebble shoreline, shipwreck remains, and ancient lifting stones create a captivating and mysterious atmosphere. Nearby Dritvík Cove offers breathtaking views and is a haven for birdwatchers. Djúpalónssandur is a place where Iceland's coastal beauty and rich history come together. The Lóndrangar are a pair of gigantic (75-meter high) basalt pinnacles, which are remains from a volcanic crater from ten of thousands of years ago. They can be seen emerging over the entire southern coastline. In the area we might find a huge variety of seabirds, northern fulmars and Iceland’s beloved puffins. We will end our day with Kirkjufell - the most famous mountain in Iceland, which was featured multiple times on Game of Thrones. At the bottom of the mountain, you will find a lake which reflects a perfect mirror image of Kirkjufell.

eSIM Iceland : Internet Data Plan 4G/5G

eSIM Iceland : Internet Data Plan 4G/5G

Discover the otherworldly beauty and unique culture of Iceland without missing a beat! Our eSIM ensures you stay connected with high-speed data, whether you're witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights, bathing in the Blue Lagoon, or exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Golden Circle. How It Works: 1. Purchase: Select the data package that fits your travel plans. 2. Scan & Activate: Upon purchase, you'll receive a QR code. Scan it with your eSIM-compatible device, and you're ready to go! 3. Stay Connected: Enjoy uninterrupted connectivity throughout your Icelandic adventure. Compatibility: Ensure your device supports eSIM. Check our compatibility list at https://esimfox.com/pages/compatible-devices for more details.

Reykjavik: 2-Day West Tour with Snæfellsnes & Silver Circle

Reykjavik: 2-Day West Tour with Snæfellsnes & Silver Circle

Day 1: After being picked up in Reykjavik, your tour begins by driving on the scenic route 1 to the town of Borgarnes. From there, continue to the Borgarfjodur area, where you will visit the unique Lava Waterfalls called Hraunfossar and nearby Barnafossar waterfalls. Visit Glanni Watefall, Deildartunguhver - the most powerful hot spring in Europe and the Reykholt historic site. The last stop will be at Husafell - the woodland oasis. From here you can choose your next adventure. You can either go inside the biggest Lava Cave in Iceland called Vidgelmir or go on 4WD tour to visit relaxing Canyon Baths, stopping on the way to soak in the view of the two-tiered Langifoss Waterfall. You will then spend the night in Borgarnes - the capital of West Iceland sitting in the fjord. You will find there charming coffee houses and restaurants, as well as turf houses. The Northern Lights are also famous for playing their incredible symphony of lights in this area if the conditions are favorable. Day 2: On the second day, travel first to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you will enjoy watching seals play on the beach and take in some amazing sights at the many beautiful creations of nature in the area. See the Snæfellsnesjökull glacier looming as your tour continues around the peninsula. Admire the beautiful and photogenic mountain of Kirkjufell. Snæfellsnes is also home to the big seal colony that you will have a chance to see at Ytri-Tunga Beach, before heading back to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

Your 8-day Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik, then sets out along the Golden Circle, passing by Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park. As you admire the hot water spouting from the earth, learn about the history of Iceland from your expert guides. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascades, and hike on an ancient glacier. The highlight of the day is a trip to the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Explore Skaftafell National Park on day 3 and marvel at the white sheets of ice as they contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, explore an Ice Cave and blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlon. Spend the evening looking out for the stunning Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. On day 4, follow your guides through the East Fjords in search of native wildlife such as wild reindeer. As you pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live, learn about the culture and way of life in the nearby small villages. After a cozy night’s stay in a sleepy Icelandic village, explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Then continue to the Námaskarð Pass where the earth boils and bubbles in front of your eyes. On day 6, visit the fjord of Eyjafjörður, spend some time getting to know local farmers at Kaffi Kú, and stop by Hauganes for a Whale Watching Tour. Try some Icelandic delicacies if you fancy it, then stay overnight in Borgarnes. On day 7, explore the capital of the north at your own leisure, before heading out to the Saga Trail to visit Reykholt where the medieval poet Snorri Sturluson lived. On day 8, see the incredible Snæfellsjökull glacier on Snæfellsnes Peninsula and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy an optional underground tour of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave. In the evening, you’ll return back to Reykjavik, where your 8-day adventure ends.

From Reykjavík: 3-Day Tour of the Wild Westfjords

From Reykjavík: 3-Day Tour of the Wild Westfjords

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on this 3-day guided tour of the wild Westfjords, departing from Reykjavík. You’ll see the breathtaking beauty of one of the most unspoiled areas of Iceland, filled with exciting places to visit, where nature reigns supreme! Day 1 Embark on your Westfjords adventure with a pick-up in the capital and a scenic drive to Borgarnes. Along the way, we'll visit Eiriksstaðir, the Viking heritage museum, where you can explore the turf-roofed house that was once home to Eirik the Red and his son Leif the Lucky. As we continue, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the coastal cliffs at Breiðafjörður, the gateway to the Westfjords. Countless fjords await you on this road trip, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the magnificent scenery. One of the highlights will be the Vatnsfjörður Natural Reserve, home to Þingmanná Waterfalls and a stunning canyon. Another stop will be at Birkimel Bay with its sandy beach, where you can experience (optional) the Krosslaug Swimming Pool - a true Icelandic gem. This natural pool, run by the local Youth Association, offers a chance to relax and soak in warm geothermal waters while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Crossing the towering Kleifaheiði mountain range, you'll be amazed by the 5-meter-high stone statue called Kleifabúi, a testament to the dedication of the engineers who built the mountain road. Day 2 Enjoy incredible Westfjord vistas as you explore the towering cliffs at Látrabjarg, a perfect place for bird spotting. Look out for the Garðar shipwreck on the way! This is the westernmost point in Iceland, where thousands of seabirds (including puffins!) make their way every summer. Take a stroll on the multicolored sands of Rauðisandur, and enjoy views of Fossfjörður waterfall and the iconic “A-House.” Then, gaze in wonder at Dynjandi, the wedding cake-shaped cascade with its seven-step “waterfall ladder.” Finish your second day with a great night out in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords. Day 3 The day start with visit at the top of Bolafjall (638m) and walk on the skywalk viewing platform build over steep cliffs. Then, we will stop at charming Ósvör Fishing Village (collection of turf-roofed buildings) and Óshólaviti Lighthouse. Then it is time to start the drive via the Seven Fjords Road. The road hugs the coastline and offers uninterrupted views of fjords, mountains, and glaciers in all directions. You’ll enjoy unforgettable views wherever you look as the road traces its way up and down seven breathtaking fjords. Arctic foxes roam this area, so keep a close eye out for the only native land mammal in Iceland here! If you won´t have luck, you can still meet them at Arctic Fox Center and contribute to their protection. There will also be a stop at Hvitanes, one of the most accessible places to spot seals in the Westfjords, so we’ll take a look at these charming creatures here. Last stop will be by colorful Grabrok Volcanic Craters.

From Reykjavík: Snaefellsness Peninsula Private Day Tour

From Reykjavík: Snaefellsness Peninsula Private Day Tour

Our private tailor-made day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a unique and unforgettable experience that immerses you in the stunning natural beauty of Iceland's west coast. Starting from Reykjavik, your private guide will take you on a scenic drive through lava fields, past towering mountains and picturesque fishing villages, and along winding coastal roads that offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the tour, your guide will regale you with stories and legends about the area, sharing their knowledge of Icelandic history, culture, and geography. You'll have plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos, and your guide will be happy to recommend local restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a delicious meal or snack. Personalized experience: Our private day tour of Snaefellsnes offers a personalized experience that caters to the specific interests and needs of each visitor. This means that you can explore the region at your own pace and focus on the attractions that interest you the most. Expert guide: Our knowledgeable and experienced guide will take you to the best spots in Snaefellsnes and provide you with fascinating insights into the region's history, culture, and natural wonders. You'll learn a lot and have a great time doing it! Comfortable vehicle: Our spacious and comfortable vehicle is equipped with all the amenities you need to make your journey as enjoyable as possible. You'll be able to relax and take in the stunning scenery without worrying about transportation logistics. Flexibility: Our private day tour of Snaefellsnes is completely flexible, meaning you can customize your itinerary to suit your preferences. Whether you want to spend more time hiking, sightseeing, or taking photos, we can accommodate your needs. Unforgettable memories: Snaefellsnes is one of the most beautiful and unique regions in Iceland, and our private day tour is designed to help you make unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. You'll see incredible landscapes, meet friendly locals, and experience the magic of Iceland in a way that few visitors ever do. Here is a detailed itinerary for a Private Day Tour of Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Pick up from hotel in Reykjavik Visit Ytri-Tunga beach to see seals Explore Arnarstapi village and coastal cliffs Lunch break in Stykkisholmur Visit Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall Stop at Djupalonssandur black sand beach Explore Saxholl crater and lava fields Drop off at hotel in Reykjavik This itinerary allows for plenty of time to see some of the most beautiful and unique sights on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Please note that this is just a suggested itinerary and can be customized to fit your interests and preferences.

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