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From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

1. 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

2. Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Day Trip

Visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this guided day trip from Reykjavik. See everything Iceland has to offer in one trip including Berserkjahraun lava fields, Snaefellsjokull volcano, and Kirkjufell mountain. Learn the 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 February - 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 visited from February - November). Witness a huge seal colony, laying on the rocks and enjoying the sun.

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes & Mt. Kirkjufell Guided Minibus Tour

3. 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.

From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on this unforgettable 4-day tour of the Land of Fire and Ice! Your adventure will start with a city pick-up, traveling in a small group (19 or less), and savoring the scenery en route to West Iceland. Day 1 - Silver Circle & Lava Caving After a stop in Borgarnes, you’ll see the most powerful hot spring in Europe at Deildartunguhver and two spectacular waterfalls at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Then we’ll take you deep underground to explore a lava tunnel at Víðgelmir, where you’ll see fascinating ice and lava formations! Day 1 will end in the Viking heartland of Húsafell and Reykholt before spending the night in Borgarnes. Day 2 | Snæfellsnes National Park The second day will take you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called “Iceland in Miniature.” You’ll see the famous “Black Church” at Budakirkja and the thrilling rock formations at Arnarstapi, including Gatklettur and the towering pinnacles at Lóndrangar. Take a stroll on the picturesque black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur and enjoy the breathtaking sight of Kirkjufell, one of Iceland’s most photogenic peaks. We’ll then return to the city for the night. Day 3 | South Coast Waterfalls & Black Beach The third day takes you to Iceland’s stunning South Coast, where you’ll be amazed by a parade of astonishing waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, and Skógafoss. You’ll get close to a glittering glacier at Sólheimajökull, discover the dark rock arches of Dyrhólaey, and walk on the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. We’ll stay in the peaceful countryside overnight, always watching for the Northern Lights overhead, provided the weather conditions are suitable! Day 4 | Glacier Lagoon & Blue Ice Cave The final day brings you to the dream destination of the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach at Jökulsárlón. Then we’ll take you deep into the Vatnajökull National Park with a Super Jeep journey for a Blue Ice Cave experience! On our return to Reykjavík, you’ll also see a traditional turf-roofed church at Hofskirkja.

From Reykjavík: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Bus Trip

5. From Reykjavík: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Bus Trip

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on this bus day trip from Reykjavik. Travel through the Snæfellsjökull National Park and visit the charming village of Arnarstapi. Stoll on a black pebble beach, capture pictures of mount Kirkjufell, and admire Snæfellsjökull glacier. Choose a tour with the option of being picked up at your hotel or a stop located near your hotel, or select a tour with a centrally located meeting point in Reykjavík. Board the comfortable bus which has Wi-Fi access, so you can upload your photos on the go. Stop to enjoy the small village of Arnarstapi and take a walk through the rugged beauty of the rock formations on the shore. Visit the gorgeous black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur and see its fantastical rock formations. Listen as your guide tells you stories of the shipwrecks off the coast. Enjoy views of the mountain Kirkjufell, which was used to depict the Arrowhead Mountain in the series Game of Thrones.  With some additional stops along the route you’ll get a good overall sense of the magical influence of the 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier. Return to Reykjavík at the end of your tour.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Private Day Tour

6. Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Private Day Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and prepare for a day of adventure as you set off to see the incredible views of this epic peninsula. Relax in a comfortable 8-seater jeep, with your friends and family, as your guide drives you to some of Iceland’s most iconic landscapes. Marvel at the stunning Kirkjufell mountain, as seen on the hit show Game of Thrones, as you travel to Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, next to the mountain. Continue to Búðir, where you will get to see the beautiful black church, a gorgeous spot for photos. Explore this beautiful area known for its diverse landscapes that include, lava fields covered in moss, basalt rock formations, mountain ranges, black sand beaches, and a lot of beautiful wildlife between tiny fishing villages. During the tour, your guide will make stops throughout, giving you plenty of time to take the perfect photo of each spectacular view, while they fill you in on the fascinating history of the peninsula.

From Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes National Park - Small Group

7. From Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes National Park - Small Group

Spend the day in Snæfellsnes National Park, described as “Iceland in Miniature,” on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Following your transfer from the city center, travel along the coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Snæfellsnes Glacier, enjoying mountain scenery on one side, and the unique Breiðafjörður beach on the other. Locals call it the "Golden Beach" as it is one of the only beaches in Iceland that is not made of black sand. Pass small towns and fishing villages, including the hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, and see spectacular birds nesting in cliffs by the sea. Look out for other wildlife, including - if you are lucky - seals! End in the center of the park at the mighty Snæfellsjökull volcano glacier, made famous by Jules Verne in “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” On the north side of the peninsula you will see the famous church-shaped Kirkjufell Mountain, with the nearby waterfall of Kirkjufellfoss.

Reykjavic: Private Snaefellsnes and Kirkjufell Jeep Tour

8. Reykjavic: Private Snaefellsnes and Kirkjufell Jeep Tour

Snaefellsnes Peninsula is one of the most beautiful areas in Iceland. Often referred to as "Iceland in a nutshell" due to its great variety of landscape, it is a great off-the-beaten-track region to visit on a private Jeep tour from Reykjavik. Your first stop on this Private Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour is Gerduberg, a place famous for its huge basalt columns. You will have some time here to admire the huge basalt columns, before you continue on our journey. You will then stop in Budir, where a black wooden church stands surrounded by spectacular moss-covered lava fields. Following this, you will enter the Snafellsjokull National Park where you will drive through some amazing landscapes with your comfortable jeep. You will then stop in the old fishing village of Arnarstapi, located at the foot of the mystic Snaefellsjokull glacier. This charming village offers great photo opportunities, as you walk along its spectacular sea cliffs and enjoy the view of the majestic Snaefellsjokull. The glacier is mentioned in Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth as the entrance to the center of the earth itself. Your Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour will then continue to volcano craters, black beaches, lighthouses, beautiful cliffs, and the famous Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland. You will then drive to hidden places you will not see on a bus tour, and if you are lucky, we will get to see some seals or even whales before your return trip to Reykjavik in the evening.

From Reykjavík: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Private Day Tour

9. From Reykjavík: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Private Day Tour

In one day, you will experience diverse Icelandic scenery. Volcanic Craters, Arnarstapi sea cliffs, bird live and costal rocks, Black sand of Djúpalónssandur, the majestic peak of Kirkjufell which is shaped like an arrowhead, the seal colony and birds live, the black church, lava fields of Berserkjahraun etc. Snæfellsnes National Park is a peninsula in Western Iceland. The peninsula is a detour from the ring-road, worth visiting. You will witness breathtaking attractions. Snæfellsjökull the glacier which is the main attraction and one of a three volcanic systems on the peninsula. It is now an active independent volcanic system away from the main Atlantic rift system. The glacier itself is a cone shaped volcano which erupted last time 1700 years ago. Snæfellsjökull and its surroundings was the first national park established in Iceland and known as the Jewel of the West. Attractions are also the iconic black church to the towering Kirkjufell mountain which was made popular by Game of Thrones. Others are are dramatic sea cliffs/rocks with spectacular bird life , fishing villages, colorful beaches and Volcanic lava landscapes with moss.

Reykjavik: Day Trip to Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Photos

10. Reykjavik: Day Trip to Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Photos

Experience Iceland in miniature form as they call this the peninsula with everything- glaciers, volcanos, fishing villages, sea stacks, waterfalls and the famous Kirkjufell Mountain. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavík and teach you the history of the land of ice and fire as you make your way northwest towards Snaefellsnes peninsula. Our first stop is the Black Church- Búðakirkja, a beautiful church standing in the middle of an ancient lava field with a history dating back centuries. From there, we head to the famous Arnarstapi fishing village, famous for its photogenic coastline, sea stacks, and town. Just down the road from Arnarstapi, we will come to a massive photogenic castle like formation called Lóndranger where you will truly feel small in such a powerful landscape. Entering into Snæfellsjokull National Park, you will experience what it’s like to be surrounded by an extinct volcano system and will have the opportunity to stand on one at Saxhóll Crater. After a lunch break in one of the small villages, we will head to the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall for sunset to enjoy one of the most magical places in all of Iceland. The day ends as we drive back towards Reykjavík after sunset, hopefully encountering some northern lights along the way. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel to end your magical day in miniature Iceland. Destinations: Snæfellsjokull National Park, Kirkjufell, Arnarstapi Village, Saxhóll Crater, and Lóndrangar Sea Stacks Throughout this tour, your guide will also be your photographer. Meaning that they will take photos of you during all of these experiences. After the tour is over, we will edit and send them to you for you to keep as a memory of your epic adventure!

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During our tour we took a fair amount of stops for food and bathroom breaks which was nice. Being able to get food and stretch for a bit before going on long drives. During our drive the tour guide, Omar, gave us so much insight about iceland, how the mountains were made the landscape formations, and a ton of stories about the first settlers. Each major stop we took about 30-1 hour to explore the places and to take photos. One of our favorite locations was the black sand beach which had a frozen lagoon, lava mountain, and glacier all in one spot. Towards the night time we went to another location which required some hiking which was easy if you never hiked through deep snow before. At the end we stopped at a local community center for lamb stew and hot chocolate.

This was the best and wonderful trip what we experienced in Iceland. Fortunately weather was clear and sunny and the whole travel route were a feast for our eyes. Our driver and guide Mr. Bjöur was very knowledgeable and caring person. He allow us to spend more time in every locations and explains all history in detail. He even dropped us near to our stay. Overall it was an amazing experience to us.

The whole trip was great. It was mid winter hence dark but we had great weather. The transport was comfortable and timely. The scenery is spectacular. But the best mention must go to Adonis our guide. He was very friendly, kind and knowledgeable. He really enhanced the trip.

wonderful trips. many stops to walk around so never feel tired. the travel guide and the drivere are excellent

AJ was absolutely brilliant as a guide. His knowledge is next level!