Snafellsnes Peninsula Tour is truly a photographer’s paradise
We would like to invite you to take this day tour from Reykjavik to the wild west of Iceland, namely on the mysterious Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The landscapes of this region are amazingly beautiful and reflect all the diversity of Icelandic nature, this is like an example of Iceland itself in miniature. Thus, in one day of Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour you can see all the best that nature has allocated on the island: harsh volcanoes and pristine glaciers, rocky ocean cliffs, fishing villages, and black sand beaches, and of course waterfalls.
- Exploring Iceland in a privately guided tour
- The perfect tour for photographers and nature lovers
- Sweeping views over Iceland’s soaring cliffs and black-sand beaches
- Bjarnarfoss waterfall
- Budir church and yellow sand beach
- Arnarstapi fishing village and Gatklettur arch
- Londrangar rock formations
- Djupalonsandur black sand beach
- Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall
|Travel Style||Privately Guided Day Tour|
|Availability||All Seasons, Daily|
|Tour Duration||10-11 hours|
|Pickup/Drop Off||Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik (outside of Reykjavik is possible at the surcharge)|
|Departure Time||8:30 AM (the pickup time can be changed upon your request)|
|Transportation||SUV for a group of 1-4 people. Minivan for 1-6 people. Minibus for 6-15 people|
- Driver/guide services
- Private transportation
- Food and drinks
- Personal expenses
The indicated price per person is calculated for 4 adults sharing a tour together. Prices and availability are listed in the booking form below. For getting a quote or customizing your trip, please send us a tour request.
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Early morning we will leave Reykjavik and drive toward the northwest. We pass through the tunnel under the Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) and stop in the lovely village of Borgarnes, surrounded by reefs and mountains.
Then we drive toward the Bjarnarfoss waterfall, falling from a cliff and flowing down a steep slope into the valley. After a short walk to the waterfall, we drive to the nearby located ancient black church in Budir. This church in Budir fits perfectly into the gorgeous panoramic views around. From there, we will take a short walk to the ocean coast, framed by yellow volcanic sand and black lava rocks.
The most iconic and mysterious attraction of the Snaefellsnes peninsula is the magical Snaefellsjokull glacier with a powerful volcano under the ice cup. This volcano is one of the most famous places in Iceland. You may be familiar with it from Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864), where travelers find entry to the underworld through the Snaefellsjokull volcano. Mystics believe that there is a special energy field at the volcano. Without a doubt, this place is amazing, and local landscapes will surprise even seasoned travelers.
Next, we will stop at Arnarstapi, a small fishing village. to find there the small harbor and rock arch Gatklettur. And the whole rocky coast in Artnarstapi is so beautiful that it is worth getting here alone for it.
Further, we will go to Londrangar rocky cliffs, located at the southern foot of the Snaefellsjokull volcano. The Londrangar are unique rock formations, the product of ancient eruptions located at basaltic cliffs sticking out of the ocean. Londrangar and Svaltuf hill are the remains of the crater eroded by the ocean. Farmers in the area never harvested hay on the hill because, according to legend, it belongs to the elves. There are many sea birds nesting on these rocks in the summertime.
And of course, we visit Djupalonsandur, black pebbled beach with remains of a wrecked trawler and mysterious cliffs overlooking the ocean. The Djupalonsandur is one of few places on the peninsula not framed by high cliffs and where salty waves can reach the beach and ride at your feet. In the old days, the beach used as a fishing station where rowing boats moored, and people processed the caught fish on the shore.
Next, we drive to the north part of the peninsula toward the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, located at the foot of Kirkjufell mountain. The mountain is one of the most “photogenic” places on the peninsula, attracting a large number of photographers, regardless of the season.
Next, we will go through the Vatnaleid pass to the southern part of the peninsula and return to Reykjavik.
Please note: The itinerary could be altered according to weather and road conditions.
We assume that you may have questions while preparing for your trip. We would like to answer some of them in advance to provide you with complete information about our tours and make them as comfortable as possible. Below you can find the most frequently asked questions.
How do we pay for the tour?
Payments for day tours are collected online while booking. We accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. If you have any problems with using American Express, please contact us. If another way of payment is preferable, please contact us through e-mail at email@example.com.
Where do you pick up from?
Pick-up is included in the tour price and arranged from your lodging places or designated bus stops in Reykjavik. Please be ready outside the hotel or in a lobby at the pick-up time mentioned in the tour description. Please contact us, if you like to change a place or time for pick-up.
If your group is larger than 5 people and a minibus used for tour transportation, we have limited possibility for pickups in downtown Reykjavík due to driving/parking restrictions in the area. Then, we shall pick you up from designated bus stops or ask to meet a driver-guide at a nearby location, where we can pick you up. You can also preliminary e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we‘ll figure out the best pick up location.
Drop-offs are provided at the same place as pick-up unless otherwise arranged with the driver/guides.
What about food on tours?
We arrange refreshment stops at cafés or restaurants on every day tour, where you can purchase your lunch and snacks. Therefore, you are not required to bring your food for the tour, however, if you prefer to bring some snacks or drinks, that is accepted. Please note that food and beverages are not included in the tour price.
Can I get vegetarian meals on tours?
Nearly all restaurants in Iceland offer some vegetarian food. There is no problem with purchasing vegetarian meals on tours.
How many bathroom stops are on the tours?
The bathrooms are available at visitor centers at many stops on popular routes such as Golden Circle and South Coast. Some bathroom stops are available on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour. Your driver-guide will inform you about available places for bathroom stops on the route.
Can we cancel or change reservation? What is the Cancellation Policy?
Flexible Policy for Cancellations and Refunds
All Top-Iceland day tours are fully refundable, up to the day of tour delivery. You will receive a full refund of the tour price:
- If you cancel a booking before the start of the tour for any reason. Please note you will not receive any refund if you do not cancel the tour and do not show. Also, timing is calculated following the time zone of the tour;
- If Top-Iceland cancels the tour;
- If You cannot take the tour because of an unforeseeable event that is out of your control (“Unforeseeable Events”).
Refunds will be sent back to the original payment method used in making the booking. Depending on the bank’s processing time, it can take 7 business days for the refunds to reflect in your bank account or card balance.
All cancellations must be initiated by contacting Top-Iceland via:
- Emailing email@example.com
- Sending a Message through the website topicelandtours.com
- Telephone: +354 626 9000
Top-Iceland is not responsible for any incidental expenses you and/or any other participant may have directly or indirectly incurred as a result of the booking of a tour. These expenses include but are not limited to, the cost of visas, accommodation, vehicle rental, vaccinations, flights, and/or loss of enjoyment.
In any cancellation event, you may also choose to reschedule the tour, or take a credit towards a future booking, instead of receiving a refund. You can find more details for cancellation policies on the page Terms & Conditions
Please contact us if you have any questions about our cancellation policy.
What to bring for tours? Which clothes are recommended?
Solid, warm & waterproof shoes, as well as warm rain & windproof outdoor clothing, is recommended for all the tours. (Please see the question below about weather and temperature).
What is the weather like in Iceland? How cold is it?
Here below, a table with average temperatures, precipitation, and daylights by months in Iceland:
|Month||Avg. High||Avg. Low||Avg. Rainfall||Avg. Sunlight|
|January||36°F (2°C)||28°F (-2°C)||4 inches||5 hours|
|February||36°F (2°C)||28°F (-2°C)||4.3 inches||8 hours|
|March||38°F (3°C)||30°F (-1°C)||3.7 inches||12 hours|
|April||43°F (6°C)||34°F (1°C)||2.9 inches||16 hours|
|May||48°F (9°C)||40°F (4°C)||2.3 inches||18 hours|
|June||54°F (12°C)||46°F (8°C)||2.1 inches||21 hours|
|July||57°F (14°C)||49°F (9°C)||2.7 inches||19 hours|
|August||55°F (13°C)||47°F (8°C)||3.5 inches||16 hours|
|September||50°F (10°C)||42°F (6°C)||4.6 inches||13 hours|
|October||44°F (7°C)||36°F (2°C)||4.5 inches||9 hours|
|November||39°F (4°C)||30°F (-1°C)||4.2 inches||6 hours|
|December||36°F (2°C)||29°F (-2°C)||4.1 inches||4 hours|
Please remember, that weather in Iceland changes rapidly and you cannot count on long-term forecasts. Two most reliable sources of the weather forecast: https://www.vedur.is/ and https://www.yr.no/
How about the daylight? Is it completely dark in winter?
Fortunately not, even on the shortest days of the year, there are several hours of daylight every day – between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you wish to check a specific time of a year we recommend to use https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/iceland/reykjavik
How long in advance should we book tours?
In general – the earlier, the better. Consider the fact that most of our tours are privately guided, and therefore an availability on certain dates might be limited.
How about tipping in Iceland?
Tipping in Iceland is not required but always appreciated.
Is it obligatory to have child seats/boosters?
Yes, it is requested by Icelandic law to have child seats/boosters. Some families are already traveling on their own, but if you would like us to provide child seats and/or boosters on the tour, please send us an e-mail.