Private Snæfellsnes Peninsula Exploring

Private Snæfellsnes Peninsula Exploring
Private Snæfellsnes Peninsula Exploring
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  • Duration~11 hours
  • Group SizeMax 19 people
  • Meeting LocationPick up from the bus stop near your accommodations, between 08:00-08:30

Tour description

Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers incredible beauty and mystery

On this Private Snæfellsnes Peninsula Exploring tour, we go to beautiful West Iceland. The Snæfellsnes peninsula provides great beauty and mystery and is often described as “Iceland in Miniature” due to the area’s diverse natural attractions. Such as beautiful mountain views, black sand beaches, rock belts down to the shore, lava fields, beautiful villages, and the mysterious Snæfellsjökull glacier.

Join us on a beautiful semi-private tour of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, with a max of 6 passengers!

Snæfellsnes peninsula offers a lot to see in one day.

Itinerary:

Selvallafoss – The Sheep’s Waterfall

Selvallafoss is a small but beautiful waterfall called “The Hidden Waterfall” or “The Sheep’s Waterfall”. For two obvious reasons. One reason is that the waterfall is not visible from the road, but it falls over a multi-step rock in the streams of Fossá on its way to merge with Selvallavatn. Another reason is that a flock of sheep often rests underneath the cliffs by the waterfall, sheltered from the wind. With goodwill, you can walk under the waterfall.

Stykkishólmur – A beautiful village

Stykkishólmur is located on the north side of Snæfellsnes and surrounded by a beautiful view of the countless islands of Breiðafjörður bay. The town’s origins can be traced to a natural harbor, and an important trading post was formed there early in the history of Iceland. Today many old houses have been renovated and are a great splendor of the town and make a fantastic atmosphere.  Stykkishólmur is today a service and trade center for the area, and most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism.

In Stykkishólmur, we are given time to have lunch.

Kirkjufell – The arrowhead mountain

Kirkjufell, standing tall above the Grundafjörður village, is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. And no wonder why. The narrow top mountain with its steep and rocky hills, shaped by volcano eruptions and glaciers over millions of years, is unique and makes a perfect photo opportunity.

Many recognize the mountain as The Arrow Head Mountain from Game of Thrones.

Saxhóll – A crater

Saxhóll is a 45-meter-high, beautifully shaped volcanic crater. It rises from the moss-covered lava fields in Snæfellsjökull National Park. At the top, you have a view over the tip of the Peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean to the south, west, and north and the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier to the east.

Djúpalónssandur – Black sand beach

Djúpalónssandur is an old fishing boat landing. It is a fantastic black sandy beach and bay on the foot of Snæfellsjökull. There are beautiful volcanic formations on the way down to the beach, and further down, just before the sandy beach, there are four big rocks where “would-be fishermen” would test their Strength to get employment on a fishing boat.

They are; Fullsterkur, Full Strength 154 kg, Hálfsterkur, Half Strength 100 kg, Hálfdrættingur, Weak 54 kg, and Amlóði, Bungler 23 kg. Half Strength marked the frontier of frail, and those who couldn’t lift it were deemed unsuitable for life at sea. Of course, the prerequisites for employment as a fisherman are a little different these days, but you are very welcome to try your hand at the rocks!

At the beach, you will also see rusted metal from the English trawler Eding, which was wrecked at the Djúpalón beach in 1948.

Arnarstapi – An old trading post

Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past, and today there still is a good anchorage for small boats. Columnar basalt, ravines, and grottoes surround the Arnarstapi pier, and we offer a walk along the coastline to experience the magnificent lava formations and watch the birds. There is quite a large, arctic tern colony in the village itself. 

Ytri-Tunga, Where wild seals are often seen

Before we return to Reykjavík, we stop at Ytri-Tunga beach, one of Iceland’s best places to see wild seals. There are several different seal species in Iceland, two of which can be seen at Ytri Tunga, The Common Seal, and The Grey Seal.

Cancellation policy 

We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if the booking is canceled 2 days or less before the event.

We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if the booking is canceled 7 days or less before the event.

We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if the booking is canceled 365 days or less before the event.

What's Included

  • Transfer to/from Reykjavik in a Minibus
  • English speaking guide
  • Free Wifi on the bus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Hat and gloves or mittens
  • rain gear
  • Camera/phone

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of our favourite places in Iceland. It has everything you would want: glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, white and black sandy beaches, lava fields, great animal life and more!

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