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.
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.
P.s. 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 harbour, 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 splendour of the town and make a fantastic atmosphere.
Stykkishólmur is today a service and trade centre 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 recognise the mountain as The Arrow Head Mountain from Games 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, these days, the prerequisites for employment as a fisherman are a little different, 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, and two of them can be seen at Ytri Tunga, The Common Seal and The Grey Seal.
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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