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Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Cave Exploration

Located on the west coast of Iceland, Snæfellsnes peninsula has been referred to as ‘Iceland in Miniature’ as it is home to so many of the nation's sights. The area is also just the 4th place in the world to be awarded a Green Globe 21 certification for environmental sustainability.

This tour takes you west from Reykjavik on a scenic route to Borgarfjörður and the village of Borgarnes where a short stop will be made for refreshments. Shortly after entering Snæfellsnes peninsula, by Ytri-Tunga Farm, you‘ll get a chance to spot local wildlife at the beach which is home to a seal colony and variety of sea birds.

Next up is a visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi village where you‘ll take a walk through extraordinary landscape along the precipitous shoreline to the small village of Hellnar where a brake will be made for lunch.

After lunch the tour continues to Vatnshellir lava tube cave that lies in the Snæfellsjökull National Park, close to where Jules Verne located his entrance for the “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. Exploring Vatnshellir you‘ll plunge into a subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations that in the glow of your headlight form eerie shapes and shadows flickering across the walls of the cave.

From the dark underworld of Vatnshellir, the tour takes you to Djúpalónssandur, a tranquil, black-pebbled beach that offers beautiful views out to the sea and fascinating history.

Leaving Djúpalónssandur, you‘ll travel past striking landscapes to the north coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula to Grundarfjordur fishing village. Surrounded by exceptionally beautiful mountains, Grundarfjörður is home to one of the peninsula‘s most iconic and photographed landmarks, the symmetrical mountain Kirkjufell that towers 1500 ft. up from the shoreline.

Out of Grundarfjörður, the route lies across Berserkjahraun lava fields that according to Viking legends was where two Swedish „Berserks“ forged Iceland‘s first road and over to the south side of the peninsula through Vatnaleið pass. On the way a short stop is made at a viewpoint where you can take a short walk down to a beautiful waterfall.

Heading back to Reykjavik, the last but by no means the least attraction on the tour is the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, home to a beautiful belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes.

Experience Includes

  • Journey across striking landscapes on Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • See the magnificence of Snæfellsjökull volcano and idyllic fishing village of Arnarstapi
  • Explore Vatnshellir lava tube cave
  • View the tranquil, black-pebbled beach of Djúpalónssandur and the extraordinary belt of basalt columns at Gerðuberg
  • Grundarfjörður and the picturesque Kirkjufell mountain
  • See seals and myriad of sea birds
  • Pick-up and drop-off from most hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Transport by coach

Experience Excludes

  • Meals, snacks or refreshments
  • Optional gratuities

Departs

June to August: daily; September to May: Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Departure location

Picks up from most hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik.

Start times

8:00am, with hotel pick-ups commencing 30 minutes beforehand.

Duration

Around 11 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • You will be required to present a printed copy of your voucher at the time of tour departure.
  • You must reconfirm your pick-up location and time locally at least 24 hours prior to your tour.
  • Pick-up from hotels and guesthouses starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time. You will be advised specific times upon reconfirmation locally.
  • Please note you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the Gray Line Iceland depot to wait for the rest of your group to arrive/be collected. Depending on hotel locations etc. this can sometimes take 15-45 minutes. Once everyone is present, your tour will depart.
  • Returning from your tour, you will be dropped off at the pick-up point you were collected from or at the closest possible point.
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour.