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Wonderful 2 Day Sightseeing & Northern Lights Tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula from Reykjavik

The Northern Lights fall above Vatnshellir cave.
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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
2 days
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
Oct. - Apr.
Minimum age
8 years old

Description

Explore the magnificent Snaefellsnes Peninsula and sites of West Iceland over two days with a fantastic opportunity to see the Northern Lights by booking this small-group winter excursion. Travelers hoping to pack their days with natural and cultural attractions should not hesitate to book this tour.

On your first day, you will be picked up by a friendly, local guide in a minibus before being escorted into the magical wilderness of the west. You’ll head past rural landscapes, along a beautiful coastline, and through many quaint villages before reaching Snaefellsnes, a peninsula nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its multitude and diverse attractions.

Your guide will bring you to spectacular beaches, dramatic mountains, historic settlements, and around a breathtaking glacier-capped volcano. If you wish, you can also embark on a unique exploration of the lava cave of Vatnshellir. Once the sky falls dark, you will stop sightseeing and begin your northern lights hunt.

Watching the auroras dance anywhere is a fantastic experience, but marveling over them amongst such dramatic landscapes is particularly special. After a hopefully excellent viewing, you’ll head to a hotel in the beautiful region of Borgarnes to rest up.

On day two, you’ll depart the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and travel around the attractions of the west. Towns such as Reykholt reveal the secrets of Iceland’s past, while waterfalls such as Hraunfossar and Barnafoss show different faces of the country’s nature. At the hot spring of Deildartunghver, you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a geothermal spa.

Don’t miss two incredible days immersing yourself in the landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and west Iceland with a chance to see the aurora borealis. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Included

Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Tour in a Minibus
English Speaking Tour Guide
Visit to the highlights around Snaefellsnes area
One night in hotel room with a private bathroom
Breakfast at the hotel
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Activities

Caving
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Ice cracks at the end of winter at Kirkjufell.

Day 1 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights

On the first day of your travels around West Iceland, your guide will pick you up and whisk you to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, stopping en route for refreshments. As soon as you reach your destination, its beauty will mesmerize you. On one side, you’ll have beautiful views of the dramatic coastline, which varies between black and golden sands and a rocky shore. On the other, you’ll be in the shadow of a picturesque mountain range.

You’ll soon enter Snaefellsjokull National Park, one of three national parks in the country. This magical area is named after the dramatic subglacial volcano at its center, a place that has inspired countless artists, such as Jules Verne, and mystics who believe that it sits at the intersection of two ley lines.

While in the park, you’ll make several stops. Arnarstapi is a thriving fishing village, while Hellnar has been long abandoned, providing contrasting insights into the peninsula’s culture. Djupalonssandur is a black sand beach with historic lifting stones used by fishermen to test their fitness for the dangerous seas.

You’ll also stop at Vatnshellir cave, which you have the option of entering if you elect to do so while booking. The lava and ice formations here are breathtaking, and the spaciousness of the tubes and caverns makes it comfortable even for the claustrophobic.

After this, you will head to the standalone peak of Kirkjufell, famous for its appearance in Game of Thrones as ‘the Mountain Shaped Like an Arrowhead.’ You’ll also get to see the quaint waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss beside it, which completely freezes in midwinter.

If any daylight hours remain, your guide may take you to other sites such as the Londrangar basalt plug, Raudfeldsgja mountain gorge, or Ytri Tunga beach. If not, you will get straight on with your aurora hunting adventure.

Most northern lights operators set out from Reykjavik, meaning the best viewing spots around the capital often get crowded. You will not face this problem in the more remote landscapes of the west, allowing you to enjoy the experience in peace. You will see green, purple, and various other colors swirl and dance across the sky with any luck.

After a hopefully great show, you will head to your welcoming accommodation in the Borgarnes area.

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Day 2
Hraunfossar is one of the most serene waterfalls in the country.

Day 2 - West Iceland

You’ll start day two with a lovely breakfast before setting out on an adventure around the remaining attractions of West Iceland. First is Deildartungver, the highest flowing hot spring in Europe, where you can marvel over the dramatic volcanic forces at work in this region. Adjacent to the furiously boiling water is the Krauma Spa, which you can organize a dip into when booking.

With its perfectly heated pools and beautiful views, there are few better places to unwind.

After recharging, you will continue your adventures by heading to the tiny village of Reykholt. Though it may seem quaint and unassuming, this was once the home of one of the most important Icelanders, Snorri Sturluson. A chieftain, a historian, a writer, and an instrumental figure in Iceland’s civil war, we would know little of the Old Norse religion if not for his works.

After this, you’ll head to two neighboring waterfalls, renowned for their proximity, individual beauty, and contrasting appearances. Barnafoss is a rapid, violent feature, rushing down a narrow gorge and haunted by the spirits of those who lost their lives in it. Hraunfossar pours through a birch forest in many rivulets, forming a much more inviting and charming scene.

The sky will undoubtedly get dark as you return to Reykjavik at the end of this tour. Your guide will stop if any more auroras appear before dropping you off in Reykjavik.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, and gloves.
Good hiking shoes are recommended.

Good to know

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed.

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