2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour | Lava Caving, Waterfalls and the Northern Lights

On this 2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour you will see Iceland's landscapes in winter's costume.
The Gatklettur stone arch is one of the most iconic natural features of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Búðakirkja church is stunning to behold under the Northern Lights.
Mt. Kirkjufell dressed in winter attire.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is dotted with abandoned homes and farms that speak volumes of the country's harsh environment and unforgiving climate.
Mt. Kirkjufell rising above the frosty landscape.
Based on 14 traveller reviews

Enjoy ‘Iceland in Miniature’ on this incredible 2-day winter tour to witness the diverse wonders of West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On this excursion, you will see volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal areas, cultural sites, beautiful stretches of coast and geological marvels. You will also get to cave in a 7000-year-old lava tube and to hunt for the elusive and magical Northern Lights.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation on the first morning and begin your journey north. This day will be dominated by the sites of West Iceland en route to the peninsula; you can expect to see the highest-flowing hot-spring in Europe, the charming village of Reykholt, two stunning waterfalls and dramatic geological formations in the valley of Hnappadalur.

This day will finish at your accommodation on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, from which you will be able to see the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano. This iconic landmark has inspired art for centuries, most notably being where Jules Verne set his novel, ‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. Before turning in, you will have your opportunity to hunt for the Aurora Borealis.

The glacier will be within sight for the majority of the next day, as you learn first hand why people call Snæfellsjökull ‘Iceland in Miniature’. You will see even more diversity of landscapes, as you head from black sand beaches to endless lava fields, tiny villages to vast mountains. Prepare to witness marvel after marvel both above the surface of the ground and beneath it.

You will return to Reykjavík that evening after two days packed with sightseeing and adventure.

Many of those visiting Iceland do not get an opportunity to see all the fascinating places on this tour, so do not let yourself miss out. Jump aboard to see the sites of West Iceland and the Snæfellnes peninsula and for your chance to witness the Northern Lights. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Snæfellsnes, Stykkishólmur, Reykholt, Barnafoss, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Saxhóll
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

  • Pick up / Drop off

  • Professional and fun English speaking guide.

  • Lava Cave Tour

  • Small group in a minibus

  • Wifi in minibus

  • One night of accommodation on Snaefellsnes peninsular, breakfast included

  • Lunch & Dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Rain Gear

  • Winter hiking shoes

Good to know:

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour. If you wish to repack to a smaller suitcase or backpack before your journey, a luggage storage will be available to you.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - To Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes is home to many incredible rock formations.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation on the first morning, and begin your journey north. The route to Snæfellsnes takes you around the beautiful Hvalfjörður, otherwise known as ‘Whale Fjord’, which is renowned for its tall peaks, many waterfalls, and serene waters.

The first place you will stop at will be the dramatic valley of Skorradalur, the site of a peaceful lake said to hold a terrible monster. Following your time here, you head to Europe’s highest-flowing hot-spring, Deildartunguhver, which pumps up 180 litres of near boiling water every second.

You will make another stop in the historical village of Reykholt, which was once home to legendary medieval writer Snorri Sturluson. This chieftain, poet and historian recorded the ‘Prose Edda’, considered the bible of Old Norse Mythology, amongst hundreds of other works.

Just a few minutes from Reykholt, you will find two waterfalls, which in spite of being right beside each other, are dramatically different. Barnafoss is narrow and violent, racing down a winding valley. Hraunfossar, meanwhile, is serene, with a series of little falls trickling out of an ancient lava field.

The penultimate site of the day will be Gerduberg, by the valley of Hnappadalur. Here, you will see a large wall of strange basalt columns, which form beautiful geometric patterns in the cliff.

You will reach your accommodation on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula by evening. In clear weather, you will be able to see the glacier Snæfellsjökull from here, and if the conditions are right, you have a chance to see the magical Northern Lights.

Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Comfort

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3 star hotel centrally located within the town Stykkishólmur. Spacious hotel with a view towards the bay. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The mighty Mt. Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Your second day will be spent exploring the marvels of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You will tour both its sides, ever in the shadow of the mighty Snæfellsjökull sub-glacial volcano.

You will have the opportunity to walk along the beautiful coastline of the peninsula, famed for its caves, basalt columns and geological formations. You will first do this from the charming village of Arnarstapi, then from the equally pleasant Hellnar. After enjoying these sites, you will head to the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur.

This area is steeped in local fishing history and surrounded by beautiful geology. You may see the ‘lifting stones’, which were used by fishermen in years gone by to test their strength and suitability to the rough seas.

You will next head to the 7000-year-old Vatnshellir cave. There, you will descend into the cave and explore its beautiful lava features. Unlike many other caves, this one is relatively easy to traverse, so those who worry about tight spaces, crawling and climbing should be able to put their fears to bed.

After the caving tour, you will move around to the north side of the peninsula, to admire the little fishing villages, before continuing to Kirkjufell mountain. This is the most photographed mountain in Iceland, and it is surrounded by beautiful scenery, complete with a trickling waterfall.

From here, you will begin your journey back to Reykjavík, but not without seeing two stunning fjords, Hraunsfjörður and Kolgrafafjörður. On the way to the capital, you will also drive through the haunting Berserkjahraun lava field, where you guide will tell you about its macabre history.

You will return to Reykjavík in the evening, no doubt still enraptured with memories of ‘Iceland in Miniature’.



Average rating 4.4 / Number of reviews 14

Our guide "snowman" is so fun, professional and very nice, let us know many story and history of iceland, I am happy to join this tour in iceland.

It was great experience and glad to have Fannar as our guide. Even though the weather was not the best, the west coast view was still breathtaking and I hope to come back in summer again! In addition to plenty discovery to the scenic spots, Fannar was also able to fill the tour with Iceland history, geography, anecdotes and fun stories that gives every landmark more meaning. fyi - The hotel was the best during my 8 days tour this time., and small bus works way better than large ones.

A really great tour! As a photographer i definitely recommend this scenic tour. Got a good amount of time on each location to enjoy the landscape and snap some photos. The group was small which is a big plus too. Sigga the guide was very cool, both knowledgable, fun and accomodating. She even recommended some other tours with TrollExpeditions i ended up booking as well - not regretting that choise!

Breathtaking! I have no words! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR! This was a highlight in my trip to Iceland! THANK YOU!

Best tour ever! Snaefellsnes is soooooo beautiful and so unique :) I highly recommend this tour.

This 2 day Snæfellsnes tour is so breathtaking, all the scenery is incredible! You can really see the power of nature on this tour! The guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. She knew a lot about the history and geography of all the places we went to. I myself am a fan of Old Norse Mythology and was so glad that our guide was too! She told us such fun stories about the Vikings. The best part about this tour was definitely Barnafoss waterfall, Kirkjufell and the lava cave, absolutely stunning. Highly recommend this tour!

The 2-days tour is wonderful and substantial! Our guide Siggi was very professional and friendly . We learned a lot of about Icelandic history,culture,geography .We went to Kirkjufell, lava cave , hiking on a lava field & hunted northern lights​

We had a bad experience with the mini-van we were taken. Due to the harsh weather conditions, we did the listed day 2 activities on day 1 and vice versa. The landscapes were great and the Vatnshellir cave experience was best experience. But the car broke down and we had to wait for around 2 hours for a car towing service. Although we were ahead of the schedule, this wait delayed our trip and we went to one of the waterfalls when it was dark before heading to our accommodation. The next day the car broke down before we could visit any new place and we were kept waiting for around 2 and half to 3 hours before an other mini bus could continue our trip. We wasted lot of time because of this and could only visit the Deildartunguhver hot spring , Barnafoss and the Hraunfossar waterfalls and skipped the other places before heading to Reykjavik. The places were scenic and great but the experience with the company was bad. I recommend the places. It is a must visit in Iceland but i do not recommend the same tour operator because of the experience.

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