2-Day West Iceland Tour | Silver Circle, Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Canyon Baths

A path through Husafell in winter.
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
2 days
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
All year
Minimum age
5 years old

Immerse yourself in the unbelievable wonders of west Iceland by spending two days exploring the region in depth on a trip that includes the Husafell Canyon Baths. Those looking to discover natural marvels and cultural gems on an action-packed adventure should not miss this excursion. 

You’ll start your first day bright and early when you are picked up from a point in Reykjavik near your accommodation; you’ll meet your friendly local guide and group, before setting out on a beautiful journey out of the city. You’ll then embark on the ‘Silver Circle’ sightseeing route, second to the Golden Circle only in name, to marvel over waterfalls, historic villages, and the highest-flowing hot springs in Europe.

During this breathtaking excursion, you’ll also reach the little-known nature pools known as the Husafell Canyon Baths. They are immersed right in a valley on the verge of the Highlands, geothermally heated and surrounded by spectacular landscapes, so remember your swimsuit!

You’ll spend the night in the fascinating town of Borgarnes, before spending your second day touring the other incredible sites of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This unbelievable region is nicknamed Iceland in Miniature since it has almost every feature that makes the country famous, such as a subglacial volcano, black sand beaches, windswept settlements, birdwatching areas, and geological marvels!

Your accommodation will be in double and twin rooms in a welcoming hotel with shared bathrooms, though you can upgrade to private when booking; breakfast is also provided. Furthermore, the comfortable minibus you’ll be traveling on has free Wifi.

Don’t miss this incredible journey into the wonders of west Iceland over two days. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Accommodation in a double or a twin room with shared bathroom. You can upgrade to the private bathroom by choosing “Upgrade to a private bathroom” during booking process. Price for an upgrade is 3,000 ISK per person
Breakfast
Professional tour guide in English in a minibus
Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
Admission fee to Húsafell Canyon Baths
Free Wi-Fi on bus

Activities

Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Hraunfossar is a waterfall in west Iceland.

Silver Circle and Husafell Canyon Baths

Your adventure begins when you board the bus in Reykjavik and set out on your travels into west Iceland. You’ll pass beautiful coastlines, dramatic mountains, and serene countryside, stopping off for refreshment, before reaching the first of your many incredible sites of the day, Deildartunghver.

This is the highest flowing hot spring in Europe and provides a breathtaking window into the earth’s geothermal power. It sits adjacent to a spa, but don’t be envious of those entering, considering you’ll have your own hot pool experience later.

After your time here, you’ll drive the short distance to the twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Despite the fact that you can walk between them in minutes, they contrast dramatically. Hraunfossar is gentle and wide, surrounded by birch trees, whereas Barnafoss is wild and rapid, rushing down a narrow canyon.

You’ll next head to Husafell, a large farm and historic church estate with magnificent surroundings that include abundant forests and towering mountains. You’ll marvel over Langifoss, a serene waterfall, before moving to the Husafell Canyon Baths. Admission to these gorgeous hot springs, which are immersed in a dramatic valley, is included in the price.

As you bask in these naturally occurring, healing waters, you’ll be revitalized from your adventures of the day, and energized for those ahead.

Once you are fully recharged, you’ll head to your next destination, the quaint village of Reykholt. Though small, it boasts incredible history, being home to one of Iceland’s most legendary people, Snorri Sturluson, a chieftain, poet, and historian.

Finally, you’ll get to Borgarnes, one of Iceland’s earliest settlements and a place with amazing coastal views. When here, you’ll be free to enjoy the town, find a spot for dinner, and retire at your welcoming hotel.

Day 2
Kirkjufell mountain stands behind Kirkjufellsfoss.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On the second day of this amazing adventure, you’ll set off to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Ninety kilometres long, you’ll marvel over all of the sites on both its coasts, and the magnificent range of mountains that divide them.

Your first major destination is the seal-watching beach of Ytri-Tunga; a colony can reliably be seen year round hauling out on the rocks off shore and splashing around in the waters. After watching these gorgeous creatures, you’ll continue along the southern coast to a historic black church in the abandoned hamlet of Budir, one of the most charming yet lonely spots in the country.

From Budir, you’ll be able to see the twin-peaked subglacial volcano of Snaefellsjokull, which will dominate the scenery from here on. This mesmerizing feature has inspired artists such as Jules Vernes and Halldor Laxness, and is said to have mystical powers by believers in lay lines.

You’ll enter Snaefellsjokull National Park, which surrounds the glacier, after a stop at Arnarstapi, a village with stunning coastal geology. Snaefellsjokull is far from the only feature in this area, as you’ll discover as you walk up to the magnificent basalt plug of Londrangar. Here, you’ll discover not only enormous sea towers, but thousands of seabirds nesting.

Another site in the park is Djupalonssandur, a black sand beach with four lifting stones used by fishermen for centuries to test their fitness for the trials of the seas.

You’ll then move along the northern coast of the peninsula, out of the park and through some scenic villages, until you reach your major final site of the day. Kirkjufell is a magnificent standalone peak, named the church mountain in Iceland but familiar to Game of Thrones fans as the Church Shaped Like an Arrowhead. You’ll be able to witness it from its adjacent waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss.

After this incredible, two-day adventure, you’ll be whisked back to Reykjavik, full of unforgettable new memories!

What to bring

 Warm, wind & waterproof clothes
Good hiking shoes are recommended
Camera
Swimwear

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