Marvel over the many magnificent sites of the breathtaking Snaefellsnes Peninsula by booking this tour with pick-up from Reykjavik. Any hoping to witness a region nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its spectacular diversity should be sure to sign up for this excursion.
You’ll meet your guide and group at a meeting point close to your accommodation in the capital, and once you are all gathered, you will set out into the surrounding landscapes. En route to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, you’ll pass the stunning coastline, lovely countryside, striking mountains, and charming settlements that define west Iceland.
Once you reach the peninsula, your guides will take you to the northern shore to circumnavigate it anti-clockwise, against the flow of the direction of most travelers; as such, you’ll see them without the worst of tourist crowds. This means your first major site will be the lava field of Berserkjahraun, the folk story behind which is a fascinating tale of berserkers and treachery!
Next, you’ll reach Mount Kirkjufell, one of the most iconic features in the country - not least since it featured in Game of Thrones. At 463 meters tall, with an adjacent waterfall and fishing village, this feature is particularly striking and often nicknamed ‘the pyramid’ or ‘the church peak’ due to its unique shape. Those with cameras will particularly enjoy how photogenic its formation is.
You will then enter Snaefellsjokull National Park, a spectacular place named after its central subglacial volcano. Many have said that this beautiful landmark has mystic powers, perhaps sitting on ley lines or having associations with faraway worlds; it has inspired many writers such as Haldor Laxness and Jules Verne.
Within Snaefellsjokull National Park, you’ll discover Djupalonssandur, a black sand beach with a long history of shipwrecks. In the past, fishermen used four historic lifting stones to test whether they were fit to work on Iceland’s rough seas.
Near to here is the village of Arnarstapi, where you will stop to admire some charming buildings and its dramatic coastline; there is a particularly famous rock arch you will see. Following this, you’ll continue to Budakirkja, a quaint church from the 19th Century with a wonderful air of windswept beauty.
Wildlife lovers are in for a treat next, as you will reach Ytri Tunga beach, a place renowned for its resident seal colonies; they can be found year-round playing around and laying on the rocks just off-shore.
You’ll then get to the last major site on the peninsula, Gerduberg, a cliff renowned for its geologically bizarre columns; they are arranged in perfect hexagons.
Finally, you’ll stop at the charming coastal settlement of Borgarnes for a quick local snack before you are dropped off in Reykjavik. Don’t miss a tour around ‘Iceland in Miniature’ to pack your day with breathtaking sites. Check availability by choosing a date.