Snæfellsnes Minibus Expedition
Avoid the crowds and come along for a full day minibus exploration of the majestic Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
After being picked up from your preferred location in Reykjavík, you'll join us for a drive towards Iceland's majestic western coastline. Here you'll experience first-hand the beautiful landscapes this unique part of the country has to offer.
You'll stop at some of the most famous must-see spots and a few extra ones as well. You'll get to visit the picturesque Kirkjufell waterfall, situated right next to the iconic cone shaped Kirkjufell mountain.
You'll also visit the stunning black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur. There you'll get a chance to test your strength on the four ancient lifting stones that for centuries were used to measure whether or not Icelandic boys were strong enough to become fishermen.
In addition, you'll pass the serene fishing village of Arnarstapi where you can admire the charming little houses that overlook the cliffs and seascape. If you're a fan of 'The secret life of Walter Mitty' you'll be delighted since some of the scenes from the movie are filmed in that exact location!
You'll also stop to see the dramatic landscapes of the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs before reaching the enchanting Snæfellsjökull glacier. This 7000-year-old stratovolcano with a glacier covered peak can be seen from the city of Reykjavík, at a distance of 120 kilometres. Situated on the most western part of the peninsula, Snæfellsjökull remains one of Iceland's most iconic attractions, famed for its captivating and mystical atmosphere which was the setting of Jules Verne's 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.
You'll have plenty of time to walk around, admire and take photos at each and every stop along the way. The free wi-fi onboard the minibus, Icelandic music and snacks will ensure that this trip is as comfortable as possible.
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- Available: All year
- Duration: 12 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
Snæfellsjökull (1446 m) is an ice-capped volcano found on the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland.
Though many consider Snæfellsjökull to simply be a particularly impressive ice cap, it is, in fact, a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano. The mountain is actually called "Snæfell" (Snowy Mountain), though the “jökull” (Glacier) is often added to help distinguish it from other mountains of the same name. For the first time in recorded history, Snæfellsjökull had no snow or ice at its peak in August 2012, causing concern amongst locals that climate change is threatening the nature of the mountain.
On clear days, one can see Snæfellsjökull from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, approximately 120 kilometres away over Faxa Bay, making for an impressive sight—and a tick off the bucket list if you can’t make it to travelling across the Peninsula itself. The volcano makes up just a small part of the larger Snæfellsjökull National Park.
Nearby villages include Hellissandur, Rif and Ólafsvík, all of which were commercial and fishing hubs throughout the peninsula’s long history of human inhabitance. Fishing took off primarily in the 13th-Century, with fishing stations being built in all areas with easy access to the open ocean.
One notable example would be the settlement of Dritvík, one of the largest fishing stations in Iceland at the time, utilising around 40–60 boats and employing between 200–600 people. Fishing in the region declined during the 19th century due to a change in Iceland’s fishing practises, though it is still an important source of livelihood for those living on the Peninsula.
Snæfellsjökull has, for centuries, been considered to be one of the world’s ancient power sites, a source of mysticism, energy and mystery for the peninsula’s superstitious population. This likely has something to do with the stratovolcanoes place in the Icelandic sagas; the feature takes a prominent role in Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss, a late 14th-century saga that tells the story of Bárður, half-human-half-troll, who became the “guardian spirit of Snæfellsjökull.”
Snæfellsjökull serves as the entrance to a fantastical subterranean world in Jules Verne’s classic 1864 novel “Journey to The Centre of The Earth.” Given its central place in the novel, Snæfellsjökull has become one of the most popular spots for visitors in Iceland and has inspired a wealth of writers, poets and artists.
Since “Journey to The Centre of The Earth”, Snæfellsjökull has appeared in the Blind Birds trilogy by Czech SF writer Ludvík Souček (partially based on Jules’ work) and in Under The Glacier, a novel by Iceland’s only Nobel laureate, Halldor Laxness.
Along with the glacier, attractions include the two nearby basalt cliffs called Lóndrangar and the many fascinating lava formations at the beautiful Djúpalonssandur beach, such as the arch rock Gatklettur. At Djúpalonssandur, one can also test their strength just as the ancient sailors once did with the four "strength" stones, Amlóði ('Useless'), Hálfdrættingur ('Weakling'), Hálfsterkur ('Half Strength') and Fullsterkur ('Full Strength'). In the area, one can also explore the Saxhóll volcano crater and 'the singing cave' Sönghellir, which is named after the loud echoes inside.
Snaefellsnes is a large peninsula extending to the west from West Iceland ending with a national park, Snaefellsjokull National Park, where the glacier towers over the scenery, as can sometimes be seen from Reykjavik, lending its beauty to the area.
The peninsula stretches over 100 km to the west as a mountain ridge that includes active volcanoes and is unique in the variety of mountains found.
A few small and beautiful villages are located on the south side and a few fishing villages are on the north side: Rif, Hellissandur, Olafsvik, Grundarfjordur and Stykkisholmur. The last one is highly popular for travelers, featuring a volcano museum and a ferry that takes you across the fascinating Breidafjordur bay to Brjanslaekur on the south border of the Westfjords.
Other museums you might want to check out are the Maritime Museum at Hellissandur, the regional museum Pakkhusid at Olafsvik, and, last but not least, the shark museum at Bjarnarhofn, indeed listed as the nr. 1 Snafellsnes attraction by Lonely Planet Travelers. Also, many of the Icelandic sagas take place at Snaefellsnes.
Snaefellsnes has an abundance of interesting sights. At the national park, you can witness the impressive lava formations of Djupalonssandur creek and test your strength on its four stones, see the two massive lava formations that compries Londrangar, explore the Saxholl volcanic crater and enjoy the echo of 'The Singing Cave', Songhellir. You may also hike on the majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier. The glacier has strong ties with folklore and was the setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Other sights we can recommend at Snaefellsnes recommend include Raudfeldsgja canyon, east of the national park and the rugged and colourful Berserkjahraun lava field, near Bjarnarhofn, on the north side of the peninsula.
Last, but not least, Snaefellsnes is one of the main setting for Laxdaela saga. Chieftain Snorri godi, Gudrun Osvifursdottir, Bolli Thorlakssson all lived there as well as his namesake Bolli Bollason, the first West Norse member of the Varangian guard, an elite unit of the Byzantine army. Iceland's most famous mass murderer, Axlar-Bjorn, also lived at Snaefellsnes.
Hellnar is an old fishing village on the westernmost part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It used to be one of the largest fishing stations of the peninsula, the oldest record of seafaring there being from 1560.
At the shore are spectacular rock formations. Among them is a protruding cliff called Valasnos. Tunneling into the cliff is a cave renowned for its changing colourful hues, according to the light and sea movement. Large colonies of birds also nest in the area.
At Gvendarbrunnar a.k.a. Mariulind you can taste excellent spring water which is said to have healing powers.
Hellnar hosts the guesthouse for Snaefellsnes National Park and has a very interesting exhibition about the economy of former times and on the geology, flora and fauna of the national park.
Arnarstapi is a village in the southern part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The area has several old and charming houses with interesting stories to them and is furthermore renowned for its beautiful nature.
The beach holds a particular attraction. It has an eroded circular stone arch, called Gatklettur, and three rifts, Hundagja,Midgja and Musagja. The interplay of spectacular waves and the light of the sun creates a fascinating spectacle. Large colonies of the arctic tern also nest in the area.
An old horse trail through the lava field Hellnahraun is highly popular for hiking, due to the impressiveness of the surrounding landscape.
Kirkjufell (“Church Mountain”) is a distinctly shaped mountain found on the north coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, only a short distance away from the town of Grundarfjörður.
Kirkjufell takes it’s name from its resemblance to a church steeple, sharpened at the top with long curved sides. From other angles, the mountain can resemble a witch’s hat or even a freshly scooped ice cream.
Photography at Kirkjufell
Peaking at 463 m, Kirkjufell holds the honour of being Iceland’s most photographed mountain. Throughout the centuries, Kirkjufell’s striking slopes have acted as a visual landmark for seafarers and travellers.
Walking distance from Kirkjufell, one can find the photogenic waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss (“Church Mountain Falls”), an excellent subject for photographers who can easily frame the mountain in the background. Despite its relatively diminutive height, Kirkjufellsfoss’ three-pronged falls make the waterfall particularly stunning, even for Iceland.
At the base of the mountain, visitors will also be able to find a lake; on calm and clear days, this lake reflects a perfect mirror image of Kirkjufell, only adding to the fantastic photo opportunities around this area. On top of that, the colours of Kirkjufell change with the passing seasons; the summer see it a lush green, full of life, whilst the winter months scar the mountain’s face with a mask of barren brown and white.
Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones will recognise Kirkjufell as a shooting location from Season 7 of Game of Thrones. The mountain is showcased from the scenes ‘beyond the wall’ when Jon Snow, The Hound and Jorah Mormont, among others, brave the wilderness in hopes of catching an undead wight. Having seen it in a vision, The Hound acknowledges Kirkjufell as “[...] the mountain like an arrowhead.” Even the Games of Thrones producers can’t resist capturing the mountain on celluloid!
There is a fairly steep trail to the top of Kirkjufell, from where there are magnificent panoramas of the surrounding fields, coastlines and rivers. The mountain takes roughly an hour and a half to ascend, and one and a half hours back to the bottom.
Alongside this mountain-track is a steeper route to the peak which involves two points where one needs to rope-climb. This route should never be attempted in the winter, and never without a certified guide. Given the steep elevation, it is highly recommended that you bring a sturdy pair of hiking boots, snacks and water to the trail.
Getting to Kirkjufell
Kirkjufell is extremely close to Grundarfjörður, a small town on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, approximately two hours drive from Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik. From Grundarfjörður, one travels ten minutes west down Route Snaefellsnesvegur 54 to the base of Kirkjufell. Visitors have plenty of parking space to choose from, all free of charge.
Djúpalónssandur is an arched-shaped bay of dark cliffs and black sand, located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.
History & Monuments
The location was once home to a prosperous fishing village, along with other abandoned hamlets and ports of the area such as Búðir and Hellnar, from back when the Snæfellsnes Peninsula functioned as one of the most active trading posts of the island.
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Fascinating remnants of this period are for instance found in the form of four ancient lifting stones that still occupy the beach. The stones range in weight from 23 kg (50 lbs) to 155 kg (342 lbs) and were used to test the strength of fishermen. Their names are Amlóði (useless), Hálfdrættingur (weakling), Hálfsterkur (half-strong) and Fullsterkur (full-strong).
In 1948, the English trawler Epine GY 7 from Grimsby shipwrecked on the shore, with fourteen dead and five survivors. The rusty iron remains of the vessel remain scattered on the beach, now protected as a monument to those who perished.
Environment & Surroundings
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula boasts countless natural wonders, where locals and travellers both flock on a daily basis to enjoy the unique landscape and stunning coastlines. Djúpalónssandur’s black pebble beach is particularly stunning amidst rocky coastal lava formations, including the elusive Gatklettur, a large lava rock with a hole in the middle through which you can directly spot the Snæfellsjökull Glacier Volcano.
Behind the rock are two freshwater lagoons called Djúpulón and Svörtulón, with the former serving as the namesake of the bay. Believed in olden times to be abysmal, the water bodies were later revealed to reach the depth of five metres. Lagoons such as these are in high regard with the Icelandic people, and Svörtulón is thought to possess healing properties, especially after having been blessed by Bishop Guðmundur góði (the good) in the late 1100s.
A natural monument of the area is Söngklettur, or “singing rock”, a large lava rock with a reddish hue that resembles an elfish church. Other rock formations of folklorish appeal rest close by, including the alleged trolls-turned-to-stone Kerling and Lóndrangur.
When visiting Djúpalónssandur, take heed that these are treacherous waters and the Atlantic Ocean’s powerful suction can easily carry you out to sea. This beach is not one for wading, but enjoying from a safe distance, especially if the weather is stormy.
The glistening pebbles that make up the beach known as Djúpalónsperlur, or “pearls of the deep lagoon”, are gorgeous to look at and might seem appealing to stone collectors, but they are protected by law and should not be removed from the area by visitors.
Starting time : 08:00
Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
Wifi and Icelandic Music on the Mini-Bus
Small and friendly Experience
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You will have plenty of chances for bathroom and snack breaks. You can also bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.
It started the wrong way with us waiting an hour before finally getting on the bus. But beautiful weather, landscape and great photographer/guide Mathias(hope the name is right) made it right again. The stops are all interesting and offer a variety of views. Highly recommend it.
We truly loved everything about this tour. It was spectacular. Every place we visited was beautiful. Maggie, our tour guide, was special. She had great information, great stories and was very engaging.
4 September 2017 It isn't my custom to sign on for tours and it certainly isn't my habit to post reviews. (I believe this is the only time I have ever done so.) I stopped over in Reykjavik on my way to England last week. I knew that I could scarcely expect to truly get to know Iceland in that time, but felt I needed to get out of the city for at least one excursion. After looking through a number of tour descriptions, I choose to go with Troll out to Snaefellsnes. I choose well. There were four others on the tour and throughout it felt like a very personal experience. Our guide and driver (who, by the way, was an excellent driver) did not talk at us or fill the time with pointless commentary. He told us enough to give a context for where we'd be going. The landscape spoke for itself. When a question came to mind, about what was around me or about life in Iceland, I simply asked and was given a knowledgeable reply. It was conversational, which ever since Socrates has been the very best way to learn. The route itself was well thought out and the choice of stopping points was rewarding and varied. Waterfalls, lava fields, beaches, a few places to climb, nothing too rugged but adventurous enough for a full day's outing. Clearly I would recommend this tour to others, and based on my one experience, would also recommend Troll for other excursions as well. Richard Bachmann
This tour far exceeded expectations. Our tour guide (Aya) was very knowledgeable and fun. She took us to some great local and lesser well known spots in Snaefellsnes as well as the key spots. She even stopped to get our group some Icelandic ice cream! Aya also gave us the option on where to stop and if we'd rather eat a quick lunch and do more sightseeing or if we'd rather sit down for a more formal lunch at a local spot. Her flexibility was greatly appreciated! She was also very knowledgeable about all of Iceland and taught me more about Reykjavik than the Reykjavik tours I took. Snaefellsnes is a must-see and great day trip from Reykjavik! Beautiful sights and Tröll Expeditions is the best way to see it! I would highly recommend this tour with Aya especially!
We loved this tour! Snæfellsnes is absolutely beautiful and a must to explore! Having done other tours we were worried that this day would be repetitive but it ended up being our favorite of the whole trip! Besides the stunning views, we were offered a glimpse into life at some of the small fishing villages of Iceland, which was extremely fascinating. Our guide, Davíð I. (David), was incredible! He was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant and even took us to a wonderful local spot for lunch. Thank you again for a lovely day! Can't recommend enough!
Snaefellsnes is something that is worth exploring, we opted to have a guide because the driving is long and we wanted to learn about Iceland and the nature from a local person. Our guide is actually raised in a farm on snæfesllnes and had all these inside stories about local farmers and companies that made this trip extra special. I will recommend to my friends and family to go with David
I was going to stay in Reykjavik for my last day in Iceland but was convinced to take this tour with Troll. After traveling in south the first few days this was a different experience. If you have been to the south then this tour is a fun to see different nature. David was a great guide
I loved this tour, the snæfellsnes is my favorite place in iceland, oddur was a great guide
This country keeps giving me surprises! This was my favorite trip in Iceland. This peninsula is one of the most stunning things I have ever seen. Thank you for the work you do Trolls!
The party bus as our guide called it, took us to this beautiful peninsula. The nature there was spectacular and my favorite was the big stoneman in Arnarstap. Our guide was the funniest guy I have ever met and also so friendly. I highly recommend this trip because at the peninsula they have everything, waterfalls, mountains, ocean, beaches and a glacier! What more do you need? THANK YOU!
The pick up was on time and my group was great. Our guide was so funny and he knew everything. The landscape on the peninsula is very different from anything I have ever seen. This was a wonderful trip! 10/10 stars!
I booked this trip on the last minuet and I was not disappointed. This trip was the best idea ever! Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had some extra stops that were really beautiful! If you have a chance you should definitely take this trip!
Juan Carlos Martinez
Snæfellsnes was a great tour, the last tour of our trip to Iceland. The weather was nice and I really liked the small group. David was a great guide
The peninsula has it all! Me and my husband got picked up early from Reykjavik and then we drove with few others and our amazing guide. We loved this tour and especially the mountain, Kirkjafel. This trip was the best thing we did in Iceland! Thank you Troll
A great minibus tour with nice people. Bjorgvin was a great guide. I will recommend this tour.
The peninsula is a great place to go. The weather wasn't perfect but the tour was really nice. Bjorgvin was our guide and had a lot of stories about Iceland. He is very knowledgeable about Snæfellsnes and was a great guide.
My favorite place is Kirkjufell which is really beautiful. Fun tour with David who is a really fun guy.
The Snæfellsnes day tour was the first of three tours we made with Troll Expeditions. I'm sure we made the right choice to pick Troll since all the tours were great. Snæfellsnes is a wonderful place with some wonderful places to stop at. We were lucky that the weather was nice and we got some great pictures. The small group allowed us to make some extra stops and have enough time at each location.
A great day tour with the great guide Dagur. The weather wasn't great but the nature and the guide made it worth a while. A fun tour that covers all the best spots with Kirkjufell being my personal favorite.
The small group experience was perfect for this tour. We got a local Eyrun as our guide, she is from Snæfellsnes and knew all the best stops and secret places. This was a great day and I would recommend this tour to all my friends.
Snæfellsnes is the hidden diamond of Iceland. This tour was recommend to us after we went on other tours with Troll and since both the Golden Circle and 2 day South Coast tour with Troll was a big success we decided to go with Troll on another tour. We were lucky that we got the same guide again, David was fantastic since it's close to his home. It was really fun to go around Iceland with a local. I loved Snæfellsnes
We went on a few day tours, all with Troll Expedition. The first was Snæfellnes which was great. Our guide Dagur was really nice. He took us to all the best places at the mysterious Snæfellsnes peninsula. This was we had high hopes for this tour and it exceeded our expectations. I really liked the small groups since I normally don't like the planed tours. But this one was done really well and we got to know some of the other travelers that then went with us to the other tours.
O. Ariel Sigfreud
After doing other tours with Troll Expeditions, this was unfortunately our last one as our flight was the day after, we were very lucky as we got the last 2 seats on this tour! As with our other two tours this one was amazing, this was the third guide we had and they were all so amazing, they always made sure we were getting as much as possible out of our trips, doing extra stops and keeping us entertained the whole time! The Snaefellsnes peninsula is breathtaking, we did plan to come to this area on our trip so we did not know much about it before, but this is a must visit place!! The small fishing villages, beautiful mountains and beaches make this tour absolutely amazing!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Troll Expeditions, we will see you again in winter for northern lights tours!!!
We did total 3 tours with this provider, even if the weather was windy and it rained a fair bit we had a great time hearing stories about Iceland and being informed about different landscapes and myths on Snæfellsnes.
The Snaefellsnes peninsula is something you have to see! The peninsula has it all, black sand beaches, red sand beaches, mountains, glacier, waterfalls and a lot of small and friendly towns. Our guide was fantastic! Thank you Trolls!
I basically went on this trip to see Kirkjufell mountain, which was amazing and made my day! But everything else was brilliant. Turns out my favorite part of the tour was Arnarstapi. Our guide was very entertaining and gave interesting facts about Norse Mythology, trolls and elves throughout the ride, which is very big in Iceland. She also told us the history of each place we visited. I definitely recommend this tour!
Turns out I was lucky enough to have the same guide for the Golden Circle and the Snæfellsnes day tour. Kristján, he is the perfect mix of knowledge and energy. And believe me you need energy to fully take inn all these majestic places. We made several stops at very photogenic places. My favorites were Ytri Tunga where we could walk as close as 3 meters away from seals lying on the sandy beach. Overall this tour showed me how beautiful Iceland is and I would say it´´s a must for every visitor. Attn: Bring a camera to document the different landscaped and amazing moments that you experience.
Kirkjufell is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen! And I have travelled the world around. Everything was perfect, we had an amazing guide, weather was good and we got to see everything in good time. Highly recommended!
Easy laid back stressless tour of the peninsula with a fun entertaining guide that has good knowledge about the area and played some funky Icelandic music on the way. The weather was not all to good but Hey this is iceland! and the view is magnificent and the colours and scenery great. One of the better tours we did with Troll tours on our stay. We will definitely be back and can highly recommend them.
Great experiance! We had such a nice time in the tour. Snaefellsnes is clearly one of the great places we've ever been to. The tour was well organized, with great mix of professional guiding and friendly fun. Our guide SIgga is clearly the best guide I've ever had.
We were so lucky to visit the Peninsula, this area is very remote and the landscapes is just unbelievable beautiful. Snæfellsjökull remains one of Iceland's most iconic attractions and I highly recommend it for everyone wanting a off the beaten path experience.
nice tour with a great guide for a fair price! definitely recommended.
I was disappointed about the tour. The trip last a little less than 10 hours and our guide took us to 5 stops, gave a brief introduction and we were allowed to stay 20 to 30 minutes at each. If we were late for a few minutes he gave a long face. And we didn't stop at the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur which was stated as one of the highlights. But we did have two extra stops - Saxholl crater and a golden sand beach, so may be I shouldn't complain?