Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights | ​2 Day Tour

Many of the rock formations on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula resemble the trolls of Icelandic folklore.
A sweeping display of the Northern Lights above the magnificent mountain Kirkjufell.
The black church at Búðir looks even more picturesque when surrounded by a white blanket of snow.
Large areas of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula are now mostly uninhibited, but used to host a myriad of fishing hamlets.
The mountain Kirkjufell in West Iceland was famously featured in the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones.
The coastal rock formations of Arnarstapi are distinctive because of the hole through which the roaring Atlantic Ocean waves come crushing.
Based on 25 traveller reviews

Come along on this 2-day scenic winter tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and witness unmatched ocean views during the Northern Lights season. Snæfellsnes boasts countless stunning and varied landscapes, and because the area includes so many natural features that are unique to Iceland, it is sometimes called  "Iceland in miniature."

This tour is for anyone who wants to see as much of Iceland’s beauty in a short time, or pack in a few essential activities in only 2 days!

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in the Reykjavík area and whisked away up the coast toward Hvalfjörður, the fjord of whales, for its enchanting seascapes.

Soon you'll be welcomed by the beauty of Snæfellsnes, from the sun on the waves, the rain on the mountains, the steaming hot springs and rugged lava fields in between. This tour will transport you to another world, with views of Iceland’s natural wonders and an encounter with the culture which has persisted since the Middle Ages.

The tour takes you across many bustling small villages and to the cultural centre of Reykholt, where the Saga scribe Snorri Sturluson, one of Iceland's most famous poets and chieftains, lived in the early 11th century.

You’ll spend the night in these magical surroundings, and for a small additional fee on your second day, you’ll have the option of exploring the depths beneath this volcanic country, with a cave tour of Vatnshellir in Snæfellsjökull National Park.

Throughout your journey, you’ll explore the variety of terrain on the peninsula, taking in the peaceful countryside with a dramatic backdrop of towering cliffs and peaks. Rhyolite minerals from ancient volcanos colour the mountains in stripes and splatters, like the pastel paints of a great artist.

Don’t miss this chance to see Iceland in miniature, with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Snæfellsnes
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00

  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik

  • Minibus tour of Snæfellsnes peninsula

  • Expert English-speaking guide

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Snaefellsnes (breakfast included)

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Admission to Cave Vatnshellir

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Clothing and outerwear suited to chilly or rainy weather

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

Good to know:

If you would like a single room, you must select the single room extra option during booking. This is mandatory for those who are traveling alone.

Northern Lights viewing depends highly on weather and atmospheric conditions, and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - From the Sea at Hvalfjordur to the Cliffs of Gerduberg

The Gerðuberg cliffs on the coastline of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula provide a dramatic and otherworldly scenery.

After leaving Reykjavík behind, you’ll head north to Hvalfjörður, the fjord of Whales. Then, you’ll travel over a mountain pass called "Dragi" to the valley of Skorradalur to admire the lovely view over the lake there. From here you'll go to the hot spring Deildartunguhver, which has the highest flow of any hot spring in Europe. Temperatures at the hot spring are extremely hot, so there will be no soaking in this place!

You’ll make your way from there to Hraunfossar Falls, not far from the cultural center (and former monastery) at Reykholt. The falls are formed by of a series of rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres through a very porous lava field. It is quite the unusual sight, and differs from other waterfalls. Reykholt is the place where so many of Iceland’s medieval literature, including the Eddas collection of mythology and Heimskringla, the saga of the Norwegian kings was composed by Snorri Sturluson, a famous poet and chieftain in medieval times.

Deep in the valley of Hnappadalur, you’ll pass by the magnificent crater of Eldborg. You’ll also have the opportunity to gaze up at Gerðuberg, a wall of beautiful basalt columns forming geometric patterns in the cliffs. It is these distinctive basalt shapes which can be found in so many of Iceland’s cliffs which inspired the design of the famous Hallgrímskirkja in downtown Reykjavík.

You’ll spend the evening at a cosy guesthouse on the south coast, near a wide sandy beach where you can see seals if they are feeling playful and decide to come to the shore. If weather conditions are right and the sky is clear, you’ll spend part of the evening searching the skies for the glimmer of Northern Lights.

Day 2 - Lush Mountain Ravines and Deep Caves

The distinctive and ethereal mountain Kirkjufell basked in the beauty of winter.

After breakfast together, your guide will have you diving into the Icelandic countryside once more. You’ll be taken to a ravine named Rauðfeldsgjá, where a bubbling stream flows through a deep crack, nourishing all the plant life growing at the side of the mountain. If conditions are safe, you can take a small hike through the area.

Your next stop will be the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, where there were huge fishing operations in past decades. The debris of two shipwrecks from many years ago is still spread along the beach. Be careful not to touch the wreckage here!

You will then travel on to Hellnar, which is another really nice little village where you can take a hike to explore, seeing the cliffs, seabirds and beautiful views towards the sea and to the glacier of Snæfellsjokull.

The tour's optional highlight is an easy cave exploration in the National Park of Snæfellsnes. The tour of Cave Vatnshellir is intended for all visitors, regardless of physical ability. All safety equipment will be provided and your experienced guide will lend a hand to ensure that all guests can enjoy the sights found deep in the earth here.

You’ll have time to take plenty of photos of the iconic mountain Kirkjufell, which has a reflecting lake nearby, on the way to Ólafsvik and the other quaint fishing villages of Rif and Hellisandur on the northern side of the peninsula. There are rock structures here which some experts believe are the oldest man-made shelters in Iceland.

You will return to Reykjavík in the evening, allowing you to enjoy the rest of the night in this vibrant city. 


Average rating 4.6 / Number of reviews 25

Not as good as our expectation, just very short staying time in each sightseeing point. Tour guide not good at introduction of scenery, actually was a good driver. No northern light hunting was arranged. Overall, not worth to travel.

I had this 2-days West Coast tour in early November, unfortunately the first day we encountered their first big winter snow storm, so as a result, we have to stay in a guest house for whole afternoon and evening as you can’t go anywhere; next day, we squeezed all the first days’s Activity to 2nd day, the guide/driver Mr. Stone has tried his best to make it up for everyone, we did get to go to everything mentioned in the itenarary but seen the water fall and first jacuzzi in the dark is not much fun. Overall I think the tour was ok considering weather condition is not your operator’s fault, and driver went out his way to drop everyone off at their accommodation to the door up to 12 mid night, that was very good gesture. Thank you.

Really nice tour, with a wonderfull guide. The weather was not the best, but the guide show us that it was not the most important thing. The tour was really funny and high recommended

The tour was great and relax. Not so many tourists during mid March and the weather was so nice! We also saw the most active and beautiful northern light while staying in the guesthouse on the south coast.

I was so lucky to meet a great tour guide: Steinthor. He took us to some very secrete and extremely beautiful places that I would not able to reach even I want to go again in the future without him and he took a good care of everyone. He makes me and my partner feel that Iceland is a great place to visit and we would like to travel to Iceland again in the future.

Awesome trip with a professional guide Holly!

Brilliant trip. Excellent itinerary, friendly guide with character and knowledge. Would recommend it to anyone.

Even though it was raining so hard on second day, it was still great to see the amazing nature in Snæfellsnes! I am for sure about the best scenics places here all over the Iceland, if you haven't decided yet where to go, this peninsula be the one! And besides other tour bus, I like this tour with Extreme Iceland company. They offer little bit bigger space in the tour bus and bit more space for two consecutive tour days! (I used other tour, and it had very tiny seats and it is fully occupied fully,,,, for two days...) And I liked the guide, he was very friendly with lots of cares about tourists during the tours, We missed northern lights due to the weather. So, the guide call the company and the company give us another northern lights opportunity after we arrived in Reykjavik, and we had night tour with another guides.

This was a lovely tour with our guide Helene who was informative and really kind. She tried best to bring us to all the places scheduled despite the changeable weather. She helped my father, the oldest man in the group, all along the way to climb the mountain, which was really touching. Thanks again for this wonderful experience.

This was a lovely tour and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. There were definitely less people out this way vs the South Coast, but the scenery was quite beautiful. We saw many lovely beaches as well. Would recommend if you have some extra time and are looking to get a bit off of the beaten path.

Excelente experiencia, Björn excelente guía ,bellos paisajes, hermosa estadía, el desayuno muy bueno. No importa el clima, el tiempo , porque podrás disfrutar 100% de todo. Estuvimos con sol, cuando el pronostico fue lluvia, vimos auroras boreales cuando era imposible. Gracias por tan maravilloso tour.... Caro. Excellent experience, Björn excellent guide, beautiful scenery, interesting stories beautiful stay, very good breakfast. No matter the weather, the time, because you can enjoy 100% of everything. We were with the sun, when the forecast was rain, we saw northern lights when it was impossible. Thank you for a wonderful tour .... Caro.

Saw some lovely waterfalls in this trip - quite different from those on the southern coast. No luck with the northern lights because it was cloudy on both nights, but our tour guide did try to explore all the options for that. Recommend this tour if weather is good.

Artic adventures had to cancel day two due to weather conditions. On day one we had late start, problems with the vehicle, and hence we skipped seeing columns. On day two we had to return back to Reykjavik and hence not able to see anything as planned. On our way back, trailer tire got bursted and hence we had to squeeze luggage in our vehicle. Hawk was good guide however artic adventures has to know that these conditions exist and need to either refund or have plan B in place. I understand weather conditions are not in anyone's control but reacting to it and having good plan makes travel company stand out from others.

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