Exciting 11-Hour Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Small Group Tour

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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
11 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
Feb. - Dec.
Minimum age
6 years old

Description

Discover the natural beauty of West Iceland by visiting a captivating peninsula and a breathtaking mountain in this exciting Snaefellsnes peninsula and Kirkjufell mountain tour. This 11-hour escapade is the perfect tour for small groups that wish to experience the wonders of one of Iceland's most enchanting regions.

The adventure begins when a friendly local guide picks you up from your Reykjavik accommodation. You'll then ride a comfortable minibus to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. During the trip, expect your knowledgeable guide to share stories about Snaefellsnes, Iceland, and other interesting attractions you may see along the way.

Dubbed "Iceland in Miniature," the Snaefellsnes peninsula represents Iceland's diverse landscapes, cultural heritage, and geological wonders. Sticking out of the country's west coast and into the North Atlantic Ocean, the peninsula stretches 56 miles (90 kilometers) long and is full of picturesque mountains, black sand beaches, sea cliffs, and lava fields covered in moss.

You'll pass through Berserkjahraun, a 4,000-year-old lava field rich in folklore. Viking legends from the pagan times believe that the peninsula is where two Swedish berserkers built Iceland's first road.

You'll then head toward a rural highland pass that will take you to the tour's first highlight: Kirkjufell mountain. Standing 1,519 feet (463 meters) tall, Kirkjufell mountain is one of Snaefellsnes peninsula's most impressive landmarks.

Aside from its imposing height, the mountain features a distinctive shape that resembles a church steeple when viewed from certain angles. As a result, Kirkjufell earned the nickname "Church Mountain" because of its arrowhead shape. While appreciating the mountain's beauty, be sure to take plenty of pictures with the ocean, lush greenery, and cascading waterfalls serving as a backdrop to Kirkjufell's silhouette.

Next, you'll go back along the coast of Snaefellsnes and head to the Djupalonssandur beach. The beach features an arch-shaped bay with black sand and dark cliffs. The black sand is made of finely ground volcanic rock. Check out the sand's hue, which creates a striking contrast against the frothy white waves that crash upon the shores.

Moreover, you'll see the remnants of the 1948 shipwreck of the English trawler Epine GY 7 from Grimsby that left 14 people dead, with five survivors. In addition, you'll notice a large lava rock with a hole in the middle. Interestingly, you'll see the Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano if you peek through the hole.

Your next destination is the village of Arnarstapi, which used to be a fishing hub on the peninsula. This quaint settlement, with its colorful houses and dramatic cliffs, gives you a glimpse into Iceland's maritime heritage and awe-inspiring landscapes.

You'll see the Midgja stone bridge, one of Arnarstapi's most prominent landmarks. The stone bridge is a natural arch formed by relentless erosion and tectonic activity.

Next, your guide will take you to Budakirkja, a 19th-century church east of Arnarstapi. First built in 1703, the Budakirkja church stands out because of its black facade. Its color helped earn the church its nickname, the "Black Church at Budir."

You'll then head to Borgarnes, a small town with less than 2,000 residents. Before it became a cultural hub and commerce center for West Iceland, Borgarnes was a settlement rich in cultural heritage. While exploring the town, be sure to fuel up with some Icelandic hotdogs.

To cap off an unforgettable day, you'll see some adorable seals at Ytri-Tunga beach. The beach is known for being the most reliable spot for seal-watching in Iceland.

After a long day of sightseeing, your guide will take you back to your hotel in Reykjavik. While on the road, you can look out the bus window and enjoy West Iceland's beautiful nature.

Take advantage of this opportunity to visit one of Iceland's most breathtaking areas in this 11-hour small group tour of the Snaefellsnes peninsula and Kirkjufell mountain. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Pick up & drop off from Reykjavik
Experienced local guide
Minibus from Reykjavik to Snaefellsnes peninsula
Free WiFi on the minibus

Activities

Sightseeing
Cultural Activity

What to bring

Warm outdoor clothes
Durable walking shoes
Waterproof jacket and pants
Gloves
Headwear

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