Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Private Tour with Vatnshellir Cave

Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Private Tour with Vatnshellir Cave
The ice capped glacier volcano Snæfellsjökull is the jewel in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula's crown.
The steep and stunning coastlines of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula are a treat to visit when in West Iceland.
The black pebbles that make up Djópalónssandur Beach are polished smooth by the Atlantic Ocean waves, and protected by Icelandic law from being collected.
A stone sculpture dedicated to the peninsula's protector Bárður Snæfellsás is located at Arnarstapi on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
The iconic mountain Kirkjufell is the most photographed in all Iceland, boasting a unique shape that gave it its name of Church Mountain.
The black church at Búðir is the only remaining structure of a once buzzing fishing hamlet on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Join this private day tour that takes you across the diverse wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with an optional caving adventure in Vatnshellir. If you're staying in Reykjavík and wish to witness the extent of Iceland's natural sceneries, this is the excursion for you. 

You'll get picked up in Reykjavík City with a private vehicle that sits but five people, guaranteeing you and your group of travel companions an intimate and personal sightseeing experience. You'll then begin your drive to Snæfellsjökull National Park, a fairytale-like wonderland located on the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in west Iceland.

The park is home to the ice-covered volcano, Snæfellsjökull, that was the setting for Jules Verne's classic novel 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'. Snæfellsnes is truly a magical place, rich in wildlife, including dozens of species of birds, and bays teeming with whales and waterfalls.

During your tour, you will, for example, stop at the small fishing village Arnarstapi, the ancient fishing hamlet Hellnar and the black pebble beach Djúpalónssandur. You'll also witness mystical volcanic craters, vast lava fields, stunning coastlines, eerie rock formations and the iconic mountain Kirkjufell.

If you're feeling adventurous, there is an option to join a caving excursion in Vatnshellir, an 8,000-year-old lava tube created by a volcanic eruption from a nearby volcano in the Purkhólar crater system.

As the lava of the eruption rushed down the hill in a red river, it began to cool on the surface, creating a crust on top. As the eruption stopped, all the lava from underneath this crust continued to drain out. That eventually left behind an empty tube with a roof on top that gradually cooled down, enabling visitors to step inside a netherworld of wonders.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity of embarking on a guided private day tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with the option of exploring the lava cave Vatnshellir. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: West Iceland , Snæfellsjökull, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell, Vatnshellir Cave, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • English guide

  • Pickup in Reykjavík

  • Private transportation in 4x4

  • Entrance to Vatnshellir (optional)

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

Please note that this tour is weather dependent. In case of extreme weather, the route of the tour might be altered or an activity cancelled.

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