Join this outing for a captivating tour of Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. Sometimes called “Iceland in miniature,” due to its many different kinds of geology all in one place, you can’t miss this if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island. This is also a small-group tour of at most 15 people, to maximize your comfort on your way.
You’ll be picked up at your accommodation and swept off to the west. First, you'll view Snæfellsjökull volcano, wearing a magnificent crown of ice, the highest peak in this area of Iceland and is often visible on clear days from Reykjavik. It is this place that Jules Verne chose as the entrance to the earth's core in Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.
Ytri-Tunga is a charming farm with a nearby beach that is a popular seal colony. Animal lovers will enjoy seeing their cute faces as they sunbathe and play in the surf.
Arnarstapi and Hellnar are located in a lovely coastal area with a natural harbor. Beautiful rock formations decorate the coastline, spotted with green-and-yellow moss, and you can stroll along the cliffs here to take in the refreshing sea air.
Look for Lóndrangar, two black basalt columns marking the coast, so tall they can be seen from the road! Djúpalónssandur is another gorgeous black beach, where the air is filled with the sounds of birds circling the cliffs and the ocean waves hitting the sand.
At Djúpalónssandur, you’ll find a curiosity on the beach: four large, smooth stones. They are “lifting stones,” used to measure the strength of fishermen who once worked and lived all along the coasts here.
The biggest one is called Fullsterkur (“Full-Strength”) and weighs 154 kg (340 lbs). Be sure to lift with your knees so you don’t hurt your back on this one! The second one is called Hálfsterkur (“Half-Strength”) and weighs 100 kg (220 lbs). The third one is called Hálfdrættingur (“Weakling”) and weighs 54 kg (119 lbs). Last, you were the shame of your village if you can only lift Amlóði ("Useless”), at 23 kg (50 lbs).
If a fisherman wanted to earn a spot on the fishing boat, he had to be able to lift the "Hálfdrættingur" stone – anything less, and they were not acceptable. Try your strength! Are you ready to join the boats?
At your last stop, Kirkjufell mountain rises out of the green hills, surrounded by trickling rivers. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your own collection!
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the most stunning landscapes in western Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.
The Snaefellsjokull national park has many famous sites, with the magnificent Snaefellsjokull glacier as its crown jewel.
Along with the glacier, attractions include the two basalt cliffs called Londrangar and the many fascinating lava formations at the beautiful Djupalonssandur creek, such as the arch rock Gatklettur. At Djupalonssandur you may also has test your strength on the four stones, Amlodi ('Useless'), Halfdraettingur ('Weakling'), Halfsterkur (Half Strength') and Fullsterkur ('Full Strength'). The Saxholl volcano crater is worth checking out and so are the many fascinating caves, such as 'the singing cave' Songhellir, called so due to its echoes and the Vatnshellir lava tube. We do adwise uttermost caution when entering the caves and to enter them with a seasoned guide. Snaefellsjokull itself features strongly in folklore and was the site for Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth.
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.
Starting time : 09:00
Pick-up and drop-off
Free Wi-Fi on bus
Good outdoor shoes are recommended
This tour takes up to 11 hours. Meals are not included, but there will be a stop for lunch and a coffee break in the afternoon.
The guide is super friendly and considerate. Time management is great as we got fair enough time to stay at each point. All the scenic spots in western coasts are great! And there are comparatively less tourists here and thus the atmosphere is so enjoyable.
This tour was just amazing. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very helpful. The scenery was just incredible and it was the true highlight of our tours in Iceland. The mountains, black pebbled beaches, seal watching, restaurant with a sea view and great fish dish, beautiful waterfalls and walks along the sea side made it just incredible. I would totally recommend this tour with Nice Travels.
The tour was incredible! Worth every penny! The scenery was breathtaking and the tour stopped at a great set of locations, with plenty of time at each to take in the beauty. Our tour guide was really friendly and knowledgable and seemed to have a real passion for the tour and the scenery. The tour group size was perfect, not too over crowded and felt more personal. We definitely book again when I visit in the summer!!
Amazing tour, incredible scenery , breathtaking coast and black sand beach , lovely sea seal and iclandic horses . a 30 mins walking along the coast is the most favourite part. The tour is full so its a little bit crowded in bus. The guide is nice , friendly and knowledgable. Highly recommanded to join this tour!
This tour was the highlight of my Icelandic vacation! The sights were remarkable and our tour guide was knowledgeable, dynamic, friendly, and helpful, and really made landscape, history, and tradition come alive. Also, the small tour group makes for a much more personalized experience. I highly recommend it!
Amazing tour! It was recommendet to me by Tryggvi from Nice Travel after I booked the wrong tour first and needed to cancel it. The cancelation of my previous tour went without any problems, the communication with Nice Travel was excelent. Everyone from the company was super nice and always willing to help. The groups are rather small and this makes this tour expirience even better. Our driver Dushan and our guide Antonio made this tour perfect. Always smiling, joking, very patient and ready to help, give advices or answer questions all the time during the tour. Our guide Antonio is very knowledgeable. He told us a lot of interesting facts about vulcanos, glaciers, rock formations and Iceland and it's stuning nature in generally as well. We walked as a group during all of our stops. He showed us the best places to take photos from. He even geave us tips on nice Icelandic music and he helped me with the settings of my camera since I had a Northern Lights tour in the evening and didn't know exactly what the best settings for the Aurora activity on this night were. The landscapes that you are going to see on this tour are going to take your breath away! We saw seals, experienced amazing views and had a great time during the whole day. I enjoyed the tour a lot and would highly recommend it anytime!
Highly recommend! It has been a perfect day! And probably the best tour I have been done. Must say everything is well organised by Nice travel! The tour guide Antonio is really a nice guy, he seems have a lot knowledge in every field! He told us a lot about the Icelandic history and volcanoes, he even knows the height of a lot of volcanoes! When arriving the landscapes, he leaded us to the perfect place to take photos. We even saw the seals and Icelandic horses closely! And the final sight National park was really amazing! I was really enjoyed in this tour. By the way the wifi on bus is really fast!
First time Iceland traveler and I can say Nicetravel was by far the best experience I had with any of the tour companies. Our tour guide Antonio, was amazing and our driver, Dushan was as well. Antonio was very personable and down to earth and gave us the best tour guide experience that money has to offer as opposed to the other larger cookie cutter companies which offer a take it or leave it experience. If you are looking for a diverse landscape and scenic experience then this is one of the best to choose. I am a fully satisfied customer and would travel with Nicetravel again next time!
Nice Tours operates smaller tours, with aire personalized feel. Everything about my interactions with this tour company was positive (unlike my mediocre interactions with others). The tour guide was friendly, patient, and helpful. I stayed in Borgarnes and this company was the only one that agreed to pick me up there, as the tour stops at the N1. I highly recommend this tour company. I also enjoyed Snaeffelus and would recommend the one day tour. Lots of riding in the van (there's wifi), but beautiful landscapes--even in the fog.
I visited the National Park with Nicetravel and it was a truly breathtaking experience. The scenery is astonishing and the longer you see it the less likely that you will accept that this place is in fact on Earth. The experience was made even better with the very knowledgeable guide who not only shared fun facts and trivias but was funny too.
What an incredible day. We were slightly fortunate, in that the main bus was too full, so we had a smaller group of only six. Our guide, Johannes, was full of insight and a very good host. It's a long day, this one, but trust me, it's worth it. The places you'll visit are breathtaking, and having a knowledgeable and likeable guide only adds to the experience. Brilliant.
I enjoyed the day despite the crazy weather. Really enjoyed talking to the driver Mike about life as an Icelander. Glad I brought my waterproof jacket, pants, boots and gloves. Just wish I could have taken better pictures cause my camera lens kept getting wet from the horizontal rain. When it cleared we hiked up a volcanic cone which was awesome cause we couldn't drive around the entire peninsula because of the dangerous winds. It was a memorable adventurous day! The power of the ocean is inspiring.
Amazing nature with incredible sights. Really recommend this tour to everyone. Great driver and interesting tour guide.
Go only if you have time. Certainly it was an enjoyable trip, but do the Golden Circle as well as the South Coast/ Ice Caving tour first. These 2 tours are a must for a first trip to Iceland.
nice and beautiful view ,but the weather is changeable
Nice island, I'll definitely pay a visit in Summer.
The landscape is amazing, even more impressive than the south coast. And our guide Anna is helpful and very friendly.
I joined this tour for visiting the west of Island. It was a small group. We were so lucky the weather was nice. The tour has a driver and a guide. Jaka was our guide and his introduction of Iceland was really clear. The driver svAstislav was also helpful. I really recommend this tour which you can see many amazing landscapes in Iceland. There are WIFI in the bus. If you wanna visit Iceland, this tour you cannot miss.
This tour offers the most beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views, despite the inclement and variable weather. Many thanks to our passionate and knowledgeable tour guide Antonio! His enthusiasm enhanced the entire experience, and we all wished we had him in our pocket for the rest of the trip. Well worth the price -- just be sure to bundle up!
Saw some beautiful terrain, did some nice hiking, and Antonio was such an enthusiastic guide!
booked the Snaefellsnes one day tour with NICE while I was on the two day NICE tour to Jökulsárlón with Antonio. I was having such a good time on that tour that I wanted to spend another day of my time in Iceland with NICE exploring the outdoors. I am so glad that I did! Even though I had already been with Antonio for three days (we had to stay an extra day in the south due to weather conditions), I felt like I was still learning from him during the second tour. He was a wealth of information! He answered all of my questions, and was great to be around. Even when some of the people on the trip were frustrating, Antonio stayed calm and friendly, when a lot of people would have lost it. The trip was wonderfully planned, the timing worked out perfectly with the limited amount of sunlight. I was worried we wouldn't see everything, but we did! It was all gorgeous and I had a ton of fun. I definitely plan on coming back to Iceland sometime in the (hopefully near) future, and when I do, I will do a NICE tour again. I've already told multiple friends and family planning trips to Iceland about NICE, it was so wonderful. My only suggestion would be to make it more obvious on the website that warm clothes and good shoes are necessary, not just suggested. I was prepared, but a lot of people on the tour were not. The weather turned at a drop of a hat and I think some of the others were not happy. Other than that, I loved every second!!
I had absolutely fantastic time during this trip! Big heartfull thanks to Antonio, who was just an excellent guide providing lots of information of the area and showing us the best places of Iceland. We had experienced all Icelandic crazy weather at once - starting with so strong wind that blows you away from the track and finishing bright sun, making the place looks absolute fairytale, but it only made this adventure even better. Definitely worth to try, really hope the weather will be kind to you. My absolutely best day in Iceland! Can't wait to come back.
Hands down, the most amazing sightseeing tour I have ever done in my life. However, be warned: we were very lucky because the weather conditions were just perfect. I can see this tour being a waste of money if the weather is not on your side.
Really awesome tour despite crazy Icelandic weather. This is a uniquely beautiful country, and this area captures Iceland's otherwordly and mystical nature perfectly -- ragged cliffs, ancient volcanic formations, raging sea, gusty winds, magnetic rocks, etc -- it truly is like an adventure into the edge of the world. As you have probably noticed from the earlier reviews, the tour guide Antonio is amazing -- his enthusiasm, good humor, and deep knowledge of the history & geography of iceland really makes the trip that much more special. The driver David was also a delight to hang out with and excellent driving skills in the really poor weather conditions we faced. Highly recommend this tour! Also: please bring warm clothes and waterproof shoes & outerwear because it can get very wet and very cold.
This trip is incredible. The weather was howling with rain, snow and strong wind which made the spectacular scenery look like something out of The Lord of the Rings. Our guide, Antonio, is a legend from the Sagas! He lead us through the weather like a warrior and told us great tales about the place like a bard. The trip is really varied- plenty of mountains, falls, cliff and black beaches. We even made an impromptu stop when the Northern Lights unexpectedly appeared! A magic trip, I strongly recommend!
Great tour, despite (or partly because of) the hectic weather: breathtaking landscapes and raging sea; I only wish I could go back and hike a bit more in that area. Add on top of that a truly passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide: I definitely recommend that tour!
This was a great tour and so was our tour guide Antonio. He was very energetic, full of knowledge, and just an all around nice person. He made the tour a more personal and special experience. Would recommend!
We loved this trip despite the insane rain and wind. Our guide was well informed and fun. The driver (David) did a great job considering the crazy road conditions. We got to see the amazing landscape and hear about the island's history. It was also great to be part of a small group. Thanks. (our trip was on Tuesday Oct 11, 2016).
The guide picked me up from my hostel on the dot, he even went inside as I wasn't waiting outside because it's cold. Both him and the driver were nice and approachable. The trip in general is great. Beautiful view and they were gave us enough time with each spots. The only thing that I think they should improve is the head mic he was using. It wasn't that loud so we really can't hear him most of the time when he explains something. The van has a wifi and the group was small so I really liked it. I absolutely recommend this tour and the tour agency. Good job!
It was a surreal experience. Antonio with great enthusiasm showed us some beautiful landscape as we hiked around the snæfellsnes National park. Our group was very lucky to be small - we were a total of five and Antonio showed us some amazing photography spots! It was my favorite tour from my trip! Highly recommend it!
It was a splendid day tour! We went through beautiful landscapes while driving and our guide, Antonio, manage to get us hiking in the national park of Snaelfellness where there was litterally no one else, it felt so special, magnificent and magical! Beware, you might see some elfes... It was really nice to be able to take our time in the nature, Antonio showed us some perfect spots to take pictures if you're an photography amateur. They even took the time to make a small detour because i wanted to continue my trip in the north west and not going back to Reykjavík with them, and they gave me many advices about it. I highly recommand this trip!!
Amazing landscape. The rain and the sun created a lot of rainbows! Unfortunetelly the guide was not very "participatory".
Stunning area but the guide was a bit lack lustre. We were basically driven between the locations with little to no information provided about the area. Nonetheless I definitely recommend exploring this region. The seals were a definite highlight!
This area was such a surprise. We had read about south Iceland but going really felt like going off the beaten path. We saw a huge bubbling hot spring which I cant remember the name of and a very picturesque mountain and the smallest glacier in Iceland. They say the area is magical and we believe them. If you have enough time in Iceland then do this tour. It was really fun.
Great tour to with a fun tour guide. Give that man a raise! He really made this trip special!
Great experience with some fun people. We really liked the area and think our guide showed us the best of it. He even dropped us off at the airport after the tour even though that was not included. Thank you very much Hakon. I will recommend this tour to everyone I know is visiting Iceland!
This trip was wonderful. I was able to see and get up close to the some of the best landscapes in Iceland. Our guide Antonio was very knowledgeable and took us to some special "secret" local spots and a good bistro with healthy food. Highly recommend this tour but try to go on a day with good weather. :)
It was a wonderful tour, especially the guide Antonio, he is pretty humor and active, we all love him. He lead us to secret places, which I love most, and those places without other tourists only for us. Strongly recommend this tour to everyone.
The tour was absolutely magnificent. The scenery is breath taking. We toured Iceland with two kids, ages 6 and 9. While I was worried about a long day on the bus, it was not a problem at all. There was plenty of breaks, hikes and time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. What made the tour extra special is the guide and the driver. Both were very pleasant, funny, entertaining and enjoying their job. I loved learning Sagas that we would not have heard otherwise. I would highly recommend this tour. Loved it!!!
It was such an icredible tour, it involved some of the most amazing landscapes i have seen in my whole life and they were even more ajoyable thanks to the amazing explanations of our toor guide, Antonio. Its a tour i would absolutely recomend to anyone, specially with Antonio
I really loved this tour. The nature was incredible, and our tour guide Antonio made it evento better. I knew nothing about this place, and after the trio i feel like an expertos of this península. I learned so many things! It was really cool. Plus, the guide was funny and knew everything so well, that everybody got really interested. We can ser his love of nature and he transmits it very well to everybody.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The scenery was magnificent and we stopped at a variety of places. I particularly liked the stop at the beach and the final stop before returning.The guide had many interesting things to say but unfortunately, it was mainly the people in the front who could hear him. It would be great I'd he would either use some type of mike or talk louder, as I was very interested in all the lore and information. This was definitely a tour worth taking!
Iceland for sure always has more to explore, that's the feeling i got after this day trip, not only for the nature and history itself, but also the people. Steinar was our guide, absolutely friendly and closely bonded with the development journey of this island. Drove us to some very special view points is one thing, he shared lots of great side stories along the tour. I did a 9 days selfdriving round-island trip before the tour, the views i saw of Iceland was much more than what we saw in this one day trip. However, i felt so much like a outsider until we met Steinar. We learnt the reasons how the views established, how people's lives got changed due to various reasons in past decades... Definitely a great tour to recommend!!! Wider your horizon of Icelandic views, plus deeper understand of what you see.
I am very grateful that I had joined this tour to Snaefellsnes where most tourists would not choose. This western part is very natural, very peaceful and quiet. You can see birds, seal and greenery. I highly recommend it to those nature lovers.
We joined the package tour of 8 days. Guide to Iceland arranged very well and we have a great time in Iceland. The different and beautiful landscape is amazing. The guides of all the tour were fantastic and professional and friendly especially the tour of Snaefellsnes, an Italian guide, who was very caring and we appreciated her very much. We saw the seals in the beach to enjoy the sunshine. On the whole, it was a good tour but the most regret was the tour of ice cave made the mistake on pickup from the hotel. Finally we wasted 3 hours to and from the BSI station to arrange the next schedule and we had to pay the taxi fare without refund. Anyway, I would also like to recommend Guide to Iceland to the others.
I enjoyed seeing a very different part of Iceland. The guide and driver were fantastic! Very friendly and both gave interesting insights along the way. I'd definitely do other tours with them. I didn't know what to expect and I suppose by the end we were all a bit tired, but all in all it was a good day. It would have been better if only the seals had actually come out on that day! My favourite stop was Kirkjufell!
My husband and I joined the 6 days package offered by Guide to Iceland which was wonderful except for some minor mistakes made in hotel/airport pick up time. The tours chosen for us were great in particular the small group tour arranged by Nice Travel were wonderful and flexible. Quite surprise that Nice Travel still run the tour even only two of us joined the 1 day tour to West Coast. Both the guides Davide and the driver as well as the David for our two days tour to South Coast were excellent. Highly recommended.
Our super nice and well informed tour guide Antonio lead us, a small group of four people, through all the magnificient places of the Snæfellsness peninsula. Antonio told us so many details about "his most favourite part of Iceland", you could suppose that he build the peninsula himself. I felt comfortable all the time and enjoyed every single moment. Definitely worth it, breathtaking experience!
Snæfellsnes is a beautiful place and less crowed than the other popular spots. It was a small tour group so we had plenty of time to get around the places. The tour guide Davide was very nice and helpful. He can provide the detailed information about the places we have visited. It was a great day for us.
Great day out. The peninsula is less crowded than south Iceland but you still get the amazing landscapes, rock formations and generally the raw beauty of the country. Our guide, Antonio was very friendly and well informed, so dont bother with google, just ask him, I bet he would know the answer.
I really liked it. Although I didn't see seals as pictured, it was very beautiful. I enjoyed the guides and the driver. Everyone was friendly. Great trip!
A previous review was incorrectly submitted on my account giving 0 stars. I can not emphasize enough how amazing this tour was. Truly a wonderful adventure. We saw so many incredible sites and Paulo, our guide was so friendly and interesting. I would do this tour again and it was the highlight of my trip
My experience was really wonderful thanks to our guide Paolo and our driver David. Despite the cold rainy weather the two of them made the trip worthwhile and I would definitely recommend this beautiful tour!
This was a wonderful trip! The guide was friendly and very informed. It was great to travel in a small group in a minibus. Plus, there was wifi. The landscape was breathtaking! Highly recommended!
Amazing trip! Beautiful landscapes and our guide was very friendly. Highly recommended!
It's really amazing! The seals are so fat and cute!
What a lovely day with such a laidback guide. Being Icelandic I know Snæfellsnes peninsula pretty well - but they still managed to show me a place that I had never been to before that was truly magical! Snæfellsnes peninsula is such a beautiful part of the country that the landscape never disappoints and it was made even better by going with a guide that so obviously loves this country and was enthusiastic in showing us all a good time.
An absolutely amazing excursion. From the black sand beach, ice caves, waterfalls and of course the close up views of the mythical Elves church and hospital...it was a truly unique and memorial experience. Antonio, our very knowledgable and energy filled guide went above and beyond to explain and show us some very scenic and breathtaking views of snaefellsnes and surrounding area. I would highly recommend this tour to see the majestic beauty that Snaefellsnes has to offer.
The tour brought us to more unique corners of Iceland. We found ourselves almost alone at many stops with breathtaking views, as we were in less touristy corners. It was pretty but I would say less core to the Iceland experience compared to glacier hiking and the golden circle.