2 Day Snæfellsnes Tour | Whale Watching, Waterfalls, Caving & Hot Springs

Based on 19 traveller reviews

Join this tour for a fairytale adventure through the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Less than 3 hours from Reykjavik, this area combines all the wonders of Iceland in one place: the sea crashing upon the sandy shores, jagged lava fields, waterfalls, imposing cliffs for hiking and photography, and small fishing villages for those who are curious about the culture Iceland.

This tour is for anyone looking to relax after a day of hiking, snowmobiling or ice climbing, and for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in Iceland’s natural beauty. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik and carried off through the countryside. This tour also gives you more time to enjoy: You’ll spend a night in a charming hotel Fransiskus (or similar hotel) in the town Stykkisholmur where the famous movie "the secret life of Walter Mitty" was filmed. The day after you continue exploring the area before you return to the city.

Snæfellsnes is also home to one of three national parks in Iceland, with Snæfellsjökull glacier in the middle. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the deep places of Iceland with a hike through a canyon cut into the mountain, a lava cave to explore and imposing rock formations on the coast.

Then, after a restful night, you’ll head off to the open water with a whale watching tour, followed by another drive to view rushing waterfalls and rivers. At the famous Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, you'll see treasures and tools collected during a lifetime at sea.

There may even be fresh hákarl (the famous “rotten shark”) to try, dried in a shed behind the museum several times per year, along with a taste of Icelandic cumin schnapps to wash it down. For those who feel a cold coming on, the fumes are great for what ails ya, so don’t be shy. Take a big bite!

Don’t miss your chance to take a big bite out of all the sights, sounds and tastes of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Check the booking availability by pressing "Choose a date" above.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - May.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Caving, Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Cultural Activity, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Snæfellsjökull, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Snæfellsnes, Stykkishólmur, Bjarnarhöfn, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Ólafsvík, Kirkjufell, Snaefellsjoekull National Park, Dritvikurgrunn, Vatnshellir Cave, Londrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Gerduberg Cliffs, Kolgrafarfjördur
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 09:00
Included:
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik
  • English-speaking guide
  • Minibus tour (maximum 15 passengers)
  • Admission to Vatnshellir lava cave
  • Admission to whale watching tour (3 hours)
  • Accommodation overnight in Hotel Fransiskus (or similar hotel) in double rooms with private bathrooms, breakfast included (Upgrade to single room is available for 7.500 ISK; contact the tour provider with your requests)
  • Dinner
  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking
  • Camera
  • Overnight bag (please pack lightly)

Good to know:

All safety equipment, such as helmets, gloves and torches are provided in the Vatnshellir cave.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Magic of Snæfellsjokull National Park: Seals on a Black Beach, Lava Caving, and more!




The day begins with a drive along the west coast all the way to the beach in Ytri Tunga which is a well-known seal colony. The seals are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks near the sandy beach. You will also visit Raudafellsgjá, which is a narrow gorge, cut deep into the stone of the mountain Botnsfjall.

The next stop is the fishing hamlet Arnarstapi and than Hellnar where you will have time to walk along the cliffs for half an hour; the view to the sea from this hike is breathtaking.

After seeing so many great places around the glacier in the national park, you will go caving in Vatnshellir cave where you can see the tumult of the volcanic landscape here for yourself. This cave was created by volcanic eruption 7,000 years ago.

In Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, you will discover incredible rock formations. The beaches are covered with small black stones which are very unique. You will hike to one of the most impressive formations: Lóndrangar, which are a pair of rock pinnacles made of basalt approxmately 70 m high.

At the end of the day, you will finish with a drive through three small fishing villages on the way to Stykkisholmur, where you will spend the night in Hotel Fransiskus which is a very nice hotel with private bathrooms.


Day 2 - Whales & Waterfalls




After having breakfast at the hotel, you will go for a two- to three-hour whale watching tour with Láki Tours. For the past few years, the herring have chosen Grundarfjörður as their port of call and right behind them are pods of hungry whales. This phenomenon provides a golden opportunity to see (and hear) the vast number of orcas swimming in the fjord. It is possible to get right up close in the boat, in order to watch the whales and hear them as they blow. This trip is a perfect opportunity to take unique photographs of these massive mammals enjoying a feast of herring, day after day.

When the whale watching tour is over, you will see the majestic Kirkjufell mountain and Gerðuberg Basalt column. You will also visit the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste some traditional Icelandic shark with a local schnapps while viewing hundreds of fishing and boating artifacts.

Next is the visit to the Borgarfjordur area where you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 m (almost 300 ft!) across the Hallmundarhraun lava field, which flows from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava.

Literally a stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, "the waterfall of the children," comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

Finally, take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. At the end if the day, you'll make your way through the town of Borgarnes on the way back to Reykjavik.


Reviews

Average rating 5 / Number of reviews 19

This is my first time be in Iceland. Though the whale watching is cancelled due to terrible whether, we still have lots of fun with our guide Antonio. He is probably the best guide I've ever met. He knows Iceland very well and always filled with passion. It's good to fellow such the good guide to experience Iceland. We enjoyed this two-day Christmas trip.

Definitely one of my favorite Iceland tours!! Thanks in large part to my guide, Antonio! He took us to all the spots mentioned in the itinerary as well as a few extra spots on the side. As an aspiring photographer, I really appreciated how Antonio showed me all the best spots to take pictures and he even went so far as to give me some very helpful photography tips. I would most definitely recommend this tour and Antonio as a guide to anyone wanting to see some of Iceland's best sites!

Definitely one of my favorite Iceland tours!! Thanks in large part to my guide, Antonio! He took us to all the spots mentioned in the itinerary as well as a few extra spots on the side. As an aspiring photographer, I really appreciated how Antonio showed me all the best spots to take pictures and he even went so far as to give me some very helpful photography tips. I would most definitely recommend this tour and Antonio as a guide to anyone wanting to see some of Iceland's best sites!

This is the second time I choose Antonio (Nice travel) when I travel alone in Iceland. Although the weather won't allow us to do whale watching, we still had a great time. Antonio tried his best to made us see as much beautiful scenic spots as possible and his humor made this trip much fun. The tour itself is fantastic as well. Thank you Antonio and guide to Iceland. I did had a good time here in Iceland. Big hug, Merry Christmas

Although we didnt have much luck with weather wrt whale watching or seals or northern lights , it was a great tour with amazing sights around iceland . Thanks Antonio and guide to iceland to make full use of the available daylight, good choices of eating places , assistance with photos and just being generally helpful.

Me and my friend booked our trip through guide to Iceland. We did a 2 day Snaefellsnes tour with Antonio as our tour guide. Its been one of the most amazing trips I have been on. Not only he ensured that we made full use of our daytime he also tried to find the best places to eat. He also taught some excellent photography tricks to help make our memories beautiful. Thank you Antonio and Guide to Iceland for making my trip so amazing

Me and my friend booked our trip through guide to Iceland. We did a 2 day Snaefellsnes tour with Antonio as our tour guide. Its been one of the most amazing trips I have been on. Not only he ensured that we made full use of our daytime he also tried to find the best places to eat. He also taught some excellent photography tricks to help make our memories beautiful. Thank you Antonio and Guide to Iceland for making my trip so amazing

Me and my parents had our tour with the awesome guide Antonio and driver Robbie. Antonio wisely arranged our time so that we can get the most out of our trip despite the unstable weather condition. He also had my parents well taken care of. What's best, Antonio just know where to bring us to have the best pictures taken. He's also very knowledgeable about the volcanoes and environmental topics. He filled us in a great deal about Iceland, which make our trip more memorable.

This was a great tour! Plenty of sightseeing and walking, but a nice relaxed pace to enjoy the scenery. I loved everything we did, but the whale watching and black sand beaches were particularly memorable for me.

nice tour guide,nice experience. Very nice.

It is an amazing perfect trip,Paolo is the best guide and photographer I ever met,his guiding is perfect.And Steinarb is the best driver.The sight we see during the tour was magnificent and of great beauty,it worth every minute and every breathe during the journey.Also the hotel we lived is like a family,it's warm and beautiful,give us best service,and my room has a view of the ocean.Everything in the trip is wonderful!!!!!

It couldn't be better. I enjoyed perfect sunny days, seeing waterfalls, glacier, great mountain views, black beaches, whales, puffins, as well as lava cave. It was such unforgettable experience, especially when I had a very handsome and charming guide, Johanna, the best icelander. Haha, I hope you could remember me when I come back to iceland next time. I will miss you and this dreamland country. Dear Johanna, if you can see this comment, will you know who I am?

It is amazing,extremely exciting trip!!! Antonio is the best tour guide I have ever met, full of passion and humor.

Only me in this group. But it is a very very worthy tour. The volcano hiking and lavafield are impressive. The black sand beach, personally speaking, is better than that in Vik. Caving is also an unforgettable experience for me. My private guide, Andrea, is such a thoughtful and cute guy. He knows everything you want and will give you an amazing memory in Iceland. Btw, David is a professional and interesting driver. You won't regret it.

It is really amazing trip that is ever have. Antonio is the best tour guide I have ever met. Really want to join the trip again in summer. Iceland west is breathtaking! Even the hostel stayed is very boutique and sweet.

It's an amazing perfect tour.Paolo is the best guide and photographer I ever met,handsome 、patient and humorous.The sights along the tour is of magnificent incredible beauty ,and Paolo'guiding is perfect.It worth every second and every breathe through the journey..Aslo Steinarb is the best driver.And the hotel we lived in is warm and beautiful,give us best service .and my room has a ocean view.It's really an amazing tour worth remembering.I will traverl again in summer if I have time.

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