Snaefellsnes National Park | Small Group Day Tour

Snaefellsnes National Park | Small Group Day Tour
The black church at Búðir on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the only remains of an ancient settlement.
An Icelandic horse grazing on the lava fields of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
This famous landmark was featured in HBO's Game of Thrones
Djúpalónssandur is a beach of black pearls and a bay of rocky lava formations.
Kirkjufell Mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula bathed in the glow of the evening sun in Iceland.
The waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss nests in the shadow of Kirkjufell Mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
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Jump aboard this captivating tour to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Sometimes called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its vast diversity of landscapes, this is the perfect trip for those who seek to capture the true spirit and beauty of this incredible island. This is a small-group minibus tour for a maximum of 19 people, allowing for a comfortable and personal experience.

You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík in the morning, then head north-west. While the immediate surrounding scenery will be of rolling farmlands, it will diversify as soon as you reach the peninsula. You will cruise between the beautiful, rocky coast and a long range of mountains to your first destination: the Snæfellsjökull subglacial volcano.

Often called ‘the crown jewel of the peninsula’, Snæfellsjökull is a magnificent, cone-shaped volcano adorned with ice throughout the year. Its beauty has inspired writers and artists for centuries, most notably Jules Verne; his novel ‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ is set here.

After admiring this incredible natural landmark, you will head to the charming farm of Ytri-Tunga to see its resident seal colony. These creatures, which spend hours hauling out on the shore, are a pleasure to observe, as they lazily sun themselves with little concern for those observing them. Animal-lovers would do well to keep an eye on the ocean around here too, as Snæfellsnes is one of the best places in the country to spot orcas from the shore.

You will next see the charming villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, which are said to be steeped in magic and folklore. They are located in a lovely coastal area, which is dotted with beautiful rock formations and dramatic cliffs.

The most notable of these geological formations are the two basalt columns called Lóndrangar, so tall and striking that many have compared them to a castle. Near these, you will have a chance to wander along a gorgeous black beach, Djúpalónssandur, the cliffs of which are home to many nesting seabirds.

At Djúpalónssandur, you’ll find a curiosity on the beach: four large, smooth stones. They are ‘lifting stones’, once used to measure the strength of fishermen who worked and lived along the coasts here. Your guide will tell you what each was called, and you can see how well you would have risen to the challenge of moving them.

Your final stop will be at the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland. Kirkjufell rises alone from a sea of green hills and wildflowers, surrounded by trickling rivers and little waterfalls; it is without a doubt one of the most scenic areas in the country. You’ll want to have your camera on hand when exploring this beautiful feature.

The Snæfellnes peninsula is one of the country’s most beautiful spots. Don’t miss your opportunity to see 'Iceland in Miniature'. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Snæfellsjökull, Snæfellsnes, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location. 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
  • Pick-up and drop-off

  • English guide

  • Free Wi-Fi on minibus

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good, sturdy hiking shoes

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • Camera

Good to know:

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.


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Thor (Thormuldur?) was an amazing guide and managed to keep the group motivated and entertained throughout our tour despite sub-optimal weather conditions. We were all cold and drenched but still smiling!
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I absolutely enjoyed SNÆFELLSNES National Park day tour :D Every place we visited was stunning and I would never forget how beautiful the world is like in Iceland. Massive thank you to out lovely tour guide ,who is super fun and hospitable. I would definitely come back to Iceland to join another lovely tour!!
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The trip was superbly organised with an experienced, humble guide- very informative. The views & sites were fantastic. Will highly recommend
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The tour was very nice and we saw some of iceland’s attractions to close the trip. The timing was very good for each stop. The itinerary and the wifi provided in the bus helped us document more on the places we saw. However, if you have time, I recommend a longer trip in Iceland and see more.
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We had a lovely time on this tour. Our guide was Guisseppe and he was a fountain of Iceland knowledge. We had beautiful weather with sunny skies for our day trip. We made quite a few stops but my favorite was in the fishing village of Arnarstapi. We had a lovely lunch at a cafe and then we walked the path along the cliffs with Guisessppe guiding our way. Giving information about the area, birds etc. The cliffs were just amazing. I highly recommend this tour.
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Interesting tour also if one day is not sufficient to see everything. Our guide was special! Recommended.
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Mika, our guide was amazing. He ensured everyone was safe throughout the trip. He guided us in the trails and explained our choices. We had beautiful weather, which made it better than amazing. What a trip! A long day but well worth it.
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This tour was fantastic. Snaefellsnes is beautiful and our guide, David, was great. The weather was perfect- sunny for the most part and not too cold. The bus was reasonably clean and had WiFi and USB ports, great for charging my phone after taking lots of pictures. I strongly recommend anyone taking this tour bring good hiking boots for all the walking and uphill/downhill climbing on uneven terrain.
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It rained on this day, but our guide did a phenomenal job of showing us more than we were expecting, while dodging passing showers. The scenery was magnificent, and we barely got wet. There was plenty of time to explore. Our guide was both knowledgeable and friendly, so we learned a lot about this part of Iceland. We would definitely visit again!
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This tour was really great in all respects, from pick-up to the end. We visited wonderful sights (that were amazing in spite of the less then friendly weather) and our guide, Giovanni, was very knowledgeable about many different aspects (especially interesting were the facts he shared about geography and geology).
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