Snaefellsnes Tours

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Snaefellsnes Tours
Taking you to one of Iceland's most naturally diverse regions, Snæfellsnes tours allow you to explore the mystical peninsula that is often referred to as 'Iceland in Miniature' because of its stunning diversity of landscapes and its unequalled array of natural attractions.

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Frequently asked questions

When is the best time to visit Snaefellsnes peninsula?

Snæfellsnes peninsula can be traversed throughout the year. Whale watching tours are operated year-round, but glacier hiking tours run from April to August. Whereas in the winter months, the famous Kirkjufell mountain is blanketed in snow and looks as it did when it appeared in the Game of Thrones TV series. Therefore, when you choose to visit will depend on what you want to see and experience while you are there. No matter the time of year, be sure to pack warm and waterproof clothes as the weather can be changeable.

What are Snaefellsnes' main attractions?

There is a lot to see and do on Snæfellsnes. This peninsula in West Iceland is home to multiple natural and cultural attractions, but the most popular are Mt. Kirkjufell, Stykkishólmur town, the fishing villages Arnarstapi and Hellnar and the Snæfellsjökull glacier. The combination of beautiful mountains, rock formations, lava fields, glaciers, and pebble beaches gives this peninsula in Iceland the reputation of having ‘a little of everything’ that Iceland has to offer.

How far is Snaefellnes peninsula from Reykjavik?

It takes just under two hours to drive to the base of the peninsula, and two hours 30 minutes to reach the tip. There are, however, many breathtaking views to take in on route, so you may find the drive takes you longer as you pull in off the road and enjoy the multitude of photo stops.

Do I need a 4WD to travel Snaefellsnes?

No, a 4WD is not necessary for exploring the peninsula in West Iceland. However, renting a 4x4 is recommended in winter due to the likelihood of encountering snowy and icy conditions on the roads.

What accommodation is available on Snaefellsnes peninsula?

There are many options for accommodation in Iceland, including hotels, hostels and campsites in the Western area. The 'capital of the west' is Stykkishólmur, the largest settlement on the peninsula. There are also good accommodation options in Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi, Olafsvik and nearby Borganes town. 

How big is Snaefellsnes peninsula?

The peninsula is 90 km (55 mi) long and roughly 10 km (6 mi) wide. On a journey to its centre, you will encounter the mighty Snæfellsjokull glacier. 

Can Snaefellsnes peninsula be properly explored in a day?

Most sites can be reached within a day and it tends to be considered viable for a day tour. However, some operators conduct small group two-day tours which allow for enough time to take in each location at a relaxed pace.

Can I camp on Snaefellsnes peninsula?

When camping in Iceland, please note that it’s illegal to camp anywhere but in designated camping sites. There are multiple campsites there, and you can pitch a tent on public land for one night. It is not legal to camp in Snæfellsjökull National Park, however, or on private property without seeking permission first.

What facilities are there on Snaefellsnes peninsula?

There are small towns and villages scattered across the peninsula, each with basic amenities, shops and services. There are also several restaurants and eateries, however, these tend to close earlier than in the city of Reykjavik.

Can I take a flight to Snaefellsnes peninsula?

No, the nearest airports are Keflavik International airport, Reykjavik domestic airport, and Isafjordur airport in the West Fjords. The best idea is to travel to the peninsula by car. The area is easily accessible all year round.