Snaefellsnes Tours

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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Tudor Vieru

Tudor Vieru

31/05/2023, 08:53
Review of Iceland In-Depth | Two-Week Road Trip

Hi! My wife and I just got back from this amazing trip a few days ago, so everything is still fresh. I want to share my impressions of everything we've experienced, so I've structured my review in a few categories, lest I forget something. Schedule Especially during the first 2-3 days, the schedule is jam-packed with activities or places to visit. These vary from location to location. For example, while visiting East Iceland, the number of objectives is much smaller than in the east, south, or Westfjords, but this was to be expected. Overall, we found the schedule to include, on those full days, slightly more objectives than can comfortably be explored in a single day. On the other hand, this is part of the charm of creating your own goals for each day, so that you only visit places that really spark your interest. All in all, I would say that the schedule alternates quite well between long drive days, with fewer activities, and shorter drive days, with more places to see. Hotels The hotels were, by and large, very nice. We especially enjoyed Skuggi (we even bought an extra night there at the end of the tour), Blue Hotel Fagrilundur, Hotel North, Hotel Laugarbakki (funny because it looked like a prison from the outside, but the inside was very nice), Hotel Isafjordur, and most of all Hotel Latrabjarg, where we had the best experience. We would highly recommend including Hotel Latrabjarg in all itineraries that go through that area. Itinerary The itinerary was well thought out for the most part, and we stuck to it on most days. After going past Skaftafell we started analyzing it 2-3 days in advance and then creating our own. One of the reasons was that some objectives were out of the way, in the sense that they were listed for day X, but the trip took us there anyway the next day. One example is Klaustur, which is 70km east of Vik and scheduled for day 3. We passed it on the way to Skaftafell the next day because it did not make sense to add 140 km to our trip just to return and sleep in Vik afterward. A similar example was Hólmavík, scheduled for Day 8, but we passed next to it on Day 9, en route to Isafjordur. Going there would have meant adding 250-300 kilometers to our trip, from Hvammstangi and back. We based our daily goals on the itinerary until we got to the Skaftafell region, but afterward used it mostly as inspiration and for directions to the next hotel. There are a couple of days that only include visits to small coastal villages and not much else. We of course understand that Iceland is a large country and some days are just dedicated to the drive. In other areas, such as the Westfjords, Latrabjarg, or Snaefellsnes, we returned to the itinerary, but always used Google Maps as well, to find interesting attractions nearby. For the itinerary, my suggestion would be to add some smaller points of attractions along the way, as many are available right on the side of the road or a small distance from Route 1. A small waterfall or some geothermal footbaths, the 1238 The Battle of Iceland museum in Sauðárkrókur, the Sauðárkrókur Viewpoint, and so on. I think such attractions are good waypoints, especially on days when you have to drive longer. Communication Communication with Guide to Iceland was below expectations. There was no contact from your side during the trip. I would have expected at least an email asking if we were doing fine or needed anything during the 2 weeks we were there. Just to check in and see how we were. At the same time, for the only email that I have sent you, the response was very late, much too late to be of any use to us. In your itinerary, you said to contact the email address if we needed to reach an agent urgently. We did, but there was no one there for 8 hours. Related to that, not having the ferryboat booked in advance was difficult to understand. There was a single ferry at noon that day, we were following our itinerary, so there should have been a spot for us there. A short communication from your end related to this would have helped. Car rental We chose a 4x4 automatic model and got a 2022 Toyota Rav 4. The car in itself was amazing and easy to drive. It took us across the country, including the Westfjords, without any issues. Both I and my wife were very happy with the specs, handling, and everything else. We were very happy with the selection. We did not have Wi-Fi in the car, as it was not included in the package and we only figured this out in the middle of our second day. There was also an issue with having to pay a non-refundable 500 euros for insurance on the car, simply because we did not have a credit card. This was not communicated beforehand, either by Guide to Iceland or by MyCar. The trip's budget suffered accordingly and left a sour taste in our mouths. All of these requirements should be communicated to customers in advance, by both you and MyCar, so that we know what to expect. Having such an expense right at the start of our trip was definitely putting the left foot forward. Summary Regardless of the issues we've encountered, the trip was definitely worth it for us. We had the time of our lives visiting your beautiful country and were amazed at how quickly the landscapes and the weather can change. At times we felt like we were on the moon or some Sci-Fi movie set. We spent a lot of time on the open road and visited everything from innumerable waterfalls to caves and lava tunnels. The thermal baths are amazing and I would recommend including more of them in your itineraries going forward. They are were relaxing at the end of a busy day. The Myvatn one was especially beautiful. With the notes that I've mentioned above, we are very likely to recommend Guide to Iceland to our friends and family for our next vacation, and look forward to visiting Iceland and working with you again. Thank you for the amazing experience! Tudor

Frequently asked questions

What are the main attractions on a Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour in Iceland?

There are a lot of things to see and do on Snaefellsnes peninsula. Some of the main attractions include:

1. Snaefellsjokull National Park, featuring the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier.

2. Mount Kirkjufell, a uniquely shaped mountain, and popular photography spot.

3. Djupalonssandur, a picturesque black pebble beach with unusual rock formations.

4. Arnarstapi and Hellnar, two charming fishing villages with scenic coastal cliffs and arches.

5. Vatnshellir, a lava tube cave that can be explored on a guided caving tour.

6. The historic Budir black church.

When is the best time to visit Snaefellsnes peninsula?

Snaefellsnes peninsula can be traversed throughout the year. Whale-watching tours are operated year-round, but glacier hiking tours on the famous Snaefellsjokull glacier are available from April to August. During the summer, it is easier to get around and it's bright 20-24 hours a day to explore natural wonders. But some prefer the blanket of snow covering the peninsula during winter. No matter the time of year, be sure to pack warm and waterproof clothes, as the weather can vary by the day.

How far is Snaefellnes peninsula from Reykjavik?

It takes just under two hours to drive to the base of Snaefellsnes peninsula from Reykjavik, and about another two hours to reach the tip. There are many breathtaking views to take in during the drive, so expect to make a few stops along the way.

Do I need a four-wheel-drive car to travel Snaefellsnes?

No, a 4x4 car 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 or icy conditions on the roads.

What accommodation is available on Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland?

There are many options for accommodation in Iceland, including hotels, hostels, and campsites in the Western area. Stykkisholmur, is the largest settlement on the peninsula. There are also good accommodation options in Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi, Olafsvik and nearby Borgarnes town.

How big is Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland?

The peninsula is 55 miles (90 kilometers) long and roughly 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide. On a journey to its center, you will encounter the mighty Snaefellsjokull 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 from Reykjavik. 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 in Iceland?

When camping in Iceland, please note that it’s illegal to camp anywhere but at designated camping sites. It is not legal to camp in Snaefellsjokull National Park or on private property without seeking permission first.

What facilities are there on Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland?

Small towns and villages are 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 in Iceland?

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

Where is the black church at Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland?

The well-known black church, Budarkirkja, is located on the south coast of Snaefellsnes peninsula by the village of Budir. The reason why the church is black is because it's painted with pitch, much like the hull of a boat. This is to protect it from Iceland's harsh elements as the church is located right by the ocean.

How long does a Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour typically take?

A Snaefellsnes peninsula tour can range from a full day to a multi-day excursion, depending on the itinerary and pace. A full-day tour usually takes around 10-12 hours from Reykjavik, while a more relaxed multi-day tour can span 2-3 days, allowing for additional activities and exploration, with accommodation on the peninsula.