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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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.