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Experience the range of Icelandic natural beauty in just one area — the wonderfully diverse Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Type of tour:Day Tours
Season:All year
Duration:10 hours
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Spend the day exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on a small group tour!

You will visit the charming fishing villages of GrundarfjordurArnarstapi and Hellnar, beautiful mountains and volcanic craters such as Kirkjufell and Ljosufjöll, the black beach at Djupalonssandur, the majestic glacier Snaefellsjokull, and the seal colony at Ytri Tunga.

In this tour, we are not in a hurry, we are travelling.

Iceland Intro‘s professional guides have extensive experience of the region. They will share not only the must see sites but local knowledge, great stories and personal recommendations.

Travel with Iceland Intro will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour.

Group size: max. 17 guests, providing a more intimate experience, more flexibility, more free time and more spontaneous encounters than travelling in big groups.

Tour highlights

Grundafjordur. Grundarfjordur is a charming fishing village centrally located on the north coast of Snaefellsnes peninsula. The town lies deep in a beautiful fjord surrounded by mountains with the striking Mt. Kirkjufell standing out as the majestic landmark. The surrounding fjord is abundant in marine-life and in winter orca whales can be seen swimming near the shore, chasing Iceland’s delicious herring. The area has also become a known sanctuary for the white tailed eagle which is the largest predatory bird in Iceland.

Arnastapi.  Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell between Hellnar village and Breidavik farms on the southern side of Snaefellsnes peninsula. Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past and had a much bigger population than it has now. Today Arnarstapi is still a somewhat busy harbour during summer, with private fishing and recreational vessels filling the docks.

Hellnar. With a year-round population of less than ten residents, it’s amazing to imagine this sleepy coastal village was for centuries one of the largest fishing towns beneath the Snaefellsjokull ice-cap. While the remnants of the fishing sheds built by Hellnar’s 11th-century settlers may suggest that this town hasn’t changed since the Vikings arrived, it has a contemporary commitment to preserving the environment.

Kirkjufell. Grundarfjordur's beautiful landmark Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) is said to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Its isolated position, 463 meters above sea level and jutting out into the sea, makes it a focal point for travellers and locals alike. The colours of the mountain change colours every season, from the summer greens to winter white so you‘ll always find a new perspective to this majestic mountain.

Djupalonssandur. At the tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula is the tiny inlet of Djupalonssandur, used in centuries past as a landing for small fishing boats. The beach is made of black sand and small black smooth pebbles and surrounded by craggy rocks. The smooth pebbles on the beach are unique but it is forbidden to pick them. The bay was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the Djupalonssandur is uninhabited.

Olafsvik. Olafsvik has always been a fishing town, cause of its location and rich fishing grounds nearby. In the 17th and 18th centuries, commercial vessels sailed between Olafsvik and Denmark, and the village was one of the larger trading ports in Iceland. Olafsvik became a certified trading place, authorized by the Danish King and Danish authorities, in 1687, the first village in Iceland to do so. From the 1950’s Olafsvik has been the most productive fishing town in the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Snaefellsjokull national park. Snaefellsjokull National Park located on the Snaefellsnes peninsula covers an area of 440 square kilometers (170 sq mi) and extends west down from the glacier-capped volcano all the way to the rugged coastline. Declared a National Park in 2001, the area has an astonishing variety in natural landscapes including moss covered lava fields, pebbled beaches and imposing rugged cliffs. Undoubtedly the crowning jewel of Snaefellsjokull National Park is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. The icy cone-shaped peak can be seen from Reykjavik on a clear day and is considered to be one of the earth’s most powerful centers of spiritual energy. 

 

 

What to bring:

  • We recommend wearing warm, layerable clothing and good outdoor shoes
  • Your camera is a must

Included

  • Bus fare
  • Guided tour