Go on an unforgettable journey to the Snaefellsness Peninsula and experience an area that is known as “Iceland in miniature”. This region is characterized by its magnificent and picturesque sites, glacial-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, coastal cliffs topped with volcanic glacier Snaefellsjokull and the Center of the Earth. This tour begins when the guide picks you up from your designated location in Reykjavik. From there you head to the Peninsula of Snaefellsness otherwise known as the Hidden Gem of the West. The tour allows you to explore seven unique destinations. This guide will give you excerpts of places you get to explore when on the tour.
The Hidden Gems of Iceland
Kirkjufell, “The Church Mountain”, and Kirkjufellfoss Waterfall
This is a narrow mountain and has become the landmark of the Peninsula. It is known after being presented as the “Arrowhead Mountain” on Game of Thrones. This mountain gets its shape from the erosion caused by the melting ice of the glaciers for the last 12,000 years. Because of this unique look, it is one of the most photographed sights in Iceland. Across the mountain is Kirkjufellfoss that completes the perfect shot of the mountains. The site has several vantage points and the guide will help you explore them.
Budakirkja, the Black Church of Budir
On the south coast of the peninsula, there is a village with one hotel and a tiny black church called Budakirkja that stays isolated among a field of lava rocks. The church was built on the spot in 1703 and was reconstructed in 1987. It has a historic graveyard, a bell, and chalice from the time it was erected. It is listed and owned by the National Museum of Iceland, but it is taken care of by the Budir parish.
Arnastapi Fishing Village, Hellnar and Arch
Arnastapi is a small fishing village with picturesque coastal cliffs that were formed from glowing magma hitting the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most beautiful harbors in the country. You can get to see the beautiful stone arcs that were formed by erosion. Enjoy the walk along the coastline as your guide tells you about Bardur, half-man half-troll, and his notorious activities in the area.
Ytri Tunga Beach and Seal Colony
Ytri Tunga is a sandy beach that has a secret hidden away, down by the sea, behind the farmhouses – a Seal Colony. You can spot seals spending their time on the rocks of the beautiful beach. They are friendly and curious animals and will climb up the rocks for you to spot them on a distance.
Londrangar and Basalt Cliffs
The Londrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles in Iceland and are remnants from a bigger crater that has eroded. They are a set of 75-meter high basalt pinnacles set the tone for what is to come. They are home of sea birds, northern fulmars and puffins, and others.
Djupalonssandur, Beach of Black Volcanic Sand
The beach of black volcanic sand and stones where Icelandic fishermen rowed out to the fertile fishing grounds of the Atlantic Ocean. You will get an opportunity to lift stones that fishermen of yore used to test out their strength and prove themselves worthy. In 1948, a British fishing trawler stranded on the sand reefs of Djupalonssandur. Five men died while 14 were rescued by local rescue squads. The remains of the ship are still there, strewn across the beach.
Saxholl Volcanic Crater
This volcanic crater was formed over 4,000 years ago. It is now accessible through an iron staircase, giving you the option of hiking it. This hike is not too challenging and gives you a 360o view of the lava fields with Snaefellsness glacier overviewing it.
The guide keeps you engaged and pays undivided attention to all your queries and helps you explore the area in a true Icelandic way. This adventure ends when the guide drops you off in Reykjavik at your designated location.
English Speaking Professional Guide
12 Hour Sightseeing Tour
Pick up & Drop off in Reykjavik
Wi-Fi & Icelandic music on board the minibus
Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellsfoss
Búðarkirkja Black Church
Ytri – Tunga Beach & Seal Colony
Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs
Snæfellsjökull glacier (sightseeing)
Djúpalónssandur Black Beach
Ólafsvík Fishing Village
What to bring
Hiking boots (availale for rent when booking)
Warm & waterproof clothes
Gloves & Hat
Good to know
- This tour is operated in small groups – maximum 21 persons
- We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds on this tour.
- This tour is only available with a pick up from Reykjavik.
- You can bring snacks and beverages on the tour if you like.
- We recommend that you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles during the winter time. It is possible to rent hiking boots at the time of booking.
Interesting locations in the area
Self Driving Activities
Restaurants & hotels
Most frequent questions and answers
For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, we ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour.
Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time for the tour and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready in their listed location so they can be easily found.
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.
Find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks on the tour.
Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. This tour is listed as easy so if you do not feel uncomfortable with sitting in a minibus for the rive, this tour should be ideal for ou.