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The Wonders of Snæfellsnes


CERTIFIED OPERATOR     Tour operator: Icelandic Mountain Guides     3 days     Travel method: Mini Bus / Car

This 2-day short break will take us around the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula. Due to its variety of dramatic landscape, you could say it is Iceland in a nutshell. It is dominated by the mighty Snæfellsjökull Volcano, topped by a glacier. On the northern site you will find charming little fishing towns like Grundarfjörður and Ólafsvík, lava fields, beautiful black and golden beaches and picturesque mountains like the much photographed Kirkjufell. The end of the peninsula is a national park where we will visit the lava cave Vatnshellir and the pebbled beach Djúpalónssandur surrounded by gorgeous rock formations. The south side is packed with natural wonders like the little beach in Hellnar, the breathtaking columnar basalt and cliff formations and the beautiful natural harbor at Arnarstapi not forgetting the old little black church at the hamlet of Búðir. On the way back to Reykjavík we take a detour into the valley of Borgarfjörður and add the spectacular waterfalls Hraunfossar and the hot spring Deildartunguhver to our list.  

In September we will benefit from the beautiful autumn colors, in October to April this is the perfect area for the northern lights, in April and May we will see thousands of migrant sea-birds who have nested on the numerous cliffs.  Our accommodation will be a comfortable hotel with rooms with private facilities.



Day 1: Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes North

Early morning departure from Reykjavík. Your expert driver-guide will meet you at your accommodation or the nearest bus stop.  We set course to Snæfellsnes and head for the northern part of the peninsula. On the way, we stop to dip our feet into a nice hot natural spring. We explore the northern coast of the peninsula with its small fishing towns, take pictures of the picturesque and much-photographed mountain Kirkjufell. We enter the Snæfellsjökull National Park and stretch our legs by climbing up to the crater Saxhóll (100m high). Our next stop will be the Djúpalónssandur pebble beach where we wonder the amazing rock formations. After the beach a short drive takes us to the 8000-old lava tube cave Vatnshellir. Dinner and overnight in a comfortable hotel. If the conditions are favorable, we will have a perfect view of the northern lights. 

 

Day 2: Snæfellsnes South – Borgarfjörður

In the morning we will explore the astonishing South coast of the peninsula teeming with natural wonders. We visit the ancient fishing village of Hellnar and the cold-water spring found at the lava's edge and dedicated to the Holy Virgin, because it is said she had appeared here once. From Hellnar a short drive takes us to the hamlet of Arnarstapi where we will walk among the basaltic rock formations. We will also stop at Búðir to visit the beautiful little black church and the golden sand beach. On our way to Reykjavik in the afternoon we will then drive towards the beautiful Borgarfjörður area where we will explore the magnificent waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver. 







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Minimum age: 12 years
Difficulty:   VERY EASY



What is included

  • Qualified English speaking driver guide for 2 days
  • Transportation in a minibus
  • Accommodation at Fosshótel Hellnar, hotel Arnarstapi or Kast guesthouse in rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Vatnshellir Cave tour

What do I need to bring

Boots and Clothing:

  • Light hiking boots.
  • Thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Gloves.
  • Warm socks.
  • Warm hat.
  • Extra warm jacket / parka for cold days (winter).

Other gear:

  • Small backpack for clothes and items used during the day – 20L (1200 cu in).
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (summer & spring). 
  • Water bottle. 
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
  • Swim suit (depends on tour).

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s). 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.





  Attention

  • Our expert guides may adjust the program depending on weather and conditions. The aim will always be to give the best and safest possible experience
  • The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore can sightings not be guaranteed. 


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Duration

2940 minutes

What is included

  • Qualified English speaking driver guide for 2 days
  • Transportation in a minibus
  • Accommodation at Fosshótel Hellnar, hotel Arnarstapi or Kast guesthouse in rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Vatnshellir Cave tour

Difficulty

VERY EASY

Minimum age

12 years

What do I need to bring

Boots and Clothing:

  • Light hiking boots.
  • Thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Gloves.
  • Warm socks.
  • Warm hat.
  • Extra warm jacket / parka for cold days (winter).

Other gear:

  • Small backpack for clothes and items used during the day – 20L (1200 cu in).
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (summer & spring). 
  • Water bottle. 
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
  • Swim suit (depends on tour).

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s). 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.

Attention

  • Our expert guides may adjust the program depending on weather and conditions. The aim will always be to give the best and safest possible experience
  • The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore can sightings not be guaranteed. 


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