The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is described as “Iceland in miniature” and is home to lava fields, mountains, lava caves, black sand beaches, glaciers and much much more.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is an area that is incredibly rich in its natural sights, its culture as well as its history.
The peninsula is often known as “Iceland in miniature” and this is due to the fact that a majority of the highlights that people come to Iceland for in general can all be found here in this peninsula. It has a glacier, a number of mountains, lava caves, fishing villages, a national park and black sand beaches all of which rival the beauty of similar area in other parts of Iceland.
It’s difficult not to recommend a trip around this part of Iceland to anyone visiting the country as, no matter what your tastes are as a traveler, it is almost guaranteed to have something you will enjoy.
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The first stop we will be making will be at Kirkjufell, this is perhaps one of the most popular mountains in Iceland and has been photographed by a large variety of people. It sits just out from the rest of the peninsula which makes it easy to spot from long distances. With it being surrounded by water you will often see amazing visuals of the mountain reflected and stretching out both up and down from the ground. The whole area is surrounded by gorgeous beaches and it is a hotspot for fish and bird fossils.
After exploring our first destination we travel a little further along the peninsula to Djúpalónssandur. Once home to around sixty fishing boats these black sand beaches are some of the most beautiful in Iceland. One of the most interesting features of this beach is the four “Lifting stones” that are on the beach and were once used by fishermen to test their strength. The minimum a man would have to lift was a 54 KG stone to hip height.
We will next be heading towards Arnarstapi via a brief rest stop in the ancient fishing village of Hellnar. Arnarstapi is a fishing village on the southern edge of the peninsula, place names for these two aforementioned villages originate from one of the old Icelandic sagas that told the tales of a half man, half ogre called Bárður. This whole area is a living museum for the literary history of Iceland as well as its deep rooted connections to the fishing industry. Arnarstapi in particular had an ideal location to allow it to grow into a large shipping port and it in fact serviced much of the needs of the entire west of the island.
The harbours here are still very well maintained and have become a popular tourist destination.
This town is also the last stop the protagonists of Jules Verne's “Journey to the center of the earth” make before they summit Snæfellsjökull and journey into the planet's core.
As we journey along the western and southern edges of the peninsula you may also be able to see the Snæfellsjökull if the skies are clear and the visibility is good.
Following on from our stop in these southern villages we will begin our return to Reykjavik but not before making a few more rest stops in towns such as Borgarnes.
The duration of the tour is 11 hours
There is no food included on this tour but there will be stops where you are able to purchase food
Pick-up and drop-off from accommodations and special Tour Bus Stops in central Reykjavik
Warm, water- and windproof clothing are always useful in Iceland.
All tickets are e-tickets so there is no need to print them out.
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