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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 volcano, 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.
On our Small group Snæfellsnes tour we offer you an intimate and personal guidance maximising your experience on the peninsula. Berserkjahraun lava fields, Mt. Kirkjufell and Kirkjufell waterfalls, Djúpalónssandur black basalt beach, Lóndrangar pinnacles, Snæfellsjökull glacier and Arnarstapi Harbor are amongst the places of interest you will enjoy with us on the tour.
Join us for an awe inspiring trip to the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The day will begin with pick up from whichever pre-approved location you have selected. Once everyone is on board we will head out on tour.
We will journey over to Berserkjahraun lava fields for a first look at the natural variety, the peninsula has to offer. Berserkjahraun is an impressive and waste lavafield that came from volcanic craters some 4000 years ago. The lava is extremely thick and rough, decorated partly with gray moss and has a very rich story to tell that dates back to the era of the Vikings.
Our next visit it the freestanding Mt. Kirkjufell or Church Mountain. It's a true landmark to the nearby fishing town Grundarfjörður. Its steep slopes and isolated position surrounded by sea has spotted peoples attention. This incredible land form was made legendary in Game of Thrones. The mountain . The mountain was part of the scenes ‘North beyond the Wall’ when Jon Snow, The Hound and Jorah Mormont embrace the wilderness hoping to catch an undead wight.
The view of Mt. Kirkjufell from the nearby waterfalls carrying the same name has become the icon image of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The waterfalls with the mountain in the back has attracted both nature lovers and photographers from all around the world. The waterfall is a three pronged waterfall alimented by glacial waters from Snæfellsjökull glacier. A small path takes you around the area for a great view of the falls and Mt Kirkjufell from all angels.
Snæfellsnes is a hot spot for fossils of birds and fish which are made easier to look for by the stunning beaches. We will take you to Djúpalónssandur beach to show you exactly what we mean. Once home to around sixty fishing boats these black sand beaches are some of the most beautiful in Iceland. The area is now uninhabited however giving it a luxury private beach kind of feel.
One of the more interesting features of this area 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.
Lóndrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles and sea cliffs. Originally formed as a volcano but with time, battered into current shapes by the strong waves and currents. A part from it's stunning beauty and a spectacular view over to Snæfellsjökull volcano on a clear day, the area is also rich with seabirds and folklore.
Snæfellsjökull is a 700.000 year old subglacial volcano crowning the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It's a beautifully formed start volcano covered with ice and seen from Reykjavík on a good day. The volcano was put on the map when Jules Verne published Journey to the Center of the Earth where the leading characters find an entrance, on top of Snæfellsjöklull, to a passage leading them to the canter of the earth. The volcano is known for it's great powers and special energy that many people sense around it.
Arnarstapi is up next, also known simply as Stapi, 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 harbors here are still very well maintained and have become a popular tourist destination.
Reykjavík is a good 2,5 hrs drive via scenic route. Your guide will make sure to make extra stops when conditions are right.
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Stellar small group tour with Howser, a Renaissance man who tells a good tale and makes the land come alive with history, geology and mythology. Like a conductor he kept our group on tempo which allowed us to really savor the beauty of the day
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