The tour starts early in the morning as you depart from Reykjavik on the Ring Road heading north, passing underneath Hvalfjörður, the Whale Fjord, by driving through the six-kilometre subsea tunnel. As you get closer to Snæfellsnes, you will start to notice a change in the scenery, with everything becoming more dramatic. You will start to pass through enormous lava fields, mountains that seem to rise from the ocean and endless bays and beaches.
The first stop of the day will be made at a lookout over Selvallavatn Lake and its surrounding landscapes of mountains, lakes and lava fields. Here you can even find a hidden waterfall that just tops off this incredible introduction to the beauty of Snæfellsnes. We then continue our drive to the beautifully situated town of Stykkishólmur, with its well preserved and colourful old buildings overlooking the countless islands in Breiðafjörður Bay. You will have lunch within our favourite restaurant in the town, Narfeyrarstofa, which makes delicious use of the local produce and seafood, all within the cosiest of settings. You can choose from their delicious lunch menu, with lunch and hot drinks included in the price of the tour.
After lunch you’ll continue on to one of the must-see sights in Iceland. The iconic Kirkjufell, or Church mountain, rises nearly 500m up right above the seaside town of Grundafjörður. This arrow shaped mountain was famously depicted in episodes of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. The views from the picturesque waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss are incredible.
From here it is on to the black sand of Djúpalónssandur Beach. This beach is amazing with a walk through its small gorge, lava fields and past the mineral water pool always a delight. It is here we can also admire the enormous and powerful Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which will dominate the skyline and inspired Jules Verne when writing his book, Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
The next stop is the gorgeous fishing village of Arnastapi. Here the rock formations, coves and sea cliffs are to be explored and admired, with the crashing waves constantly eroding various shapes into the exposed cliffs. It is only a short drive on to one of rural Iceland’s most iconic churches. The black church of Búðir would have to be the most photogenic churches in Iceland, with its stunning backdrop of lava fields and mountains making this a great last stop before heading back to Reykjavik in time for late dinner.
In winter the road to Djúpalónssandur Beach isn’t always accessible, so extra stops will always be made if this is the case.
This trip is run upon request with a minimum number of four people per trip.
Operates: With a minimum of 4 participants
Duration: 12 hours
Pick-Up Time: 8:30am
Number of people: maximum 12
Minimum age: 8 years old
Level of difficulty: Easy
Price: Adults 22,990 ISK, Youth (8-14 years old) 19,990 ISK
Included: Lunch and Tea/Coffee from Narfeyrarstofa, pickup and drop-offs in Reykjavik and transportation with a small group and an English-speaking guide.
Be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process.
Operated by Hidden Iceland