2-Day Guided Northern Lights Adventure of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland
Discover the wild and ethereal beauty of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on this 2-day tour in West Iceland. Look for the Northern Lights, explore diverse attractions, and venture into the molten depths of an ancient lava cave.
You´ll be picked up by a professional, local guide who will whisk you away from the city and into the countryside. You´ll explore the wondrous area of Snæfellsnes in the winter as well as some hidden gems found in West Iceland. You will then step into an 8,000-year-old lava cave for some underground adventures.
In the evening, you will go out and hunt for the elusive Northern Lights before spending a night at a comfortable country hotel with a private bathroom and breakfast in the morning.
With so much to discover, Snæfellsnes makes for a fantastic place for independent travellers looking to explore the beauty of Iceland. Book now to secure your place on this brilliant tour.
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You will begin your day at the tour meeting point where you will meet your friendly and experienced guide for the next two days. Upon boarding the bus, you will head towards the green hills of Reykholtsdalur valley, which is famously the home of the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Prepare for enormous clouds of steam, which help add to the otherworldly atmosphere of this much loved location.
Next up is the village of Reykholt, once home to Snorri Sturluson, who is Iceland’s most prolific author of the ancient sagas. As you take in the quaint atmosphere of this historic site, you will no doubt learn much about Norse mythology and Icelandic folklore, providing a true insight into what this region was like during the Middle Ages.
Finally, you will stop by two waterfalls within walking distance from one another. The first, Hraunfossar, is better described as a series of small waterfalls that pour out from the porous rock of an adjacent lava field. Landscape photographers love this site thanks to the unique geology and vibrant colour of the surrounding scenery. Just up the footpath, Barnafoss is equally beautiful, though more ferocious.
At the end of the day, you will retire to accommodation in the area. Enroute, your guide will find a good spot to see the Northern Lights if conditions are good.
There is a lot to pack in today! After a hearty hotel breakfast, your guide will whisk you away toward the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, otherwise known as ‘Iceland in miniature’ thanks to the diversity of natural attractions found there.
You´ll start by stopping at the lovely white sand beach of Ytri-Tunga for some seal spotting. From there, you´ll travel to the jet-black church of Búðakirkja which serves as a great photographic spot.
Along the southern strip, you will make several welcome stops. For one, you will pass through the lovely villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi, where you’ll learn more about the local area, as well as the guardian spirit, Bárður, who is said to watch over and protect the area.
You will then travel to Vatnshellir, an 8000-year old lava tunnel formed in a prior eruption. Here, you will descend to the centre of the earth, where you’ll surely find yourself amazed by the beauty and colour that exists below Iceland’s surface. Once you’re back into the open air, you’ll visit Djúpalónssandur black sand beach, where you can try to pick up the lifting stones, a historic test of strength for local fishermen.
Finally, you’ll spend some time at Kirkjufell mountain, one of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s most prominent and photographed landmarks. Fans of television might recognise this peak as the ‘mountain like an arrowhead’ from HBO’s fantasy series, Game of Thrones.
After enjoying the views of Snæfellsnes, you will set back towards Reykjavík, your mind and memory card full of great memories and experiences.