2-Day Small Group Tour | West Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Lava Cave
Discover the wild and ethereal beauty of the West Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula on this 2-Day Small Group Tour. Explore diverse attractions, venture into the molten depths of an ancient lava cave, and experience the best West Iceland has to offer.
On this 2-day tour, you’ll see waterfalls, hot springs, ancient Viking sites, lava fields, and glaciers. You’ll explore the wondrous area of Snæfellsnes as well as some hidden gems found in West Iceland. You will also step into Iceland’s largest lava cave for some underground adventures.
A professional, local guide will accompany you throughout your journey and share with you their knowledge of this land of fire and ice. At the end of day 1, you’ll spend the night at a lovely accommodation with a private bathroom and free breakfast in the morning.
With so much to discover, Snæfellsnes and West Iceland make 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 who will show you around in the next two days. After boarding the bus, you will head past Mt. Esja to the town of Borgarnes where you will stop to stretch your legs and have some refreshments if you wish.
From Borgarnes, you’ll head to your first attraction of the day, Glanni Waterfall. After taking in the sights of this small but beautiful cascade, you’ll continue on to 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.
From there, 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.
Finally, you’ll reach what will undoubtedly be the highlight of this day, Víðgelmir Lava Cave. Here, you will descend to 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 head to your accommodation in the region.
There is a lot to pack in today! After a hearty breakfast, your guide will whisk you away toward the Snæfellsnes 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 village of 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 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.