The Snæfellsnes Peninsula has some of Iceland’s best sights with beauty and mystique inspiring world-famous novels, and enchanting visitors every day. This is a one-day trip that you will not forget.
We start the day departing from Reykjavik on the ring road heading north, passing underneath Hvalfjörður, the Whale Fjord, by driving through the six kilometre subsea tunnel. As we get closer to Snæfellsnes, we will start to notice a change in the scenery, with everything becoming more dramatic. We will start to pass through enormous lava fields, mountains that seem to rise from the ocean and endless bays and beaches.
We will make our first stop at a lookout over Selvallavatn and its surrounding landscapes of mountains, lakes and lava fields. It is here that there is even a hidden waterfall. 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. We have lunch at our favourite restaurant in town, Narfeyrarstofa, which uses local produce and seafood, all within the cosiest of settings.
After lunch we 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 more recent 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 sands of Djúpalónssandur beach. This beach is amazing with a walk through its small gorge, lava fields and past the mineral water pool. It is here we we can also admire the enormous and powerful Snæfellsjökull volcano, which will dominate the skyline for the rest of our drive. On clear days, this famous glacier capped volcano is visible from Reykjavík. Snæfellsjökull inspired Jules Verne when writing his book, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and its not hard to see why.
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 Búðakirkja would have to be the most photogenic church 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 road conditions Djúpalónssandur beach isn’t always accessible, so extra stops will always be made if this is the case.
Lunch and tea/coffee at Narfeyrarstofa
Pick-up and drop-offs in Reykjavik
Transportation with a small group
English speaking guide
Minimum age: 8
Bring waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire.