PRIVATE SNAEFELLSNES TOUR
2-Days – FROM $890pp (based on 4 passengers)
We start the day heading towards Hvalfjordur and Borgarfjordur bay and valleys. The road takes us along the mountains Esja, and Hafnarfjall, towards Skjaldbreiður and Akrafjall, some of Reykjaviks most beloved and visible mountains.
If hiking however is what you are interested in, a moderately challenging route is available to Glymur, Iceland´s second tallest waterfall, which cascades over 600ft into a canyon at the end of Hvalfjordur.
Once in Borgarfjordur we stop at Barnafossar and Hraunfossar waterfall and have the option of visiting the lava cave Vidgelmir among others. If the weather cooperates, there are multiple hiking opportunities in the area, before we start the head to the western peninsula of Snaefellsnes.
There is an optional stop in Borgarnes at the settlement museum, a great resource for those interested in the settlement of Iceland and the way the vikings lived and built their new homes in Northern Europes first democracy. We may take a brief stop at Lagarfoss waterfall before we traverse along and then over the middle of the Peninsula to our accommodations for the night at Stykkisholmur.
We are now going to circumnavigate the Snaefellsnes peninsula, leaving Stykkisholmur and heading over to Grundarfjordur for our first stop. The mountain Kirkjufell stands the watch at the mouth of the bay. This is by many seen as one of Icelands most beautiful mountain, and one cannot deny the exclusively alpine qualities of it. It has however become a must stop for many fans of Game of Thrones that visit Iceland, as it serves as Arrowhead mountain in the TV series.
We will make a brief stop at Bæjarfoss waterfall in Olafsvik, before we pass Hellissandur and have the option of a quick stop at the National Park of Snæfellsnesjokull. There is about 40 minute hike up to the glacier itself, which is impressive on a clear day. Snæfellsnesjokull glacier is one of the smallest in Iceland, but widely known as the starting point for the Journey to the Center of the Earth in Jules Vernes book.
Our next stop is at the amazing volcanic lava tube at Vatnshellir, where we are escorted by local guides down into the 8000 year old cave. Once back on the surface we will enjoy the magnificent south coastline of Snæfellsnes, especially by Hellnar and Arnarstapi, then if time allows enjoy the Gerduberg basalt cliffs before Heading back to Reykjavik.
**Depending on weather and visibility the guide may change the order of stops and switch some of them between days or omit stops to manage the time on this tour.