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Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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Experience the scenery and nature of western Iceland’s Snaefellsnes peninsula on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Gaze at the glaciated Snaefellsjökull volcano, admire the seals at Ytri-Tunga beach, and check out the famous ‘lifting stones’ of black Djupalonssandur beach. See craggy rock formations on a clifftop stroll around Arnarstapi and Hellnar villages, and admire Kirkjufell mountain, Snaefellsnes’ much-photographed cone-shaped peak. Air-conditioned transport plus Reykjavik hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day scenic Snæfellsnes peninsula tour from Reykjavik
  • View the Snaefellsjökull volcano and see seals at Ytri-Tunga beach
  • Admire the coastal scenery on a clifftop walk near Arnarstapi and Hellnar
  • View the ‘lifting stones’ at Djupalonssandur black beach
  • Stop for photos of cone-shaped Kirkjufell mountain
  • Air-conditioned transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small group of 15 or fewer
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note that Nicetravel offers free pickup and drop off from hotels within Reykjavik. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest bus stop. After receiving your pickup information, we will notify you of your exact pick up location.
If you do not require hotel pickup, you can meet the tour at Nicetravel office in Fiskislóð 45M, 101 Reykjavik. Please notify Nicetravel directly if you intend to use this option and be there before 08:20.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00, so please be ready from 8:30 at your pickup location and look out for a bus with red NICE Travel logos.


  • Reykjavik Skarfabakki cruise port
  • Reykjavik Midbakki cruise port

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Depart your Reykjavik hotel by air-conditioned vehicle, and with your small group of no more than 15 travelers, venture northwest toward the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

On route, hear about this scenic peninsula, dubbed ‘Iceland in miniature’ for its geological variety. Steeped in folklore, it consists of sheer cliffs, sandy beaches, volcanic mountains, fjords, and quaint villages, and is crowned by the Snaefellsjökull volcano.

On arrival, admire the vast, snow-capped Snaefellsjökull, the region’s highest peak, and learn how it was chosen by Jules Verne as the entrance to the earth’s core in his novel, 'A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.'

Next, visit Ytri-Tunga, where a farmstead overlooks a sand-and-shingle beach that’s home to seal colonies. View the seals, and then continue to Hellnar and Arnarstapi, two coastal villages framed by lush fields, basalt cliffs, and pyramid-shaped Mt. Stapafell.

Here, stroll the clifftops to enjoy the scenery and sea air, viewing the rock formations and Arnarstapi’s natural harbor. Plus, see the two coastal basalt pillars of Lóndrangar and head to Djupalonssandur black beach where the sounds of seabirds and roaring waves fill the air.

Here, check out Djupalonssandur’s famous ‘lifting stones:’ four boulders of different sizes. Named after their weights—fullsterkur (full-strength) at 340 pounds (154kg); hallfsterkur (half-strength) at 220 pounds (100kgs); hallfdraettingur (weakling) at 119 pounds (54kgs); and amlooi (useless), at 50 pounds (23kgs)—the stones were once used to gauge the strength of fishermen. To earn a place on local boats, they were expected to lift the hallfdraettingur—anything less, and they weren’t strong enough.

If you wish, try your strength on the stones, and then stop at Kirkjufell, a cone-shaped 1,519-foot (463-meter) mountain that’s one of Iceland’s most photographed spots. Hop out for pictures of this fairytale-like mountain, whose base is skirted by trickling rivers, lush pastures, and sandy beaches.

Finally, return to Reykjavik where your tour concludes at the original starting point.
Stop At:  
The journey starts by kicking off North through the famous tunnel under the Whale Fjord. After a scenic drive bus stops for short break in the town of Borgarnes laying on the small peninsula.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ytri Tunga Beach
Within a short drive from Borgarnes the true magic of Snæfellsnes Peninsula begins. Yti-tunga is a charming farm with nearby beach housing seal colony. Perfect place for animal lovers!
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Búðakirkjan Black Church is by many considered the most beautiful church in Iceland.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
A natural harbor surrounded by stunning landscapes. Beautiful rock formations decorate the coastline, spotted with green-and-yellow moss. Here one can stroll along the cliffs and take a perfect picture or simply enjoy the atmosphere of remote fishing village.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
This is the place where two basalt columns mark the coast, so they can be even seen from the road. This is also another perfect stop for animal lovers - cliffs are famous of being house to many species of birds and air is filled with their sounds
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gorgeous black beach located within boarders of Snæfellsjökull National Park. While walking along the black sand beach one can find a curiosity on the beach: four large lifting stones used to measure the strength of fishermen you used to live in the area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Snaefellsjokull National Park
In order to reach the northern part of the peninsula tour will take you on the ride around Snæfellsjökull Strato-Volcano, one of the most powerful ones in Iceland (luckily not active these days) covered by the glacier cap.
Stop At:  
Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) accompanied by Kirkjufoss (Church Waterfall) is one the most known and picture-perfect location in Iceland. It got a lot of international attention after being featured in many Hollywood and TV productions - like in Games of Throne just to start with.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
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You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik.
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik.

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Amazing countryside National park must see
, Jun 2021
Lots of amazing view point with ample time for photos. Group of 8 allowed time for solo photos at each stop. Guide knowledgeable and informative. National park is a gem hope remains free for all to enjoy for years to come.
Top Class Tour
, Dec 2019
We had the most fantastic day on this tour . Our Guide and driver Einar was absolutely brilliant and so full of interesting facts about the stops we made. Each and every stop was very worthwhile and from a photographic point of view it was amazing. At no stage did we feel pressurised when at an attraction but by the same token,we were given a specfic time to spend at each place. I would highly recommend this tour. The attractions we visited were beautiful and well worth seeing.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear guest, thank you very much for your kind words about our NICE guide Einar. Great to hear you enjoyed your tour with us.
Great Day Trip
, Nov 2019
Really enjoyed this day trip. Guide was fun, engaging, and interested in making sure we enjoyed our outing. You don't get a lot of time at each stop, but it's a great way to see a lot of the sights in limited time.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi, great to hear you enjoyed your NICE tour with us on the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsuela. Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon.
Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip
, Oct 2018
We had a great time with Thor. He was informative and just a fun guy all around. We saw so much in one day. Our group would recommend this trip for sure.
Gorgeous Coastline!
, Sep 2018
Rugged, gorgeous coastline straight out of Game of Thrones! Weird rock formations, volcanoes, glaciers, rainbows, waterfalls! Too big to capture in pictures! Lots of stops. The natural beauty of Iceland is breathtaking. Long day but so worth it! Just do this trip!
Unique experience
, Aug 2018
A very good and pleasant guide. A fantastic view. A good excursion for everyone including children. We loved it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Small-group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip for Reykjavik
, Jul 2018
The trip was nice but would have helped to have a map of the sites. I am unable to label my photos as to the location they were taken since I don't know where I was. It would have also been better if the guide had given us more history of the areas visited.
Great trip! Snaefellsnes Peninsula...
, Jun 2018
Great trip! Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a must see when in Iceland. Saw some seals. Mt. Kirkjafell is amazing. The small fishing towns are beautiful! The only thin I didn't like was not having a proper lunch stop. We had to buy food at the gas station before we left because the place we stop for lunch doesn't sell food. There was a fish and chip truck in the small fishing town I would have liked to try. Otherwise it was a great tour. Our Italian tour guide was awesome!
It was a good trip and the weather...
, Apr 2018
It was a good trip and the weather was horrible so I was glad to not be driving. Our guide could have been a little more lively and talkative.
This was a great experience where...
, Apr 2018
This was a great experience where you stop at several sites along the Iceland coast. We really enjoyed the tour and think it offers a very different experience from some of the other more commonly seen tours - golden circle, south coast, etc. Would definitely recommend doing this!

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