Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Duration
• 11 - 13 hours
Price
Taxi for 1 - 3 people
• Tour Rate = 122.300 ISK
• Extra Hour Rate = 9.600 ISK

Taxi for 4 - 6 people
• Tour Rate = 159.000 ISK
• Extra Hour Rate = 12.500 ISK
Included
• English speaking driving guide.
• Taxi Vehicle, Fuel, Road & Parking fees.
Not Included
• Admission Tickets to Museums, Bathing Areas & Activity Tours.
Payment & Cancellation
• You pay at the end of the tour (Cash or Credit).
• You can cancel whenever and without cost.

Tour Details
West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula was rated the most scenic destination in Europe by Luxury Travel Guide. Stunning Snæfellsnes is fast becoming one of the most visited places in Iceland, for good reason! This place is simply magical and spellbinding with moss-cloaked lava fields, picturesque mountains, stunning black sand beaches, roaring ocean waves, lava tube caves, charming little villages and sea cliffs.

Tour Highlights

Búðir Church
The Black Church of Budir has in recent years become a very popular object for photographers and with good reason. The small distinct church is a beautiful and minimalistic object placed in the rough nature of Iceland, where the black color makes a beautiful contrast to the often cloudy mountains in the background.

The first Búðakirkja was built on the spot in 1703 (turf chapel), but was eventually deconstructed due to the area's lack of parishioners. Several residents fought for the reclamation of the church until in 1847 the priest’s council allowed for the construction of a new Church (as long as the residents of Búðir would fully finance the project and see to its maintenance). The new church was ready the year after on the same foundation as the old church.

The current church was then totally reconstructed in 1987 after a single member of the church lobbied to have the chapel brought back. It has a historic graveyard as well as relics such as a bell and chalice from the time of the first church. However, its pure black paint job and isolated location are the real attraction to the site.

Arnarstapi Hike
The lava field between Arnarstapi and Hellnar, all the way from the sea up to the glacier, is called Hellnahraun. A trail called Nedstavatn (one of the most popular hiking trails in Iceland) lies across the lava along the beach. From the clear path, it is amazing to watch the never-ending sculptures of nature and strange landscapes.

It is also here that you will come across a statue of Bárður Snæfellsás. Although this looks like a decorative pile of rocks, the Bárður Snæfellsás statue by artist Ragnar Kjartansso commemorates the story of a medieval Arnarstapi resident. Bárður was a half-man, half-troll who lived here after fleeing Norway. After a severe family argument, he exiled himself to the Snæfellsnes Glacier. For centuries, the locals believed he was their protector and called him the Guardian Spirit of Snæfell.

Lóndrangar
The Lóndrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles in Iceland. They are volcanic plugs of basalt, that have been hewn out from softer surrounding rock by erosion. At 75 and 61 m tall, they are a singular sight, rising above and outside the oceanfront due east across from Malarrif and some 10 km from Hellnar, on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula. History has it that the taller of the cliffs was ascended in 1735, while the smaller one was not climbed until 1938.

The Lóndrangar are remnants from a bigger crater which has mostly eroded away. It is reckoned that the rock in the slopes of nearby Svalþúfa is an isolated part of the original rim around the crater itself, with the rest eroded away by the sea. There are many birds nest s in the steep slopes of the twin towers and birds which can be observed are black-legged kittiwake, common murre, puffin, and northern fulmar. At one time, the coastal area around Lóndrangar, Drangsvogur, was used for the landing of fishing vessels with up to 12 fishing boats making use of it as a natural harbor.

Djúpalónssandur
Djúpalónssandur (Deep Lagoon Beach) is a sandy beach and bay on foot of Snæfellsjökull in Iceland. It was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the bay is uninhabited.

Four lifting stones are in Djúpalónssandur, used by fishermen to test their strength. They are Fullsterkur ("full strength") weighing 154 kg, Hálfsterkur ("half strength") at 100 kg, hálfdrættingur ("weakling") at 54 kg and Amlóði ("Useless") 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify.

On the beach, there are remains of the Grimsby fishing trawler Epine (GY7) that was wrecked there on March 13th, 1948.

Saxhóll Crater
Saxhóll is one of the most popular craters on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The crater is an excellent sightseeing attraction for those who do not want to hike too far. The crater is approximately 100 m (100 ft) high with a useful walking path and steps to make the ascent as easy as possible for guests. This makes for a simple alternative to visiting Eldborg crater on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula which requires a two and a half hour hike to visit.

Saxhóll is, in fact, two craters, though most guests will only summit the first due to its close proximity to the road. From the top of the crater, one is blessed with incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and the expansive, dried lava fields of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Saxhóll is one of the best examples of seeing a crater in Iceland that once shot hot magma from the earth, sculpting the landscape around it.

Kirkjufell Mountain
Kirkjufell is a mountain 463-meters or 1519 feet above sea level on the Snæfellsnesnes peninsula in the Western part of Iceland. Standing tall above the small fishing town of Grundarfjörður, Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in Iceland, one of the top 10 most beautiful mountains in the world, and yet most recognized as being “Arrow Head Mountain” on Game of Thrones.

Berserkjahraun Lava Field
Berserkjahraun is a 4000-year-old lava field situated on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It covers the western part of Helgafell, between the towns of Stykkishólmur and Grundarfjörður.

The name Berserkjahraun comes from one of the Icelandic Sagas, Eyrbyggja-Saga. According to the saga, a farmer brought two berserkers from Sweden to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. He later gave the berserkers to his brother, Víga-Styr, who lived on the other side of the lava field.

One of the Swedes fell in love with Víga-Styr’s daughter and asked for her hand in marriage. Víga-Styr made a deal with the berserker, he could have his daughter’s hand if the two Swedes could clear a path through the lava field, connecting Víga-Styr’s farm to his brother’s.

The feat was considered impossible but the berserkers managed to complete the path quite quickly. Instead of keeping his promise, Víga-Styr had the two Swedes killed and buried them near the path.

Four landmarks from the saga can be found in Berserkjahraun. Those are Berserkjagata, the path itself, Berserkjadys, where the two Berserkers are supposed to be buried, Landamerkjagarður, a boundary fence, and Fjárrétt, a sheep den.

Vatnshellir (Optional)
Exploring Vatnshellir cave is truly amazing and unforgettable experience. This 8000-year-old lava tube reaches over 200 meters and goes 35 meters below the surface. This a guided tour by the locals, so please check the website vatnshellir.is for availability and price.

Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum (Optional)
Bjarnarhöfn shark-museum is for people of all ages. We explain the process and why the shark meat needs a six months process with a personal guided tour. We also tell you in a simple way about the Greenland sharks biology and the sharks important in Icelandic history. After the visit, you can have a look at the drying house where the shark meat is hanging. And of course, you can try the shark meat inside the museum. Sharks are fascinating beings that are so different from everything we consider normal. This a guided tour by the locals, so please check the website bjarnarhofn.is for availability and price.

I am suffering from “travitude” right now. Travelers will relate to this for sure... It means “when you start feeling grumpy cos you miss traveling”. .
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There’s really no end in sight to this ebbing away, is there? Well, until things get back to normal it’s virtual travel for me - looking back fondly on travel pics and watching travel shows. Currently hooked on watching van life shows and we are in that phase where we want to do the same - travel the World in a van. Lol. You never know 😉
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Here’s a pic from our travels to Iceland last year. This is Arnarstapi, a cute little fishing village with spectacular basalt columns and seaside cliffs. Legend has it that a troll named Bárður Snæfellsás lives here and locals believe he is the protector of Snæfellsás. If you haven’t been to Iceland yet, make sure this beautiful country is on your bucket list. #iceland #icelandtravel #travelphotography #travelgram #travel #snaefellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula #arnarstapi #virtualtours #lockdownblues #travitude #beautifuldestinations #travelphoto #cliffs #basaltcolumns #europetravel #memories #earthpix #earthfocus #showyourtravelpics #reyjkavik #extremeiceland #adventure #traveliceland #landscapephotography #instaiceland #instatrip #instagood #traveltheworld #travelblogger
📍Au pied du Kirkjufell - Ce pays est dingue. Beaucoup trop d’immensité et de beauté à chaque virage. Ça en devient carrément dangereux de conduire et de regarder en même temps 😅
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#kirkjufell #kirkjufellsfoss #snaefellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula #iceland #icelandtravel #iceland🇮🇸 #voyage #travel #bretonne #islande #roadtrip #roadtripiceland #lesexploratrices #aventure #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers
ICELAND 🇮🇸
{ Impossible de se lasser des paysages islandais 😍😍 }
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{ Can’t get enough of Iceland scenery 😍😍 }
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#iceland #roadtrip #roadtripiceland #icelandtrip #icelandtravel #wanderlust #visiticeland #discovericeland #exploreiceland #icelandadventure #wheniniceland #islande #lemiouenislande #icelandic #icelandinsummer #travelphotography #snaefellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula
I was here ALONE for 15 minutes! 🙆🏼‍♀️⁣
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I even set my camera down and just took it all in. No noise, no perfect shot to frame, no tripods to step around. ⁣
⁣
It was amazing - and something that wouldn’t happen most months of the year. ⁣
⁣
The glorious benefits of traveling to Iceland in winter!⁣
⁣
Is this place on your bucket list⁉️⁣
⁣
#icelandwithaview ⁣
Arnarstapi !
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#arnarstapi #visitsnæfellsnes #iceland #iceland🇮🇸 #snaefellsnespeninsula #icelandphoto #icelandwithaview #icelandadvice #icelandscapes #icelandtravel #icelandexplorer #exploreiceland #exploreiceland🇮🇸 #icelandphotography #icelandphotographer #icelandroadtrip #icelandnature #iceland_photography #icelandadventure #inspiredbyiceland #expat #frenchexpat #livinginiceland #guidetoiceland #islande #islandia #islandia🇮🇸 #icelandisopen
The majestic Snæfellsjökull volcano, one of the symbols of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland

Le majestueux volcan Snæfellsjökull, un des symboles de la péninsule de Snæfellsnes à l'ouest de l'Islande
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#snæfellsjökull #snaefellsnes #snæfellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula #iceland #islande #icelandphotography #discovericeland #icelandtravel #icelandnature #wheniniceland #adventureon #icelandicnature #dreamingtones #divine_worldplaces #inspiredbyiceland #natureaddicts #escapeandwonder #whyiceland #paysage #EarthPix #folkgreen10k #travelanddestinations

I am suffering from “travitude” right now. Travelers will relate to this for sure... It means “when you start feeling grumpy cos you miss traveling”. .
.
There’s really no end in sight to this ebbing away, is there? Well, until things get back to normal it’s virtual travel for me - looking back fondly on travel pics and watching travel shows. Currently hooked on watching van life shows and we are in that phase where we want to do the same - travel the World in a van. Lol. You never know 😉
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.
Here’s a pic from our travels to Iceland last year. This is Arnarstapi, a cute little fishing village with spectacular basalt columns and seaside cliffs. Legend has it that a troll named Bárður Snæfellsás lives here and locals believe he is the protector of Snæfellsás. If you haven’t been to Iceland yet, make sure this beautiful country is on your bucket list. #iceland #icelandtravel #travelphotography #travelgram #travel #snaefellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula #arnarstapi #virtualtours #lockdownblues #travitude #beautifuldestinations #travelphoto #cliffs #basaltcolumns #europetravel #memories #earthpix #earthfocus #showyourtravelpics #reyjkavik #extremeiceland #adventure #traveliceland #landscapephotography #instaiceland #instatrip #instagood #traveltheworld #travelblogger
📍Au pied du Kirkjufell - Ce pays est dingue. Beaucoup trop d’immensité et de beauté à chaque virage. Ça en devient carrément dangereux de conduire et de regarder en même temps 😅
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#kirkjufell #kirkjufellsfoss #snaefellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula #iceland #icelandtravel #iceland🇮🇸 #voyage #travel #bretonne #islande #roadtrip #roadtripiceland #lesexploratrices #aventure #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers
ICELAND 🇮🇸
{ Impossible de se lasser des paysages islandais 😍😍 }
~~~
{ Can’t get enough of Iceland scenery 😍😍 }
~~~
#iceland #roadtrip #roadtripiceland #icelandtrip #icelandtravel #wanderlust #visiticeland #discovericeland #exploreiceland #icelandadventure #wheniniceland #islande #lemiouenislande #icelandic #icelandinsummer #travelphotography #snaefellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula
I was here ALONE for 15 minutes! 🙆🏼‍♀️⁣
⁣
I even set my camera down and just took it all in. No noise, no perfect shot to frame, no tripods to step around. ⁣
⁣
It was amazing - and something that wouldn’t happen most months of the year. ⁣
⁣
The glorious benefits of traveling to Iceland in winter!⁣
⁣
Is this place on your bucket list⁉️⁣
⁣
#icelandwithaview ⁣
Arnarstapi !
.
.
.
.
#arnarstapi #visitsnæfellsnes #iceland #iceland🇮🇸 #snaefellsnespeninsula #icelandphoto #icelandwithaview #icelandadvice #icelandscapes #icelandtravel #icelandexplorer #exploreiceland #exploreiceland🇮🇸 #icelandphotography #icelandphotographer #icelandroadtrip #icelandnature #iceland_photography #icelandadventure #inspiredbyiceland #expat #frenchexpat #livinginiceland #guidetoiceland #islande #islandia #islandia🇮🇸 #icelandisopen
The majestic Snæfellsjökull volcano, one of the symbols of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland

Le majestueux volcan Snæfellsjökull, un des symboles de la péninsule de Snæfellsnes à l'ouest de l'Islande
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#snæfellsjökull #snaefellsnes #snæfellsnes #snaefellsnespeninsula #iceland #islande #icelandphotography #discovericeland #icelandtravel #icelandnature #wheniniceland #adventureon #icelandicnature #dreamingtones #divine_worldplaces #inspiredbyiceland #natureaddicts #escapeandwonder #whyiceland #paysage #EarthPix #folkgreen10k #travelanddestinations

Duration
• 11 - 13 hours
Price
Taxi for 1 - 3 people
• Tour Rate = 122.300 ISK
• Extra Hour Rate = 9.600 ISK

Taxi for 4 - 6 people
• Tour Rate = 159.000 ISK
• Extra Hour Rate = 12.500 ISK
Included
• English speaking driving guide.
• Taxi Vehicle, Fuel, Road & Parking fees.
Not Included
• Admission Tickets to Museums, Bathing Areas & Activity Tours.
Payment & Cancellation
• You pay at the end of the tour (Cash or Credit).
• You can cancel whenever and without cost.

Tour Details
West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula was rated the most scenic destination in Europe by Luxury Travel Guide. Stunning Snæfellsnes is fast becoming one of the most visited places in Iceland, for good reason! This place is simply magical and spellbinding with moss-cloaked lava fields, picturesque mountains, stunning black sand beaches, roaring ocean waves, lava tube caves, charming little villages and sea cliffs.

Tour Highlights

Búðir Church
The Black Church of Budir has in recent years become a very popular object for photographers and with good reason. The small distinct church is a beautiful and minimalistic object placed in the rough nature of Iceland, where the black color makes a beautiful contrast to the often cloudy mountains in the background.

The first Búðakirkja was built on the spot in 1703 (turf chapel), but was eventually deconstructed due to the area's lack of parishioners. Several residents fought for the reclamation of the church until in 1847 the priest’s council allowed for the construction of a new Church (as long as the residents of Búðir would fully finance the project and see to its maintenance). The new church was ready the year after on the same foundation as the old church.

The current church was then totally reconstructed in 1987 after a single member of the church lobbied to have the chapel brought back. It has a historic graveyard as well as relics such as a bell and chalice from the time of the first church. However, its pure black paint job and isolated location are the real attraction to the site.

Arnarstapi Hike
The lava field between Arnarstapi and Hellnar, all the way from the sea up to the glacier, is called Hellnahraun. A trail called Nedstavatn (one of the most popular hiking trails in Iceland) lies across the lava along the beach. From the clear path, it is amazing to watch the never-ending sculptures of nature and strange landscapes.

It is also here that you will come across a statue of Bárður Snæfellsás. Although this looks like a decorative pile of rocks, the Bárður Snæfellsás statue by artist Ragnar Kjartansso commemorates the story of a medieval Arnarstapi resident. Bárður was a half-man, half-troll who lived here after fleeing Norway. After a severe family argument, he exiled himself to the Snæfellsnes Glacier. For centuries, the locals believed he was their protector and called him the Guardian Spirit of Snæfell.

Lóndrangar
The Lóndrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles in Iceland. They are volcanic plugs of basalt, that have been hewn out from softer surrounding rock by erosion. At 75 and 61 m tall, they are a singular sight, rising above and outside the oceanfront due east across from Malarrif and some 10 km from Hellnar, on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula. History has it that the taller of the cliffs was ascended in 1735, while the smaller one was not climbed until 1938.

The Lóndrangar are remnants from a bigger crater which has mostly eroded away. It is reckoned that the rock in the slopes of nearby Svalþúfa is an isolated part of the original rim around the crater itself, with the rest eroded away by the sea. There are many birds nest s in the steep slopes of the twin towers and birds which can be observed are black-legged kittiwake, common murre, puffin, and northern fulmar. At one time, the coastal area around Lóndrangar, Drangsvogur, was used for the landing of fishing vessels with up to 12 fishing boats making use of it as a natural harbor.

Djúpalónssandur
Djúpalónssandur (Deep Lagoon Beach) is a sandy beach and bay on foot of Snæfellsjökull in Iceland. It was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the bay is uninhabited.

Four lifting stones are in Djúpalónssandur, used by fishermen to test their strength. They are Fullsterkur ("full strength") weighing 154 kg, Hálfsterkur ("half strength") at 100 kg, hálfdrættingur ("weakling") at 54 kg and Amlóði ("Useless") 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify.

On the beach, there are remains of the Grimsby fishing trawler Epine (GY7) that was wrecked there on March 13th, 1948.

Saxhóll Crater
Saxhóll is one of the most popular craters on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The crater is an excellent sightseeing attraction for those who do not want to hike too far. The crater is approximately 100 m (100 ft) high with a useful walking path and steps to make the ascent as easy as possible for guests. This makes for a simple alternative to visiting Eldborg crater on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula which requires a two and a half hour hike to visit.

Saxhóll is, in fact, two craters, though most guests will only summit the first due to its close proximity to the road. From the top of the crater, one is blessed with incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and the expansive, dried lava fields of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Saxhóll is one of the best examples of seeing a crater in Iceland that once shot hot magma from the earth, sculpting the landscape around it.

Kirkjufell Mountain
Kirkjufell is a mountain 463-meters or 1519 feet above sea level on the Snæfellsnesnes peninsula in the Western part of Iceland. Standing tall above the small fishing town of Grundarfjörður, Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in Iceland, one of the top 10 most beautiful mountains in the world, and yet most recognized as being “Arrow Head Mountain” on Game of Thrones.

Berserkjahraun Lava Field
Berserkjahraun is a 4000-year-old lava field situated on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It covers the western part of Helgafell, between the towns of Stykkishólmur and Grundarfjörður.

The name Berserkjahraun comes from one of the Icelandic Sagas, Eyrbyggja-Saga. According to the saga, a farmer brought two berserkers from Sweden to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. He later gave the berserkers to his brother, Víga-Styr, who lived on the other side of the lava field.

One of the Swedes fell in love with Víga-Styr’s daughter and asked for her hand in marriage. Víga-Styr made a deal with the berserker, he could have his daughter’s hand if the two Swedes could clear a path through the lava field, connecting Víga-Styr’s farm to his brother’s.

The feat was considered impossible but the berserkers managed to complete the path quite quickly. Instead of keeping his promise, Víga-Styr had the two Swedes killed and buried them near the path.

Four landmarks from the saga can be found in Berserkjahraun. Those are Berserkjagata, the path itself, Berserkjadys, where the two Berserkers are supposed to be buried, Landamerkjagarður, a boundary fence, and Fjárrétt, a sheep den.

Vatnshellir (Optional)
Exploring Vatnshellir cave is truly amazing and unforgettable experience. This 8000-year-old lava tube reaches over 200 meters and goes 35 meters below the surface. This a guided tour by the locals, so please check the website vatnshellir.is for availability and price.

Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum (Optional)
Bjarnarhöfn shark-museum is for people of all ages. We explain the process and why the shark meat needs a six months process with a personal guided tour. We also tell you in a simple way about the Greenland sharks biology and the sharks important in Icelandic history. After the visit, you can have a look at the drying house where the shark meat is hanging. And of course, you can try the shark meat inside the museum. Sharks are fascinating beings that are so different from everything we consider normal. This a guided tour by the locals, so please check the website bjarnarhofn.is for availability and price.