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Snæfellsnes National Park & Cave Exploration Tour

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from US$ 110.91 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Regale in the magnetic and eventful history of the Papacy and the Vatican with this private tour
  • See the abundant natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Take a nature walk along the staggering coastline of Arnastapi
  • See the Snæfellsjökull glacier, which some people believe emits a rare and rejuvenating energy
  • No need to print! Smartphone voucher accepted.
  • Overview
    Only a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a world unto itself.

    Spend a day exploring this unspoiled wonderland, where nature’s inventions are permitted to flourish without human interruption.

    The landscape is a gallery of strange and beautiful lava formations, the skies are filled with birds, and the sea is alive with marine life.

    Take a nature walk along the jagged cliffs of Arnarstapi, immerse yourself in the deliberate rhythm of small fishing villages, and stare up at the Snæfellsjökull glacier, where the protagonists in Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” find a passage leading to the center of the earth.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    01 Oct 18 - 31 May 19: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
    01 Jun 19 - 31 Aug 19: Daily


    11 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik.
    (Please mention your hotel / guesthouse details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered

    Pickup and drop-off service is not possible directly from hotels in the city center, instead you need to go to a nearby conveniently located bus stop.

    Click here to view the bus stops

    Alternate meeting point: You may join the tour from Skarfagarðar 8, 104 Reykjavík in the Skarfabakki Harbor area.

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at your hotel/guesthouse in the Reykjavik area


    You will be picked up by bus from your Reykjavik hotel and set out on a scenic two-hour drive to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You will be accompanied by an English or German speaking guide that knows all the secrets of the Peninsula.

    Shortly after entering Snæfellsnes peninsula, by Ytri-Tunga Farm you‘´ll get a chance to spot local wildlife at the beach which is home to a seal colony and variety of sea birds.

    Next up is a visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi village where you‘ll take a walk to view the extraordinary landscape along the precipitous shoreline before continuing to the small village of Hellnar where a break will be made for lunch (at own expense).

    After lunch the tour continues to Vatnshellir lava tube cave that lies in the Snæfellsjökull National Park, close to where Jules Verne located his entrance for the “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. From the dark underworld of Vatnshellir the tour takes you to Djúpalónssandur, a tranquil, black-pebbled beach that offers beautiful views out to the sea and fascinating history.

    Leaving Djúpalónssandur you‘ll travel past striking landscapes to the north coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula to Grundarfjordur fishing village. Surrounded by exceptionally beautiful mountains Grundarfjörður is home to one of the peninsula‘s most iconic and photographed landmarks, the symmetrical mountain Kirkjufell that towers 1500 ft. up from the shoreline.

    Along the way, stop at the mythical Snæfellsjökull glacier, which soars to a snowy summit more than 1400 meters above the sea and has long been a mainstay in Icelandic folklore as a haunt of elves, fairies and trolls. A dormant volcano, hundreds of people assemble here every summer to soak up what they believe to be supernatural energy radiation.

    Spend up to an hour hiking and bird watching along the precipitous shoreline, where lava formations look like the work of some abstract sculptor and Arctic Terns nest in the rugged cliffs.

    Continue your journey to the National Park, where you can walk along windswept beaches and look for majestic razorbills circling in the skies.

    A stop will be made during your tour at a local restaurant, where you can purchase food and refreshments (payable direct). After lunch, continue to Vatnshellir lava tube cave that lies in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. You‘ll plunge into a subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations that, in the glow of your headlight, form eerie shapes and shadows flickering across the walls of the cave.

    You will be returned to your Reykjavik hotel at tour’s end.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Visit to Snæfellsnes National Park
    • Entrance to Vatnshellir lava tube
    • Transportation by bus
    • English speaking guide


    • Meals and refreshments
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device.

    Pick-up from hotels, guesthouses and bus stops starts 30 minutes before the departure time of the tour.

    Minimum age for the cave tour is 5 years.

    The itinerary can be altered or changed according to weather and road conditions.

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the details.

    Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up services are not provided from private addresses.

    Pickup and drop-off service is not possible directly from hotels in the city center, instead you need to go to a nearby conveniently located bus stop.

    German language tour only operates on Monday. 

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may haveFor your comfort, safety and convenience while in Iceland we work with a supplier who:Has one of the youngest coach fleet in Iceland. Comfortable coaches with air condition, seatbelts and free WiFi. Offers pick up and drop off service at all licensed hotels and guesthouses in the capital area that have at least 10 rooms. Has a 24 hour telephone service which can be used by all customers while in Iceland Is part of Gray Line – a world leader in sightseeing for more than 100 years.
  • Customer Reviews
    • Stunning Snæfellsnes

      It was minus 7 celcius but it didn't matter. Clear blue sky and no wind made our tour of the Snæfellsnes National Park a wonderful day. Stunning scenery and lots of history...

      Robert Griffiths, United Kingdom, 18/Dec/2017
    • Long day tour but visited some very scenic places!

      It is a long drive to get to the Peninsula but it was worth it. Arnarstapi in particular was very picturesque. Be prepared for a long day (approximately 12 hours). The guide...

      Lakshinee Kodituwakku, Australia, 31/Oct/2017
    • best tour experience...

      It was an amazing day, it was snowing and we managed to see too much but i do believe the tour guide should have spoke more and gave more information.beatiful country with lovely...

      Adife soyler, United Kingdom, 30/Jan/2017