2 Day Snæfellsnes & Northern Lights

Snæfellsnes 2 day tour

Departures:
November to March
8am

Duration:
2 days

Difficulty:
Easy

Highlights:
Hraunfossar
Barnafoss
Deildartunguhver
Reykholt
Gerðuberg
Arnarstapi
Vatnshellir
Lóndrangar
Djúpalónssandur
Saxhóll
Kirkjufell

Included:
English speaking guide
Small Group (max 19 persons)
Caving Tour for 40 min
Caving Equipment (helmets, flashlights)
Wi-Fi on the minibus

What you need to bring: 
Warm Clothes
Rain Gear

Minimum age:
None

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Would you like to join an unforgettable Expedition to remote places with an awesome small group? Then this 2 day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is your choice.

Experience the charming Snæfellsnes in this two day excursion that takes you to the highlights of the peninsula, which often is referred to as miniature Iceland, for its diverse landscapes. You will be taken to geothermal areas, waterfalls, cultural sites, cliffs, beaches, caves and volcanic craters and witness the diverse bird and sea life in the area.

Day 1

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
Hraunfossar are hundreds of small streams falling out of a lava field into a glacier river. Right next to it are the so called “Childrens Falls” (Barnafoss) where a local mother removed a natural stone bridge after her children had been falling into the river on an icy day.

Deildartunguhver
A hot spring which releases 180 litres of boiling hot water per second. It is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and provides the surrounding farms and even two towns with geothermal heating and hot tap water. The steam can be seen long distance before you arrive.

Reykholt
This village was the intellectual center of Iceland in the Middle Ages hosting a big manuscript production. It was the home of the famous Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241), an important poet and politician who was the author of many books which are the foundation of the icelandic culture today. And he was one of the first Icelanders building his own geothermal pool.

Gerðuberg
The basalt columns at Gerðuberg form an imposing wall which is up to 15 metres (50 ft) high. From here you have a fantastic view to the surrounding mountains and some volcanic craters, for example Eldborg.

Northern Lights
Arriving at our hotel in Stykkishólmur you will move into your room, have Dinner and then meet your guide for further information about the Northern Lights. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good your guide will find a good spot to hunt the famous Aurora Borealis.

Day 2

Arnarstapi

This tiny fishing village has pittoresque coastal cliffs which derived by glowing magma hitting the wild waves of the atlantic ocean. Thousands of years later erosion has formed beautiful stone arcs and remarkable blow holes. We will have a walk along the sea shore and enjoy plenty of viewpoints.

Vatnshellir
This lava cave is 200 metres long and was formed in an eruption more than 5.000 years ago. It hosts a variety of impressing lava formations, including stalactites and stalagmites, and the bones of an arctic fox which was trapped in the cave by accident. We will meet our cave guide at the entrance and he will provide us with helmets and flashlights. Join us into the dark underworld of Iceland!

Lóndrangar
We will visit the 75 metre high rock pinnacles of basalt standing by the sea. They are hosting a variety of seabirds, for example northern fulmars and puffins. Among the locals it is believed that these rock formations are a sacred place for the hidden people.

Djúpalónssandur
A beach out of black volcanic sand and stones where Icelandic fishermen were rowing out onto the atlantic ocean for centuries. Still today we find the so called “lifting stones” which helped to evaluate applicants for the hard and physical fishing business. You can try to lift them yourself! In 1948 a british fishing trawler wrecked at the beach and metal parts of the vessel are still scattered in the sand.

Saxhóll
You have the option to walk up the stairs to the volcanic crater of Saxhóll and get a 360º view over the Snæfellsjökull National Park. The eruption which formed this crater happened more than 4,000 years ago.

Kirkjufell
This narrow mountain has become the iconic landmark of Snæfellsnes in recent years. Today’s shape was formed by the erosive power of the glaciers during the last ice age about 12,000 years ago. There is a beautiful waterfall next to it which completes your perfect photo of the mountain.

Explore the wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula with us for two full days!

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