Snæfellsnes Peninsula, located in the West of Iceland, only a couple of hours’ drive from Reykjavik, is by far one of my favorite places to visit in Iceland.
Often referred to as „Iceland in a nutshell “, Snæfellsnes has everything Iceland has to offer: a beautiful glacier, lava fields, amazing rock formations, caves, black and golden beaches, great birdlife, charming fishing villages and beautiful mountains.
I go there quite often and never get tired of it, Snæfellsnes is in my opinion a very special place that you should not miss if you are visiting Iceland, you cannot miss Snæfellsnes! A guided day tour will take you to some of the most interesting and popular places such as Kirkjufell, Snæfellsjökull and Arnarstapi, with a private tour you will be able to explore more and get to know the more hidden spots with their history and legends. Snæfellsness can be enjoyed in every season but my favorite time of year to visit the peninsula is the summertime, when the Icelandic colors are at their best.
Búðir black church
A visit to Snæfellsnes is not complete without a stop to admire Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed and beautiful mountains in Iceland. Located in the small village of Grundarfjorður, this famous „church mountain“ is indeed the perfect spot for a great picture, especially if you cross the bridge and walk to the waterfalls on the opposite side of the road.
Another big favorite of mine is the lovely town of Stykkishólmur, a fishing village located on the Northern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula with a lot of old colorful buildings and a lovely harbor from where I have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets in Iceland. The Snæfellsnes day tour will not take you to Stykkishólmur but IcelandPremiumTous can take you there on a private tour.
On the Snæfellsnes Tour you will of course get to see the magnificent Snæfellsjökull, the famous glacier from where Jules Verne‘s Journey to the Center of the Earth starts. This is said to be one of the seven chakras (energy centers) in the world.
And right at the foot of the glacier is another one of my favorite places in Iceland, Arnarstapi, a tiny old fishing village with a charming natural harbor from where you can walk along the coastline admiring stunning sea cliffs that are home to large bird colonies over the summer. There is a nice path that connects Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where you walk along the sea cliffs and through lava…pure magic!
These are just some of the beautiful places you can visit on a Snæfellsnes day tour from Reykjavik but there is a lot more like the Djúpalónssandur black beach, the golden beach of Breiðafjörður, Ytri Tunga’s seal colony, waterfalls and other Icelandic wonders.
So, if you are looking for a great day tour from Reykjavik that is not the usual Golden Circle, I would definitely recommend a trip to the amazing Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you can experience the Icelandic magic and get close to its stunning nature.
Text: Elisa Maccagnoni – Iceland premium tours