Snaefellsnes Tour – Iceland in Miniature

Come and see Iceland in Miniature. This volcano tour will lead you to the Snæfellsjökull volcano in which Journey to the Center of the Earth starts. It can be seen on clear days from Reykjavík in a distance of 120 km away. We will visit a beach near the abandoned farm Ytri Tunga, which is well-known for its seal colony. We will walk along the cliffs of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. It was an important trading post in the past. It’s a real fairies tour. At Snæfellsnes peninsula tour there are elves behind every rock. Today, the amazing cliffs along the coastline are occupied by myriads of birds, kittiwakes, fulmars and razorbills and many others nest in the area.  Continuing by the road 574, we will find Londrangar, a pair of rock pinnacles and the black beach of Djuopalónssandur. Before return form Snaefellsnes Tour we will stop at the magnificent mountain Kirkjufell, a beautifully shaped and a symmetric, free standing mountain on the northern coastline of the Snaefell’s Peninsula to the west of the Grundarfiord Bay.

  • Duration

    9 – 10 hours

  • Available

    Wednesday and Friday

  • Pick up

    between 8:00 – 8:45 AM

  • Price

    Children 0-5 years :: Free *
    Children 6-14 years :: 9.900 ISK
    Adults 14+ years :: 17.500 ISK

  • Details
    • FREE pickup from hotel
    • limit of one free child seat per adult
    • guidance
    • bottled water
    • free WiFi on board
    • lunch is not included (we will make a lunch stop).

Main sights:

  • Ytri Tunga – seal colony
  • Arnastapi – fairy tale cliffs
  • Hellnar – unique rock formations
  • Londrangar, a pair of rock pinnacles
  • Djúpalónssandur, black lava pearl beach
  • Kirkjufell, ‘Church Mountain’

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Ytri Tunga

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Arnastapi

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Hellnar

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Londrangar

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Djúpalonssandur

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Kirkjufell

Ytri Tunga

Lovely seal colony

The Snaefellsnes Tour will take you to the beach near the abandoned farm. It´s not common to see yelow-sanded beaches in Iceland like this one. The seals are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks. Sometimes you have to be patient and wait for them. There can be spotted harbour and grey seals.

Arnastapi

half a man and half an ogre named Bardar lived here

Fishing hamlet at the foot of the low Mt. Stapafell on the southern side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The cliffs along the coastline are occupied by myriads of birds, kittiwakes, fulmars and razorbills and many others nest in the area. The lava field is called Hellnahraun, and its coast where at its westernmost edge can be found the ancient small village of Hellnar is a natural preserve. Along the coast there are some unique rock formations to be seen. The waves of the ocean play along with the sun and the daylight to produce a natural show.

Hellnar

There is quite a large arctic tern colony.

Three blowholes, connected with the sea, open up on the way.

According to the Icelanders, Columbus didn´t discover América. In fact, they affirm that he visit Snaefellness peninsula in 1477, for learn about the Vikings conquests in the  New World. He was really surprised for the fact that one woman, Gudridur Porbjarnadóttit, was buried in the pantheon of famous explorers. She was born in Hellnar, and s beautiful sculpture points the place where her farm was. She was one of the first ones who arrive to Terranova (Canada) and she even had a son there. Afterwards, she converts to the Catholicism, and went to to Rome for get an interview with the pope for explain him about her discoverings around the world.

Londrangar

At 75 and 61 m tall, they are a singular sight, rising above and outside the ocean.

a pair of rock pinnacles

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.

Djúpalónssandur

Sandy beach and bay on foot of Snæfellsjökull

There are remains of the Grimsby fishing trawler that was wrecked there on March 13, 1948.

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.

Kirkjufell

Mt. Kirkjufell (463m) or “Church Mountain” is one of the most photogenic hills in the Iceland.

On Snaefellsnes Tour you will see beautifully shaped and a symmetric, free standing mountain. The creation of this mountain can be traced to the latest cold epoch of the ice age, when the glaciers and their rivers were seriously carving out the landscape. The landscape of the northern part of the peninsula was gradually shaped during the last one million years.  Danish seafarers who frequently visited  this part of the country in the past called Mt Kirkjufell “The Sugar Top”.