Private Tour - Magnificent Snaefellsnes National Park
Enjoy an unforgettable day in the Snaefellsnes National Park, a magical mix of all the best that Iceland has to offer.
What to expect
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is often called “Iceland in Miniature”, with glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, black sand beaches and an enormous snow-capped volcano all contained in one peninsula just a short drive away.
The tour will start with a pickup in Reykjavik and after a refreshment stop in Borgarnes, you’ll soon spot the highest volcano in the area, Snaefellsjokull with its magnificent snowy crown.
Snaefellsnes translates as “Snow Mountain Peninsula” and it’s the place that inspired Jules Verne to write “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
Your own magical journey will pass many isolated farms where there are only Icelandic horses and a few seabirds for company.
Ytri Tunga Seal Colony
Our first stop on the peninsula is at Ytri-Tunga, where a seal colony can be found on a nearby beach in the summer – we’ll show you where to find them!
Black Church - Budakirkja
Then we will spend some time at the beautiful black 19th-century church of Budakirkja. People come here from all over the world to get married!
Arnarstapi – fishing village and sea arches
Atlantic waves crash offshore at the old fishing village of Arnarstapi, which is our next stop. The sea air will refresh you as you stroll along the cliffs to take stunning pictures like these, the marvelous sea arch of Gatklettur – the “Rock with a Hole”.
The next sights on our tour are the towering basalt columns of Londrangar, where puffins spend their summer months fishing. Watch out for the Arctic terns, who often dive-bomb people if they get too close to their nests!
Black Beach of Djupalonssandur
We’ll also take you to Djupalonssandur, another gorgeous black sand beach where you’ll be able to walk through lava fields to the ocean.
Here you’ll also find another curiosity – four large smooth stones. These are the famous “Lifting Stones,” used by the locals to test the strength of the fishermen here.
The biggest one is called “Fullsterkur” (Full Strength) and weighs more than 150kg (340lb)!
Next is “Halfsterkur” (Half Strength) at 100kg (220lb), then “Halfdraettingur” (Weakling) at 54kg (119lb) and then finally, “Amlodi” (Useless) at 23kg (50lb).
If a fisherman wanted to work, he had to show that he could at least lift the 54kg Halfdraettingur stone – anything less was just not good enough!
Try your strength! Would you have been able to go fishing with the Vikings?
We are now inside the second biggest National Park in Iceland, on our way to our last stop, Kirkjufell.
Kirkjufell – the most photographed mountain in Iceland!
This is one of the most popular places for a photo in all of Iceland, as Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) rises high with its almost triangular shape, which will be well-known to “Game of Thrones” fans as the Arrowhead mountain. There are many great spots to take an extraordinary photograph here – we’ll show you where!
Then we return to Reykjavik – your journey around “Iceland in Miniature” is complete!
Know Before You Go
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