Best of west Iceland – Snæfellsnes, Ice-cave and Northern lights tour
On the best of west Iceland you see all most exciting places that western part of Iceland has to offer. This tour begins with a hotel pickup at 8am. We head west until we reach Husafell where we join a tour into the man-made Ice cave in Langjokull the second largest glacier in Iceland. The cave is the longest man-made Ice cave in the world. The duration of the glacier tour is about 3 – 3,5 hours, if you need extra clothes are provided for free on the spot.
After the glacier tour and lunch brake we stop to take a look at Hraunfossar (e. Lava waterfalls). A unique waterfall where the water flows from under a lava field over a distance about 900 meters. Deildartunguhver the hot spring that the most water flows out of in Europe 180/liters pr. second is well worth the stop and we take our time there.
Now it is time to start heading in the direction of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The first scheduled stop in Snæfellsnes is Gerduberg basalt columns, a cliff formed by a flowing basaltic lava cooled down by the sea. In summer from April – October we do a short hike through a beautiful lava field to find a surprise at the end of the trail.
After the refreshing hike our next destination is a quick stop with a great view when driving over the mountains to reach Stykkisholmur. We walk a bit to find a little waterfall hidden from the road where we can go behind. The hotel where we spend the night is located at Stykkisholmur a small fishing Village with a cute harbor and great restaurants. In winter when conditions allow we go out and try to catch the Northern lights over Kirkjufell mountain or just anywhere in the area.
Day 2 – After breakfast our first stop the next day is the Bjarnarhöfn Shark fishing museum (optional). Here you learn all about the Greenland shark and can have a bite of raw fermented shark meat an Icelandic delicacy. After the shark museum we pass through the small fishing town of Olafsvík to reach Kirkjufell mountain. At Kirkjufell we recommend walking up the path to get the iconic picture of the waterfalls and the mountain. Kirkjufell is among the most photographed mountains in Iceland and has appeared in Hollywood movies and in many Game of Thrones series.
Next we drive to the national park of Snæfellsnes where we explore the dramatic ocean cliffs where locals used to harvest eggs from birds, Svortuloft lighthouse and a yellow beach that stands out in the pitch black lava rocks. Next stop the black pebble beach Djupalonssandur with its rocky lava formations is a stunning location. This is a good spot to collect a smooth pebble rock to remember this tour and your time in Iceland.
We continue to Lóndrangar a uniquely formed basalt cliffs where we walk up a little hill to get the perfect view over the coast line. Only a few minutes away is Arnarstapi where we see Gatklettur a cliff with a circular arch. This is a good example how distinctive wave action erodes the rocks into arches. We have the option on hiking into Rauðfeldsgjá, a big natural crack in the mountains made by a river that leads you deep inside the mountain to a waterfall at the end. Finally it’s time to start heading back to the Reykjavik where we drop you off to your hotel.
Tour key information:
Duration: 2 days
Min people: 2
Max people: 6
Price 90.000 pr. person
clothing: water & windproof jackets and pants. Warm clothes and good hiking shoes.
- Tickets into the Ice cave.
- Hotel room with breakfast.
- Private guided 2-day tour
- Northern lights hunt (weather depending)
- All the best west Iceland has to offer
- Private tour by SUV vehicles
- 2 days