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Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Cave Exploration

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Journey across striking landscapes on Snæfellsnes peninsula and experience stunning natural beauty and breathtaking imagery. Marvel at the magnificence of Snæfellsjökull volcano, venture into the underworld of Snæfellsnes exploring lava caves, spot seals and a myriad of sea birds along the coast, and discover the rich heritage and fascinating history this mesmerizing area

Highlights

  • Journey across striking landscapes on Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • The magnificence of Snæfellsjökull volcano
  • The idyllic fishing village of Arnarstapi
  • Exploring Vatnshellir lava tube cave
  • The tranquil, black-pebbled beach of Djúpalónssandur
  • Grundarfjörður and the picturesque Kirkjufell mountain
  • Spotting seal and myriad of sea birds
  • Rich heritage and fascinating history

Inclusions

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off for hotels, guesthouses and bus stops
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Caving tour in Vatnshellir cave
  • Professional tour guide

Please Note

  • Minimum age for cave tour is 5 years
LANGUAGES
  • Our tours are by default guided in English. More languages are available as follows:
  • German: Mondays (All year)
  • Mandarin: Fridays (All year)

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Nov 28 2018
Good tour all round and the cave exploration was great
Nov 28 2018
Guide was terrific. He told us historical information and entertaining folklore.
Nov 15 2018
Excellent trip with great scenery and great lava tunnel experience
Nov 08 2018
We were extremely lucky with the weather and our guide exploited that to the fullest. We made so many stops, whether for a set time or even just an instant photo, that it was never boring waiting between things to do.
Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This tour takes you west from Reykjavik on a scenic route to Borgarfjörður and the village of Borgarnes where a short stop will be made for refreshments.

Shortly after entering Snæfellsnes peninsula, by Ytri-Tunga Farm you‘´ll get a chance to spot local wildlife at the beach which is home to a seal colony and variety of sea birds.

Next up is a visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi village where you‘ll take a walk to view the extraordinary landscape along the precipitous shoreline before continuing to the small village of Hellnar where a break will be made for lunch.

After lunch the tour continues to Vatnshellir lava tube cave that lies in the Snæfellsjökull National Park, close to where Jules Verne located his entrance for the “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.

Exploring Vatnshellir you‘ll plunge into a subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, and strange lava formations that, in the glow of your headlight, form eerie shapes and shadows flickering across the walls of the cave.

From the dark underworld of Vatnshellir the tour takes you to Djúpalónssandur, a tranquil, black-pebbled beach that offers beautiful views out to the sea and fascinating history.

Leaving Djúpalónssandur you‘ll travel past striking landscapes to the north coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula to Grundarfjordur fishing village. Surrounded by exceptionally beautiful mountains Grundarfjörður is home to one of the peninsula‘s most iconic and photographed landmarks, the symmetrical mountain Kirkjufell that towers 1500 ft. up from the shoreline.

Out of Grundarfjörður the route lies across Berserkjahraun lava fields that according to Viking legends was where two Swedish "Berserks" forged Iceland‘s first road and over to the south side of the peninsula through Vatnaleið pass.

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Pickup Info

Please present your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure.

Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal at Skarfabakki is the central departure point for our tours.

Pick up and drop off
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

Need assistance?
Our call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: 354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is

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