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Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Cave Exploration

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Travel across striking landscapes, experience the magnificence of Snæfellsjökull volcano and venture into the underworld of the Snæfellsnes peninsula

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

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service for major hotels in Reykjavik
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Caving tour in Vatnshellir cave
  • Professional tour guide

Please Note

  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour
LANGUAGES:
  • Our tours are by default guided in English. More languages are available as follows:
  • German: Mondays (All year)

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Apr 27 2017
Absolutely wonderful!!! Great stops for taking pictures along with wonderful stories about the history - definitely worth every penny!
Apr 24 2017
Really Complete and professional
Apr 23 2017
This was a fantastic tour, so much to see and experience! As luck would have it, this was a smaller group so plenty of chances to chat with other travellers. Our guide (Mr Puffin) was friendly and provided funny and informative commentary but also left plenty of quiet time to appreciate the beautiful scenery (on another tour the guide talked non-stop which was exhausting). Weather gods smiled upon us so this was a perfect day! Be sure to budget generously for the lunch and tea breaks - the soup and cakes are worth it!
Apr 07 2017
Amazing!! Absolutley love it! Thank you Gray Line, thank you Iceland!
Itinerary

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 brake 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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Redemption Instructions

Please present a printed copy of your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure. If for any reason you cannot print your voucher, then show your digital copy or e-mail confirmation.

Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar is the central departure point for our tours.

Pick up and drop off
Our pick up coaches collect passengers from over 160 hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik and deliver to the Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar for check in.

Pick up from hotels and guesthouses 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.

To help ensuring the quickest possible collection we kindly ask you to stand by for pick up in front of your hotel or guest house when pick up starts. Boarding the pick-up coach please present your tour voucher.

Tour status
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Returning from your tour
On return you'll be dropped off at the pickup point you were collected from or at the closest possible point.

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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