A scenic 2 day winter tour around Snaefellsnes peninsula offering stunning and varied landscape, fantastic waterfalls, historic sight and an easy cave exploration as well a Northern Lights hunt.
The tour begins when we drive to Hvalfjordur fjord where we enjoy some very nice views in this peaceful place. Driving over the “Dragi” mountainpass will take us to Skorradaulur valley where we will find a beautiful lake. Next stop is Deildartunguhver hot spring, known for having the highest flow of any hot spring in Europe.
Reykholt is a little village in the valley of Reykholtssdalur where Snorri Sturluson, author of the Edda Sagas and one of Iceland's most significant people in historic times, lived. As a poet and a politician, he left a legacy that is invaluable to modern day scholars.
It’s safe to say that one of the highlights of this tour is probably Hraunfossar Falls.
The Hraunfossar Falls consists of a series of small streams that originate from under the Hallmundarhraun lava field and pour into the River Hvítá, a truly spectacular sight.
A stone's throw upstream from the Hraunfossar Falls we will find the Barnafoss waterfall that translates to "the Waterfall of the Children". A sad tales says that two children form a nearby farm fell to their death while crossing over the waterfall on a natural bridge. It is said that the grief stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.
We will then continue to the valley of Hnappadalur, passing the magnificent crater of Eldborg. Along the way we will see Gerðuberg an impressive wall of beautiful basalt columns, it really is incredible. In Hnappadalur valley we will also find a mineral well called Rauðamelsölkelda where will sample this excellent mineral water. Last but not least we will have a look at a very beautiful waterfall in this area.
On route to our accommodation for the night we will cross Vegamot, an important crossroad, drive over Vatnaleið and through the lava of the Berserks, a road which is believed to be one of the first man-made roads built by two Swedish Berserk men.
We continue our journey around the peninsula of Snaefellsnes.
On our way to Ólafsvík we will pass the iconic mountain Kirkjufell as well as the quiet fishing villages of Rif and Hellisandur on the northern side of the peninsula.
We make a stop at the long wave radio mast at Gufuskálar.
We then continue our journey to the tip of the peninsula at Öndverðanes, where the scenery is very beautiful.
If we have enough time, we will explore the Svörtuloft cliffs and the orange lighthouse before we continue to explore the area around the glacier of Snaefellsjokull.
The black-sand beaches
The next stop will be the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík where debris of two shipwrecks from some decades ago is still spread along the beach. These beaches are stunning with unusual cliff formations and black pebbles. If time allows, we will take a 30 minute hike along the coastline connecting the two beaches to see the amazing scenery in this area.
We will then travel on to Hellnar, a nice little village were we will enjoy seeing the cliffs, seabirds and beautiful views towards the sea and to the glacier of Snæfellsjökull. From Hellnar we drive to the fishing village of Arnarstapi (Eagle's Cliff) to enjoy the extraordinary shoreline. The scenery is beautiful and unusual with some fantastic basalt rock formations.
One of the tour highlights is this easy cave exploration in the National Park of Snæfellsnes.
** There's no need to be in any particular physical condition to explore Cave Vatnshellir. Helmets, gloves and torches are provided to all travelers during this guided visit **
Visiting this beautiful cave offers a unique experience. In the total darkness of the lava cave most sense shut down and the sense of smell becomes dominant, deep underground there is absolutely no sound.
Arnarstapi fishing village
At the beach of Arnarstapi, we will see a sculpture of Bárður Snæfellsás, who was half human and half ogre.
From Arnarstapi we drive to Rauðfeldsgjá ravine were we will enjoy a short hike into the ravine.
From Rauðfeldsgjá we will drive back towards Reykjavik. If we are lucky we might see a display of the northern lights, aurora borealis. It is also possible that we might include some extra hiking if the weather and circumstances are suitable.