2 Day Snaefellsnes, Northern Lights & Kirkjufell Tour

About the tour


Day One

Starting from Reykjavik, join us on this breathtaking tour through Iceland's western coastline. Start the day being picked up at your hotel/guesthouse (or specified location) in Reykjavik. From there we will make our way towards the beautiful landscape of the Snaelfellsnes Peninsula which boasts countless natural wonders, unique landscapes and beautiful coastlines.

The first stop is the breathtaking Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall, located a short walk away from the equally beautiful Kirkjufell mountain, Iceland’s most photographed mountain. You will recognise it by it’s unique cone-shape. Kirkjufell is known as ‘Church Mountain’ as it resembles a church steeple and has acted as a landmark for seafarers and travellers over the centuries. This area is very photogenic, you might also recognise this location from Game of Thrones.

Continuing along the coast, we pass Gufuskalar before stopping at Djupalonssandur Black Sand Beach. This location was once a bustling fishing village, when Snaefellsnes Peninsula functioned as one of Iceland’s most active trading ports.

Walking down towards Djúpalónssandura Black Sand Beach you will notice four large stones of varying sizes weighing between 23kg (50lbs) and 155kg (342lbs), used as lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen. The stones are named Amlodi (useless), Halfdreattingur (weakling), Halfsterkur (half-strong) and Fullsterkur (full-strong). If you walk around the beach you may discover rusty iron remnants of the 1948 shipwrecked scattered along the beach.

Be sure to keep your eye out for the gigantic radio tower of Loranstodin, also known as Loren C.

Back in the jeep as we drive towards our hotel. When it starts to get dark we begin our hunt for the elusive Northern Lights which are difficult to predict and not guaranteed. Be patient and keep your fingers crossed for a phenomenal and memorable night. The Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear winters night, you will need to wrap up warm in wind and waterproof clothing. Remember to bring your camera gear and tripod for that memorable shot.


Day Two

The next morning, after breakfast, the journey continues towards Arnarstapi, a small fishing village on the southern coast of Sneafellsnes. Once in Arnarstapi you will get to marvel at the authentic and charming Icelandic houses, ragged cliffs and oceans views. The beach area here is also home to large colonies of arctic tern.

Next up we pass the Londrangar rock pinnacles at the base of Snaefellsjokull Glacier, otherwise referred to as the “journey to the centre of the Earth.” (Jules Verne).

From here we will start our drive back to Reykjavik passing through Borgarnes, another scenic town on the west coast with beautiful mountains and fjord, on the way. This might be a good opportunity to spot the Northern Lights so Keep an eye out for the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky. This natural phenomenon is hard to predict but on a clear winters night, there’s always a chance of a magical display of Northern Lights.


Accomodation

Our preferred accommodation partners for this tour are:

  • Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
  • Hotel Budir
  • Hotel Husafell


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

We offer pickup within Reykjavik: at hotels, guesthouses or alternative locations such as bus stations or car rental offices.

Please let us know of your pickup and drop off locations as soon as possible.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. For you feet, make sure you are wearing comfortable and sturdy walking/hiking shoes/boots/sneakers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof.
Please dress according to the season.  For more information on this, please see our F.A.Q.

This tour is scheduled to be 12 hours.   Please know this is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

The landowners do request a small donation if you would like to fill your water bottle up. This donation is used to help preserve the land around the mineral spring.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour.  Please know there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue.  Contact us for further information.

Yes, it is advised you bring along with you a camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature.  Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage due to rain by keeping it in a protective case.  We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

There is no food provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

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We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund. Single occupancy charge.

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