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Iceland Excursion: Snæfellsnes

Ready to explore Iceland this winter?

A visit to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula should be on your must-do list.  Think waterfalls, lava fields, beaches, fishing villages, a glacier and mountains!

When: We visited in March 2022. This excursion would be great in the summer or winter.

Where: The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is 156km north-west of Reykjavik.

Who: We booked this through one of our suppliers, Reykjavik Excursions.

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What we did?

The day started early and we made our way to the coach terminal used by Reykjavik Excursions. (All of which can be booked through ourselves). Their coaches are equipped with large snow worthy tires perfect for Iceland’s unpredictable weather conditions.

Highlights of the 12 hour trip include:

  • Borgarnes a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður near the entry of Snæfellsnes National park.
  • Ytri Tunga – An unusual beach for Iceland with golden sands as opposed to the iconic black. Depending on the weather (we went in the middle of winter) and got blown away! However. we got to see a seal colony relaxing on the shores and rocks. We also saw whale bones!

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  • Djúpalónssandur black sand beach directly under the Snæfellsjökull glacier offering fabulous views.
  • Hólahólar an ancient crater cluster one of which is formed like a giant amphitheatre.
  • Ólafsvík a small traditional fishing town to the north of the peninsular.

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  • Kirkjufell the iconic 463 m high hill in the north of the peninsular with an impressive waterfall nearby. Many recognise it from an early episode of Game Of Thrones featuring Jon Snow (north of the wall!

Food & Drink & Trolls!

It's a long journey, but there were plenty of rest stops along the way.  We decided to go to a delightful cafe called St Pinn for lunch, which is nestled by the foothills of Snaefellsnes glacier at Arnarpatapi!  The homemade soup is delicious and a great way to warm up!  This coastal headland is famous for its stone statue of Bardur Snaefellsas, who was a troll who was believed to live in a nearby cave! (A lot of Icelanders believe in trolls & you will hear lots about them on this excursion).

Top Tops:

1. Bring a power bank to keep your phone charged for all of the photos!

2. In winter, wear lots of layers.

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