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2-Day West Coast Tour | Snaefellsnes, Silver Circle & the Lava Cave

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Duration

    2 days/1 night

  • Start time

    Pickup takes place between 8:30am and 9am – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.

  • Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked up from selected hotels, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details.

    Please note that certain parts of Reykjavik centre are restricted for buses and if your accommodation is within that area then your pick up will be from the nearest bus stop.

  • Ending Point

    Same as starting point

Key Highlights

  • Visit the most stunning landscapes of West Iceland on a lively 2-day tour
  • Explore Borgarfjordur and Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Enjoy watching seals play on the beach and take in some amazing sights
  • Tour Snaefellsnes and its sea, sandy shores, waterfalls, imposing cliffs for hiking and photography and more
  • See the Glanni Waterfall, the hot springs of Deildartunguhver, and Hraunfossar, the lava waterfalls
  • Discover the Londrangar Cliffs, the Black Beach of Djupalonssandur and the Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus and USB chargers next to every seat
  • Enjoy the convenience of hotel transfers from Reykjavik

Overview

Discover the charms of West Iceland on a lively 2-day tour. Visit Borgarfjordur, believed to be the setting for many of the famous Icelandic Sagas. Deep in the heart of the pristine landscapes here, discover the most powerful hot springs in Europe, majestic waterfalls and delve into fascinating local Viking history. Spend time in an astonishing lava cave system that was created over a thousand years ago, filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and fascinating ice formations.

After an overnight stay in Borgarnes, the second day will be spent exploring the dazzling Snaefellsnes peninsula. Snaefellsnes is also known as “Iceland in Miniature” because the highlights of the country can all be found in this one area. Explore glittering glaciers, snow-covered volcanoes, black sand beaches, majestic mountains, quaint fishing villages, adorable seals, seabird colonies, and much more.

Itinerary

Day 1

The Silver Circle with Lava Caving:

After a hotel pick up from Reykjavik, embark on a scenic journey to Borgarfjordur. Admire the coastal scenery as you drive past Mount Esja and a road tunnel deep under Hvalfjordur to Borgarnes, the gateway to the region. There’ll be a quick stop here for refreshments and to admire the sweeping views of Hafnarfjall (Harbour mountain) and Skessuhorn mountain.

Then we leave the Ring Road behind and turn inland through fertile farmlands, crossing rapid rivers from the nearby Langjokull glacier, the second biggest in the country.

Visit Glanni, a charming waterfall in Bifrost – a place that you might have heard about when reading stories about Norse Mythology. Enjoy views over 3 volcanic craters called Grabrok, that rise above these fields.

Discover Deildartunguhver, the site of the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which pumps out more than 180 liters of boiling water every second.

Visit Reykholt, which is an historic site in Iceland’s folklore. See the Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), an archaeological gem and an old-time hot spring, where locals have bathed for hundreds of years.

See the Hraunfossar, which translates to the “Lava Waterfalls”, is a wide plateau waterfall, with several viewing platforms that allow you to see the cascades from many different positions.

There is another waterfall nearby, known as Barnafoss, or the “waterfall of the children”.

The highlight of the first day in West Iceland is a 1.5 hour expedition to the Lava Cave at Vidgelmir. It is easily the largest lava tunnel in the country. On the guided tour, see some incredible sights – delicate lava formations, ice crystals, stalactites and stalagmites.

Day 2

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

As soon as we leave Borgarnes and start our circuit around this 100km peninsula, the glacier-topped volcano called Snaefellsjokull comes into view. Snaefellsjokull was the inspiration for Jules Verne when he wrote “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, where the entrance to the planet’s core was thought to be located, and many people still think of Snaefellsnes as a very spiritual place.

Visit the Ytri Tunga seal colony and see these cute creatures as they laze around here on summer days on a golden sand beach.

The next stop is the Black Church – Budakirkja, famous for being built by a determined local woman, even though the church authorities didn’t think there was much need for one here.

Explore the ancient fishing hamlet of Arnastapi, see the towering Londrangar Cliffs, where awesome basalt columns cling to jagged 70-meter-high pillars, visit the stunning black sand beach of Djuplalonssandur, and discover the majestic Kirkjufell Mountain, featured in “Game of Thrones” as the “Arrowhead Mountain”, and seen in several Hollywood films.

Inclusions

  • Professional tour guided in English in a minibus
  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik 
  • Accommodation for 1 night in a double or a twin room with private bathroom and breakfast included
  • Entrance to Lava Cave
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus and USB chargers next to every seat

Exclusions

  • Lunch and dinner

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Please note

Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 2 around 6:30pm.

If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement of 7.000 ISK is mandatory. Please call the support team and pay for your upgrade.

Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible. Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise you can use luggage lockers that are located in the center Reykjavík. We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office, located in Fiskislóð 45, Space M. To avoid any delays on departure luggage must be in storage before pick-up time.

Additional 1500 ISK needs to be paid separately for renting hiking shoes directly to our local partner.

We suggest that you bring your warm, wind and waterproof clothes, hiking shoes, swim wear and camera.

Scheduled stops are provided so that you can buy lunch and dinner during the tour.

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