(2 days/1 night) Tour Code: WG416
£360 per person (small group tour by minibus, minimum age 6)
This tour explores the beautiful Snæfellsnes Pensinsula which, with its varied and stunning landscapes, can be described as “Iceland in miniature”. After a pick-up from your accommodation in (09:00 – 09:30), you head west to Hvalfjordur, a peaceful fjord set in a dramatic landscape. Travelling over a mountain pass, you reach the valley of Skorradalur, with its crystalline lake and legends of a monster. You will also visit Deildartunguhver, which has the largest flow of any hot spring in Europe at over 180 litres per second. Your next stop is at the village of Reykholt, which was home to Snorri Sturluson, poet, politician and author of the Edda Sagas. One of the most significant people in Iceland’s history, his work left records of the Old Norse language and medieval Icelandic mythology which are invaluable to modern day scholars.
Other highlights today include the waterfalls of Hraunfossar, and Barnafoss (“the Waterfall of the Children”) whose name derives from a tragic accident said to have taken place there. Continuing past a magnificent volcanic crater, an impressive wall of basalt columns, a mineral spring and colourful rhyolite mountains, you reach your accommodation for the night, a guesthouse on the coast near a wide sandy beach where seals can be spotted.
Day 2 will feature more waterfalls, quaint fishing villages and short hikes to see dramatic cliffs, ravines, caves, basalt columns and black sand beaches. A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Vatnshellir lava cave, which was created in a volcanic eruption around 7,000 years ago. Exploring the upper section of the cave is easy and requires no great level of fitness. The lower section is reached by a long, narrow staircase. Helmets, gloves and torches are provided but sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are essential. Your journey continues past the long wave radio mast at Hellissandur which, at 412m high, was once the tallest man-made structure in Europe, and via fishing villages, small fjords and a lava field, before turning south for the return to .
You have the choice of being taken directly to your accommodation (arriving between 20:00 and 21:00) or setting out to search for the Northern Lights. This expedition is free-of-charge and includes a stop at a restaurant where you can buy dinner or light refreshments. Afterwards, the drop off at your accommodation is likely to be between 00:00 and 01:00.
Departures: September – April (daily)