JEEP TOUR OF THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA
Sightseeing, Nature excursion
With its fishing villages, picturesque landscape and glaciers, the Snæfellsnes peninsula never ceases to amaze. On board our Jeeps, we will travel the length and breadth of this land steeped in mystery and surprise.
What we will see
- Snæfellsnes peninsula
- Snæfellsjökull glacier
- Skardsvík beach
- Saxhóll crater
- Malarif, Hellnar and Arnarstapi
- Raudfeldsgjá ravine
What we will do
- We will climb into our jeeps and embark on an exciting tour along the rugged coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, made famous by Jules Verne who set the 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' here.
- Through a series of small fishing villages, we will admire the lower parts of Snæfellsjökull glacier, which will amaze us with its stunning icy scenery.
- We will stop at Skardsvík beach, an enclave surrounded by black volcanic rocks where the white sand stands out in stark contrast against the blue sea. A Viking tomb dating back to the 10th century BC was found here.
- Our journey will continue to Saxhóll crater, which cuts into the plain and is surrounded by lava fields. A short climb will take us to the top where we can admire the endless views.
- We will stop at Djúpalónssandur for a short walk along a pebble beach lapped by the Atlantic Ocean; the strange rock formations all along the shore have, over the centuries, given rise to legends which give this place its mysterious charm.
- Our next destination is the small village of Malarif, home to a lighthouse that has played a crucial role for decades for Icelandic fishermen in these remote parts.
- We will then head to Hellnar where we will stop briefly to take photographs and stretch our legs.
- Next we will reach the fishing village of Arnarstapi, which lies immersed in an impressive landscape of lava formations inhabited by a large variety of birds. There we will enjoy a refreshing walk and admire the area's fascinating geological phenomena.
- Our final destination will be Raudfeldsgjá, a steep, straight chasm that narrows gradually until disappearing into the rocky wall. A stream runs along the bottom of the ravine and we will have several chances to glimpse it between the sheer rock faces covered in lush green moss. The climb takes around 30 minutes but the landscapes that seem like they're from another world make it all worthwhile.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- This excursion is conducted in English.