A pleasant super jeep day tour around the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula: a paradise for sea&bird life and home of the glacier-covered volcano Snaefellsjokull
Snaefellsnes Peninsula Super jeep day tour
PRICE: 39.000 Isk per person.
DURATION: 10 - 11 hours.
DEPARTURES: from beginning/mid. of April to mid-Nov, daily, at 08:30 - 09:00.
PICK UP: from your accommodation/ hotel/ guest house.
INCLUDED: picnic, snacks & refreshments.
Min. 3 - Max. 5 passengers.
We depart from Reykjavik in the morning, pass the town of Borganes and take a quick stop at Borg i Myrum, where once stood the old farm of Egill Skallagrimsson (910-990), Iceland’s best known Viking.
From there, we drive on to the southern arm of Snaefellsnes Peninsula until we reach another place of interest: the beach near the abandoned farm of Ytri Tunga, well known for its seal colony.
The next stop is the picturesque Budir-estuary with its unusual golden sand beaches, surrounded by vegetated lava fields and green countryside.
We continue our tour, passing Öxl, the location of an old Icelandic crime story, where the infamous serial killer Axlar Bjorn robbed and murdered travellers in the late 16th century.
As we drive up a steep, rocky mountain road that we’ll take us to edge of the majestic Snæfellsjökull ice-cap, the beautiful coastal scenery gives space to impressive lava formations, craters and mountains; the landscape has a mystical beauty and the view from the foothills of the glacier is magnificent: it extents to the West Fjord and over the Peninsula, with the glittering blue Ocean as background.
Snæfellsjökull is, indeed, one of Iceland most emblematic site: known to have magical powers, home of elves and trolls, the glacier has been for centuries the source of many folktales and novels, including the famous Jules Verne’s book “A Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
After a short walk on the snow-covered volcano, we head down to the seaside and stop at the little village of Arnastapi, where we take and easy hike to enjoy the surroundings: strange rock formations, columnar basalt and caves scattered by the Ocean make the area unique. Arnastapi and the close village of Hellnar are also known for their scenic cliffs rich in bird-life: Arctic Terns are among the many species that can be seen there, while Puffins and Fulmars nest on the nearby Londrangar sea cliffs.
Our next place of interest is Djupalonssandur, a haunted bay closed in between high cliffs. The area features: mysterious rock formations, “The Ghost Cave” Draugahellir and the famous “lifting Stones” which, in the old days, were used by fisherman to measure their strength. A short walk on the bay’s black sand beach to explore the area is highly recommended!!
We continue our tour along the northern shoreline of the Peninsula, where vertical cliffs, peculiar sea stacks and local fishing villages create an amazing scenery.
Before driving back to Reykjavik, we stop in the proximity of Grundarfjordur (a small fishing town) to enjoy the view of the stunning Mount Kirkjufell, considered to be Iceland’s most iconic mountain, and the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.
The tour itinerary is flexible and it can be altered due to adverse weather conditions…better to be safe than sorry!!
The tour is usually operated from beginning/mid April to mid-Nov.