All year round
08:00 – 08:30 AM
Everything is included, except lunch which can be bought on the way
What to bring
Warm clothes according to weather and a camera.
Vatnshellir lava cave
Djúpalónssandur black beach
Kirkjufell and Kirkjufell waterfall
Snæfellsnes: A trip with a lot of geology and history – Tour program
8 AM – REYKJAVÍK
Pick up at your hotel around 8:00 AM or meet us at Harpa Opera House at 8.20 AM.
Gerðuberg is beautiful column basalt formations, with columns up to 14 meters of hight and 1 – 1.5 meters in diameter.
Arnarstapi is a small fishing village on the southern side of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is known for its sculpture of Bárðr, who was a half human and half ogre. His mother was human, but his father was half giant and half troll. Bárðr, his wife and his daughters emigrated to Iceland and came to shore in Djúpalón. Bárðr and his family lived in the area and the legend says that after losing his daughter, he gave away his land and vanished into the Snæfellsjökull ice cap. He became the “guardian spirit” of the Snæfellsnes area and was worshipped by the locals in many years to come.
VATNSHELLIR LAVA CAVE
Vatnshellir lava cave is a lava tube in an 8000-year lava field. The lava was formed in an eruption in a nearby crater Purkhólar. During the eruption the lava flowed downhill, cooling down on the surface while still running below, ultimately draining out and leaving a beautiful lava tube, which is now accessible.
Hellnar is a small and ancient fishing village. The beach has an amazing rock formation which we will visit.
DJÚPALÓNSSANDUR BLACK BEACH
Djúpalónssandur black beach is a bay at the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The black small pebbles on the beach have been smoothed by the ocean waves, and amongst them are scattered rusty parts of a wreckage of a ship that stranded in the area in 1948. In the old days, fishermen used to test their strength by lifting heavy rocks, that still lie there. Heaviest is Fullsterkur (“full strength”), weighing 154 kg, next is Hálfsterkur (“half strength”) weighing 100 kg, hálfdrættingur (“weakling”) weighing 54 kg and Amlóði (“Useless”) 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify.
Lóndrangar cliffs are rock peaks that have formed by erosion of the surrounding material. Lóndrangar is volcanic plugs of basalt, at 75 and 61 meters in height.
KIRKJUFELL AND KIRKJUFELL WATERFALL
Kirkjufell and Kirkjufell waterfall. Kirkjufell, located on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, and with the Kirkjufell waterfall in the vicinity makes a wonderful nature stop.
8 PM – REYKJAVÍK