Off the Beaten Track Iceland

Reykjavik & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

From $9300 per person in low season

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  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Price based on two people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • Discover the real Iceland away from the tourist trail

  • Combine the buzz of Reykjavik with the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the Snaefellsnes peninsula

  • The ideal summer itinerary, spend your days hiking or horse riding along the Snaefellsnes peninsula's grassy coastal trails

  • Experience traditional Icelandic hospitality at its best

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This itinerary is best in the summer months, when the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is easily explored and many of the activities are possible, including whale watching.

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Itinerary

Discover Iceland away from the tourist trail on this six-night itinerary. Experience the charm of Reykjavik before heading to the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, one of the country's hidden gems, to stay at a traditional Icelandic hotel and guesthouse.

  1. Fly to Reykjavik

  2. Days 1-2: Reykjavik

    Begin your Icelandic adventure in style – on arrival you'll be picked up from the airport and taken to one of the country's most iconic spots, the Blue Lagoon. Here you can completely unwind after your flight and enjoy the restorative properties of silica mud masks in the bright blue geothermally-heated waters.

    After a relaxing dip, continue on to Reykjavik, Iceland’s picturesque capital city. Spend a night at the heart of the city and explore Reykjavik’s colorful streets, home to charming boutiques, lively bars and fine dining restaurants.

    Accommodation: Hotel Borg (1 night)

  3. Days 2-3: Snaefellsnes and western Iceland

    The following morning, your adventure begins as you are driven west towards the beautiful Hvalfjördur and the remote Snaefellsnes peninsula. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on the way, and you'll have the option to stop and admire some of Iceland's famous geological formations. Hike up to Glýmur, Iceland's highest waterfall, peer over the edge of the unique Eldborg crater, or head to the beach to spot seals swimming nearby. Once you've reached Snaefellsnes it's time to jump in the saddle for a riding lesson on Icelandic horses, known for their unique trot.

    Your first evening on the Snaefellsnes peninsula is spent at the quaint Hotel Budir, boasting a dramatic setting on a lava field overlooking the sea. The cosy rooms and excellent food provide the perfect tonic this evening, and you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery under the Midnight Sun.

    Accommodation: Hotel Budir (1 night)

  4. Days 3-5: Snaefellsnes and western Iceland

    The next day, you’ll continue your exploration of the fascinating Snaefellsnes Peninsula. You’ll spend your final two nights here at Hotel Egilsen, an incredibly charming guesthouse in the small fishing village of Stykkishólmur on the northern coast of the peninsula.

    With your private guide you'll wonder at the basalt cliffs, canyons and holes on Arnarstapi beach before taking in the wonderful scenery at Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík black sand beaches, where shipwrecks are still scattered along the coast. Pay a visit to picturesque fishing villages and admire the iconic Kirkjufell mountain, then head out onto the water in search of whales. The Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the best locations to spot sperm whales and orcas in Iceland, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises.

    The following day, hop on the ferry to charming Flatey Island, one of Iceland's western islands in Breidafjördur Bay. Flatey is home to just a handful of inhabitants, but an abundance of birdlife, making for a great location to spot Arctic terns. Wander through the village and enjoy the scenery before returning to the mainland and Hotel Egilsen.

    Accommodation: Hotel Egilsen (2 nights)

  5. Days 5-6: Snaefellsnes and western Iceland

    Next, you’ll return inland, passing through the stunning Borgarfjordur on the way. This picturesque fjord offers some of Iceland's most spectacular waterfalls such as Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and is home to the most powerful geothermal hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Continue on to the huge Langjokull glacier, where you'll descend through bright blue ice caves in a truly unique adventure to the depths of the glacier.

    Spend a night at the contemporary Hotel Husafell before continuing your journey south, stopping to explore the Vidgelmir lava tube and view its fascinating rock formations. You'll learn about how the cave was formed and its fascinating history dating back over a thousand years.

    Accommodation: Hotel Husafell (1 night)

  6. Days 6-7: Reykjavik

    Finally, return to Reykjavik, where your last night is free to continue exploring this charming city. Visit some of Reykjavik’s beautiful landmarks such as the glittering Harpa concert hall and the impressive Hallgrimskirkja, or sample one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.

    Accommodation: Hotel Borg (1 night)

  7. Fly home from Reykjavik

Experiences

  • Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

    One of the world's most unique spas, Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an outdoor, geo-thermally heated spa providing an amazing experience that cannot be missed when visiting Iceland.

  • Borgarfjordur and into the glacier

    Explore the beautiful west coast of Iceland, discovering its incredible scenery, impressive waterfalls and the breathtaking Langjokull glacier. Venture deep into the glacier itself, walking through fascinating ice caves, for a truly unique experience.

  • Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    On this tour pass through the traditional fishing villages perched on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula's coast. Visit the Shark Museum where you can sample traditional Icelandic shark and stop at Ölkelda where naturally carbonated water springs from the ground.

  • Ferry to Flatey Island

    Charming Flatey sits in a cluster of around forty western islands in Breiðafjördur Bay. A short ferry from Stykkisholmur takes you to this characterful Icelandic village, with opportunities for hiking and an abundance of birdlife.

  • Horse riding in Iceland

    Known for their distinctive trot, Icelandic horses offer a unique horse riding experience. A completely pure breed, introduced to the island during the Viking settlement, these horses are perfect for both beginners and advanced riders alike.

  • Lava tube caving

    Explore the hidden side of Iceland, through the country's largest lava tube, Vidgelmir. Formed by lava draining from a volcano, lava tubes are intriguing caves dating back thousands of years, and make for a fascinating experience.

  • Whale watching from Snaefellsnes

    The Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west of Iceland is regarded as one of the best places to observe orca whales in their natural habitat. In the summer, you may spot an array of other whale species too, including minke and humpback whales.

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