Western Region, Iceland
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Our most recommended Western Region, Iceland Day Trips

  • From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

    1. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

    Depart Reykjavik and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to experience Iceland's diverse natural beauty in a single area. Take in the dramatic landscape of volcanic peaks, sea cliffs, golden beaches and sparkling fjords. Visit charming fishing villages, such as Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Admire the spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, including Kirkjufell and Ljósufjöll. Cast your eyes on the black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur, see the majestic glacier of Snæfellsjökull. Tour at a leisurely pace and experience the magnificent scenery of the peninsula at ease. The 10-hour tour takes in a variety of landscapes in a compact region, immortalized by Jules Verne in his book, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth." 

    This was a fantastic tour. You spend a lot of time on the road but you get to see so much in just one day. The landscapes are awe-inspiring as are the tales that accompany them. Peter, the guide, told us histories, myths, and legends along the way. Mount Kirkjufell is breathtaking. My best photos of the trip came from this place.

  • Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

    2. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

    Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local art...

    I did this experience on the 12th September. The driver was wonderful, he was a great communicator, very helpful and happy to answer any questions. I learned a lot about the history of the area. The van had USB ports and wifi and was very comfortable. The tour was similar as a lot of others, you some of the many waterfalls of Iceland. What made it special was the visit to Husafell, the original strongman stone and the hot pools nearby.

  • Húsafell: Langjökulll Glacier Ice Cave Tour

    3. Húsafell: Langjökulll Glacier Ice Cave Tour

    Experience Iceland’s second-largest glacier from the inside and enjoy the rare sight of blue ice at the heart of an ice cap glacier on this half-day tour.  All tours depart from Húsafell, from where you will catch a shuttle to the Glacier Base Camp, Klaki. You will meet a professional guide and gear up in warm overalls if needed, before boarding a specially-modified glacier truck for the drive up to the cave entrance. Arriving at the cave entrance, head inside the glacier with your guide. The man-made Langjökull Glacier Tunnel is a wonder to behold. The ice is lit up from behind by glowing hues, allowing you to see the layers that have formed over many years. Your guide will walk with you through the glacier's corridors where you will have a chance to learn about geology, the history of glaciers, how they are formed and how they move.

    Such a unique experience - an absolute “must di”. It is a long day - be ready for 4 hours - and dress warm!

  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Trip

    4. Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Trip

    During this full-day (10-hour) excursion from Reykjavik you’ll travel along the Snæfellsnes peninsula and through the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Stop to enjoy the small village of Arnarstapi and take a walk through the rugged and dramatic landscape by the shore. Visit the the gorgeous black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, see the rock formations and hear stories about famous shipwrecks off the coast. Enjoy the view of the world famous triangular mountain Kirkjufell, which was used to depict the Arrowhead Mountain in the series Game of Thrones.  With some additional stops along the route you’ll get a good overall sense of the magical influence of the Snæfellsjökull glacier.

    I gave 4 stars because of waiting for 30 minutes for picking up. I should be there at 7:30, the tour starts at 8 and bus arrived on time. However, the guide was excellent and he explained us everything and showed lots of things.

  • Small-Group Premium Snæfellsnes Peninsula from Reykjavik

    5. Small-Group Premium Snæfellsnes Peninsula from Reykjavik

    Discover an oasis of tranquility in the west of Iceland and journey back to the land of myriad secrets and ancient landscapes. Make your way to the dramatic Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where mangled lava fields reveal the stresses and destruction the land once endured. Marvel at volcanic rocks of unimaginable shapes as they flare up in twisted forms from the earth. Take a walk beside the jagged cliffs of Arnarstapi and see the beautiful arcs of Hellnar, where pillars of basalt slowly ascend from the unforgiving sea. Take in the stunning backdrop of the summit of the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Journey along roads less traveled to find beaches of lava and smooth volcanic rock at Djupalónssandur. End on the north side of the peninsula at the high mountain of Kirkjufell. Then, journey back to Reykjavik with a new sense of calm and positive energy. Along the way, benefit from the extensive knowled...

    The tour was excellent. David, our tour guide, was very informative. Besides his extensive knowledge of Iceland's history, he also gave some tips for exploring Snaefellsnes. The black beach was gorgeous, and it was different from the other black beach in Vik. We are glad we booked this trip. I thought it was well organized. David chose a restaurant with really fresh cod, and we really enjoyed our lunch there. We have several opportunities to use the restroom as well as plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. I recommend this tour. Despite the long travel time, the experience was worth it. David mingled with all of us. It's hard to remember his last name, but he's an excellent tour guide and an original from the UK. Our tour was made even more enjoyable by the beautiful weather that day!

  • Reykjavik: Small-Group Snæfellsnes Day Trip

    6. Reykjavik: Small-Group Snæfellsnes Day Trip

    Spend the day in Snæfellsnes National Park, often described as “Iceland in Miniature” for its diverse scenery. Travel in a group of no more than 19 people for your comfort and maximum personal attention. Depart Reykjavik and get your first view of Snæfellsjökull volcano on the way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Marvel at the highest peak in the area, often visible from the capital on clear days. Continue to the charming farm of Ytri-Tunga, where the nearby beach is home to a popular seal colony. Look at their cute faces as they sunbathe and play in the surf. Discover the coastal areas and natural harbor of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where beautiful rock formations, spotted with green-and-yellow moss, dot the coastline. Take a stroll along the cliffs to get some refreshing sea air. Next, look at the 2 black basalt columns of Lóndrangar, so tall that they can be seen from the road. Go to the...

    The tour was great and the guide we had was the best. We went on 9/11 and we could not have been happier from the weather to the guide. We must mention him more then once. The trip covers everything and is encompassing to say the least. If you want to see Iceland do this and the Southern tour, you cannot go wrong. We got to see seals, all kinds of mountains, waterfalls, cliffs, formations, you name it we got to see it and was on time as all trips are. Highly recommended and worth every penny.

  • Snæfellsnes: Small-Group Hidden Treasures of The West Tour

    7. Snæfellsnes: Small-Group Hidden Treasures of The West Tour

    In a small group, explore Snæfellsnes peninsula. Walk along the seashore near Arnarstapi and view this tiny fishing village from afar.  Next, you'll visit rock formations formed by the sea at Lóndrangar. You'll notice that Djúpalónssandur's pebbled beach is also the site of a 1948 shipwreck. For centuries, fishermen rowed out to the Atlantic Ocean from here. Try one of the "lifting stones" to see if your strength measures up! Then, check out Saxhóll Volcano, formed in an eruption nearly 4,000 years ago. For spectacular views of the lava formations and the national park, you can climb to the top via stairway. At the end, you’ll visit one of Iceland’s most famous mountains - Kirkjufell. You’ll recognize the hat shape when you see it. For the best view, walk around its circular path and see Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.  Fun Fact: Kirkjufell appeared in Game of Thrones (Season 6 and 7) as ...

    Excellent guide (Jacob). We had the most beautiful and inspiring day traveling around the peninsula. Jacob was really well informed and interesting about the geology, folklore and history of the area. I couldn’t recommend this enough.

  • From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

    8. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

    Get back to nature in the amazing landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a day trip from Reykjavik. Marvel at the lunar landscapes and volcanic vistas as you head towards the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Look for the ice cap across the bay as you depart Reykjavik. Be prepared to experience unexplained energy flows from the mystical scenery, said to be the "Center of the Earth." See volcanic craters and lava fields, discover hidden coves and bizarre rock formations, and listen to local legends and folk stories. Then, enjoy a tasty home cooked meal at a local horse ranch.

    I learned and so much and our guide was amazing.He was so nice and informative great experience best I've had in Iceland,!

  • The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    9. The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Experience the scenic beauty of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a bus tour from Reykjavik, and discover why it is often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature.” Depart the city center and travel along the west coast. Enter a landscape of white and black sand beaches, cliffs full of nesting birds, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters. Discover the area's incredibly rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, see lush valleys and unique harbors in charming fishing villages. It all begins with the Snæfellsnes glacier at the peak of Snæfellsjökull volcano, the highest mountain of the peninsula. Experience first-hand why this majestic landscape has captured the imagination for many years, and why it inspired Jules Verne to write his classic science fiction novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

    We like this trip because the weather support us. We have a good guide. He is so kind to drop us after the tour at the nearest point to our home. The tour uis recommended.

  • Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

    10. Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

    After being picked up from your accommodation, you will be swept off to the west to the historic area of Borgarfjörður, a region that can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. First, visit the Grabrok Volcanic Craters. Just a few meters away from the famous Ring Road there are three craters, Stora (Big) Grabrok, Grabrokarfell, and Litla (Small) Grabrok. These formed approximately 3,400 years ago during massive eruption shaping the landscape around. Solid wooden stairs lead up to the top of Stora Grabrok from where you can admire other colorful craters, lava fields, and lake Hreðavatn. Afterward, you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls spread at a distance of around 900 meters. The waters flow out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that was formed around 1,000 years ago during a massive eruption of a volcano lying under a Langjökull glacier. Riv...

    The lava tunnel was awe inspiring, with ice forming stalagmites from the overhead drip. The lava formations within the tunnel, were amazing and the guide was extremely informative about the geology of the formation of the tunnel. The waterfalls were breathtaking, with the glacier runoff providing a blue hue to the falls, contrasting the rest of the river they flowed into.

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What people are saying about Western Region, Iceland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 100 reviews

The tour was great and the guide we had was the best. We went on 9/11 and we could not have been happier from the weather to the guide. We must mention him more then once. The trip covers everything and is encompassing to say the least. If you want to see Iceland do this and the Southern tour, you cannot go wrong. We got to see seals, all kinds of mountains, waterfalls, cliffs, formations, you name it we got to see it and was on time as all trips are. Highly recommended and worth every penny.

I did this experience on the 12th September. The driver was wonderful, he was a great communicator, very helpful and happy to answer any questions. I learned a lot about the history of the area. The van had USB ports and wifi and was very comfortable. The tour was similar as a lot of others, you some of the many waterfalls of Iceland. What made it special was the visit to Husafell, the original strongman stone and the hot pools nearby.

This was a fantastic tour. You spend a lot of time on the road but you get to see so much in just one day. The landscapes are awe-inspiring as are the tales that accompany them. Peter, the guide, told us histories, myths, and legends along the way. Mount Kirkjufell is breathtaking. My best photos of the trip came from this place.

The tour was perfectly organized. The time and stops where planned to see the most important places. Very remarkable our guide, Howser. Extremely profesional and friendly. Moreover, following Howser recomendation we ate a really tasty cod for a good price. Excellent day and tour!!! 100% recomendable

I learned and so much and our guide was amazing.He was so nice and informative great experience best I've had in Iceland,!