Depart your Reykjavik hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with your professional guide. Then, set off on your 12-hour tour with a journey northward to the Iceland's west-coast Snaefellnes Peninsula.
On route, hear about the history, lore and nature of this rugged region, and how it served as the mysterious setting for Jules Verne’s novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Learn how Snaefellnes is a spring and summer haven for birds including the territorial Artic tern, and how it offers countless treasures, from the glacier-tipped Snaefellsjökull volcano to black beaches, waterfalls and basalt cliffs. While you chat, let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more of. Your tour is private, so your itinerary can be customized to your interests.
Pass through the town of Borgarnes to see the cliffs at Gerðuberg, a range of striking basalt columns. After taking photos here, continue to Stykkisholmur, a charming town of colorful timber buildings. Break for lunch (own expense), and depending on your wishes, visit a Shark Museum dedicated to the Greenland shark — the key ingredient in Iceland’s much-vaunted fermented shark meat.
If you wish, sample some of this pungent speciality, and then head to Iceland’s most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell. Take pictures of this otherworldly, conical mountain before visiting the black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur and the cliffs of Lónsdrangar, two of Snaesfellnes’ most ruggedly beautiful sights.
Call at the pretty villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi, set against the backcloth of Snaefellsjökull's icecap. Gaze at the glacier and sculpted coastline, and then pull up in Búðir, a lovely village set between beaches and lava fields.
On the way back to Reykjavik, stop to taste some crystal-clear mineral water straight from a ground spring before your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.