The Snæfellsnes Circle

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The Snæfellsnes Circle

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Get Iceland in miniature in 4 or 5 days

  • Territory with a particular geological variation

  • Small fishing villages

  • Geological and cultural museums

  • Wildlife; birds, fox, seals and sometimes whales

  • Flourishing history and meeting local people

Physical difficulty level: 3  (Scale 1-5)

Snæfellsnes is a peninsula in west Iceland that has almost everything that characterizes the island as a whole. We ride through the Snæfellsjökull National Park, a national treasure due to its nature and its interaction with culture.

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Dates and prices::

  • Four days in June - August  130.000 iskr
    • July 6-9th - Special offer: If you book before the end of January you will get 10% of.
    • July 20-23th
  • Five days in June - August  160.000 iskr
    • August 10-14th
  • May and September     -    10% of

Special dates can be requested by groups over 10 and they get 10% discount if they book three months in advance. Give us a call or send us mail if you are under 10 in a group.

Group size: 10 - 20

Included

  • Two English speaking Icelandic guides.
  • Bicycle and helmet.
  • Luggage transport and a car following for safety while cycling.
  • Entrance to museums, swimming pools and hot tubs.
  • Theater show at The Freezer  July the 7th.
  • Accommodation and full catering (breakfast, lunch and dinner) throughout the round trip from Stykkisholmur, including the final dinner.
  • Contribution to Icelandic forestry and landcare trough The Kolviður Fund / Forests

Not Included

  • Horse rental
  • Sea angling trip
  • Theater show at the Freezer 

Itinerary

Iceland in miniature

Day 1 - We bike a distance of approx. 45 km. Before we leave Stykkishólmur we stop at the Volcanic Museumwhere we get enlightening information about the area we are going to visit. To be fully safe on the tour we hike on Helgafell (The Holy Hill) where each of us are granted three wishes to be fulfilled for the trip and further journeys. We follow the old and calm country road to Bjarnarhöfn, one of the saga-steads, a nice little farm and museum. In this area there is a good chance that the biggest bird of prey in Europe will show up; the sea eagle and possibly many of them. That can be an astonishing sight. The Icelandic Sagas are close to us all the way to Grundarfjörður but at Sögumiðstöðin (The Heritage center) you will meet the legend himself; the maestro of storytelling (Ingi Hans on the picture). Overnight at Grundarfjordur Hostel.

Day 2 - 09:00 Departure from Grundarfjordur. We ride past the beautiful mountain Kirkjufell where we can see and almost feel the different layers of geological history. There are other types of stories from recent and older time of witchcraft, wraiths and ghosts, for example Fróðárundrin, an unbelievable but a good story. We take a break in Ólafsvík which is a typical Icelandic fishing village. Take a bath in the swimming pool, visiting Pakkhúsið-museum, the harbour and the local market. We ride on to Rif where Iceland’s most powerful and richest man in the 1400s, Björn the rich was killed by Englishmen, which probably triggered the war between the Danes and Britons at the time. - Theater Show and overnight at the Freezer. Here dinner will be served, delicacies from Maggy's outdoor kitchen. - Distance Grundafjordur to Rif approx. 35 km.

Day 3 - 09:00 Departure from Hellissandur at 9 a.m. Before crossing the border into the national park, we take a look the small maritime museum. Also of interest are the remains of monasteries of Irish monks who actually came to Iceland long before the Norwegian settlers (landnomsmenn), buildings that have been difficult to explain. It was from here we estimate Leif Eriksson started his voyage to North America around 1000. When Christopher Columbus prepared for his exploration to the West he came to Snæfellsnes in the year 1477. As we continue cycling nature speaks much for itself but in between, people have taken their toll, leaving stories that are at the limits of reality. We take a detour from the main road, for example, to  the cave Vatnshellir and Dritvik where we pick up the story of the Norwegian Bard (son of Dovregubben - the Mountain King) who took land here with his crew.

We are well received by Olina Gunnlaugsdottir at Arnarstapi with food and drink. Olina has a solid knowledge of the local culture and history. Before we leave Arnarstapi we take a little dive in literature and visual art that Snæfellsjökull Glacier and the surrounding area has been a part of. The most famous visual artists are Jóhannes Kjarvaland Diter Roth while the great authors who have found inspiration here are our Nobel Prize winning author Halldor Laxnes and Jules Verne ("Journey to the Centre of the Earth"). We will learn a bit more about the history of Bard, followed by a story about one of Iceland's most grotesque mass murderers; Axlarbjørn from the 1500s. Overnight at Böðvarsholt Guest House. - Distance Hellissandur - Böðvarsholt approx. 56 km.

Day 4 - The day after the horrors of Axlarbjörn we take a healing bath at Lysuholl (a swimming pool that is unrivalled. See: Slimy goodness). If anyone would be interested in trading in the bike for a horse there's the possibility of renting horses at Lysuholl (not included)We will look for seals and other wildlife along the coast and consider how the landscape differs from the northside of Snæfellsnes. We visit Staðarstað, an important historical place where many chiefs and writers have lived, like Ari Fróði (Ari the Wise). As a writer of Íslendingabók, the very first book about Icelanders as a nation, he is often considered as a father or founder of the Icelandic nationality. We stop at the farm Foss where home made things are for sale and you can become an adoptive parent to a sheep. We check how the fishermen are doing at the salmon river; Straumfjarðará before we check in for a closing dinner (in a four days tour) at Rjúkandi.

Day 5 - This day is packed with exciting sights and promises so we start early. We go by bus for the most part with short hikes so we can get to the 'must see places' in the area. Eldborg is one of those magnificent places, a volcano which has inspired the constructors of our new concert hall Eldborg. We take lunch at Edduveröld in Borgarnes and prepare for a visit to a previous home, and now a museum and a medieval Centre, dedicated to Snorri Sturluson in Reykholt. After we have spent at least one hour at Reykholt we take to Deildartunguhver, Europ's biggest hotspring for a short hike. - We have now got in the late afternoon and we want to be back in Reykjavik at 5 pm. What we can reach on the way is depending on how much time we will have left. 

The fifth day


Some extras:

On your arrival, before 3 pm to Keflavik Airport, we can pick you up at the airport if you are a group. We will transfer you to Reykjavik (45 min.) so you can catch the scheduled bus to Stykkisholmur at 5:15 pm which is about 2 1/2 hours’ drive. - If your landing is before 1 pm we will have time for a short visit to the BLUE LAGOON on our way to Reykjavik.

One or two more nights in Stykkisholmur and enjoy the  European Destination of ExcellenceSee also a video. - We can offer you day-tours in the vicinity of Stykkisholmur. Take a look at our day-tours.

Bus back to Reykjavik at 7:40 am. On Sundays 03:15 pm.