Iceland in a Nutshell with Geothermal Bathing
Prices from 295,-USD
Explore Snæfellsnes through rugged lava fields and into ancient volcanic craters. Stop by basalt columns, tiny fishing villages and stand face to face with a troll and the roaring sea on a black pebble beach. Bathe like a Viking in a pristine geothermal hot pool and get high on nature!
We were the first to do a day tour to Snæfellsnes and now we have just updated it to show you even more.Trust us, we know every crack, every stone and even the local trolls in this magical place.
Photographs from this tour
Departures 2016-17: All Year
Departure Days: Sundays & Tuesdays at 8:15am
Duration: 12 – 14 hrs. Est. arrival time in Reykjavik is 20:00.
Pick up: From the Viking statue at Hallgrim’s Church at 8:15am. This location is central to most hotels and guesthouses.
Price: Adult 295,- USD. Youth (5-17 yrs.) 255- USD
Minimum age: 5 years
Tour type: Nature and wildlife tour with geothermal bathing
Highlights of the tour: Geothermal bathing, Wildlife & Black Pebble Beach.
Min/Max Passengers: Min 4 / Max 12 pax. For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.
What to wear: We are in the arctic so weather can change without notice. So come prepared. Bring good hiking boots/shoes and windproof/rainproof outer layer, light and warm inner layer, such as wool, fleece or thermal
What to bring:
- Walking boots/shoes
- Bathing suit + towel
- Water + snacks
- Big smiles – you’ll be an active part of the tour and conversation.
- Salmon fishing river
- Eldborg crater and volcanic area
- “Mars” crater
- Viking geothermal pool
- Budir church
- Arnastapi Eagles Point
- Snæfellsjökull glacier
- Djupalon Black Pebble Beach
- Birds and wildlife
- Fishing Villages Hellisandur, Rif, Olafsvik
- Kirkjufell photo stop
Friendly note: We expect you to be an active part of the tour. Join the conversation. Speak up. Ask questions. Share your thoughts. Make new friends. And most of all remember to enjoy the moment .
You are not alone: As Iceland has become a major hotspot destination you must expect other tourists around you. On every tour we will aim to get away from the masses, but there will be busy stops too. Instead of being annoyed about it we try to see the beauty in people coming to admire our pure nature…rather than just another resort with a shopping mall and a theme park.
We start out from Reykjavik via the Hvalfjordur Tunnel towards Borganes. First stop is an amazing salmon river where the rich and famous come to flyfish. From there we continue into Snæfellsnes volcanic area where you’ll see the most famous and photographed crater in Iceland: Eldborg. Next stop is “Mars” an ancient red coloured volcanic crater where you can see all the colours of the gasses capsuled in the volcanic rock.
Then it’s time to bathe like a Viking in perfect 38 C (100.4 F) warm water in a wilderness pool overlooking the mountains – a unique Icelandic experience. Warm and high on nature it’s time for lunch at one of the cozy local guest houses called Langaholt, where they are famous for their hearty, homemade cooking. Next stop is Budir an ancient trade hub used by the very first Icelanders. Here you will se one of the most photographed churches in Iceland. A tiny pitch-black church from 1703 surrounded by an ancient lava field a stone’s throw from the ocean.
From there we continue to the idyllic Arnarstapi from where we will do a short hike to Arnarstapi harbour and enjoy the amazing view over the basalt columns and rock formations. Take a moment to admire the sea gulls diving in and out of the sky. The hike takes us to the tiny harbor of Arnarstapi nestled under the rocks. We then continue by the roots of Snæfellsjökull Volcano made famous by Jules Verne in his book Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Our next stop is one of the most magical places we know: Djupalon black pebble beach by the foot of Snæfelsnesjökul glacier. This beach is truly magical. Give yourself a moment to feel small and listen to the roaring, gigantic Atlantic Ocean washing over millions of black pebble stones. Look down and find your lucky stone.
In the summer we can continue the adventure around the peninsula passing small fishing villages and amazing scenery towards the stunning Kirkjufell mountain. Here we will make a stop to enjoy it and take photos and maybe say hi to some local horses before we head back to Reykjavik. Your camera will love this tour and you’ll be sure to catch some stunning pictures no matter the weather and season.
This is Iceland in a nutshell. And it’s still unexplored by the masses – so come and see it before it’s too late!
Pick up will be from Hallgrims Church by the statue of the great explorer: Leifur Erikson. We meet at 8:15 – and depart at 8:30. This is a central pick up for most locations down town.
Dont take our work for it, here are few Tripadvisor comments.
My daughter and I had the pleasure of taking two tours with Goecco during our trip to Iceland in March 2016. The first was the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour, with guide Damen. The second was the 2-day Chasing Ice tour, with main guide Anna and ice cave guide Alf. Both trips were the highlight of our vacation. Jonas and Christina (Goecco’s owners) were very communicative via email prior to our trip, and answered all of our questions. I like the theory behind their tours … that is, not to just tell tourists how high this peak is, or other information that we’ll soon forget. Goecco takes you out to some of the most beautiful places in Iceland, off the beaten path, and their guides are so unique and interesting. These were unlike any other tours we’ve ever had, and that’s definitely a GOOD thing! When we return to Iceland in the future, which is a given, we’ll be sure to book tours through Goecco again!
My wife and I did the Snaefellsnes Day Tour with Siggi and can’t recommend it enough – absolutely the highlight of our stay in Iceland. We were celebrating my wife’s milestone birthday, so the champagne we brought and enjoyed with Siggi in the hot spring pool was an added bonus to the excellent itinerary (if one could call it that – it seemed more like a rambling road trip with a good friend who wanted to show you his favourite places on thepeninsula). Read Inspiredexplorer’s review if you need more details, but I’d recommend that you stop reading and start booking!
I took two tours with GoEcco this time.
Aurora hunting with Teitur and Snaefellsnes with Jonas.
Both trips were unforgettable that I will always cherish the beautiful memories.
I have grown fondly of the company, and I was very touched by kindness from Jonas, Christina and Teitur.
For the practical aspects, they really take great care of all guests.
I took the tour in late February. Temperature was around -2 to +3 C. Coming from -25 C Chicago winter, I underestimated the coldness. -2 C felt much colder than I was prepared for while waiting for Aurora. I suggest dress extra warm in Iceland, at all times, just in case. Luckily, Teitur had extra Gloves, hats for me and anyone needed it. It saved us from an otherwise miserable experience. He is kind, knowledgeable, and relaxed. He kept all of us entertained with Icelandic music (which happens to be the band I love and listen to all the time), stories about Aurora and about Iceland. One amazing experience was that we got to stay in the secret hot pools while watching for the milky way and Aurora across the sky. It took a little walk and climb to get to the pool while it was dark, GoEcco is prepared with all the equipment so the walk is easy and safe for everyone, Teitur even provided tips to stay hydrated after the pool, great help for me. I was with a family of four. Kids, adults are all well taken care of (not an easy job) and all we needed to do was to be silly, have fun, take photos and enjoy one amazing night, a memory for a life time.
Before the tour, Jonas and Christina was very quick and through with answering all my question. They even emailed me the night before the tour when there were Northern light showing up in Reykjavik, so I got out and watched a preview!
The trip to Snaefellsnes was with Jonas. Despite some last minute cancellation he made the trip just for the very tiny group, which gave me a chance to learn so much more about GoEcco and Jonas. I was so lucky because Snaefellsnes has its rarely seen beauty in the winter. Sunny day and sun set was such a long affair. I loved every minute of it. There weren’t many tourists, the quietness and the ice reflected snow covered volcano made the scenery surreal. I am at loss for words everywhere I look!! I am so glad I was there in February. The beauty of Snaefellsnes makes me want to cry! It was a long drive but Jonas knows where to turn to see the most amazing views! We even spotted killer wheals. With a bus or self driving, one will perhaps miss out so many amazing beauty and end up a quite different experience. The spot that Jonas and GoEcco takes you to would be the crem de la crem or an already amazingly beautiful peninsula. Thank you for an amazing day!
What GoEcco don’t advertise, but as the name suggests, and they simply quietly do is that they take good care of their beloved Iceland, collecting garbage left by tourist, keep a sustainable principle in all they do, a true green travel company. Five stars from the bottom of my heart.
I did the Magical Mystery Snæfellsnes Summer Day Tour with Goecco and loved it. They were very responsive for the first time. I emailed them with some questions about the tours and they replied pretty quickly. On the day of the tour, A guide picked me up at my hotel and went to pick up another British couple. In the end, there were only 4 of us, including the guide. This was a very pleasant experience because we had a chance to interact more with the guide as opposed to be inside a bus with 40 other people and guide talking in a microphone. My guide was great and polite as well. He was also very knowledgeable about Iceland and gave us interesting insights !
He drove us to a nice hot pool out of the way from the typical tourist spots. We ended up in this very hot pool in the middle of nowhere, drinking wine. He also drove us along thepeninsula and luckily the weather was great.
He also stopped in some very nice spots to take pictures and walk. There was not a rigid itinerary compared to the other big tour company´s.
Visited July 2013