Enjoy an exciting four nights on the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula watching orca by day and the northern lights by night.
Wildlife and nature are an integral part of any holiday to Iceland, whose rugged beauty is complemented by excellent bird watching and opportunities to watch whales. From a base in the countryside, set amidst lava fields and within sight of the distinctive glacier-topped volcano of Snaefellsjokull, you head out on boat trips for close up encounters with large groups of orca that frequent the bay of Grundarfjordur.
This small group tour of up to 25 participants is accompanied by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides – and is operated between January and March.
Day1: Fly to Keflavik, transfer to Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Arriving at Keflavik Airport in the late afternoon you will be transferred (approximately three hours) to the remote fishing village of Hellnar, beneath Snæfellsjokull Glacier, on the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Due to the hours of daylight this mornings whale-watching trip in the fjord will starts at around 10.00. The boat used is a traditional wooden-hulled trawler - you stay outside on deck for the entire trip, but a full set of warm protective clothing is provided. At this time of year anything from 100 to 150 orcas may be seen, although sightings cannot be guaranteed, and you may also see white-beaked dolphin, grey seal, common porpoise and white-tailed eagle. Depending on sightings, the boat trip usually lasts between two and three hours. Return to shore for lunch with the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day3: Full day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
After breakfast you set off for a full day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the company of your knowledgeable guide. You'll see sweeping lava fields and the brooding presence of Snaefellsjokull, where a glacier sits on top of a dormant volcano. Small wonder, then, that this is the area that inspired Jules Verne's famous tale 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth.’
Day4: Whale watching excursion by boat, & visit to village of Stykkisholmur
The morning is dedicated to another whale watching excursion by boat. After lunch enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or take a short hike around the local area.
Day5: Transfer to Keflavik airport and depart
Depart Hellnar after breakfast for the drive back to Reykjavik, where there will be some fre time before continuing to Keflavik airport for the flight back to the UK.
You should note: This group tour is operated in conjunction with our friends at Discover the World. This itinerary is based around the times of the afternoon Icelandair flight between London Heathrow and Keflavik. Other flight options are available from the UK but may involve a short wait upon arrival in Iceland or require extra nights to be added in Iceland before and/or after the tour.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 5 daysfrom £1,471 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 5 daysfrom £1,321 pp
Single supplement: From £206
Group size: 25
Included in the price/package:
4 nights hotel accommodation
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a 90km stretch of coastline comprising a world of diversity and includes the Snaefellsnes National Park at its western most end. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs and superb whale watching opportunities.
Ideal for viewing: orca, white-beaked dolphin, Arctic tern, kittiwake, rsven
Excellent for: Whale watching, Dolphin watching
Located near the tip of West Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula, this peaceful property has 39 modern, stylish rooms with mountain or ocean view. The complete absence of artificial light pollution bodes well for northern lights viewing, and it is also not uncommon for pods of orca to be sighted from the hotel.