ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE
We are ready to assist you in organising a number of activities on Snæfellsnes peninsula. You will be spoilt for choice; organised trips, helicopter tours, horse riding, various types of hikes, fishing, adventure sea tours and snow mobile tours. There are as well some interesting museums to explore such as the Shark Museum and the Volcano Museum. The possibilities are endless and we can tailor to your ideas and expectations. Let us assist you; we strive to use our experience and expertise to make your stay as interesting and unforgettable as possible.
ENVIRONMENTALLY AND CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY
The Snaefellsnes peninsula it is the first community in Europe to get the EarthCheck environmental certification confirming that the region is an environmentally conscious community. The region was elected among Top 100 Sustainable Destiantions in 2014 and in 2008 the communities of Snaefellsnes Peninsula were the first in Europe to receive certification from Green Globe, an international benchmarking system for sustainable travel and tourism.
GO WEST - ECO-FRIENDLY TOURS
Located in Snæfellsnes peninsula, elected among Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2014, we value nature and environment. We will therefore recommend our partners GO WEST who offer eco-friendly outdoor experiences and travel opportunities. That means you travel with them without compromising nature, local culture, environment or safety. Their mission is to minimize impact on the environment and to maximize the guest’s experience of Icelandic nature and culture. GO WEST offers a variety of day tours and tailor made tours just for you.
SEATOURS FROM STYKKISHÓLMUR
Explore the Breiðafjörður Bay by boat, take in the breath-taking nature, visit the quiet island Flatey, and much more. SEATOURS are based in Stykkisholmur and have organized sightseeing trips all year round. Take time as well to explore Stykkisholmur, a town which is well known for it´s well preserved old houses in the oldest part and therefore has the feeling of a living museum.
ADVENTURE TOURS ON SNAEFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER
Snowmobile tours, glacier hike, snowshoe hike and iceclimbing are among the various activities organized by our partners Summit guides within the Snaefellsjökull National Park. They also organize trips to the Vatnshellir Cave, an 8000 year old lava tube which is easily accessable. You can find more information about their tours on their websites, SummitGuides or ask our staff to help you book your tours.
FISHING ON AND AROUND THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA
The Lýsa catchment area is a renowned fishing area that includes the rivers Lýsa, Hóp, and Vatnsholtsá, and the lakes Torfavatn, Reyðarvatn, and Lýsuvatn. There are permits for ten rods at a time in the area, which are valid for the entire area. There are two fishing seasons: 1. April - 30. June (arctic char and brown trout) and 1. July - 20. September (arctic char, brown trout and salmon). There used to be an abundance of sea trout and salmon in the area but there has been a decline in the population in recent years. The largest trout caught in the area was 19 lb / 8.5 kg, and the salmon is usually around 1-8 lb / 0.5-3.5 kg.
You can go whale watching with Láki Tours located in Grundafjordur. Nowhere else in Iceland is there a better chance to see two of the ocean’s top predators, sperm whales and orcas, than along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula coastline.
HORSEBACK RIDING TOURS
Explore the peninsula on horseback and get to know the Icelandic horse at the same time. The Icelandic horse is a breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland from Norway with the first settlers 1100 years ago. There are several horse rentals on Snæfellsnes and we at Hotel Búðir can help you organise a trip that suits your needs. Stóri Kambur Horse Rental and Lýsuhóll offer various types of rides in the vicinity of the Snaefellsjökull glacier and around the peninsula. The views are magnificent and the trails taken are among the most beautiful in the country.
There are a number of interesting museums on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and most of them are located in Stykkisholmur but this small town boast three museums; the Libray of Water, the Volcano Museum and the Norwegian House. The Library of Water centers around an installation by the renowned American Artist Roni Horn while the Volcano Museum includes works of art, old and new, showing volcanic eruptions as well as objects, artifacts and volcanic rocks from the unique collection of professor Haraldur Sigurðsson. The Norwegian house is the regional heritage museum housed in a first wood-frame residence with two full-sized storeys in Iceland.
Close to Stykkisholmur is the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, a museum where you can learn about the Greenland shark, its habits, biology and of course taste the shark which is produced on the farm.