Day 3 Wednesday
SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA, LAVA CAVE, AND FERRY TRIP TO THE WEST FJORDS
Today, you explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which juts out from Iceland's West Coast like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and which is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A chain of rugged mountains runs the length of this beautiful peninsula, capped by the 1,446-meter Snæfellsjökull glacier, a mystical cone-shaped strato volcano, which impressively is often visible from the harbor in Reykjvavík. This area is perfect for holiday photos, as you travel through the classic Icelandic lava fields and along the coast. You see the most popular sites at the Snæfellsnes National Park where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, glaciated peaks, fjords, sandy beaches, and high cliffs shape its landscapes. If you happen to be a fan of Jules Verne's novel 'The Journey to the Centre of the Earth' then you'll certainly have a blast as we go under the glacier Snæfellsjökull, into the Earth. This lava cave tour takes you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube called Vatnshellir. During the trip, you reach two different sections of the cave by a long and narrow spiral staircase. The upper section has great features and unique formations of lava statues carved on the sides of the lava tube. In the lower part of the lava cave, you experience total quietness and even total darkness when your guide switches off the light, quite a unique experience. The duration of the lava cave tour is approximately one hour.
In the afternoon, you travel by the ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur. This 2.5 hour journey you will see the Breiðafjörður Bay, with its many islands, including Flatey, which is only inhabited in the summer, due to weather conditions. Hopefully you will be able to see the numerous islands in the bay, if the weather is favorable, an incredible sight, as well as the Snæfellsjökull glacier. You will spend two nights in Patreksfjörður.
Driving distance: 290 km/180 mls