While in Iceland, exploring the vast terrain is a must, but during the winter roads in Iceland can be treacherous. With this in mind, we decided to skip the rental car and let the professionals do the driving. Suffice to say; we were not disappointed when we came across Gateway to Iceland and were able to sit back and relax on a small tour group while exploring Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On this journey, we were serenaded by Icelandic fables, stories of miraculous storm rescues, and, of course, Iceland’s breathtaking profile.
We started our expedition out at 8:30 AM sharp with a warm greeting from Bjorn followed by several stops around downtown Reykjavik to pick up the rest of our crew.
Once fully underway Bjorn began to tell us stories of his life Iceland and even brought us to a bakery near his hometown on the way to our first stop - a Viking tomb! The tomb in and of itself was discreet and well fortified, but the stories that steamed from this site were by far the most extraordinary. When one thinks of Vikings, you may envision a bulky blonde warrior on a dragon-shaped boat. Bjorn went beyond the expectation bringing to life a ferocious 4-year-old taking on his maniac father to an old sea witch cursing prideful fisherman. The hours on the road floated away with these stories, and we were hardly aware of the time that had passed between stops.
On our journey, we came across many notable stops including Kirkjufell mountain, Snæfellsnes park, Arnarstapi harbor walk, and Búðir & Búðahraun lava field.
Word to the wise
- With the considerable distance between stops, it came as no surprise that the rest stops were few and far between. With this in mind, plan accordingly.
- Bring snacks and if you have food sensitivities pack a lunch. It is much better to be safe than sorry when faced with sparse restroom access.
- Be mindful of your fluid intake as every action has an adverse reaction.
- Dress appropriately. While the rest of us were clinging to our coats, Bjorn was happily toasty in his signature wool sweater. Unless you are of Nordic custom, it would be best to pack an extra pair of socks, gloves and a hat.