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The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a 90 kilometre 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. In particular, during the early months of the year, killer whales pass remarkably close to the shore near the fishing village of Grundarfjordur. 

The area is particularly good for auroral activity too, so evenings offer the prospect of watching the Northern Lights from a spot where you can watch the display without any light pollution.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: orca, white-beaked dolphin, Arctic tern, kittiwake, rsven
  • Where: Borgarfjörður, Iceland

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Iceland’s Natural Wonders Self-drive

A self-drive itinerary combining Iceland's natural geological wonders with its rich marine life, travelling from the north of the country, westwards along the coast, and ending in Reykjavik. Enjoy whale watching trips in search of humpback and minke whales, and explore peninsulas for seal colonies and pelagic birdlife.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Orcas & Northern Lights

Join this short group trip to experience the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula, heading out on boat trips for close up encounters with large groups of orca. Iceland's rugged beauty is complemented by excellent bird watching, and there are excellent chances to view the northern lights at night.

  • When to go: Feb-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 5 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £1,079 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Fosshotel Hellnar

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.