It's been almost a year since my Mum and I went to Iceland and by far one of the highlights was our trip to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Gateway to Iceland.
Since we were visiting in December, neither of us really fancied braving driving in the snow in a foreign country. I mean, it takes about 4mm to bring the UK to a halt - what do we know about winter driving? Aside from "argh, a snowflake, let's drive at 2 miles an hour."
We knew we wanted to see more than just Reykjavik and we were absolutely spoilt for choice, because it's Iceland and the whole country is so darn stunning, moody, and photogenic. In the end, we settled on a day trip to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Gateway to Iceland. I promise, this is not a sponsored post; there is just going to be a lot of fangirling about Gateway to Iceland because they are probably the best trip provider I've ever been with.
Our driver and tour guide for the day, Stefan, picked us up nice and early and we escaped from the nippy December morning onto a cosy, heated bus and headed out of the city. If you end up on a day trip with Stefan you are in for a treat. The guy has a voice that could melt butter and is so knowledgeable. Seriously, his voice is on par with Morgan Freeman or David Attenborough's.
He spent the day telling us about the history of Iceland and Snaefellsnes. I could have listened to him speak for days - he's a fantastic storyteller and seemed to know pretty much anything there is to know about Iceland.
I can't remember exactly how many people were on the trip with us - Gateway To Iceland's website says no more than 19 people on this trip, and I think there might have been just shy of that.
As well as visiting the Gerðuberg basalt columns (the winter morning light was so dreamy and Instagram-worthy there), Arnarstapi, Snaefellsjokull, and the famous Kirkjufell mountain, Stefan squished in a couple of extra stops too. He even went the extra mile to drop us off somewhere different on the way back into Reykjavik so we could make our evening northern lights trip, which was rescheduled last minute. (It was a tight squeeze, which we definitely did not plan on - but that's a risk you take with Icelandic weather.)
A few tips if you're headed to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Don't be an idiot like me and forget your camera battery charger - you're gonna take loads of photos
- Don't forget a spare memory card, either
- Take a tripod - because of the short daylight hours we arrived at Kirkjufell in darkness, and know you're gonna want to capture somewhere White Walkers and Jon Snow have been, right?
- Take a spare snuggly jumper/jacket to wear on the bus in case it’s raining/snowing and you don't want to be sitting in a wet coat (the bus was nice and toasty, don't worry about that, but you still don't want to be sitting in a soggy coat)
- Wear waterproof shoes/boots
- Get plenty of sleep the night before because you are not going to want to fall asleep at any point during the day
If you're heading to Iceland, I cannot recommend Gateway to Iceland and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour enough. We did use another trip provider while we were in Iceland and they were shocking in comparison to Gateway To Iceland. (If you're going to Iceland and want to know who to avoid, I will tell you via email or social media. I refuse to give them any kind of SEO benefit.)
The 'problem' with Iceland is that the winter and summer produce such contrasting landscapes - so if you visit in one season, you have to go back and see what it looks like in the other. December provides some truly beautiful insta-worthy golden light whenever it is actually light. When I do find my way back to Iceland, I'll use Gateway To Iceland in an instant. If you're visiting before May 2018, Gateway to Iceland do have a discount on this trip - it's not sponsored (pinky promise), I just really want you to use them and have a fab time.
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