Renting a car is the most popular option for getting from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The 97-mile (156 km) journey can be done in as little as two hours, though it's best to plan for plenty of stops—this is one of the most beautiful routes in the country.

If you have a week to spend in Iceland, consider this 7-day self-drive itinerary that includes the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Westfjords, and the Golden Circle. Other options include private transfer (a particularly pricy option in Iceland), full-day tours starting and ending in Reykjavik, and bus.

By Car

Duration: 2-3 hours

From the center of Reykjavik, it's possible to reach the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in two hours, though it's wise to allow for at least three: you'll want to make plenty of stops, given the abundant scenery along this route. Embark northward on Route 1 (Ring Road), eventually heading west on Road 54—the main route around Snaefellsnes. It is highly recommended to opt for insurance when renting a car in Iceland. 

This article features the best stopping points on a 2-day driving tour of the peninsula, including the hexagonal basalt columns of the Gerðuberg Cliffs, the Búðakirkja and Budhahraun lava fields, Djúpalónssandur black sand beach, and more. It's possible to do this as a day trip—learn more in this article

By Bus

Duration: 3-4 hours

It is possible to reach the peninsula via bus. The 57 bus line departs from the main BSI Coach Terminal in the city once in the early morning. You'll have to switch buses in Mjodd and Borgarnes, ending in Stykkisholmur. For travelers wishing to continue west into Snaefellsjokull National Park (one of Iceland's Best Hiking Regions), the 82 bus line runs from Stykkisholmur to Arnarstapi once a day in the morning.

By Private or Group Tour

Duration: 8 hours

Another option is a full-day tour from Reykjavik, tailored to your preferences. Private and group tours are both available. This does inhibit the flexibility of exploring on your own, but still a viable option to experience the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Ask your local specialist for details.


Map of How to Get from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Map of How to Get from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Updated Jun 22, 2019