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Stykkishólmur – Caves, craters and coves


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7 hours
Available all year
Min. number
10 travellers travellers
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Look out from atop a volcanic crater, hike stunning coastal trails, and explore underground caves.
  • Walk around the stunning volcanic crater, Saxhóll

  • Join a scenic hike in the Snæfellsjökull area and marvel at the glacier

  • Visit the black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur and the beachside cave

  • Take a journey underground and learn where Jules Verne found inspiration for his famous sci-fi novel

Spectacular scenes that inspired Jules Verne

Hike to the top of beautiful Saxhóll Crater and enjoy views of the snowy peak of Snæfellsjökull. Next, discover the stunning black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur. Take in magnificent views from the clifftop and keep your eyes peeled for the ruins of stone huts on your way to a picturesque cove. Then, descend 115 feet underground at Vatnshellir Cave to see amazing colors and lava formations.

*While we're excited to share the unique flavors of this region with you, it’s important to note that allergy awareness and hygiene standards can vary widely across the world. The local community providing food for this tour may not be as familiar with allergy concerns or preparation standards as suppliers in your home country or the expert chefs onboard our ships. As a precaution, we advise anyone with a severe food allergy to contact a member of the onboard Expedition Team before booking this excursion.

Practical information

  • Language: English/German

  • Port: Stykkishólmur

  • Included: hot drinks and snacks

  • Walking Information: Loose gravel, mud paths, and paved surfaces. Expect steps and inclined surfaces. About a one-hour walk from Djúpalónssandur to Dritvik. Guests have the option to stay on the bus.

  • Remarks/Requirements: Approximately 3 hours of total driving time. We recommend bringing warm clothes and gloves, as the temperature underground is 6°C/43°F. Helmets and flashlights will be provided.

  • Not accessible for wheelchairs.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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