Adventure Travel in Iceland

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Custom Golden Circle

6 hours

THE BASICS

 

Þingvellir

Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its importance to Icelandic history, culture and geology. It sits in a rift valley where the two tectonic plates can be seen drifting apart. In 930 it was the founding place of Iceland’s parliament, the worlds oldest still running parliament.

Gullfoss

A Waterfall running down the river Hvítá from the glacier Langjökull.

Geysir

A geothermal area with several hot springs, with one of them being Geysir, from which the english word “geyser” comes from. A magnificent sight, although not very active so the geyser Strokkur is the main attraction erupting about every five minutes.

 

ADDITIONS

 

+1 hour

Gljúfrasteinn

Gljufrasteinn – Laxness Museum. The museum is an old house that used to be the workplace of Halldór Laxness – Iceland’s only Nobel Prize laureate, for which he received for literature in 1955. Place hasn’t changed since Laxness and his family lived there for over 50 years and it was recently opened to the public.

+30 minutes

Efstidalur

Who doesn’t like ice cream? Take an example from Icelanders who love them equally in the summer or winter. Efstidalur is a farm on the way from Laugarvatn to Geysir. While you enjoy the local ice cream made from fresh milk you can watch the cows and small adorable calves, as the barn is separated from the store with a window.

+15 minutes

Bíó

One of the land owners next to Geysir decided to make tourists lives easier and prepared a parking lot where you can pet an Icelandic horse. You can also buy some horse candy in a booth next to the fence for 200 kronas (cash) and feed these charming animals.

+30 minutes

Faxi

Faxi is a waterfall hidden from the main road. After visiting Gullfoss it is not as impressive, but it’s a nice short stop before continuing the Golden Circle.

+30 minutes

Kerið

Kerið is a beautiful crater lake, created when volcanic eruption occurred in the Grímsnes area. The eruption drained the magma chamber causing the cone to collapse into the mountain. The crater is approximately 55 meters deep, 170 meters wide and 270 meters across.

+2 hours

Gamla Laugin

The (not so) Secret Lagoon is a geothermal area located next to the small town Flúðir. It’s the oldest natural swimming pool in Iceland, opened in 1891. The water in the main swimming area is 36°-40°C (96°-104°F) and is surrounded by numerous boiling hot springs. A perfect place to chill after a tiring day.

+1 hour

Friðheimar

Friðheimar is a farm close to Reykholt that specializes in growing tomatoes in an eco-friendly greenhouses. It is said that Friðheimar holds up to 18% of the Icelandic tomato market. Greenhouses are open for visitors and the restaurant inside offers a delicious tomato soup. Friðheimar also offers visits to the staples and Icelandic horse shows.

+2.5 hours

Reykjadalur

Didn’t have enough of hot springs? Reykjadalur is a valley located above the town Hveragerði. A hiking trail that takes one hour through beautiful mountains and geothermal areas leads to a hot river. The hot geothermal water mixes with a cold mountain spring and gives the perfect temperature for a hot dip in the natural beautiful surroundings.

+1 hour

Hellisheiðavirkjun

Hellisheiðivirkjun is the biggest geothermal power plant in Iceland producing over 303 MW of electricity. The power plant is placed on the active volcano Hengill that erupts every four to five thousand years. There are 50 boreholes around the whole area (not all working at once), going down to about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) into the crust. At this depth rocks heat up the water and the pressure keeps water in a liquid state with temperatures above 100°C. That water, brought up to the surface turns into the steam and sources the turbines that start to spin. Right now Hellisheiðivirkjun is sourcing an aluminum processing factory in Hafnarfjörður.

 

 

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Northern Lights and Glacier Hike

Northern Lights and Glacier Hike

In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head toward the glacier Sólheimajökull. It is an outlet glacier fed by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap – the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. The glacier already catches the travelers eye from the main road. Leaving the bus you will put on harnesses and helmets and we will fit crampons to your shoes. Next you will walk along the path leading to the glacier for about 15 minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature. This distance shows how much the glacier melted since 1995, when the edge of Sólheimajökull was next to the parking lot. You will experience hiking on the glacier at night, your guide will take you safely through crevasses, moulins and ice caves to the best place to spot aurora borealis. You will learn how to take good pictures of the northern lights. On our way back to Reykjavik will stop by Seljalandsfoss, a magnificent 60 meter tall waterfall that is sourced from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier.

 





The ice and fire

The ice and fire

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards the amazing glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier fed by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap – 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. The glacier catches the travelers eye already from the main road. Leaving the bus you will put on a harness and a helmets and crampons will be fitted to your shoes. Next you will walk along the path leading to the glacier for about 15 minutes while enjoying the beauty of nature. This distance shows you how much the glacier melted since 1995, when the edge of Sólheimajökull was next to the parking lot. You will experience hiking on the glacier, your guide will take you safely through deep crevasses, moulins, ice caves and other wonders of the glacier.

On our way to Reykjavík we will stop by the walking path to the hot river in Reykjadalur valley. After a short walk we will explore hot springs in the Hengill area. The colorful boiling, steamy ponds will contrast beautifully with green grass. A half an hour walk will take us to the hot river. We will find a perfect spot, where the cold mountain spring mixes with hot geothermal water, giving us the perfect temperature to soak in.





South Coast and Glacier Hike

South Coast and Glacier Hike

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards Skógafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls on the South Coast. It is 15 meters wide and about 60 meters tall. There is a staircase on the right side of the waterfall that leads to the view platform on the top. At the top of the staircase is the trailhead for the Fimmvörðuháls hike, a beautiful 25 kilometers hike to Þórsmörk valley. An old Icelandic folk story says that the first settler in the area Þrosi Þórólfsson has hidden a treasure under the waterfall. Many volunteers tried to find it in the river, but all they could find was a ring from the chest. The ring was fitted to the church door in Skógar. After demolishing the church the ring has been moved to a display in Skógar Folk Museum.

Our next stop will be the amazing glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier fed by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap – the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. The glacier catches the travelers eye already from the main road. Leaving the bus you will put on a harness and a helmet and crampons will be fitted to your shoes. Next you will walk along the path leading to the glacier for about 15 minutes to enjoy the areas natural beauty. This distance shows how much the glacier has melted since 1995, when the edge of Sólheimajökull was next to the parking lot. You will experience hiking on the glacier, your guide will take you safely through deep crevasses, moulins, ice caves and other wonders of the glacier.

After the hike we will head towards the Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara where also we will get some lunch. Reynisfjara is a sandy black beach close to close to the town of Vík. The beach was created during a volcanic flood called jökulhlaup after an eruption in the Katla volcano. One of the more popular sites on the beach is a large columnar basalt cave called Hálsnefshellir. On the eastern side of Reynisfjara out in the sea we can find the 66 meter tall Reynisdrangar rock pillars. Legend says they used to be trolls turned to stone with the first ray of sunshine.

Our last stop on the way back to Reykjavik will be Seljalandsfoss, a magnificent 60 meter tall waterfall that takes its origin from the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. A small cave behind the waterfall and the pathway leading through it gives you an opportunity to take amazing pictures. Just next to Seljalandsfoss is another waterfall called Gljúfrabúi – a waterfall hidden in a narrow canyon.





Snæfellsnes – Iceland in a nutshell

Snæfellsnes – Iceland in a nutshell

During this tour we will leave Reykjavik and drive to the north. After a short breakfast stop we will head to Snæfellsnes, which means “snowy mountain peninsula”. Our first stop will be the line of amazing basalt columns at Gerðuberg. Next, will drive towards Rauðfeldsgjá. After a short hike we will go into a narrow canyon, mentioned in old Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss – a late saga of Icelanders. In this place we might get wet and we have to be careful on the slippery rocks. From there we will drive to Arnarstapi, where from the town center we will be welcomed by the statue of Bárður Snæfellsás – the protector of the Snæfellsjökull. The incredible coastline includes basalt columns, basalt caves and popular hollow cliff – Gatklettur. Leaving Arnarstapi, we will enter “Snæfellsjökull National Park” – the youngest national park in Iceland. Snæfellsjökull, thanks to Jules Verne, is one of the most famous Icelandic mountain, as “The Journey to the Centre of the Earth” begins inside. This glacier-covered volcano has been quiet for the last 1800 years, but it’s not considered dormant – in the past 10 000 years Snæfellsjökull has had three major eruptions. We will stop by the beautiful basalt columns Lóndrangar, where we will have an incredible view over the glacier and the sea. Our next stop will be a wonderful hike to the top of the volcanic crater Saxhóll, which gives us panoramic view around the magnificent lava fields. The last stop on our tour will be on the northern part of the peninsula, by the “Church Mountain” – Kirkjufell. This lonely narrow mountain in the middle of the fjord is the main destination for many photographers. From there we will head back to Reykjavik, where we will drop you off to you hotels or designated bus stops.





Reykjanes peninsula

Reykjanes peninsula

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards Bláfjöll or Blue Mountains, just 30 minutes from Reykjavik. We will put on helmets and after just a 5 minute walk we will enter an underground world. Leiðarendi is one of many volcanic caves in Iceland. It was formed during an eruption, when a river of lava flowed through the terrain and the ceiling cooled down faster than the inside, around 2000 years ago. The name means “End of the road” and it is a 900 meters circular tunnel. Inside we can find amazing rock formations such as stalagmites and stalactites. Walk through the cave takes about an hour and leads through narrow tunnels at parts, where crawling is necessary. Your guide will explain the geology and history of this amazing place. We will spend about an hour underground and afterwards we will head towards the geothermal area Seltún, a part of a much bigger geothermal area Krýsuvík. On our way there we will stop at the viewpoint next to the beautiful lake Kleifarvatn – the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula. Our next stop is the Gunnuhver geothermal area, with a beautiful view. You can take a short hike to the lighthouse at Reykjanesviti and further towards the coast, where you can admire amazing sea cliffs and Eldey island on the horizon. Our last  stop will be a bridge between continents. You will have a unique experience of walking between two continental tectonic plates. From there we will head back to Reykjavik, where your guide will drop you off to your hotels.





Northern lights and caving

Northern lights and caving

In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards Bláfjöll or Blue Mountains, just 30 minutes from Reykjavik. We will put on helmets and after just a 5 minute walk we will enter an underground world. Leiðarendi is one of many volcanic caves in Iceland. It was formed during an eruption, when a river of lava flowed through the terrain and the ceiling cooled down faster than the inside, around 2000 years ago. The name means “End of the road” and it is a 900 meters circular tunnel. Inside we can find amazing rock formations such as stalagmites and stalactites. Walking through the cave takes about an hour and leads through narrow tunnels at parts, where crawling is necessary. Your guide will explain the geology and history of this amazing place.

After sunset we will start the second part of our tour – The Northern Lights hunt. Your guide will take you to the best location with the highest chance to spot the aurora borealis. In the evening you will be dropped off to your hotel/bus stop at around 00:00.





Lava Tube Leidarendi

Lava Tube Leidarendi

We In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards Blue Mountains, just 30 minutes from Reykjavik. On the parking lot we will put helmets on and just after 5 minutes walk we will enter the underground world. Leidarendi is one of many volcanic caves in Iceland. It was formed during eruption, when river of lava flows through the terrain and the ceiling cools down faster than inside, around 2000 years ago. The name means “End of the road” and it is around 900 meters circular tunnel. Inside we can find amazing rock formations such as stalagmites and stalactites. Walk through the cave takes about an hour and leads through narrow tunnels at some parts, where crawling is necessary. Your guide will explain the geology and history of this amazing place. We will spend about an hour underground and after we will head back to Reykjavik, where your guide will drop you off to your hotels.





Golden Circle and Northern Lights

Golden Circle and Northern Lights

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is one of two places in Iceland (and one of two countries in the world) where you can see a continental place on the surface of the earth. The place is located on Mid-Atlantic Ridge a boundary between North American and Eurasian tectonic plate. Valley is still volcanically active, there have been three major eruptions 10 thousand, 3 thousand and 2 thousand years ago. In central part of the valley lays the lake with the same name – Thingvellirvatn. Research says that it started to appear around 12 thousand years ago. Currently water in the lake comes from melting glacier Langjokull. Thingvellir is also very important historic site. The national parliament of Iceland called Alþing (Althing) was founded in 930 and held sessions until 1798. That makes it the oldest continuously existing parliament in the world.

After walking around the park we will get into the bus and drive to Gullfoss waterfall. The Golden Waterfall, also known as Niagara Falls of Iceland. The waterfall is a part of Hvita river, that is fed by glacier Langjokull. Waterfall itself is 32 meters high and consists of two cascades – first one is 11 meters tall, second one has 21 meters. In the early XX century there were plans to build a power plant on the waterfall, but the plans were cancelled either due to protests of local people or because lack of funds for the project.

From Gullfoss we will head to Geysir geothermal area. That will be our sightseeing/lunch stop. Geysir is a geothermal area in Haukadalur valley. The most famous one – Geysir, currently has low activity stage right now, but in the past used to send the water up to 70 meters into the air. Geysirs little brother is nearby geyser Strokkur. This one erupts every 5-8 minutes and goes up to 30 meters. How does a geyser work? There is a water chamber deep in the ground with walls covered with silica. Water is heated by magma lying beneath it and starts to boil. Pressure in the water chamber rises and pushes the water out to the surface. After eruption water comes back to the chamber and it is heated up again.

After the sunset we will start second part of our tour – The Northern Lights hount. Your guide will pick up the best location with the highest chances to spot aurora borealis. In the evening you will be dropped off to your hotel/bus stop around 23:00.





Golden Circle and Lava Tube

Golden Circle and Lava Tube

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is one of two places in Iceland (and one of two countries in the world) where you can see a continental place on the surface of the earth. The place is located on Mid-Atlantic Ridge a boundary between North American and Eurasian tectonic plate. Valley is still volcanically active, there have been three major eruptions 10 thousand, 3 thousand and 2 thousand years ago. In central part of the valley lays the lake with the same name – Thingvellirvatn. Research says that it started to appear around 12 thousand years ago. Currently water in the lake comes from melting glacier Langjokull. Thingvellir is also very important historic site. The national parliament of Iceland called Alþing (Althing) was founded in 930 and held sessions until 1798. That makes it the oldest continuously existing parliament in the world.

After walking around the park we will get into the bus and drive to Gullfoss waterfall. The Golden Waterfall, also known as Niagara Falls of Iceland. The waterfall is a part of Hvita river, that is fed by glacier Langjokull. Waterfall itself is 32 meters high and consists of two cascades – first one is 11 meters tall, second one has 21 meters. In the early XX century there were plans to build a power plant on the waterfall, but the plans were cancelled either due to protests of local people or because lack of funds for the project.

From Gullfoss we will head to Geysir geothermal area. That will be our sightseeing/lunch stop. Geysir is a geothermal area in Haukadalur valley. The most famous one – Geysir, currently has low activity stage right now, but in the past used to send the water up to 70 meters into the air. Geysirs little brother is nearby geyser Strokkur. This one erupts every 5-8 minutes and goes up to 30 meters. How does a geyser work? There is a water chamber deep in the ground with walls covered with silica. Water is heated by magma lying beneath it and starts to boil. Pressure in the water chamber rises and pushes the water out to the surface. After eruption water comes back to the chamber and it is heated up again.

After Geysir we will go to one of Iceland’s famous lava caves. Caves are formed when river of lava flows through the terrain and the ceiling cools down faster than inside. We will put helmets with headlamps on our heads and go exploring one of couple of thousands years old volcanic tunnels. We will spend about an hour underground and after we will head back to Reykjavik, where your guide will drop you off to your hotels around 18:30.