Icelanders take their legends, myths quite seriously. And the tales are quite interesting almost rationalizing it! Even the Snæfellsnes is named after a half troll half man Bárður Snæfellsás. Whether the poor young troll was wrongly accused and met his maker a bit early or not, the place is truly magical.
Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland has some of the most magnificent lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, waterfalls, mineral springs, beautifully formed rocks, yellow and black sand beaches as well as caves and very interesting bird colonies. From friendly seals to shark meat, this is where you get as traditionally Icelandic as possible! If you are brave enough you can taste the “delicious” rotten shark – followed quickly by a shot of Icelandic schnapps, or “brennivin” in case the taste is a bit overwhelming! Let’s just take off. The magical place is waiting, teaming with trolls and elves!
On arrival at Reykjavik - Keflavik International Airport, get transferred to Hotel. It's the day to get acclimatized to the place. Enjoy the city at your leisure. Close the day with your first dinner in Reykjavik at one of Iceland´s best restaurants: Dill or Fish Market.
Watch the beautiful midnight sun before settling down for the night.
Today starts with an action packed adventure. Start with the incredible Geothermal helicopter tour.
This chopper ride takes you over one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland, the Hellisheiði plateau. You can see moss covered lava fields stretched out to the horizon, interspersed with colorful basalt mountains, steaming hot springs and the geothermal power plants that supply Reykjavik its renewable energy. Stop at the Hengill geothermal area and then continue to Nesjavallavirkjun, Bláfjöll mountain range, Reykjavik City and Kristnitökuhraun.
Once you get down, meet the private driver guide who will take you into the wild in two 4x4 Super Jeeps, exploring the rugged and stunningly beautiful Icelandic landscape of Þórsmörk Valley. This fantastic natural paradise is named after the Norse God Thor.
Since its situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull, its accessible only on 4WD vehicles as you need to cross glacial rivers. As you leave for Thórsmörk, stop by Gígjökull glacier where the eruption in 2010 dramatically altered the landscape. Visit Stakkholtsgjá, a massive canyon.
Enjoy a BBQ lunch in Thorsmork and en route visit Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can actually walk behind!
Today you will explore the famous Golden Circle. First stop will be at Hveragerði some say is the hot springs capital of Iceland . Hveragerði may be seen from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5,000 year-old lava field. Troughout the year, pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town may be seen rising up out of the ground.
Continue on your journey and stop at Friðheimar Farm is a family owned busines and their principle has been to grow tomatoes with optimum taste quality, while maintaining eco-friendly standards. The tomatoes are grown all year, using state-of-the-art technology in an environmentally-friendly way. Green energy, pure water and biological pest controls make for tasty and healthful tomatoes. Cucumbers have also been cultivated at Friðheimar since 2011.
Next, drive across fertile farmlands to the breathtaking Gullfoss ‘Golden’ Waterfall where a narrow path provides close-up views of the thundering two-tiered cascade below.
On the way, visit Thingvellir and Geysir a geothermal area where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and boiling pools of mud bubble.
Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) is Iceland’s greatest historical site and a jewel of nature. It is the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the N. American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Thingvellir is also where the first ever parliament was created by the Vikings in the year 930. Enjoy an easy hike in this stunning area.
Enjoy an exhilarating snowmobile adventure on Langjökull glacier! While the south is certainly spectacular from “below” nothing beats experiencing it from “above”, snowmobiling on top of the glacier. The snowmobile tour is the perfect length of time for first-time riders and individuals looking for a scenic, fun ride, exploring and experiencing the wilderness, glacier and the breathtaking views.
Today explore the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula with your private driver-guide. This is a unique area with a variety of geological interests such as lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, mineral springs, beautifully formed rocks, yellow and black sand beaches as well as caves and very interesting bird colonies. On a clear day you will enjoy a view of the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped strato volcano at the very end of the peninsula. Stop at Ytri Tunga sandy beach- this charming Icelandic beach is a great place for children to run around and seal spot! It’s one of the best places in Iceland to see them especially in July. The seals are friendly and curious and often climb up on the rocks near the sandy beach. Continue to explore the Snælfellsnes peninsula. Visit Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, a family run museum and production of fermented shark meat, a traditional Icelandic dish loved or loathed by natives. If you are brave enough you can taste the “delicious” rotten shark – followed quickly by a shot of Icelandic schnapps, or “brennivin” in case the taste is a bit overwhelming! The museum features shark fishing paraphernalia and the family´s old fishing gear, from fishing hats to boat and everything in between. Your private chef from your villa will make you a delicious packed lunch to eat in the amazing moss covered lava fields on Berserkjahraun (Berserk lava), one the most beautiful lava fields in Iceland. The moss is extremely soft and some say better to sleep on than any mattress!
After visiting the Seal Center hop aboard a private boat for a Sealwatching experience from Hvammstangi. During the summer you have the perfect opportunity to see seals in their natural environment. Seals are sea mammals that live in the northern hemisphere. They keep close to the shores so they can crawl up on big rocks or beaches to rest. Even though seals are wild animals, it does not take them long to get used to the closeness of humans. Seals are curious by nature so with a good camera, and a telephoto lens, you can expect to get marvelous photos of them in their natural environment.
The last stop on thie epic adventure isBorgarfjörður, Iceland’s second largest lowland area, rich in farming, lakes and rivers for fishing, rugged scenery with chasms and waterfalls, with glaciers forming a majestic backdrop on the western rim of the highlands. Drive in a Super Jeep past the historic site of Reykholt, where the poet and politician Snorri Sturluson lived in the 12th century. Visit Deildartunguhver at 180 l/sec of 100°C hot water it has the highest flow rate of hot springs in Europe.
Admire the picturesque waterfalls Barnafoss (Children’s Falls) and Hraunfossar (Lava falls), a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of a lava field.
Visit the Ice Cave, a man-made cave that stretches deep inside the glacier and consists of a series of tunnels and caves carved through solid glacier ice. The Ice Cave is located about 30 meters below the glacier’s surface and you will ride right up to the ice tunnel and walk down into the magnificent ice caves beneath the ice cap. Your expert guide will take you on this fantastic journey into the icy netherworld deep within the glacier.
Close the night at the hotel that is a short walk from the Blue Lagoon.
Built in harmony with the surrounding landscape, it offers an oasis of calm, relaxation, and healing. The beautiful frosty blue water comes straight from the depths of the earth, it is loaded with minerals, salts, blue-green algae and silica. These elements are believed to possess therapeutic powers. The view of the lagoon is spellbinding and the temperature of the water always fluctuates between 37 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius.
It's the perfect way to close your trip in Iceland.
Silica Hotel is a just short walk from the Blue Lagoon. The hotel offers its own private bathing lagoon which is available for hotel guests every day from 09:00 to 22:00. Built in harmony with the surrounding landscape, it offers an oasis of calm, relaxation, and healing. Spend your last day relaxing in the private lagoon at Silica Hotel or walk through to the main lagoon. This is an experience not to be missed. The beautiful frosty blue water comes straight from the depths of the earth, it is loaded with minerals, salts, blue-green algae and silica. These elements are believed to possess therapeutic powers. The view of the lagoon is spellbinding and the temperature of the water always fluctuates between 37 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius.
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