Iceland‘s highlights in 5 days
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Snæfellsnes has long been believed to be one of the world’s major cosmic energy centers and a haven for sea and bird life.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is dominated by the glacier-covered dormant Snæfellsnes volcano. The first stop of the day is at the small hamlet Búðir, a beautiful spot where the only remainders of the old fishing village are a charming church and graveyard.
After this photogenic place, we go over to the small fishing village called Arnarstapi. As well as having a charming port it’s also where you can go see Gatklettur (Hellnar Arch), a little-known gem that’s been shaped by the eroding force of the sea into a picturesque arch. Close by is the old fishing village Hellnar where we can enjoy coffee and waffles before heading down to the sea to see the beautiful rock formations.
Our next stop is within the National park. Djúpalónssandur is a beautiful black colored pebbled/sandy beach with dramatic cliffs emerging from the shore.
From there we travel North and go see one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell (Church mountain). On the opposite side of the road is the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall which is beautiful on its own but getting pictures of them together can creating stunning results.
Spend the night in the area.
We begin our second day by driving to Stykkishólmur, often called the capital of Snæfellsnes, and embark on an included three hour boat cruise among the 2700 islands whose spectacular rock formations make this a paradise for birdlife.
After lunch the tour continues to Borgarfjörður where we will visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful geothermal spring.
Iceland's literary heritage and the magnificent sagas call for a short visit to historic Reykholt, the home of Iceland’s greatest saga writer, Snorri Sturluson.
Here you can see Snorralaug, a hot spring where Snorri bathed and might be the oldest handmade structure in Iceland.
The next section of the journey brings us to two waterfalls, the magical Hraunfossar, a series of enchanting lava waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming out of Hallmundarhraun as well as the beautiful cascades of Barnafoss, the ‘Children’s Waterfall’, with its tragic tale. The final stop of the day is the spectacular man made ice tunnel (into the glacier) before we make our way back to the hotel we drive through a dramatic highland road leading to the bleak and haunted Kaldidalur valley.
At the end of the day we arrive at our hotel in the area of Flúðir or Laugavatn.
This classic drive begins with a visit to Thingvellir, a National Park and site of the World’s oldest parliament established in 930AD and has featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004.
The entrance to Thingvellir is a walk through the Almannagja gorge, visible evidence of plate tectonic activity on the European-American fault-line which still today is pushing the two continents apart and creating Iceland, geology’s youngest country.
Onwards to the thundering rainbow-ringed Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. From Gullfoss we drive into the thermal landscape around iconic Geysir with the erupting hot springs.
You will catch glimpses of the mighty Langjokull glacier and also have the option of joining a snowmobiling tour.
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Here you will see beautiful waterfalls like the impressive Seljalandsfoss, where the brave can walk behind the cascade, not to mention the powerful Skógafoss which carries water from Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull.
The black volcano beaches of the south leaves no one untouched with panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean on one side and glaciers on the other.
Sights like Dyrholaey are quite impressive; on the black beaches you have view over this little island that is a peak in the ocean.
Þórsmörk is a magnificent valley named after Þór (Thor), the god of Thunder.
The amazing nature of green valleys, mountains, clear water creeks and majestic glacial rivers make Þórsmörk one of Iceland’s most beautiful places for hiking.
Þórsmörk is an oasis because of its unique location between 3 glaciers.
The glaciers and mountains on all sides provide shelter from harsh weather conditions and because of that Þórsmörk has its own weather system.
The diverse flora and magnificent landscape is a must for nature lovers.
The dramatic Gígjökull ended up in an incredible glacial lagoon but after the eruption in 2010 this sight changed for years to come.
The drive to Þórsmörk is highly enjoyable in our Super Jeeps because in order to reach Þórsmörk we have to cross glacial rivers and rough tracks.
At the end of the day we take you to your hotel in Reykjavík or to Keflavík airport, depending on your flight schedule.
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