The Frozen West - Private

TOUR ID: AT-05P

This day begins with a drive on the dramatic highland road leading to the bleak and haunted Kaldidalur valley and Langjökull glacier.

On our way past Þingvellir (not stopping) we turn off the tarmac and on to mountain roads, past Sandkluftavatn lake until we reach Húsafell. There you have an option of buying something to eat or simply taking a look around the birch “forest”. Next, we drive to Langjökull glacier, the second largest glacier in Iceland. We take you all the way up to the tunnel entrance of Into the glacier.

This man-made ice tunnel is one of only 4 in the world and walking under and within the moving glacier is quite the experience. This is your chance to explore a tunnel that reaches deep within the spectacular ice cap glacier. Here you will witness amazing blue ice formations and being deep inside the ice cave is simply a magical moment.

Then we drive towards Borgarfjörður and the magical waterfall Hraunfossar, a series of enchanting lava waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming out of Hallmundarhraun as well as the beautiful cascades of Barnafoss, with its tragic tale. 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. From Reykholt we begin the return journey to Reykjavík via Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful geothermal spring.

Most of the water is used for central heating in neighboring towns but one of the most special things about is it that it’s the home of a very rare fern (Blechnum Spicant) that doesn’t grow anywhere else in Iceland. After all the geo-power the tour continues to Hvalfjörður, Whale Fjord, with its controversial history of whaling before we reach Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

Kaldidalur

Kaldidalur (e. cold valley) is the shortest highland tracks traversing the Icelandic highlands. The road does not require a 4x4 vehicle but it's ideal

Langjökull Ice cave

Langjökull is Iceland's second largest glacier. Despite its size not many river directly originate from there. The glacier is shrinking quite fast and covers 2 volcanic systems. Volcanically the region is relatively quiet.

Húsafell / Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets. Right next to them is another waterfall called Barnafoss.

Deildartunguhver

Deildartunguhver is a hot spring in Reykholtsdalur valley. It is Europe's most powerful hot spring and most of its water is used for central heating in neighbouring towns.

Reykholt

Reykholt is a historical site. Here is one of the oldest hot pools in the country called Snorralaug. it also has a centre for researches in medieval times called Snorrastofa. Snorri Sturluson was a poet, politician and writer of famous Viking Tales.

SEASON: ALL YEAR

DURATION: 8-10 HOURS

LEVEL: EASY

PICK UP: 08:30 - 09:00

MINIMUM: 2 PERS.

DEPART FROM: REYKJAVIK

WHAT TO BRING

Warm clothes

Warm gloves & hat

Waterproof/warm coat

Suitable footwear

SERVICE INCLUDED

English Speaking Driver Guide

Ice cave admission fee

SERVICE NOT INCLUDED

Refreshments

Toilet Fee

PLEASE NOTE

In Iceland all itineraries are designed to be flexible taking weather conditions into account. We reserve the right to change your itinerary or cancel it with your safety in mind. At Amazing tours your safety is our priority. All glacier and adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Participants must be aware that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk and are undertaken entirely at their own risk. Amazing Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.

WHAT TO WEAR

Dress according to the weather. Please wear/bring warm, comfortable clothing and waterproof outer layer, sturdy hiking boots, gloves and wool/fleece hat.

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