Back in Time
Come along on this exciting tour in a small minibus which will take you back in time.
Hveragerði is a small town 45 km from Reykjavík. Hveragerði is the hot spring capital of the world. The small town may be seen from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5,000 year-old lava field. Hveragerði's, most precious gem is it's geothermal park. There can not be many towns in the world with hot springs literally in peoples back yard. Troughout the year, pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town may be seen rising up out of the ground and a new hot spring area broke through the ground in the earthquake that shook Iceland's southern part in 2008 and one of the hot springs broke up through the floor in one of the locals living room. Several very active hot springs can be seen that throw colorful mud and clear water in the air.
After driving through Hveragerði we will drive to see the unique waterfall Urriðafoss which is a waterfall in Þjórsá River. Þjórsá is Iceland's longest river, 230 km, and Urriðafoss is the most voluminous waterfall in the country. This mighty river drops down (360 m3/sec) by the edge of Þjórsárhraun lava field in beautiful and serene surroundings. Þjórsárhraun lava field is the result of the greatest lava flow on earth since the Ice Age. You might be surprised when you see Urriðafoss.
Íslenski Bærinn, is a unique place where nature is part of the house. The old turf houses kept Icelanders alive and nurtured their culture for centuries. The turf houses were mostly made of turf and stones. The museum is located at Austur-Meðalholt of Flói parish in the south of Iceland, where one of Iceland’s best preserved turf farms can be found. It is an example of the houses built of natural material, a subtle and almost seamless extension of nature itself. A local reisidents will guide you through the museum and inform you all about this old housing in Iceland and also you will have a taste of the delicious traditional cakes and pastries.
After this informative stop at Íslenski Bærinn we will drive through two small charming villages, Stokkseyri and Eyrabakki by the seaside close to Selfoss. Those villages were known for fishery and Eyrarbakki was the biggest trading center in Iceland in the old days.
Selvogur is bays on the southwest coast tranquil with rich bird life. The original Strandarkirkja church is said to have been built by shipwrecked seamen whose prayers for rescue were miraculously answered. Even today, many people still pledge donations to the church in the hope of help to overcome illness or adversity. In Selvogur we will have a taste of the warm traditional Icelandic lamb soup.
We will go from Selvogur to Seltún in an important high temperature geothermal area and the explotion crater Grænavatn and Kleifarvatn wich is about 10 km². The lake Kleifarvatn is the largest of Reykjanes peninsula and the third largest of southern Iceland. It is about 97 m deep and one of the deepest lakes in Iceland.
After you return to the city, the rest of the evening is yours to explore the restaurants and cafés, take in a show, or simply wander the streets admiring what you see.
Don’t miss this unique and spectacular tour. Check the booking availability by pressing “Choose a date” above.
- Available: Oct. - Nov.
- Duration: 9 hours
- Activities: Cultural Activity
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Icelandic
Ca. 15 minutes drive eastwards from Krysuvik, by the sea is the old church Strandakirkja in Selvogur. The sea waves there are breathtaking.
This area offers some of the most awe-inspiring breaker waves that you are likely to see. The church itself has been central in Icelandic seamen’s prayers for centuries and is definitely worth a visit.
Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the southwest of Iceland, around 45 km from the capital Reykjavik. Around 2300 people live in Hveragerði. The river Varmá runs through it. The town is well known for its greenhouses and strong geothermal activity, in particular the nearby Reykjadalur valley.
In the scenic Reykjadalur ('Steam Valley') you have the hot water stream falling down the slopes of the valley. The mountain range is ideal for relaxing and the valley offers a rich variety of hot pools and geothermal springs. It is also possible to have a dip in the river.
There are nice botanical areas and parks in the town, many recreational activities are available, excellent hiking trails as well as nice hotels and a camping ground. A number of museums can be found, such as the Árnesingar art museum. The town hosts an annual culture and family festival in August.
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, 9,1 km², as well as one of Iceland's deepest lakes, reaching a depth of 97 meters. It lies on the fizzure sone of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Kleifarvatn is is located in the southern part of Reykjanes, near the Krysuvik geothermal area and another geothermal area to the east. Following an earthquake in 2000 the lake started receding but has now recovered. However, steam may still be seen rising by the lake's border. The steam comes from hot springs that were revealed during the earthquake.
The crime novel Kleifarvatn by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason was named after this lake.
Eyrarbakki is a fishing village in south Iceland with a population of around 570 people, located at the end of the great Þjórsá lava field. For centuries Eyrarbakki was a main port and trading centre for the south.
The oldest house in Eyrarbakki, built in 1765, features a regional folk museum and there is a charming old church in the village, built in 1890. The breaking waves seen from the seaside are breathtaking. The nature around Eyrarbakki holds a particular attraction and there are good opportunities for enjoying the rich birdlife of the area, particularly at the Flói natural reserve, north of the town.
Stokkseyri is a village of about 445 people in South Iceland, founded on the great Thjorsarhraun lava. In former times Stokkseyri was an important fishing center and trading village.
Notable attractions are the Ghost Center and the Elf-Troll and Northern Lights Museum, both located in the village’s Culture House.
About 5 km from Stokkseyri you can see the Knarraos lighthouse, an interesting blend of art noveau and functionalism styles. Furthermore, the Stokkseyri shore offers some of the most impressive braker waves in Iceland.
We also recommend the excellent and highly renowned seafood restaurant Fjorubordid.
Starting time : 08:30
Pick-up and drop-of at your acommodation in Reykjavik and in the Reykjavik area
Snacks from Local Tours
Access to Íslenski Bærinn
Traditional cakes and pastries
Traditional soup, bread and coffie
What to bring:
Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather