West and South Iceland Day Tour | History, Culture and Nature

West and South Iceland Day Tour | History, Culture and Nature
Iceland's historical heroes are not traditionally warriors; they are writers, activists, change-makers and artists.
In spite of its humble appearance, Skálholt was once a capital of Iceland.
Grænavatn on the Reykjanes Peninsula is a bizarre and beautiful lake.
Krýsuvík is one of two geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the other being Gunnuhver.
Iceland is internationally renowned for its volcanism; on the Reykjanes Peninsula, you can clearly see why.
Adventure through west and south Iceland with the adventurous spirit imbued into the Sun Voyager sculpture.

Come along on this exciting tour in a small minibus to explore historical, cultural and natural sites of west and south Iceland. This adventure should not be missed by those seeking an alternative sightseeing experience in the land of ice and fire. 

After a pickup from Reykjavík, you will first head to Hveragerði, a small town 45 km away. Hveragerði is the hot spring capital of the country and spreads out across a 5,000-year-old lava field. The geothermal activity here is so intense that hot springs have literally emerged in people's houses; boiling water runs just below the surface of the earth.

After enjoying Hveragerði, you will drive to see the unique waterfall Urriðafoss, a feature in the Þjórsá river. This is Iceland's longest river, and Urriðafoss is one of the most voluminous waterfalls in the country. The surrounding nature is the Þjórsárhraun lava field, the result of the greatest lava flow on earth since the Ice Age.

Next, you will head to Íslenski Bærinn, to find the historic turf houses that kept Icelanders alive for centuries. There is a museum here that you will have admission to, and local residents will tell you all about this old Icelandic style. They'll also present you with cakes and coffee.

After this informative stop at Íslenski Bærinn, you will drive through two small charming villages, Stokkseyri and Eyrabakki. Those villages were known for their fisheries and Eyrarbakki was the biggest trading centre in Iceland a few centuries ago.

You will next head to the coastal, birdwatching area of Selvogur, where you can enjoy a warm traditional Icelandic lamb soup.

Finally, you will head onto the Reykjanes Peninsula. You'll first see Seltún, a seething geothermal area, before heading to the explosion crater lakes of Grænavatn and Kleifarvatn. After marvelling over these astounding attractions, you'll head back to Reykjavík. 

Don’t miss this unique and spectacular sightseeing tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: South Shore, South Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Krýsuvík, Strandakirkja, Reykjanes, Hveragerði, Kleifarvatn, Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri, Grænavatn, Seltún Geothermal Area, Urriðafoss, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pick up starts at 08:30 am but you might have to wait 15-20 minutes, but be ready outside at 08:30. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Pick-up and drop-off

  • English-speaking guide

  • Access to Íslenski Bærinn turf houses

  • Traditional cakes and pastries

  • Traditional soup, bread and coffee

What to bring:
  • Warm, waterproof clothing

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