Wild North 12 Hour Tour of Grabrok Crater, Kolugljufur & Borgarvirki with Transfer from Reykjavik
Jump aboard this Super Jeep tour for an adventure to the wild, untouched beauty of North Iceland. With incredible scenery, rich wildlife, and a vehicle that ensures your tour is personal and comfortable, this is not an excursion to be missed.
You’ll be picked up early in the morning and make your way north. The first stop will be a lovely location called Bifröst, where you can take a pleasant walk to the twin craters Grábrók and Grábrókarfell.
The Grábrók crater is large and dramatic, while Grábrókarfell is smaller and covered with moss and birch bushes. The view from these craters is stunning.
Following them, you’ll visit Kolugljúfur, a magnificent canyon famed for its beautiful waterfalls, collectively called Kolufossar. According to legend, a troll-woman named Kola used to sleep on a ledge by the falls, and catch salmon from the waters with her bare hands. Watching the peaceful river reach the canyon and tumble down, dramatic and pristine, is a magical experience.
The next stop will be Borgarvirki, nicknamed ‘the Citadel’; nature formed this massive basalt fortress, but it was altered by the early Icelanders in the area, turning it into a pseudo-castle. According to the sagas, it was impenetrable, keeping its host clan safe from all invaders.
It is possible to take steps to the top of Borgarvirki for some incredible panoramic views. There is a viewfinder up here, which will point out other notable landmarks in the surrounding area.
Following the Citadel, you will head to the Vatnsnes peninsula, one of Iceland’s best locations for seal-watching, and the bay Húnaflói, which translates to ‘Bear Bay’. It is not unheard of for lost polar bears from Greenland to wind up here. The peninsula has a charming village you will stop at called Hvammstangi.
Next, you will see Hvítserkur, the most famous rock formation in Iceland. Rising from the water on three ‘legs’, many compare its appearance to an elephant drinking. Folklore, however, claims it to be a troll, who entered the bay to hurl rocks at a local monastery; the beast stayed out too long, however, and was petrified into its current state by the light of the rising sun.
Hvítserkur is also a popular bird-watching location. Though only 15 metres (49 feet) tall, many creatures nest in its hidden nooks, especially in summer.
The north of Iceland is renowned for its incredible sights, though too few have the opportunity to see them. Immerse yourself in the wild, beautiful North. Check availability by choosing a date.
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The weather in Iceland changes quickly, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you get too warm.