10-tägiges Sommer-Reisepaket | Ringstraßen-Rundreise & Reykjavík
Schließe dich diesem 10-tägigen Abenteuer an und entdecke so viel wie möglich, während du an populären Outdoor-Aktivitäten teilnimmst. Erlebe ein Abenteuer im Minibus rund um Island sowie zwei freie Tage in der nördlichsten Hauptstadt der Welt, Reykjavík.
Dieser Tour kombiniert die besten Sehenswürdigkeiten Islands, die Blaue Lagune, den Golden Circle, die Gletscherlagune Jökulsárlón sowie Mývatn und Dettifoss im Norden und den schwarzen Sandstrand von Reynisfjara, nahe des Fischerortes Vík.
Die Rundreise beginnt in Reykjavík, führt uns in den Süden des Landes zum Vatnajökull Nationalpark und bringt uns anschließend entlang der Ostküste bis zum Mývatn See im Nord-Osten von Island. Von dort passieren wir Akureyri und erkunden die einzigartige Halbinsel Tröllaskagi, bevor wir uns anschließend ins bezaubernde Borgarfjörður-Gebiet mit dem Wasserfall Hraunfossar begeben.
Um deiner Reise noch die Krone aufzusetzen, entspannst du dich im Anschluss der Rundreise im milchig-blauen Wasser der berühmten Blauen Lagune.
Dieses Paket bietet dir eine problemlose, aber dennoch aufregende Reise durch Island. Du wirst während der 6-tägigen Rundreise von einem Fahrer und einem Guide begleitet, wohingegen du eine entspannende und persönliche Zeit in der Hauptstadt verbringen kannst. Außerdem hast du die Möglichkeiten, einige der zahlreichen extra Aktivitäten zu deinem Reisepaket hinzuzubuchen. Wir übernehmen die Planung deiner Unterkünfte und den Transfer vom/zum internationalen Flughafen in Keflavík.
Aufgrund hoher Nachfrage und begrenzter Verfügbarkeit empfehlen wir, frühestmöglich zu buchen, um mit uns diesen Sommer Island zu bereisen! Prüfe direkt die Verfügbarkeit, indem du ein Datum auswählst.
- Verfügbarkeit: Mai. - Nov.
- Dauer: 10 Tage
- Aktivitäten: Gletscherwanderung, Wanderung, Walbeobachtung, Besichtigungen, Bootsrundfahrt, Hot Pot
- Schwierigkeitsstufe: Einfach
- Mindestalter: 12 Jahre
- Sprachen: English
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital of a sovereign state in the world.
Despite a small population (120.000 and more than 200.000 in the Greater Reykjavik area), it is a vibrant city that draws an ever increasing number of visitors. It is the financial, cultural and governmental centre of Iceland. It also has a reputation of being one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world.
The city of Reykjavik is located in southwest Iceland by the creek of the same name. Throughout the ages, the landscape has been shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and the area is geothermal. Much of the current city area area was subglacial during the Ice Age, with the glacier reaching as far as the Álftanes peninsula, while other areas lay under the sea. After the end of the ice age the land rose as the glaciers drifted away, and it began to take on its present form.
The coastline of Reykjavik is set with peninsulas, coves, straights and islands, most notably the island of Videy, and seabirds and whales frequent the shores. The mountain ring as seen from the shore is particularly beautiful. Mount Esja is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavik and lends its distinct feature to the whole area. This majestic mountain is also highly popular for climbing. Other notable mountains that can be seen from the seaside are Akrafjall and Skardsheidi and on clear days one may even see as far to the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier, at the end of the Snafellsnes peninsula.
The largest river to run through the city is Ellidaa in Ellidaardalur valley, which is also one of Iceland‘s best rivers for salmon fishing.
There are no trains or trams in Iceland, but most people travel by car. The city also operates a bus system. There are two major harbours in town, the old harbour in the centre and Sundahofn in the east. The domestic Reykjavik Airport is located at Vatnsmyrin, not far from the city centre and close to Oskjuhlid and Perlan. The international Keflavik Airport at Midnesheidi heath then lies around 50 km from the city. Cars, jeeps and bicycles can be readily rented in the city and many organized tours are also being offered.
What to See & Do in Reykjavik
The local arts scene is strong in Iceland, with both annual events and single ones, many of whom have hit the international stage. For the annual ones please check our articles Best Annual Events in Iceland and the Top Ten Festivals in Iceland. Major events taking place in Reykjavik include the Iceland Airwaves, Gay Pride, RIFF (The Reykjavik International Film Festival), The Reykjavik Literature Festival, Cultural Night, the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Food & Fun, the Reykjavik Fashion Festival and the Sónar music festival.
Among famous people from Reykjavik are artists Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Sigur Ros, writers Halldor Laxness (born in Laugavegur) and Arnaldur Indridason and mayor Jon Gnarr. For more well-known and fairly-well known Icelanders, check our article on the subject.
You might also want to check our article on some of the many things to see and do in Reykjavik, such as visiting the city‘s many museums, exhibitions and galleries, checking out live music, visiting the Harpa music hall or the theatres, visiting the lighthouse at Grotta, the main shopping street of Laugavegur, visiting the old harbour and the flea market, going on a bird- and whale watching tour or visiting Videy island. We also have a top ten list of things to do.
Make sure to visit the public square of Austurvollur, one of the city‘s most popular gathering places, where you‘ll also find the national parliament, Althingi, the state church a statue of independence hero Jon Sigurdson, as well as cafés, bars and restaurants. Austurvollur was central in the 2008 protests, along with Laekjargata, home to the House of Government. You are also not likely to miss the great church of Hallgrimskirkja that towers over the city from the hill of Skolavorduholt, wherefrom you‘ll get a great view of the city.
Try a walk by the city pond, greet the many birds that frequent the area and visit the city hall, stationed by its banks. The Hljomaskalagardur is a beautiful park that lies by the pond, it ideal for a nice walk and sometimes concerts get held there. Further off is the campus of the university of Iceland, the Nordic house and the Vatnsmyri wetland, a particularly pleasant place, but be mindful of not disturbing the wildlife there and keep to the pathways.
For a nice swim on a warm day, we particularly recommend Nautholsvik beach.
Visit the Laugardalur valley, home to one of the city‘s best swimming pools, as well as the Asmundarsafn gallery, a beautiful botanical garden and a domestic zoo. A walk by the Aegissida beach, with it‘s old fishing sheds, in the west part of Reykjavik also holds a particular charm. The aforementioned Elllidaardalur valley is also a popular resort.
Another place that offers one of the city‘s best (and free) views is Perlan, up in Oskjuhlid hill. The hill itself is a popular resort, with over 176.000 trees and great opportunities for walking and cycling.
Travel to Alftanes to see the president‘s house at Bessastadir, which is also a historical site in it‘s own right, having been the educational centre of Iceland for centuries. Nearby is a beautiful lava field, Galgahraun, well worth a visit, though there is currently an environmental struggle going on as to it‘s future state.
The city is furthermore a short drive from many of Iceland‘s major attractions, most famously the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. In close vicinity you‘ll also find the Heidmork preservation area, a favourite pastime resort of the people of Reykjavik, as well as the Blue Mountains, one of Iceland‘s most beloved skiing venues.
Check our Best of Reykjavik guide further for tips on the best cheap things to do in Reykjavik, some of the best restaurants in the city, happy hours, the top ten value places to eat and our two articles on the famous Reykjavik nightlife; Nightlife in Reykjavik and Nightlife and mating.
Finally, we‘d like to stress that these are only some suggestions of the many things you might check out in Reykjavik. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you‘ll be able to make the most of your visit and we wish you a pleasant stay in our capital.
Akureyri, ‘The Capital of the North’ is a town in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It lies just 100 km away from the Arctic Circle. It is Iceland’s second-largest urban area with a population of about 17,800.
Akureyri is an important fishing centre and port, but in the last few years tourism, industry, higher education and services have become the fastest growing sectors of the economy.
An international airport is located about 3 km from the center. A large number of cruisers also stop at Akureyri. One of Iceland's best skiing sites is found by Akureyri, at Hlidarfjall.
Traditionally Akureyri has survived on fisheries and some of Iceland’s largest fishing companies, like for example Samherji, have their headquarters there. Other large companies include Brim, Nordurmjolk, and Vifilfell hf, the largest brewery in Iceland.
FSA/Akureyri Hospital is a major employer in the area and is one of two major hospitals in Iceland.
Akureyri has excellent facilities for travelers and is located a short drive from many of Iceland’s top natural, cultural and historical attractions.
Nature & Landscape
Akureyri is surrounded by mountains, the highest one being Kerling (1538 m). The area around it has rich agriculture and a beautiful mountain ring.
The innermost part of the fjord, Pollurinn ('The Pool') further lends the town a special character. The climate in Akureyri is generally very pleasant.
The islands Hrisey in the middle of Eyfjordur and Grimsey, straddling the Artic Circle, both belong to the municipality of Akureyri. Hrisey is often called 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur' and Grimsey 'The Pearl of the Artic' and these beautiful and peaceful islands are highly popular with travelers.
History & Culture
During World War II the town was an important site for the Allies and the town grew considerably after the war, as people increasingly moved to urban areas.
Akureyri has a strong cultural scene, with several bars and renowned restaurants. Folk culture in general is more prevalent there than in Reykjavik. During the summer there are several notable festivals in Akureyri and its surroundings.
Sites of interest in Akureyri include the brand-new Hof concert hall and Akureyri’s many museums, The Nature Museum, Nonnahus, a.k.a. Jon Sveinsson Memorial Museum, for the writer, David's house or David Stefansson Memorial Museum, for the poet, Akureyri Art Museum.
Akureyri also has several churches, Akureyrarkirkja being the most notable, as well as beautiful botanical gardens. The old town is particularly charming, ideal for a nice walk.
Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. Conveniently located in the southeast by Route 1, about halfway between the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Höfn, it is a popular stop for those travelling along the South Coast or around the circular ring road of the country.
It stands out, however, due to the fact that it also fills with icebergs breaking from the glacier, some of which tower several stories high.
These icebergs, other than their scale, are notable for their colouration. Although they are, as expected, largely white, most are also dyed electric blue in part, with black streaks of ash from eruptions centuries past.
When the icebergs finally make it across the lagoon, they either drift out to sea or wash up on the nearby shore. Because of the way they glisten against the black sands of Breiðamerkursandur, this area has been nicknamed ‘the Diamond Beach’.
In spite of being a rather recent formation, Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake in the country, with depths reaching 248 metres. With a surface area of 18 square kilometres, it is also growing to be one of the largest.
Jökulsárlón has not been around since Iceland’s settlement; it only formed around 1935. This was due to rapidly rising temperatures in the country from the turn of the twentieth century; since 1920, Breiðamerkurjökull has been shrinking at a dramatic rate, and the lagoon has begun to fill its space.
Today, the expansion of Jökulsárlón is accelerating. As recently as 1975, it was just 8 square kilometres, and now that size has more than doubled.
In the relatively near future, it is expected that the lagoon will continue to grow until it becomes a large, deep fjord.
Though a dark omen for Iceland’s glaciers and ice caps in general, the retreat of Breiðamerkurjökull has resulted in an incredibly beautiful, if temporary, site. This has not been overlooked by Hollywood.
Jökulsárlón has been featured in the James Bond films A View to Kill in 1985 and Die Another Day in 2002, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and 2005’s Batman Begins.
In 2017, Jökulsárlón was enveloped into the Vatnajökull National Park, thus it is now fully protected by Icelandic law.
Because of the wealth of herring and capelin that the tides bring into the lagoon, Jökulsárlón is somewhat of a hot-spot for Iceland’s wildlife.
In summer, it is a nesting site for Arctic Terns; stay well away from this area, as these birds are notorious for the fierceness with which they protect their eggs, dive-bombing the heads of any they see as a threat. Skuas also nest on the lake’s shores in this season.
Seals can be reliably spotted here throughout the year, swimming amongst or else hauling out on the icebergs. Jökulsárlón provides them with a safe haven to rest and socialise, especially considering the waters of southeast Iceland are renowned for their population of orcas.
Myvatn is a beautiful lake with many small islands in the north of Iceland, the fourth largest lake in the country. Along with its surrounding area, the lake is one of Iceland's most amazing natural attractions.
Some of the islands in Myvatn are pseudocraters, formed by steam explosions. The lake has rich birdlife and more species of ducks than anywhere else in the world. As for vegetation, it is one of the few places in the world that grows Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, Lake ball, or Moss Balls in English, a species of filamentous green algae (Chlorophyta).
The Myvatn nature baths are also renowned throughout the world, a perfect place to relax, surrounded by breathtaking landscape.
Close to the lake is Dimmuborgir, a fascinating area of dramatic and chaotic lava. Norwegian symphonic metal band Dimmu Borgir takes its name from the the lava field, and it continues to inspire travellers from all over the world.
The Myvatn area is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Don´t miss it!
Goðafoss waterfall is located the river Skjálfandafljót in north Iceland, the fourth largest river in Iceland. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, falling from a height of 12 metres over a width of 30 metres.
The fall's name means either waterfall of the gods or of the 'goði' (i.e. priest/ chieftain). It is said that when the lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði declared Christianity the official religion in Iceland, after his own conversion, he threw the statues of the old Norse gods into the waterfall.
Dettifoss, in the glacier river Jokulsa á Fjollum, flowing from the glacier Vatnajokull, is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
This thunderous fall has an average waterflow of 193 m3 per second. It is 100 meters (330 ft.) wide and plummets 45 meters (150 ft.) down to Jokulsargljufur canyon.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Restaurant / Cafe
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
Hraunfossar in Borgarfjordur district is a series of beautiful waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming from a short distance out of the Hallmundarhraun lava field.
The lava field flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjokull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvita river from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. These are some of the most magnificent falls found in Iceland and not to be missed.
Deildartunguhver, by Reykholt, in Borgarfjordur district, has the highest flow rate for a hot spring in Europe.
The flow rate of Deildartunguhver is 180 liters/second and water emerges at 97 °C. The place is also unique for being the only place in the country where the hard fern grows.
Snaefellsnes is a large peninsula extending to the west from West Iceland ending with a national park, Snaefellsjokull National Park, where the glacier towers over the scenery, as can sometimes be seen from Reykjavik, lending its beauty to the area.
The peninsula stretches over 100 km to the west as a mountain ridge that includes active volcanoes and is unique in the variety of mountains found.
A few small and beautiful villages are located on the south side and a few fishing villages are on the north side: Rif, Hellissandur, Olafsvik, Grundarfjordur and Stykkisholmur. The last one is highly popular for travelers, featuring a volcano museum and a ferry that takes you across the fascinating Breidafjordur bay to Brjanslaekur on the south border of the Westfjords.
Other museums you might want to check out are the Maritime Museum at Hellissandur, the regional museum Pakkhusid at Olafsvik, and, last but not least, the shark museum at Bjarnarhofn, indeed listed as the nr. 1 Snafellsnes attraction by Lonely Planet Travelers. Also, many of the Icelandic sagas take place at Snaefellsnes.
Snaefellsnes has an abundance of interesting sights. At the national park, you can witness the impressive lava formations of Djupalonssandur creek and test your strength on its four stones, see the two massive lava formations that compries Londrangar, explore the Saxholl volcanic crater and enjoy the echo of 'The Singing Cave', Songhellir. You may also hike on the majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier. The glacier has strong ties with folklore and was the setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Other sights we can recommend at Snaefellsnes recommend include Raudfeldsgja canyon, east of the national park and the rugged and colourful Berserkjahraun lava field, near Bjarnarhofn, on the north side of the peninsula.
Last, but not least, Snaefellsnes is one of the main setting for Laxdaela saga. Chieftain Snorri godi, Gudrun Osvifursdottir, Bolli Thorlakssson all lived there as well as his namesake Bolli Bollason, the first West Norse member of the Varangian guard, an elite unit of the Byzantine army. Iceland's most famous mass murderer, Axlar-Bjorn, also lived at Snaefellsnes.
Reykjanes is a peninsula in Southwest Iceland, characterised by immense lava fields, volcanoes and strong geothermal activity.
Volcanic & Geothermal Activity
The peninsula runs along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates are drifting apart. Because of this geological setting, the whole peninsula is extremely volcanically active, covered with lava fields and volcanoes and small earthquakes are very common there.
During the middle ages, many eruptions occurred in Reykjanes, but no eruptions have been recorded there for the last 500 years.
The main geothermal areas of Reykjanes are Gunnuhver, Krýsuvik and Svartsengi. Various mud pools and fumaroles can be seen at Gunnuhver while Krýsuvik is characterised by hot springs and mud pots that bestow multicoloured hues upon the soil. The green crater lake Grænavatn is also an impressive sight.
Svartsengi is home to a geothermal power station that produces 76.5 MW of electricity from the 475 litres of 90° C warm water that gush from the earth per second. The mineral-rich surplus water fills up the Blue Lagoon spa.
Nature & Wildlife
Reykjanes' cliffs are teeming with birdlife. Its best-known bird colony resides in Krýsuvikurbjarg which is the nesting place of approximately 80 thousand seabirds. North of Krýsuvíkurbjarg is Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the peninsula and one of the deepest in Iceland.
Reykjanes is hammered by some of the most breathtaking breaker waves in the world. A short drive from Krýsuvík is Selvogur where one is able to witness some of the country's greatest waves. On Reykjanestá, the southwest tip of the peninsula, the waves are known to reach heights of 20-30 meters.
The peninsula's north side is dotted with fishing villages and towns, most notably Keflavík, Sandgerði, Garður and Vogar. Grindavík town is located on the south shore of the peninsula.
Near Keflavík is the Miðnesheiði heath, where the international airport, Leifsstöð (also known as Keflavíkurflugvöllur or ‘Keflavík Airport’) is located.
The World-Famous Spa
On the southern tip of the peninsula is the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, an ideal place for relaxing and bathing.
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal.
With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
Reynisfjara is found around 180 km from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, and is a popular stop-off for those taking a sightseeing tour along South Coast. Driving to the beach is particularly easy, taking an approximate two and a half hours from the capital.
Upon visiting the beach, travellers will immediately observe rocky sea stacks sitting off the shoreline, known as Reynisdrangar. According to local Icelandic folklore, these large basalt columns were once trolls engaged in trying to pull ships from the ocean. However, as bad luck would have it, the dawn quickly arose, turning the trolls into solid stone.
Another legend tells of a husband whose wife was kidnapped and killed by two trolls. The man followed the trolls down to Reynisfjara where he froze them, ensuring that they would never kill again.
The sea stacks themselves are home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Species that can be found here include Puffins, Fulmars and Guillemots, making it a must-see location for all birdwatchers out there.
Visitors to Reynisfjara must be made well aware of the potential dangers present at the beach. First of all, the rolling, roaring waves of Reynisfjara are particularly violent, often pushing far further up the beach than many would expect.
Visitors are advised to never turn their back on the waves, don't go chasing after them and keep a safe distance of 20-30 metres.
Aside from these sudden and dramatic shifts in tide (known as “sneaker waves”), the currents off the shore are infamous for their strength and ability to drag helpless people out into the freezing cold open ocean. A number of fatal accidents have occurred at Reynisfjara, the last of which occurred in January 2017.
Hellnar is an old fishing village on the westernmost part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It used to be one of the largest fishing stations of the peninsula, the oldest record of seafaring there being from 1560.
At the shore are spectacular rock formations. Among them is a protruding cliff called Valasnos. Tunneling into the cliff is a cave renowned for its changing colourful hues, according to the light and sea movement. Large colonies of birds also nest in the area.
At Gvendarbrunnar a.k.a. Mariulind you can taste excellent spring water which is said to have healing powers.
Hellnar hosts the guesthouse for Snaefellsnes National Park and has a very interesting exhibition about the economy of former times and on the geology, flora and fauna of the national park.
Arnarstapi is a village in the southern part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The area has several old and charming houses with interesting stories to them and is furthermore renowned for its beautiful nature.
The beach holds a particular attraction. It has an eroded circular stone arch, called Gatklettur, and three rifts, Hundagja,Midgja and Musagja. The interplay of spectacular waves and the light of the sun creates a fascinating spectacle. Large colonies of the arctic tern also nest in the area.
An old horse trail through the lava field Hellnahraun is highly popular for hiking, due to the impressiveness of the surrounding landscape.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Hvítserkur, sometimes referred to as the “Troll of North-West Iceland”, is a 15m (49ft) basalt stack protruding from Húnaflói bay, along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula. Hvítserkur gets its name from the birdlife nesting atop it. In Icelandic, the name translates to “white shirt”, a nod to the colour of the bird droppings that cover the rock.
It should come as no surprise that Hvítserkur is often referred to as a troll. Folklore implies that Hvítserkur was originally a troll determined to rip the bells down from Þingeyraklaustur convent, an apparent allusion to the people’s stoic resistance to the Christianisation of Iceland. However, as goes the story, the troll paralysed by walking out under sunlight and quickly turned to stone. The Hvítserkur stack is all that remains.
The scientific community has another explanation. Erosion from the cascading sea water has carved three large holes through the basalt rock, sculpting and shaping it into what appears as some petrified, mythological animal. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea, but this has not stopped visitors’ interpreting the rock’s peculiar shape. Some say Hvítserkur looks like an elephant, others a rhino. Some onlookers have gone as far as to claim the rock appears as a “dinosaur drinking.” Whatever the case, the rock is a nesting ground for seagulls, shag and fulmar, making it appear constantly in motion, further enforcing the idea that Hvítserkur is, in some way, very much alive.
To the south, visitors to Hvítserkur can detour toward Sigríðarstaðir, a location reputable for viewing seal colonies. Hvítserkur is also only a short drive from the historical and quintessential Súluvellir farm, a location that boasts incredible views of the surrounding landscape.
Djúpalónssandur is an arched-shaped bay of dark cliffs and black sand, located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.
History & Monuments
The location was once home to a prosperous fishing village, along with other abandoned hamlets and ports of the area such as Búðir and Hellnar, from back when the Snæfellsnes Peninsula functioned as one of the most active trading posts of the island.
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Fascinating remnants of this period are for instance found in the form of four ancient lifting stones that still occupy the beach. The stones range in weight from 23 kg (50 lbs) to 155 kg (342 lbs) and were used to test the strength of fishermen. Their names are Amlóði (useless), Hálfdrættingur (weakling), Hálfsterkur (half-strong) and Fullsterkur (full-strong).
In 1948, the English trawler Epine GY 7 from Grimsby shipwrecked on the shore, with fourteen dead and five survivors. The rusty iron remains of the vessel remain scattered on the beach, now protected as a monument to those who perished.
Environment & Surroundings
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula boasts countless natural wonders, where locals and travellers both flock on a daily basis to enjoy the unique landscape and stunning coastlines. Djúpalónssandur’s black pebble beach is particularly stunning amidst rocky coastal lava formations, including the elusive Gatklettur, a large lava rock with a hole in the middle through which you can directly spot the Snæfellsjökull Glacier Volcano.
Behind the rock are two freshwater lagoons called Djúpulón and Svörtulón, with the former serving as the namesake of the bay. Believed in olden times to be bottomless, the water bodies were later revealed to reach the depth of five metres. Lagoons such as these are held in high regard amongst the Icelandic people, and Svörtulón is thought to possess healing properties, especially after having been blessed by Bishop Guðmundur góði ('the good') in the late 1100s.
A natural monument of the area is Söngklettur, or “singing rock”, a large lava rock with a reddish hue that resembles an elfish church. Other rock formations of folklorish appeal rest close by, including the alleged trolls-turned-to-stone Kerling and Lóndrangur.
When visiting Djúpalónssandur, take heed that these are treacherous waters and the Atlantic Ocean’s powerful suction can easily carry you out to sea. This beach is not one for wading, but enjoying from a safe distance, especially if the weather is stormy.
The glistening pebbles that make up the beach known as Djúpalónsperlur, or “pearls of the deep lagoon”, are gorgeous to look at and might seem appealing to stone collectors, but they are protected by law and should not be removed from the area by visitors.
The Secret Lagoon is a man-made hot spring of natural resources located at Hverahólmi, the geothermal area next to the village of Flúðir in southern Iceland.
The hot spring is situated within the range of popular tourist route the Golden Circle in the geothermal area of Flúðir, a village renowned for its greenhouse activity and general horticulture. A major advantage of this geothermal activity is the natural and age-old thermal pools to be found in the area. Hrunalaug is one of those, a minuscule and natural hot spring that has regrettably undergone a great deal of damage in the last years due to increased numbers of visitors. The Secret Lagoon, however, has been modified to accommodate a much larger number of people. It makes use of its natural terrain and geothermal heating, leaving the water at a temperature of 38-40° Celcius (100° Fahrenheit) all year long.
The pool was constructed in 1891 and is officially the oldest swimming pool in the entire country. Icelanders simply call it 'the old pool' or 'gamla laugin'. In the year 1909, the first swimming lessons took place in the pool, which continued until relocated to the new pool in Flúðir in 1947. Before the 1900s, the Icelandic people rarely knew how to swim, in spite of being a nation of fishermen surrounded by an ocean. The sea that surrounds the island was simply too cold to swim in. Today, near every single Icelandic person is an able swimmer, since swimming lessons are constructed in pools and are mandatory for every Icelandic child. After the opening of the new pool in Flúðir, the Secret Lagoon as good as fell into oblivion. It has since then been thoroughly renovated and enjoys a large array of visitors each day.
The area all around the hot spring consists of mossy lava fields and geothermal activity, including a small geyser that erupts every 5 minutes, or so which can be seen from the pool. The steam that rises from the surrounding terrain into the air gives the place its distinct and magical atmosphere.
Iceland has one main ring road: Route 1. This ring road goes all around the island and is 1332 km long (828 miles). The road connects the capital, Reykjavík, to the second biggest city in Iceland, Akureyri, in the north of the country. Other notable towns that are connected via the ring road are Borgarnes, Blönduós, Egilsstaðir, Höfn, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Vík, Hella, Hvolsvöllur, Selfoss and Hveragerði.
A number of popular tourist attractions are also found by the ring road, such as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn and the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Goðafoss.
The ring road consists mainly of paved two lanes road (one each direction). Some parts of the ring road are still unpaved however. In various places the road contains single lane bridges, especially in the east part of the country. The speed limit is 90km per hour on the paved section of the road (lower when it passes through towns), but 80km per hour on gravel.
The road was only completed in 1974, with the opening of Iceland's longest bridge, that crosses Skeiðará river in southeast Iceland. In 1998 a tunnel below the fjord Hvalfjörður shortened the drive around Iceland by about one hour (or 45km along a winding fjord). Hvalfjörður tunnels are the biggest tunnels in Iceland, 5,8 km and 165m below sea level. The ring road has another tunnel called Almannaskarð in the southeast by Höfn and by 2017 the Vaðlaheiðar tunnels should be open in north Iceland, shortening the distance between Akureyri and Mývatn.
Some sections of the ring road are original 1940's country roads, and a number of sharp curves, blind curves, blind summits as well as single lane bridges mean that people need to drive cautiously. In wintertime most of the ring road is kept open, with the exception of a short passage in the east part of the country that may be closed due to heavy snow (a detour is needed to travel from the north to the east during wintertime).
Guide to Iceland would advise people to drive cautiously on the ring road both in summer and wintertime, but also to explore other roads leading from it to multiple attractions.
Startzeit : Flexibel
4 Übernachtungen in Reykjavík (verschiedene Kategorien verfügbar; Frühstück inklusive, außer in der Kategorie Super Budget)
Flughafentransfer am Ankunfts- und Abreisetag
6-tägige Rundreise entlang der Ringstraße in einem Minibus, mit englischsprachiger Reiseleitung
5 Übernachtungen auf dem Land (Doppelzimmer in Landhotels mit privatem Bad und Frühstück)
Walbeobachtung in Nordisland
Eintritt zur Blauen Lagune (Standard-Eintritt, Upgrades verfügbar) und Transfer
Persönlicher Reiseberater, der dir mit Rat und Tat zur Seite steht
Mittag- und Abendessen
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Selbst im Sommer kann das isländische Wetter unberechenbar sein, bringe daher bitte Kleidung für jede Wetterlage mit. Bitte beachte, dass der Reiseverlauf eventuell an deine Flugzeiten angepasst werden muss.
Internationale Flüge sind nicht inklusive.
Tag 1 - Wilkommen in Island!
Dein Abenteuer beginnt! Wir empfangen dich am internationalen Flughafen in Keflavík und bringen dich zu deiner Unterkunft in der Hauptstadt Reykjavík. Du kannst uns nicht verfehlen, der Fahrer erwartet dich in der Ankunftshalle des Flughafens.
Wir bringen dich zu deiner Unterkunft im Stadtzentrum von Reykjavík, wo sich zahlreiche Cafés, Restaurants und Bars befinden.
Tag 2 - Der Golden Circle und der Süden
Am heutigen Tag brichst du auf eine 6-tägige Rundreise auf. Das erste Ziel ist der Golden Circle, bestehend aus dem Þingvellir Nationalpark, dem Gullfoss Wasserfall und dem geothermalen Tal Haukadalur, wo sich Geysir und Strokkur befinden.
Der Þingvellir-Nationalpark ist von enormer Bedeutung, sowohl für Isländer als auch im Allgemeinen. Isländer haben hier vor mehr als tausend Jahren das erste demokratische Parlament weltweit gegründet. Dies ist außerdem der Ort, wo die tektonischen Platten von Europa und Amerika aufeinander treffen und so tiefe Schluchten bilden, die erahnen lassen, wie kraftvoll die Natur ist.
Anschließend erkunden wir das Tal von Haukadalur. Der König des Tals ist natürlich die massive heiße Quelle Geysir, sowie sein kleinerer Bruder Strokkur, der regelmäßig bis zu 30 m hoch ausbricht.
Wir besuchen den „goldenen Wasserfall“ Gullfoss. Mit über 30 Metern höhe donnert das Wasser hinab in die Schlucht des Hvítá Flusses. Diejenigen, die zu nah am Abhang stehen, werden oft von spritzendem Wasser durchnässt.
Wir setzen die Reise in Richtung der Südküste fort und bestaunen die wundervollen Wasserfall Seljalandsfoss und Skógafoss. Auf unserem Weg ostwärts halten wir am berühmten Strand von Reynisfjara, mit seinen atemberaubenden Steinformationen, nahe des Ortes Vík.
Die Nacht verbringst du in unmittelbarer Umgebung.
Tag 3 - Der Nationalpark Vatnajökull und Jökulsárlón
Nachdem wir die Südküste erkundet haben, begeben wir uns heute in die Höhe. Wir machen uns auf den Weg nach Skaftafell, wo wir auf unseren Gletscherwander-Guide treffen. Der erfahrene Guide stattet dich mit Klettereisen, Helm und Eisäxten aus, bevor wir die Svínafellsjökull-Gletscherzunge, die Teil des Gletschers Vatnajökull ist, erklimmen. Nach diesem aufregendem Erlebnis bestaunen wir etwas weiter östlich die bezaubernde Gletscherlagune Jökulsárlón, wo wir vielleicht sogar ein paar Robben sehen werden.
Am frühen Abend erreichen wir unser charmantes Landhotel nahe des Vatnajökull-Nationalparks.
Tag 4 - Ostfjorde und nordwärts
Wir lassen die Südküste hinter uns und fahren nordwärts durch die Ostfjorde.
Die Ostfjorde wurden von den gewaltigen Gletschern der Eiszeit geformt. Die Küstenlinie bekommt ihren Charakter von den gezackten Bergketten und steilen Abhängen der Berge verliehen, die die tiefen und ertragreichen Täler formen. Malerische und idyllische Fischerdörfer und kurvenreiche Bergstraßen sind die Themen des Tages, während wir die Fjorde und kleinen Buchten passieren.
Die Ostfjorde sind reich an verschiedenen Vogelarten, die sich von Kriechtieren und Meereslebewesen ernähren.
Außerdem befinden sich dort zahlreiche Wanderstrecken, kleinere Häfen und atemberaubende Aussichten auf einzigartige Natur. Am Ende des Tages erreichen wir Egilsstaðir, nur eine kurze Distanz vom See Lögurinn, wo laut Mythos ein Seemonster lebt.
Die Nacht verbringst du in der Stadt Egilsstaðir, dem Zentrum der Ostfjorde.
Tag 5 - Der Mývatn See und all seine Wunder
Heute machen wir uns auf Richtung Westen, zum berühmten Mývatn See. Die Landschaft des Mývatn ist ein geologisches Wunder, bestehend aus Schlammquellen, Vulkanen und einzigartigen Lavaformationen in den gigantischen Lavafeldern. Der Mývatn ist das Spiegelbild zu Þingvellir, das Zusammentreffen der tektonische Platten, allerdings mit weniger Rissen und dafür mehr Lavaformationen. Der Abstand der Platten ist hier so gering, dass du mit einem Bein in Europa und mit dem anderen Bein gleichzeitig in Amerika stehen kannst!
Wir erkunden die einzigartigen Lavaformationen in Dimmuborgir (die dunklen Städte), die dafür bekannt sind, dass dort zahlreiche mystische Kreaturen beheimatet sind, einschließlich der verborgenen Menschen und Zwerge. In dem geothermalen Gebiet von Námaskarð backen Einheimische ihr Brot indem sie den Teig in Metallboxen im Boden verschließen und der geothermalen Aktivität den Rest überlassen. Außerdem besichtigen wir den Wasserfall Dettifoss, ein kraftvoller Gigant - der mächtigste Wasserfall in Europa.
Im Anschluss führen wir unsere Fahrt Richtung Westen fort und besuchen die „Hauptstadt des Nordens“, Akureyri. Akureyri ist bekannt für seine kulinarischen Eigenheiten und bietet außerdem ein fantastisches Skigebiet. Die Stadt liegt am Berghang des Berges Súlur.
Die Nacht verbringen wir in einem ländlichen Hotel nahe Akureyri.
Tag 6 - Wale und Trolle
Am Morgen erkunden wir die hübsche Stadt Akureyri, die nicht umsonst „Hauptstadt“ des Nordens genannt wird. Im Anschluss fahren wir in den Nachbarort Dalvík, wo wir an einer 3-stündigen Walbeobachtung im Eyjafjörður-Fjord teilnehmen. An Bord hast du die Möglichkeit, das Hochsee-Fischen auszuprobieren und deinen Fang zu kosten. Als Nächstes bereisen wir die Halbinsel Tröllaskagi, durchfahren einige der Fischereidörfer und stoppen im kleinen Ort Siglufjörður. Im Anschluss setzen wir unsere Fahrt nach Skagafjörður fort, ein Fjord der bekannt für seine Pferdezucht ist, und begeben uns langsam in Richtung Westisland. Hier verbringen wir die Nacht im malerischen Borgarfjörður-Gebiet.
Tag 7 - Das wunderschöne Borgarfjörður
Am heutigen Tag erkunden wir einen Teil von Westisland, in dem die Schöhnheit des Landes vom Tourismus noch weitestgehend unentdeckt blieb. Wir halten an den heißen Quellen von Deildartunguher, der wasserreichsten Quelle des Landes. Anschließend entdecken wir die Hraunfossar-Wasserfälle, die unterhalb eines Lavafeldes hervortreten, und wandern zum nahegelegenen Barnafoss-Wasserfall. Unser letztes Ziel des Tages ist der historische Ort Reykholt, wo Snorri Sturlason, der Verfasser zahlreicher isländischer Sagas, lebte. Am späten Nachmittag kehren wir zurück nach Reykjavík.
Du verbringst die Nacht in der Hauptstadt.
Tag 8 - Die Blaue Lagune
Am heutigen Tag entspannst du nach einer aufregenden Rundreise in der weltberühmten Blauen Lagune. Die Lagune liegt inmitten der moosbewachsenen Lavafelder und das azurblaue Wasser lädt zu einem entspannenden Bad ein, während das mineralienreiche Wasser deine Haut belebt. Dem Wasser wird außerdem eine muskelentspannende und sogar heilende Wirkung zugesprochen.
Nach diesem Wellness-Erlebnis begibst du dich wieder zurück nach Reykjavík und hast den Abend in der Hauptstadt zur freien Verfügung.
Tag 9 - Reykjavík, die Stadt an der Bucht
Nach einem aufregenden Abenteuer auf der Insel ist es nun an der Zeit, die Hauptstadt besser kennenzulernen. Dein heutiger Tag steht dir zur freien Verfügung und es gibt endlos viele Aktivitäten, die du unternehmen kannst.
Reykjavík ist zwar nicht besonders groß, dafür aber bemerkenswert weltoffen und bietet eine Vielzahl an Museen, Restaurants und Bars. Die Einheimischen sind ziemlich verrückt nach Kaffee und die Stadt hat die größte Anzahl an langsam röstenden Gourmet-Cafés pro Einwohner weltweit.
Falls dich die Straßen der Stadt nicht weiter interessieren, bieten wir dir zahlreiche Zusatzaktivitäten an. Wenn du gerne hoch hinaus willst, dann kannst du an einer Helikopter-Tour teilnehmen. Wenn du aber lieber mit beiden Beinen auf festem Boden bleiben möchtest, dann kannst du auf eine Reittour mit einem Islandpferd gehen.
Des Weiteren hast du die einmalige Möglichkeit, die Eistunnel im Langjökull-Gletscher zu erkunden oder ins Innere des Þríhnjúkagígur-Vulkans zu gehen, wo du in die nun leere Magma-Kammer heruntergelassen wirst und eine fußballfeldgroße Halle, geformt durch den Vulkansausbrauch vor mehreren Jahrhunderten, bestaunen kannst.
Was auch immer du dir aussuchst, es wird garantiert ein tolles Erlebnis. Du erreichst die Stadt noch bevor die Mitternachtssonne den Himmel färbt. Verbringe deine letzte Nacht in Reykjavík.
Tag 10 - Lebe wohl Island!
Es ist dein letzter Tag in Island, schade, dass du uns verlässt!
Für eine stressfreie Abreise holen wir dich an deiner Unterkunft in Reykjavík ab und gehen sicher, dass du rechtzeitig vor Abflug den Flughafen in Keflavík erreichst. Wenn dein Rückflug erst am Nachmittag stattfindet, kannst du den Morgen dazu nutzen ein leckeres Frühstück in einem der zahlreichen Cafés zu genießen oder die kleinen Boutiquen Reykjavíks zu erkunden. Unternimm einen Spaziergang entlang des Atlantikufers oder trinke einen Kaffee unter der Glasfassade der Konzert- und Eventhalle Harpa, bevor du zum Flughafen aufbrichst.
Wir hoffen, dass wir dich bald wiedersehen!
Unterkunft in Reykjavík
Nachfolgend erhälst du einen Überblick über die verfügbaren Unterkunftskategorien. Buchungen der Kategorie Super Budget werden im Schlafsaal gebucht. In den Kategorien Komfort und Qualität werden Alleinreisende in Einzelzimmern untergebracht und Buchungen von mehr als einer Person bei ungeraden Zahlen standardmäßig in Dreibettzimmern arrangiert. Wenn du in einer Gruppe reist und ein Einzelzimmer haben möchtest, dann erstelle bitte eine separate Buchung. Bitte beachte, dass Unterkünfte im Rahmen einer geführten Tour von unseren Unterkunftsbestimmungen ausgeschlossen sind. Wir geben immer unser Bestes, individuellen Wünschen nachzukommen, was zu einem Aufpreis führen kann.
Zimmer oder Schlafsaal-Betten mit Gemeinschaftsbad in Gästehäusern oder Hostels, wie z.B. Hostels der HI-Kette, im Großraum Reykjavik. Frühstück ist nicht inklusive.
Zimmer mit privatem Bad in einem 3-Sterne Hotel, wie z.B. Fosshótel Barón, oder qualitativen Gästehäusern. Zentral gelegen. Frühstück inklusive.
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