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Geology, Culture and History in Borgarfjörður region – a day packed with Adventures.

This is a full-day ring-tour of the Borganes/Borgarfjörður region. An exciting mix of culture and action, with optional stops along the way.​ We will visit sweet farms and see some of amazing geological wonders, both above and below ground. We will see the fantastic Ice Cave, a man made tunnel system in the Langjökull Glacier, so make sure you bring warm clothing, as well a comfortable and warm shoes!

This will also be a drive through the some of the historical heartland of Iceland, the setting of many of the tales of the Icelandic Sagas. Snorri Sturluson, one of the most important and influential writers of the Icelandic Sagas lived and worked here in the 12th Century in the town of Reykholt, Borgarfjörður, and even today, we can see the archeological remains including Snorralaug, the hot out-door bath which Snorri is said to have built and used while living in Reykholt. In Reykholt, we may visit Snorrastofa, a center for medieval studies, named after Snorri Sturluson, an exhibit of everyday life in the 12. century.

We may also visit the Háafell Icelandic Goatfarm, where you will get a sense of farm life in Iceland, and a nice introduction to the feisty Icelandic Goat. Iceland’s goat is a highly specialized breed which, like the Icelandic horse, has remained a purebreed since the time of the first settlements. There are only about 800 left of these magnificent creatures in Iceland, and even though they have has survived since the earliest settlements in the ninth century, they remain in danger of extinction. The owners of Háafell Jóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir and her husband Þorbjörn Oddsson have worked hard in order to preserve this unique goat and welcome visitors to their farm.

From there, we continue to The Cave, Viðgelmir Lava Cave, located about 40 minutes from Háafelli. Víðgelmir is a magnificent lava cave, formed when the Hallmundarhraun lava field flowed downwards in an eruption from one of the volcanoes by the glacier Langjökull around the year 930. It is the largest cave in Iceland, and at approximately 150,000 cubic metres (m3) one of the largest in the world. It is 1.585 km(!) in length, 16.5 metres at its widest and 15.8 metres high at its highest point – truly huge!

Optional – a possible lunch stop in Húsafell, a small village in the area.

Very close by are the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar (Lava Falls). These falls are almost one kilometer wide and consist of countless springs of clear subterranean water, welling up from the underground through the edge of the lava field Hallmundarhraun. They form rapids that flow from ledges of less porous rock in the lava and continue into the glacial river Hvítá in Borgarfjörður. Truly some of the most magnificent falls found in Iceland.

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Then, one of the high-lights of the tour – the Man-made Ice Tunnel in Langjökull Glacier. Before we reach the tunnel-system, we drive via the base-camp of the Into the Glacier through the rugged landscape of the lower Highlands of the West side of Iceland. Then we reach the Ice Tunnel, or cave, opened in June 2015. This is the largest man-made ice cave tunnel in the world, situated inside Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. In this tunnel-system, you get to walk hundreds of metres into the glacier, through the amazing tunnel-system. A very unique experience, and something you cannot do anywhere else. Amazingly, despite their size, the tunnels take up only 0.000275% of the entire glacier!

During the summer months, we can take the drive along the Kaldidalur Highland road, only open some months of the year. The Kaldidalur road leads away from the glacier, and during former times, was used as a horse trek passage. Even today, it is a rough unpaved road, but a beautiful scenic route. In clear weather it offers incredible views of the Langjökull ice cap.

Please note that ​some of these activities come with additional fees, not included in our price.

Links:
The Cave, Viðgelmir Lava Cave: click here for more info (external link).
The man-made Ice Tunnel in Langjökull Glacier: click here for more info (external link).

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The South Coast tour

The South Coast day tour is very popular with our guests and offers a magnificent and diverse experience of Icelandic nature.
Driving through scenery of great variety this tour will give you a vivid picture of Iceland. Farmlands, geology, cascading rivers, majestic waterfalls, Volcano’s and glacial landscapes.
Iceland has an abundance of waterfalls and on this Tour we visit powerful and majestic waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss.
We pass the Hekla volcano, the a 1490m high snow topped mountain where devastating eruptions throughout Icelands history has taken place. We also pass the infamous Eyjafjallajökull which suddenly put the world to a hold in the spring months of 2010, grounding around 20 million airplanes worldwide as very fine ashes from its crater spewed ash high up into the atmosphere.

Upon returning to Reykjavík later in the day, the tour takes us to the most southern part of Iceland around the small coastal town Vik in Mýrdal. The Reynisfjara black sand beaches with its incredible black basalt column formations and its fierce sea of the South Coast is a place of interest. A beautiful and wild destination, some even say one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth. However, also a spot to be extremely cautious. Here, Atlantic rollers can attack with full force, as there is no landmass between there and Antarctica.
Cape Dyrhólaey rises 120 meters high and is 12 kilometers long. It offers a breathtaking view in all directions, across the distinctive black sands stretching east and west. Dyrhólaey is a haven for birdwatchers. Here one can get up close with the many species of birds living there, including the puffin, probably considered the king of the island. (Note that entering the area can be closed during nesting season and/or due to weather conditions).
A light Walk and visit to the tongue of Sólheimarjökull Glacier is a general introduction to the many Icelandic glaciers of Iceland.
The summer-scenery gives way to dramatic icy cliffs,half frozen waterfalls and glaciers in the winter, which gives you the impression of stepping into a black and white dreamscape. Every season has its charm and power.

Duration: 8-10 hours.
Please note: Subject to seasonal availability.
Remember to bring your camera, warm clothes, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Meals not included, lunch stops and shorter breaks will take place.
Tour highlights:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Vík village in Mýrdal
Reynisfjara Beach (Black Sand Beach)
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Cape of Dyrhólaey

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Golden Circle Tour

The Golden Circle Tour will give you a first-hand introduction to the country. Driving through Iceland’s rough and fertile agricultural landscape, you will see the mountains and glaciers of the south interior of Iceland in the distance, while our knowledgeable guides tell you stories, facts and figures of Icelandic geology, history and culture, all from within the comfort of our converted Land-cruiser.
We will be making stops along the way, i.e. photo stops, viewpoints, viewing Iceland’s beautiful horses, the herds of sheep, or other natural sights along our route. Several nice lunch-spots are available along the way (lunch not included), depending on time and place.

Highlights of the tour are Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfalls) and the tour includes the Þingvellir National Park, the historical and geological wonder, literally “Parliament Plains” – considered in many ways the heart of Iceland, the essence of both its history and geology. Here one can view a fissure zone situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the American and Eurasian
tectonic plates are constantly pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year, making evident the rifts of the earths crust.

At the Geysir geothermal area you will witness the Strokkur geysir shooting boiling hot geothermal water about 30 meters (98 ft) up into the air every 3-10 minutes. Other geothermal steam vents in the area are equally interesting, making the whole area quite magical.

Not far from the Geysir geothermal area, almost at the very beginning of the interior Highlands of Iceland lies the Gullfoss (Golden Waterfalls), created with Glacier waters tumbling down from the Glacier Langjökull that lies in the Highlands above. The majestic Gullfoss itself is a crevice that goes about 32 m (105 ft) into the earth.

Good to know:

Remember to bring:
Good walking shoes, preferable water-resistant.
Sensible clothes, including wind-breaker

Highlights:
Þingvellir National Park
Gullfoss – The Golden Waterfall
Geysir – Geothermal area

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Snaefellsnes

Guided tours to Snaefellsnes

Only a 2h drive from Reykjavik, the Snæfellsnes peninsula is situated northwest of Reykjavik and comprises a world of diversity. Words like “magical” and “magnificent” come to mind when you think of Snæfellsnes. You will visit friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, and during summer season one is able to see a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs.

Snæfellsnes has been called a miniature Iceland because of the many iconic natural features that can be found here – craters, waterfalls, glaciers, fumaroles, basalt cliffs, and more.

The area surrounding the stratovolcano Snæfellsjökull has been designated one of the four National Parks by the government of Iceland. With its height of 1446 m, Snaefellsjokull is the highest mountain on the peninsula and has a glacier at its peak (jökull means “glacier” in Icelandic). The volcano can be seen on clear days from Reykjavík, a distance of about 120 km. The glacier and the native giant “Bárður” make sure that the nature looks untouched by man.

The tour takes you through the Búðahraun lava field, the coast between the small fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. The Djúpalónssandur beach is a beautiful wild black sand and pebble beach with amazing volcanic rocks rising from the beach, also located inside the park.

It is said that the Snæfellsjökull glacier has mystical powers and that it is the gateway to another world. It is also the setting of Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.

Duration: 12-13 hours.

For your safety My Iceland Guide reserves the right to change tours due to weather, road and snow conditions.
Remember to bring your camera, warm clothes, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Meals not included, lunch stops and shorter breaks will take place.

Tour highlights:
Snæfellsjökull
Snæfellsnes
Hellnar
Arnarstapi
Lóndrangar
Djúpalónssandur
Kirkjufell
Old fishing posts
Waterfalls, Mountains and Ocean Front Cliffs
Lava Fields
Many other natural wonders along the way

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