We will meet you at the Cruise ship side and at the end of our journey we will drop you off at the same place or for example at the city center if you wish.
We recommend following option to choose from :
2. Blue lagoon
3. Golden Circle classic or other options
4. Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal hot springs
5. Geothermal Power plants
Get close to the current active eruption in Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Witness the current volcanic activity by taking a hiking tour to the hot lava with a view over the crater. The hiking tour can be organized from an easy 1 hour hike up to more difficult 3 hours hiking, depending on your ability and willingness to walk up mountains. It takes only half an hour drive from the airport to the starting point of the hiking tour. This is definitely once in a lifetime experience, which you will never forget.
In Iceland we have around 20 volcanic eruptions every century, which means that volcanic eruption occurs every 4to 5 year. Why do we have so many volcanic eruptions in Iceland? This is because of the location of our island in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Mid-Atlantic ridge lays under our country, and we have a hot spot (magma plume) also beneath our feet. This hot spot is little by little moving towards east. Now it is under our biggest glacier in Iceland, named Vatnajökull. Therefore, we do have a lot of eruptions in that area.
Geologist usually group volcanos into three different types of eruptions. One is effusion eruption or the Hawaii type were you have very hot lava flowing very freely with basic magma. It contains rather low amount of gas and the magma forms pahoehoe lava. then you have the Stromboli type which has higher acid magma or more like a explosion type. The third type we name Vulcanian (explosive) eruptions (like the eruption in Eyjafallajökull in 2010) either taking place under glacier or in the ocean where the magma get in contact with water. All of those types exist in Iceland depending on where the eruptions take place. But there are other more catastrophic type of eruptions called Pelée and Plinisk (Tambora). Sometimes (in Pliny eruptions) part of the eruption’s plume may collapse and and generate a hot pyroclastic flow which collapses onto the side of the volcano like an avalanche.
Finally we may experience a combination of different type of eruptions, which depends on the development of the eruption.
The biggest volcanic eruption in Iceland measured in terms of lava happened before the Vikings came here some 1100 years ago. It was Þjórsárhraun which covered 950m2 of our country some 8700 years ago, but still the Viking witnessed a very big volcanic eruption in Eldgjá which took place in the year 989. That covered the land with new lava over 800 km2. That eruption came from a volcanic system we name “KATLA”.
The biggest eruption in the last centuries was Skáftáreldar which happened in the year 1783, which came from a Volcanic system Lakagígar. That caused a lot of damage, not only close to the eruptions but also further away from the origin. Lot of ash moved up in the atmosphere kilometers up, and affected European countries in the way blocking the sun from longer periods. It has been said that this led to the French revolution few year later.
Option to choose Fontana Geothermal Bath or Secret Lagoon in Flúðir
Break up your transatlantic journey between North America and Europe with a stopover in Iceland
Our standard setup for this trip is 5 hours. We can bespoke this tour which may take from 3 hours and up to 6 hours based on your available time, and preferences.
Keflavik International airport is situated on the southwest part of the Reykjanes peninsula. Still, most of visitors drive straight to the city without experiencing the beautiful magic scenery of the youngest part of Iceland. This is very interesting place seen from a geological point. The landscape is rough and a bit alien looking. Not much grass, but mostly lava field covered with moss. In fact, everywhere you look, no matter in what direction, lava fields stretch to the horizon. What we will find here are lot of high geothermal activity, Fissures, lava cracks, tectonic faults, volcanic craters, bubbling geysers, geothermal mud pools, lava fields, caves
The Peninsula is perhaps one of the most underrated places in Iceland. Since November 2015, this area at Reykjanes Peninsula is known as UNESCO Global Geopark 829 km2
The most famous attraction on the peninsula is the Blue Lagoon. Other very popular attractions today is the current volcanic eruptions which started on the 19th of March when a fissure opened following frequent earthquakes the weeks before. The last eruption took place in the peninsula some 800 years ago. Initially scientists predicted that the eruption would erupt for days and perhaps few weeks, but it is still active almost 5 months later, and massive magma is still pouring out of one of the volcanic cones. Now scientists are predicting that it may last long time and create a shield volcano mountain.
There is a unique opportunity to see where the Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level displaying various forms of volcanic activity which has shaped this peninsula. You will be able to see the boundaries between Europe and America, where the ocean plates drift away from each other. You literally can walk over a bridge, between the tectonic plates dividing Europe from North America.
By the sea, there are many places with amazing rock formation astonishing cliffs, most of them dark grey. Additionally, you may see some colonies of sea birds, black sand, and beaches.
A visit to the “High temperature” Geothermal areas, the famous hot spring “Gunnuhver”, Lighthouse if very popular. High geothermal areas have several characters. The main features are diversity on colors. The clay gives a brown and white color, the fool’s gold seems dark grey, the Sulphur has a beautiful yellow texture, and the copper amalgamation are blue green. Fumaroles are common on the peninsula, and they sometimes erupt with blue grey clay splatters.
The high temperature geothermal energy resources is harvested in the peninsula both by producing electricity around 175 MW and for district heating of all houses on the peninsula. Interesting development which started in the eighties utilizing the renewable and environment friendly energy.
Reykjavik is the country capital with inhabitants of around 230.000 people if you count all the municipality around the main city. The Viking Ingólfur Arnarson was the first settler in Reykjavik, and in whole Iceland in the year 874. It was not until the year 1785 that the city got its status as a trading town, with urban planning. Until that time not many people lived in the city.
The city is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest city in the world. We can tailor make your Reykjavik tour based on your interest
Whether you like to walk on foot or not, we will walk with you or drive you, and a combination of both of course. Whether you are artist lover and like to see museums or simply walk around the old city we will guide you in the way you prefer on foot, or in driving around in a car. There are many interesting places to see. The most popular one is the big Church of Hallgrímur, and then it is worth visiting the sculpture museum of Asmundur Sveinson and Einar Jónsson, and the Reykjavík Art Museum. The city pond with the bird life and with its city hall which was built into the pond in 1992. If you fancy to bath or swim in one of the many geothermal swimming pools, then that is a very good option but then we must add time into the program. The pearl is a popular destination with its great view over the city, not to mention the interesting museums and restaurants inside the building with is constructed on five big geothermal tanks.
If you have limited time, and not able to travel outside Reykjavik, then we recommend including in the program a visit to “Fly over” Iceland which is a simulation tour in a helicopter over some beautiful natural wonders of Iceland.
Some like to take whale watching tour, which we can include in the program if preferred. Contact us and tell us about your interest and preferences, and we will send you a proposal.
The highlands of Iceland are unique area which you should not miss when visiting Iceland. Landmannalaugar is one of the most popular places to visit in Iceland. You will see beautiful lava areas covered with moss, colorful mountains and geothermal areas allowing you to bath in the natural pool. Short hiking tours (1-2 hours) an option or a visit to a former volcanic craters. On the way back you will visit the waterfall Haifoss and an old Viking cottage.
The name Landmannalaugar translated directly to English means “Peoples pool”. The areas with its colorful mountains and lava fields are extremely beautiful and unique. It is very popular hiking areas. We will take an easy hiking circle around the area, or walk up a mountain, whichever you prefer. Geologically this area is interesting and rare mostly formed in an eruption in 1477. You will see rhyolite mountains, and other type of stones. Shades like red, pink, green, blue and golden yellow makes this place ethereal beautiful.
Kerlingafjöll is a famous geothermal site in the center of the Icelandic highlands. It used to be a popular skiing resort during summertime, but due to rising temperature and the retreat of the glaciers that is hardly possible today. But if you are interested in geology and especially geothermal surface manifestations with lot of boiling hot springs and colorful rhyolite mountains you will certainly experience that up close and witness the stunning beauty of this place. The place is also characterized by lot of steam coming up from the hot fumaroles. The mountains around still have glaciers on their top and together with colorful rhyolite, dark and bright tuff stones make this place unique and very photogenic. This is a very popular tourist destination, but it is not easy to drive the gravel roads in the highlands (called Kjalvegur) and up to the mountains unless the driver has experience and a 4X4 jeep, but that is exactly what we are offering our guests.
When we are 700 meters above sea level, we may expect all kind of weather, so be well prepared.
A drive to Hveravellir which is an hour and a half drive from Kerlingafjöll is also a geothermal hot spot, but it is totally different experience. It is a popular oasis in the highlands where you can take a bath in a natural hot spring pool followed by a cup of hot chocolate and slice of a cake. Please be aware that in the nature there is no facility to change cloths. What makes this hot spring so special? Many say its beautiful surroundings being placed in the middle of the highlands in between two of the biggest glaciers in Iceland, Hofsjökull and Langjökull. The place has interesting history which you will learn about during the tour.
We will pass both Gullfoss and Geysir the famous golden circle attractions on the way to Kerlingafjöll. Therefore it is ideal if requested to make a short photo stop on the way to the highlands.
Please note that roads in the highlands are only accessible during summertime from July until early September
Snæfellsnes National Park is a peninsula in Western Iceland. The peninsula is a detour from the ring-road, worth visiting. You will witness breathtaking attractions. Snæfellsjökull the glacier which is the main attraction and one of a three volcanic systems on the peninsula. It is now an active independent volcanic system away from the main Atlantic rift system. The glacier itself is a cone shaped volcano which erupted last time 1700 years ago. Snæfellsjökull and its surroundings was the first national park established in Iceland and known as the Jewel of the West.
Attractions are also the iconic black church to the towering Kirkjufell mountain which was made popular by Game of Thrones. Others are are dramatic sea cliffs/rocks with spectacular bird life , fishing villages, colorful beaches and Volcanic lava landscapes with moss.
In one day, you will experience diverse Icelandic scenery. Volcanic Craters, Arnarstapi sea cliffs, bird live and costal rocks, Black sand of Djúpalónssandur, the majestic peak of Kirkjufell which is shaped like an arrowhead, the seal colony and birds live, the black church, lava fields of Berserkjahraun etc.
We sometimes name this tour the silver circle. We will stop in five places, first in Borgarnes (1) Viking Settlement Center which gives you a remarkable perception of the Viking saga which happened in Iceland some 1100 years ago. We will then explore geothermal resources in the upper Borgarfjordur area in W-Iceland, the home of the most powerful hot springs in Europe. There we have the largest low-temperature region in Iceland, which consists of five major low-temperature geothermal systems with a total natural discharge of about 450 l/s of boiling water. First area of interest is Varmaland/Laugaland (2) which is a good example of a small village that was developed around a geothermal site. First, they constructed a swimming pool in 1942 at the same time, a greenhouse farm was established utilizing the hot springs from heating. Gradually, a small village was developed named Varmaland, a story which is interesting to learn about. One may say that Varmaland is a good example for geothermal development in rural areas.
The third stop represents another geothermal site named Deildartunga where we will see the biggest hot spring in Europe and at the core of the hot spring, we will experience and relax at the Krauma (3) baths and have an option of having a lunch break and enjoy the cuisine offered at the restaurant while enjoying the spectacular view of the powerful hot spring. The geothermal pipeline from Deildartunga to Akranes is the longest in the world, 64 km in total and has been used since 1980-1981.
From there we will continue to Iceland's main historic site, the cultural center of Reykholt (4). This was the home of the famous Snorri Sturluson, (1206 to 1241) who was a politician and historian. There we can see the oldest geothermal pool which dates back to the 10th century. From Reykholt we will see the beautiful Hraunfossar (5) which is a series of waterfalls. The name basically means Lava Waterfalls. The scenery is spectacular and beautiful where you will see how the water pours out of “Hallmundarhraun” lava wall and cascades down to the river appearing in an enormous length of 900 meters.