iceland tour: Geothermal Wonderland

Northern Lights & Winter Fun, Small Group Touring
Explore the wonders of the geologically fascinating Hveragerði area
5 Days
Oct - Apr
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The small town of Hveragerði is famous for geothermal heat- the town is built above a hot-spring field! Bubbling and hissing, the hot springs flow all year round, and create white plumes of steam that stretch to the sky. Trees grow all over Hveragerði, and create a green and verdant environment, in contrast to much of the rest of Iceland. Stay in Hveragerði for 2 nights and explore the wonders of this geologically new and fascinating area, as well as a guided excursion to the 3 sights of the Golden Circle (Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir geothermal area), a 2nd guided excursion to the Reykjanes Peninsula and a visit to the fabulous Blue Lagoon. 

Day 1: Reykajvik - Hveragerdi, Golden Circle and Evening Welcome Walk
Pick up this morning at the assigned pick up point in Reykjavik 9:30-10:00hrs.  From Reykjavik head out  to visit the wonders of the world-famous Golden Circle, for an introduction to the natural and geothermal wonders, and the cultural heritage, that make Iceland so unique.  Visit Thingvellir National Park, a remarkable historical and geological site, where the stunning and beautiful canyon running through the park is the meeting point of the European and North American tectonic plates, as well as the place where Vikings founded the Althing Parliament in 930 ADS. Next visit Gullfoss, a 2 tiered waterfall where thousands of tonnes of icy water thunder majestically down into a deep canyon.  Next explore the geothermal area of Geysir, where bubbling hot springs and geysers are abundant. The famous Strokkur is the most active geyser in the area, spouting up to 25-30 meters every few minutes.

The Golden Circle tour ends in Hveragerdi, a town that sits in the most active hot spring valley in the country, where you will check into your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome walk- your local guide will meet you at the hotel at 20:30 and take you on an exploration of this charming town, on an easy walking tour.  You’ll see the new hot spring area formed by a big earthquake in 2008, and watch how to boil an egg in a hot spring. You’ll learn about how Icelanders use the hot springs water for heating, energy and for growing vegetables, and hear first-hand about living with a hot spring in the back yard!  2 nights in Hveragerði.

Day 2 Hveragerdi: Day at Leisure
Time to explore the unique features of this town.  Hveragerdi has been a resort town for Icelanders for almost a century, and offers many relaxing ways to have fun. The local thermal baths are famous for their invigorating effects, lovely setting, and for the hot pots, whirlpool pot, sunlamps, and  natural steam bath, heated with steam coming directly from the ground. The town also has restaurants and galleries.  In the evening there is the option to join a guided Northern Lights tour - the area surrounding Hveragerdi is a good location to spot the fabled Northern Lights, should they decide to make an appearance! 2nd overnight in Hveragerdi. 

Day 3 Hveragerdi – Reykjanes Peninsula – Reykjavik
This morning after breakfast check out from your hotel. You will be picked up by your guide between 09:30-10:00hrs, then we drive along a scenic coastal road where powerful waves thunder against the rocky shore and the surroundings are surreal.  Visit Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake’s southern end lies Krisuvik  geothermal field, with powerful jets of sulphurous steam escaping from deep below the earth’s crust.  Here you can view numerous small hot springs, brightly-coloured mud pots, boiling pools and other evidence of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shore, where craggy cliffs rise steeply from the sea. You can also walk on the Bridge between Continents, where you can clearly see the MidAtlantic Ridge that divides the North American and European tectonic plates. Then visit Grindavík, a bustling town with a large fishing fleet - nearby is the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you can spend time relaxing in the geothermal mineral waters.  Then head back to Reykjavik, returning in the late afternoon. The tour ends at the designated drop-off location in the city. 

Departures 2018: 09, 16 & 23  November 

Departures 2019: 01 & 08 February; 01, 15 & 29 March  

Includes: 2 nights at Hótel Ork or similar in Hveragerði in standard room with private facilities; 2 breakfasts Days 2 and 3; guided Golden Circle coach tour Day 2 with pick up from Reykjavik; guided welcome walk in Hveragerdi Day 2; guided Reykjanes Peninsula coach tour Day 4; Blue Lagoon admission including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink Day 4; coach transfer from Blue Lagoon to Reykajvik city. 

Excludes: optional Northern Lights excursion Day 2accommodation in Reykjavik 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1161.00
Single AUD$ 1365.00

Includes: 2 nights at Hótel Ork or similar in Hveragerði in standard room with private facilities; 2 breakfasts Days 2 and 3; guided Golden Circle coach tour Day 2 with pick up from Reykjavik; guided welcome walk in Hveragerdi Day 2; guided Reykjanes Peninsula coach tour Day 4; Blue Lagoon admission including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink Day 4; coach transfer from Blue Lagoon to Reykajvik city.