Experience the stunning contrast of Icelandic nature starting at charming villages at the ocean coastline and drive along wonderful waterfalls towards highlands to feel the vast emptiness of rough highlands surrounded by mountains – one of them is a famous volcano Hekla. And learn about the volcanic activity in Iceland in Hekla museum.
Departing Reykjavik, we drive through Þrengsli pass, journeying back through time, into the small southern villages of Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri. Here, old houses from late 19th century and early 20th century still stand proudly. We will visit a replica of a stone and turf cottage, an example of fishermen’s dwelling in Iceland in the late 18th century.
We drive by the area where one of Iceland´s largest earthquakes (6.5 on Richter) made its mark on June 17th, 2000 through beautiful countryside along the Þjórsá river. We will take a short stroll through an Icelandic “forest” and visit a couple of unique waterfalls, Urriðafoss, Hjálparfoss and Gjáin ravine. A short hike to Stöng, the ruins of a Viking farmhouse that dates back to medival times (weather permitting). After that we head for an “up close and personal” look at Iceland´s most notorious volcano Hekla, which once was believed to be the entrance to hell. At Leirubakki we walk through the Hekla museum and learn about what living in the vicinity of an active volcano really means and see lava from several eruptions, the earliest from 1104. Admission is included in the tour.
Please note that due to the route leading to the highlands the roads might be closed in winter. If you wish to book in winter months, contact us for an advice whether the tour is possible to be operated at the specific time.
Gateway to Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients.Cancellation/re-booking terms: more than 5 days prior to departure: 10 % cancellation fee. Less than 5 days prior to departure: the full price will be charged.