The journey commences with a pleasant drive through the lively port town of Hafnarfjörður, situated picturesquely on an ancient lava flow. We’ll leave the main road and continue on a road less travelled along the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. There we will stretch our legs, snap a few photographs and enjoy the rugged but scenic landscape.
Continuing along the road, we’ll eventually reach Krýsuvík where the striking landscape has been shaped by volcanic eruptions and violent movements of the earth. In the geothermal field powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and the multi-coloured pools of boiling mud bubble and pop continuously.
We’ll head on across the impressive volcanic plateau of Reykjanes before driving through the bustling fishing village of Grindavík. As we make our way over the lava-covered peninsula we’ll reach Njarðvík and the Viking Museum. The museum has five independent exhibitions about the Viking Age and the settlement of Iceland, including a Smithsonian exhibition about the Vikings of the North Atlantic. The museum’s main attraction is the Viking ship Íslendingur (the Icelander), an exact seaworthy replica of a Viking vessel that was discovered in Norway in 1182 and excavated almost completely intact. To commemorate the 1,000-year anniversary of the Viking discovery of America, the shipbuilder Gunnar Eggertsson and his crew sailed the Icelander to America in the year 2000.
Homeward bound we drive through the Reykjanes lava fields and through Reykjavik city before arriving at the pier.
- This tour might be operated in reverse if necessary
- Included: Guided bus tour, admission to the museum
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 150