Sagas and Natural Wonders

Visit some of the best natural wonders of south west Iceland and get acquainted with its Viking Age heritage on this 5-day tour. This tour includes an

Sagas and Natural Wonders

Visit some of the best natural wonders of south west Iceland and get acquainted with its Viking Age heritage on this 5-day tour. This tour includes an unconventional city tour of Reykjavík, spouting springs, waterfalls, the Blue Lagoon and an introduction to Iceland’s greatest contribution to the world’s literature – the Icelandic Sagas.

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Duration: 5 Days/4 nightsMap - Sagas and Natural Wonders

Travel Season: All year.

Included:
- 4 nights including breakfast for the whole trip in Reykjavík, room categories according to the wishes of the group.
- 4 x dinner.
- Lunch on the fourth day, of more if requested by the group.
- Professional guide.
- Private bus for the group from the second day to the fourth day.
-Entrance fees:
   - Blue Lagoon incl. rental of towel.
   - Saga Museum in Perlan, Reykjavik.
   - Settlement centre in Borgarfjörður.
   - Snorrastofa Saga Centre in Reykholt.
- All taxes included. 

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Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

You’ll be met at Keflavik International Airport by a private professional guide and driven to your accommodation in Reykjavik. This evening, there is a welcome dinner at a restaurant in the city centre. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 2: Þingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir – Hveragerði – Stokkseyri

We head out of Reykjavík and make our first stop of the day near Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. Afterwards, we visit Þingvellir, Iceland’s first national park est. 1930. It is the site of the Viking Age parliament started in 930 AD and is located in a rift valley.

In the late morning, we visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. The waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, and Geysir geothermal area is known for its spouting springs. Strokkur (the Butter churn) spouts every 5–10 minutes up to a height of 25 metres.

We return to Reykjavik through farmland and lava fields, and the ‘greenhouse village’ Hveragerði where we’ll visit a greenhouse where vegetables and fruit is grown all year. We’ll also stop at a horse farm were you can enjoy strolling around the farm and talk to the farmers, or do a short riding tour (not included). In the late afternoon / early evening we’ll have dinner in a restaurant in the small coastal village Stokkseyri before returning to Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 3: The Saga Circle – Settlement Centre – Viking Age Heroes – Waterfalls

The Icelandic Sagas are renowned throughout the world. This Saga Circle tour takes you to the setting of some of the most famous events in Icelandic history.

We follow in the footsteps of the Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrimsson and others from the Borgarfjordur region. We visit the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes village, where you can enjoy an exhibition of Egill Skallagrímsson, Iceland’s most famous Viking poet from the Saga of Egill. From Borgarnes, we head to Reykholt, named for its geothermal properties. It was the home of the most significant Nordic poet and historian Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century.

In the late afternoon, we visit two waterfalls only 2-minute walk apart, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. And finally, we’ll visit Europe’s most prolific geothermal spring, called Deildartunguhver, before returning back to Reykjavik via Hvalfjörður (Whale fjord) famous for Iceland’s only whaling station and relics from WWII. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 4: Reykjavik City Tour – The Blue Lagoon

This morning we’ve planned a special city tour of Reykjavík for you – a bus ride and walking combination! Reykjavik city centre is ideally suited for walking, and you’ll have every opportunity to learn about its history, culture, cuisine and design shops.

The city tour begins with a short bus ride to the neighbouring town Seltjarnarnes with its amazing birdlife and unique flora visible in the summer months. We then head for Reykjavik’s landmark church, the Hallgrímskirkja Memorial Church, where you’ll start the walking part of the tour. You’ll be guided through narrow alleys framed by old timber houses and walk along winding lanes and to some of the out-of-the-way secret corners of the city – while learning about the city’s past and present history.

Lunch of seafood soup or chicken salad is included at one of the quaint restaurants at Reykjavik’s Old Harbour.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit one of the most popular places in Iceland – the Blue Lagoon. We travel through the various municipalities in the Greater Reykjavik Area and then across some recent lava fields before arriving at the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is the most popular man-made attraction in Iceland and for a good reason too. Its mineral- and algae-rich geothermal water, generally around 38°C, is surrounded by a lava field which came up in a volcanic eruption in 1226. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 5: Departure

Transfer from your accommodation to Keflavík International Airport and departure.

 

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