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$346.04 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Day Trip to Thorsmork and Eyjafjallajokull from Reykjavik

Explore Thorsmork (Þórsmörk), Thor’s valley, a place dear to all who visit it, and Eyjafjallajokull (Eyjafjallajökull) the volcano that captured international attention! You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel in Reykjavik (pick up is also available from Hveragerdi (Hveragerði), Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvollur (Hvolsvöllur) if requested, and travel south-east through the mountain pass and Hellisheidi (Hellisheiði) plateau towards the town of Hveragerdi (Hveragerði). A geothermal hot bed, the surrounding hills are full of active steam vents and the town is known for it’s greenhouses which are heated by hot water from volcanic hot springs.You will soon find yourself further east in the town of Selfoss, which was settled by Þórir Ásason. Iceland’s first known settler, was also said to have spent the winter of 873-74 “under Mt. Ingólfsfell west of the Olfusa (Ölfusá) river”.Your next waypoint is the charming town of Hella, situated on the banks of one of the best salmon rivers of the country. You will visit the Saga Centre dedicated to Njál’s Saga, and learn that South Iceland is rich in saga history. Here you will turn off the ring road towards Thorsmork (Þórsmörk). You’ll get a brief glimpse of the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you will explore on the way back. It is possible to walk up into the recess behind the thundering torrent of water. Named after the Norse god Thor, Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) richly deserves it’s reputation as the “Valley of the gods”. Soon the road ends and the highland tracks begin, the Super Jeeps make easy work of fording flowing rivers that would be impossible in a normal vehicle. Next you will stop at the base of Gigjokull (Gígjökull) glacier before taking a hike along trails and into river canyons in this idyllic park setting. You’ll be able to take time to explore the magnificent canyon of Stakkholtsgja (Stakkholtsgjá).Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) is the place where you can best appreciate the incredible mix of glaciers, rocks and wooded areas (woods are a bit of a rarity in Iceland!) Finally after an Invigorating day, you will head back to the big city.

$1704.46 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano Private Guided Day Tour from Reykjavik

Pick up at 08.00 Duration 9-10 hours Volcanos, Hot pools, Stunning nature, Lava fields, Craters, Gjáin - Hiking. Pick up from Selfoss, Hella, junction road 1 and road 30, available. After boarding our Super Jeeps in Reykjavik, we cross fertile South Iceland farmlands, opening up to grand views – weather permitting – of Hekla volcano´s snow-covered top (elev. 1491m). Hekla´s next eruption is long overdue and expected at any time – you just might catch the show. Since Iceland´s human settlement in the ninth century, Hekla´s 20-30 eruptions have ranged from pretty little tourist attractions to explosive disasters. No wonder Hekla has long been taken for the entrance to Hell for damned souls. Conditions permitting, we may make it up onto the volcano’s eruptive ridge, ca 900m above sea level, where the air is crisp and the views incomparable. Pushing deeper into Iceland´s eruptive interior, we take in and touch scenery so unreal it is repeatedly used for other-world Hollywood A-films. In Landmannalaugar we can hike, or dip in Iceland´s most famous natural hot pool, or both. When you have been suitably geothermal cooked, it’s Super truck time again heading north through “does-this-really-exist” looking surroundings with stop at Gjáin ( Games of thrones site ) before driving towards Reykjavík

$140 Day Trips & Excursions

South Coast Summer Day Tour by Minibus

 Summer South Coast Tour takes you on an amazing adventure. If there would be one tour to show you the true beauty of Icelandic nature – it would be this one. We will make it a day to remember.After free pick up, we will drive on the south of Iceland. Since the moment we leave Reykjavik behind, you will be greeted with wild lava landscapes. Literally, the city ends, wilderness begin.We will be passing through an active volcano Hengill, where Hellisheiði Power Station is located. The first stop will be in Hveragerði. At the local bakery, you can get freshly brewed coffee (or tea) and some local Icelandic delicacies. A great addition to this lovely morning!Urriðafoss Urriðafoss is a beautiful waterfall located in the river Þjórsá.The Fossafélagið Títan company was given permission in 1927 to build a power plant in Urriðafoss in connection with a railway to Reykjavík from the waterfall. Seljalandsfoss  We will drive through Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur to get to the famously spectacular Seljalandasfoss. This breathtaking waterfall will leave your jaw dropped. You have definitely seen pictures of Seljalandasfoss but nothing beats the experience of getting a little wet when walking behind the falling water! Gljúfrafoss or Gljúfrabúi (“one who lives in the canyon”) The falls are partially obscured by the cliff rock, but hikers can follow a trail to enter the narrow canyon where the water plummets to a small pool. There is also a winding trail nearby and a wooden staircase to enable sightseers to climb roughly halfway up and view the falls from another perspective. Skógafoss Shortly after visiting Seljalandasfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls we will make a stop near another Icelandic gem – The Skógafoss. This waterfall is a completely different beast! A huge amount of water is dropping down with tremendous force forming an ever present water mist that creates beautiful rainbows. It feels like you can almost touch them. Vík We will make another stop in this charming little town. It has plenty to offer. We will stop at a restaurant here where you can buy food and gifts. We will also visit the famous black beach in Vík and if we are lucky, we can encounter some puffins on the cliffs.Reynisfjara Named one of the top 10 beaches in the whole world by National Geographic, this spectacular location will leave you speechless. Basalt stacks, roaring waves and stunning scenery! But be careful not to come to close to the waves as the can be extremely dangerous! Dyrhólaey The small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrhólaey (formerly known as “Cape Portland” by seamen) . It was formerly an island of volcanic origin, which is also known by the Icelandic word eyja meaning island. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea, which gave the peninsula its name (meaning: the hill-island with the door-hole).

$134.44 Day Trips & Excursions

Thorsmork a hiking paradise

We depart on a transfer bus for a day in Þórsmörk at 7:30 am from Harpa concert hall in downtown Reykjavik. We drive along the south coast and stop briefly in four villages to pick up passengers. In Hella we transfer over to the mountain bus that so that we may drive safely across the two glacier rivers we need to cross to get into Þórsmörk. We make a stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can walk behind. After driving in rough barren landscape Þórsmörk is a vegetated oasis nestled between two glaciers. It is the end of the popular hiking trail Laugavegur and the start point of the trail Fimmvörðuháls. You can choose between three destinations in Þórsmörk; Stakkholtsgjá canyon, Básar or Húsadalur and have 6 hours in Þórsmörk to explore. Hiking maps are sold on the bus. You can hop off the bus by the magnificent Stakkholtsgjá canyon. The canyon is almost 2 km long and to reach the end of it you need to wade a small river. It takes approximately 1,5 hours to walk into the canyon and back. From Stakkholtsgjá it is a 60 minutes’ walk to Básar. If you hop off the bus at Básar you can take an hour walk to Langidalur and from there a little longer than an hour to Húsadalur over Valahnjúkur. The highlands are a nature reserve and you must take all your garbage with you to bins at the huts. There is a restaurant in Húsadalur but that is the only place in Þórsmörk where you can buy refreshments. We make a stop at a service station in Hvolsvöllur where you can buy snacks and there is a sales hut at Seljalandsfoss. At Húsadalur there is also a sauna and a small pool so if you want to buy access to that remember to bring a bathing suit and a towel. We leave again from Húsadalur at 6 pm and arrival back in Reykjavik is between 10:30-11:00 pm.

$1531.44 Outdoor Activities

Christmas & Northern Lights Adventure

This is an escorted tour program taking you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate Christmas in a casual and Icelandic way. We recommend booking early, as this program is only available for a maximum of 40 persons.You explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route with the Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir hot springs. You travel to South Iceland, a region with glaciers, waterfalls and black lava beaches. Of course, a warm and relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon during the cold winter days is also included.Most Christmas programs in Iceland are based in Reykjavík and include superior class hotels and gourmet restaurants. As an out-of-the-box alternative GJ-Travel offers a casual Christmas adventure where you stay in simple hotels and cottages in Reykjavík and South Iceland; all rooms with private shower/wc. We spend two nights in Hella, a small village in South Iceland where you will be able to discover and experience how Icelandic countryside people celebrate Christmas. We promise that even in a casual program the meals and drinks will be delicious. Oops, did we mention the Northern Lights? Árhús cottages in Hella are located in a large and dark garden where it is very easy to see the Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis, if the weather conditions are suitable. Our expert tour guide provides you also with a fact talk about the Northern Lights and gives you some tips how to take photos of this natural phenomenon. On the 26th of December, the program includes fine dining at a panoramic restaurant at the Pearl in Reykjavík. We look forward celebrating with you Christmas 2018 in the Icelandic countryside.

$1648.34 Outdoor Activities

New Year's & Northern Lights Adventure

This is an escorted tour program taking you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate New Year's Eve in a casual and Icelandic way. We recommend booking early, as this program is only available for a maximum of 40 persons.You explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route with the Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir hot springs. You travel to South Iceland, a region with glaciers, waterfalls and black lava beaches. Of course, a warm and relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon during the cold winter days is also included.Most New Year's programs in Iceland are based in Reykjavík and include superior class hotels and gourmet restaurants. As an out-of-the-box alternative GJ-Travel offers a casual New Year's adventure where you stay in simple hotels and cottages in Reykjavík and South Iceland; all rooms with private shower/wc. We spend two nights in Hella, a small village in South Iceland where you will be able to discover and experience how Icelandic countryside people celebrate New Year's Eve. We promise that even in a casual program the meals and drinks will be delicious. Oops, did we mention the Northern Lights? Árhús cottages in Hella are located in a large and dark garden where it is very easy to see the Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis, if the weather conditions are suitable. Our expert tour guide provides you also with a fact talk about the Northern Lights and gives you some tips how to take photos of this natural phenomenon. On the 1st of January, the program includes fine dining at a panoramic restaurant at the Pearl in Reykjavík. We look forward celebrating with you the start of 2019 in the Icelandic countryside.Note: There is an upgrade option for lodging at Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik and Stracta Hotel in Hella (limited amount of rooms available).

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