Hot Springs, Caves and Lava Fields: Hiking Tour
Discover the amazing volcanic landscape of Iceland
On this tour you will experience an amazing abundance of geothermal springs as we hike through one of the most powerful and impressive geothermal areas in Iceland. You will witness everything from small gurgling melting pots to vibrant super-heated pools of water. You will get the chance to explore one of the earth´s most spectacular lava tube caves, Búri, as well as to view some of Iceland´s volcanoes and impressive lava fields.
Minimum: 4 persons
Pick up: 09:00
Available: On request
Note: Dinner is not included in the price.
Included: Transport, English guidance, accommodation at Stokkseyri, packed lunch (both days), flash light, gloves and a helmet.
Bring with you: Good hiking shoes, bottle of water, bathing suit and towel (if you plan on soaking in a hot spring) and warm clothes (dress according to the weather).
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After we pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavík we will drive away from Reykjavík in an easterly direction. Soon after we leave the city we will see the mountain of Hengill, a central volcano with a giant magma chamber. We will drive up to Hengill and from there we will start our hike to the valley of Reykjadalur. Located at the foot of the old volcanic cone of Hengill, this hiking trail passes a series of beautiful hot springs en route to the Reykjadalur, a valley where you could enjoy a cozy bath in a beautiful warm stream.
In Reykjadalur hot water rushes down the slopes of Hellisheidi heath creating the ideal place to relax in an untouched natural hot stream. Imagine walking between two streams, one piping hot and the other just barely above freezing. We will spend some time here giving you the chance to enjoy your packed lunch and to relax in the hot streams if you wish.
After strolling alongside these wonders of nature we will hike downhill into the town of Hveragerdi, known for its large green houses which are heated by geothermal energy. We will stop in Hveragerdi for a while and you will have some time to walk around and explore the town, to buy some of the fresh vegetables grown here or just relax after your hike.
After enjoying Hveragerdi we will continue to the town of Stokkseyri where you will have accommodation in a nice guesthouse. Stokkseyri offers a charming tranquil atmosphere, fresh air and a view to the ocean, as well as the company of the gentle ghosts which some people believe are around in this little town. In Stokkseyri you will be able to enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant, Fjorubordid, or at The Seashore Restaurant, a restaurant serving delicious food true to its name - its special dish is lobster, fresh from the ocean waves almost lapping at its doorstep.
After breakfast we continue our journey and drive towards Leitahraun, a lava field on the Reykjanes peninsula where we will visit one of the earth's most spectacular lava tube caves, known as Buri. The eruption which formed the lava field of Leitahraun was massive and therefore the lava tube cave, Buri, is also massive.
It will take us about an hour walk to the cave’s entrance and the cave itself is rather difficult to trek. The entrance is very narrow, but once you are inside you will stand in a great chamber filled with ice sculptures and formations of all sizes. Going through the chamber of ice and up the icy slope at the back of the chamber isn’t a trek for everyone, and is especially not for those that have any kind of health issues. After enjoying Buri we trek back to the clean and crisp air of the Icelandic wilderness where we will take a short lunch break.
We will continue along the Reykjanes Peninsula amongst lava fields and volcanoes. We will stop at an old church, Strandakirkja, (Coast church). It now stands far from all farms and towns and is the only part remaining of the once flourishing community of Strönd (“Coast”), which at one time was the home of some of the richest and most powerful men in Iceland. We will then pass Lake Hlidarvatn from where you can enjoy a view of the westernmost part of the flat and harbourless south coast as well as of Strandarkirkja Church.
We will then head to the Blue Lagoon where we will have around two hours to relax and enjoy all the amazing things the lagoon has to offer. The water temperature is 37-39 ° C. The Blue Lagoon is among the wonders of the world. After enjoying our relaxating time in the Blue Lagoon we will return to Reykjavik where we will drop you off at your hotel.
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