Saga Trail, the Highlands and the Golden Circle
Two-day tour in the history and stunning nature of Iceland
This two-day adventure will give you a good insight into the history of Iceland and get you close to hot springs, beautiful waterfalls and stunning nature. We will drive on a highland road up to Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull. You will be introduced to some of Iceland´s most famous sites and best known natural phenomena.
Duration: 2 days
Minimum: 4 adults
Pick up: 09:00
Available: All year
Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, English guided tour by bus, accommodation and entrance to the Settlement Exhibition and Snorrastofa.
Not included: Lunch and dinner are not included in the price.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
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After hotel pick up we will leave Reykjavík and drive along the shores of Hvalfjordur, a beautiful fjord. Until the 1980s, one of the biggest whaling stations in Iceland was located in Hvalfjordur. We will stop to visit this station which is now used for whale research.
Then we will drive to Borgarnes where we will visit the Settlement Centre. Here you will be able to get in touch with the old Sagas and get a good insight into Iceland’s history all the way back to the beginning of settlement. Your lunch break will be in Borgarnes.
After our lunch break we will continue our drive towards Reykholt. On the way we will stop at the geothermal area of Deildartunguhver, is the largest thermal spring in Iceland and one of the largest in the world.
Reykholt in Borgarfjordur is one of Iceland's major historic sites, a cultural centre of past and present. The saga writer and historian, Snorri Sturluson lived in Reykholt between 1206 and 1241. There you can see life as it was in medieval times. The greatest attractions are Reykholt's famous antiquities, pool, passageway, old farmstead and hot water and steam channels dating from Snorri's time.
After Reykholt we will drive to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of Hallmundarhraun, a lava field which formed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier of Langjokull. A stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar we find Barnafoss, another waterfall.
We then continue our journey to Husafell which is a lovely wooded lava area with many holiday houses. We will stop here for a while and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before we head to our accommodation near Reykholt.
We will head up to the highlands through the pass of Kaldidalur, meaning Cold Valley. The road takes us between the small glaciers of Thorisjokull and Ok towards Langjokull (English: Long Glacier). We will stop at Jaki, a mountain cabin to take a refreshing walk towards the glacier.
From there we will continue over the highlands to Thingvellir National Park where the Great Atlantic Rift is clearly visible and is slowly pulling Iceland apart. Althingi, the Icelandic parliament was established there in 930 AD. In 2004 Thingvellir National Park was added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
We then continue to the active geothermal valley of Haukadalur which contains the Super Geysir which rarely spouts, but when it does it can erupt steaming water 200 feet upwards. The nearby hot spring, Strokkur, spouts hot water about 60-100 feet upwards every 5 minutes.
After enjoying the geysers we will drive to Gullfoss Waterfall, in the River Hvita which originates from Lake Hvitarvatn on the south east side of Langjokull Glacier. Gullfoss is Europe’s largest waterfall. On a sunny day rainbows get formed in the mist clouds from the hammering falls which makes Gullfoss a very special sight to see.
After enjoying Gullfoss we will head back to Reykjavík where we will drop you off at your hotel in time for dinner.