In this private super jeep day tour we leave Reykjavik and explore the historic West Iceland while trying to see the Northern Lights after darkness crawls in.
We head out to Hvalfjordur where the British occupation forces had their biggest fleets assembled during the World War 2, before crossing the Atlantic to Europe. A historic sight into the past in one of Iceland´s deepest and most spectacular fjords and the home to our debated whaling industry.
Deildartunguhver and Hraunfossar
We stop by Deildartunguhver hot spring, the highest-flow hotspring of Europe. It’s water emerges at 97°C before being piped to populated areas of West Iceland. Next we stop by Hraunfossar waterfalls which are one of Icelands most beautiful waterfalls. The name Hraunfossar (lava falls) refers to the fact that it emerges through cracks in a lava wall creating a spectacular sight. With bridges and paths you can gaze at the waterfalls from numerous view points.
Hallmundarhraun lava caves
Hallmundarhraun lava field was formed in the 10th century shortly after Icelandic settlement started. It flowed from craters situated next to Langjokull glacier and geologists think the eruption lasted for a few years. The lava field spreads over 200km2 area containing a few magnificent lava caves such as Víðgelmir and Surtshellir.
Dinner in the West
Northern Lights sightings require total darkness. While the evening turns dark we dine at a well located restaurant given where our best chances to see the northern lights are.
Northern Lights sightings
After enjoying dinner we head out into the darkness to find Northern Lights. Your driver will have details on where your best chances of sighting are. The Northern Lightsare bright dancing lights most commonly with a shade of green, pink and blue. The northern lights flow through the darkness like a blanket on the cold winter sky. They are caused by charged particles colliding in the atmosphere. This natural phenomena is beautiful in it’s simplicity.
Waterfalls, hot springs, caves, glacier and a national park. This tour has it all.