This excursion begins with a pleasant drive through the lively port town of Hafnarfjörður, situated picturesquely on an ancient lava flow. We’ll leave the main road and continue on a road less traveled along the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. There we will stretch our legs, snap a few photographs, and enjoy the rugged and scenic landscape
Continuing along this road, we’ll eventually reach Krýsuvík, where the striking landscape has been shaped by volcanic eruptions and violent movements of the Earth. In the geothermal field powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the Earth’s crust and the multicolored pools of boiling mud bubble and pop continuously.
We’ll head across the impressive volcanic plateau of Reykjanes before driving through the bustling fishing village of Grindavík. As we make our way over the lava-covered peninsula, we’ll reach Njarðvík and the Viking Museum. The museum has five independent exhibitions about the Viking Age and the settlement of Iceland, including a Smithsonian exhibition about the Vikings of the North Atlantic. The museum’s main attraction is the Viking ship Íslendingur (the Icelander), an exact, seaworthy replica of a Viking vessel that was discovered in Norway in 1182 and excavated almost completely intact. To commemorate the 1,000-year anniversary of the Viking discovery of America, the shipbuilder Gunnar Eggertsson and his crew sailed the Icelander to America in the year 2000.
We will drive through the Reykjanes lava fields and through Reykjavik before arriving at the pier.
- This tour might be operated in the reverse, if necessary
- Included: Guided bus tour, admission to the museum
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 150