Things to do in Hveragerdi

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Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

1. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

See the best of southwest Iceland on an 8-hour Golden Circle tour by bus from Reykjavik. Visit the spectacular Geysir area, and go to the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet in Þingvellir National Park. Travel to the geothermal area of Geysir. Marvel as the active hot spring of Strokkur spouts steaming water 30 meters into the air every 8 minutes. Continue to one of Iceland’s most iconic features at the Gullfoss Waterfall (“Golden Falls“). Feel the spray of the waters of the glacial River Hvítá as it plummets down into a 32-meter deep crevice. Next, enter Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Þingvellir was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural value in 2004, and is the site of a stunning rift valley and the Rock of Law, the first Viking parliament. Marvel at the volcanic crater at Lake Kerið, and pass through the Icelandic farms of the south on your drive around the Golden Circle, before returning to your original starting point in Reykjavik.

Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

2. Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

Begin the experience at Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel and explore one of the longest and best-known lave tubes in Iceland. As the tunnel is a work of nature, the terrain can be quite rough and hard to maneuver. Follow the route of the footbridge with your guide as they explain the geological formations. Marvel at the ever-changing colors, landscape and geological formations. Hear entertaining tales of Hollywood adventures, its ties with the ancient Indian tribes and other enjoyable tidbits. Enjoy approximately 1 hour of pure adventure.

From Reykjavik: 3-Day South Coast Winter Tour with Ice Cave

3. From Reykjavik: 3-Day South Coast Winter Tour with Ice Cave

Explore the geothermal and frozen landscapes of the south coast of Iceland on a 3-day tour. Marvel at amazing waterfalls and explore an ice cave. Be wowed by black lava sand beaches, walk on the shores of Glacier Lagoon, and feel the thrill as you encounter spectacular geothermal features. Day 1: Golden Circle & Kerið Volcanic Crater On the first day you will visit all the best-known places in Iceland that make the Golden Circle Route: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Golden Waterfall and Haukadalur Geothermal area that is home to Strokkur Geyser. Before heading to your lodging for the night you will also visit the volcanic crater lake of Kerið. When spending the night in a lovely village of Hveragerði you can walk around Geothermal Park or by Reykjafoss Waterfall searching for Northern Lights (if weather conditions are favorable). Day 2: South Coast of Iceland Second day will start with drive across the South Coast of Iceland to reach your first destination - Seljalandsfoss waterfall and nearby hidden waterfall of Gljufrabui. Continue to Skógafoss waterfall to watch the Skógá River fall 60 meters at the powerful cascades. After seeing three stunning waterfalls comes time to walk on the worlds-famous Black Sand Beach of Reynisfjara. Dark volcanic sands stretch as far as the eye can see, with mighty Atlantic waves crashing into the Reynisdrangar, fingers of volcanic rock that tower into the sky just offshore. Second night, this time spent in remote location in South-East Iceland, brings more chances to spot aurora. Day 3: Ice Caving Expedition and Glacier Lagoon This day takes you deep into the Vatnajokull National Park. Walk on shores of Glacier Lagoon and on ice scattered beach called Diamond. The highlight of the whole tour is an ice caving. Equipped with all the necessary safety equipment you will jump on the super jeep taking you to the stunning natural ice cave laying underneath the biggest glacier in Europe - Vatnajokull. The Blue Ice Cave really shows the tremendous forces of Icelandic nature, as they are formed naturally in glaciers when fresh water freezes in the plunging winter temperatures. New caves are created every year as the glaciers freeze and melt and refreeze into different shapes. On that day you will also stop by a traditional turf church and take another look at basalt columns when having a refreshment break in the village of Vik.

Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

4. Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

Experience the beauty of southern Iceland on this 3-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Explore the Golden Circle, sleep in Hveragerði Village, and marvel at the power of Geysir Strokkur. Watch the waves crash against Reynisfjara black sand beach and relax with an optional cruise on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Day 1:Start your tour by visiting the highlights of the Golden Circle. Visit Thingvellir National Park where you can stand with one foot in Europe and one in America. Next, see Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, and marvel at the Geysir Strokkur as it erupts every 5-10 minutes. Discover the Mars-like landscape of Kerið, a magical crater lake of brilliant blue-green water surrounded by bright red soil. Spend the night in Hveragerði Village before starting the next day on the south coast. Visit the geothermal park and try bread baked in the hot ground, boil eggs, or simply relax in the mud baths. Day 2: Visit the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss, as well as the lesser-known waterfall of Glufrabui. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap where you'll can enjoy an optional glacier hike. Finish your second day at the iconic Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes on the black sands. Admire the great, hexagonal basalt columns and black rock sea stacks. Rest at an overnight stay in the remote Suðursveit County. Day 3: Spend time gazing at majestic glaciers and lagoons before heading to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Immerse yourself in the scenery with an optional boat tour and have the chance to see seals swimming around the huge icebergs. Finally, the last stop is at Fjáðrárgljúfur River Canyon. At the end of your tour experience, head back to Reykjavik with an estimated arrival time of 9:15 PM.

Raufarhólshellir: Lava Falls Adventure Tour

5. Raufarhólshellir: Lava Falls Adventure Tour

Your Lava Falls adventure tour takes you off the beaten path into the depths of one of Iceland's largest lava tubes, known as Raufarholshellir. Throughout your tour, discover the many wonders of the underground and witness evidence of how the lava flowed through there over 5,000 years ago. The tour goes over difficult terrain, including big rocks and boulders. It takes on average 3-4 hours to complete, relying on an experienced guide and head torches to navigate through this underground wonder. Once you reach the end of the cave and the source of the underground flow, you are rewarded with views of the amazing lava falls - a rare lava formation that can be seen in only a few places in the world. This tour is designed for those that want adventure, and sees you traveling a total distance over 1.3 kilometers inside the lava tube to witness it's incredible colors. The tour is conducted in small groups of a maximum of 8 people, and is led by an expert caving guide.

Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

6. Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

Discover how Iceland produces green, sustainable energy at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Selfoss. This self-guided tour will allow you to see the front lines of Iceland‘s work toward environmental sustainability and the history of geothermal energy in the country. Your experience begins at the Hellisheiði Power Plant, located roughly 20 minutes outside of Reykjavík. The power plant is located beneath Mount Hengill and is surrounded by lava fields, moss, and scenic mountain landscapes. Start your self-guided tour by making your way through the interactive exhibition with commentary from your informative audio guide. Experience first-hand how green, sustainable energy is produced at the largest single-site geothermal power plant in the world. Included in your tour is a stop in the Carbfix room, where you will learn about the plant‘s partnership with Carbfix. Carbfix is one of the leading solutions for the climate crisis and global warming. Throughout your visit, take advantage of the viewing platforms inside the exhibition that let you get an even better look at the beautiful Icelandic nature. You are also welcome to ask the on-site staff any questions you might have during your tour.

From Reykjavik: 2-Day South Coast Trip & Glacier Hike

7. From Reykjavik: 2-Day South Coast Trip & Glacier Hike

This thrilling two day-tour begins with a scenic drive to Þingvellir National Park. You'll see the gigantic gap between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates and learn about how the world's oldest parliament ruled Iceland from here for a thousand years! Then we'll make our way to the colorful Geysir geothermal area. You'll see fountains of boiling water shoot high into the sky every few minutes while stepping between hissing hot pots and steam vents! Our next stop is Gullfoss, where you'll see a stunning two-tier waterfall thunder more than 30 meters into a deep canyon. The roaring "Gold Falls" create sheets of spray and rainbows on sunny days, so you'll get some fantastic photos here! Then you'll see the multi-colored volcanic crater at Kerið. Covered in red earth and velvet-green mosses, with a bright blue lake, it creates a fabulous mix of colors! We'll stop for the night at Hveragerði, a tiny South Coast town famous for geothermal greenhouses and sitting on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where you can stand on two continents simultaneously! The second day begins with three wonderful waterfalls, starting at Seljalandsfoss. Glacial meltwater tumbles down more than 60 meters from a volcano in a narrow ribbon of water. You can even walk through a cave to see the falls from behind! Close by is Skógafoss, another spectacular 60-meter-high cascade famous for being featured in Hollywood movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones". If it's a sunny day, you'll see rainbows here! The second day's highlight is a trip to Sólheimajokull for an unforgettable glacier hike. This easy-to-reach glacier tongue lets you see these fascinating ice formations up close! The tour ends with a visit to Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach. A photographer's dream, you'll be thrilled by the endless volcanic sands, the stunning basalt columns, the mighty Atlantic waves and the jagged sea stacks of the Reynisdrangar. The perfect end to an unforgettable trip!

From Reykjavik: South Coast and Katla Ice Cave Day Trip

8. From Reykjavik: South Coast and Katla Ice Cave Day Trip

Depart from Reykjavik in the morning and head to the Katla Ice Cave, also known as the Secret Ice Cave. See black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old. Marvel at the tall walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Hear as the water drips and feel the cold and fresh air.  Visit the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and then onward to the mighty Skógafoss waterfall. Afterward, walk and drive on black sand beaches pounded by the Atlantic surf and see the bird cliffs that surround the quaint coastal village of Vík. On the way back to Reykjavik, drive past the greenhouse town of Hveragerði, a place named after the abundant geothermal activity in the area which allows locals to grow all kinds of plants.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

9. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

Travel the Golden Circle of Iceland by Jeep and see some of the nation’s most spectacular phenomenon. Depart from Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s ancient parliament was situated. Hike through the area to experience the dramatic mid-Atlantic ridge, before heading eastbound on the mountain road to Lyngdalsheiði. Your reward will be sublime views of the lava fields on the hills above Laugarvatn. As you drive to Haukadalur, look out for the famous Strokkur Geyser, which erupts every 5 to 7 minutes, spewing boiling water into the air to heights of 80 to 100 feet (25 to 30 meters). Explore the hot springs, before heading up to the magnificent cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, plummeting into the white Hvita River along with glacial water. Drive to the start of the Kjölur mountain road. You will be approaching Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull, where you can take optional activities, such as snowmobile rides, depending on weather conditions and the time of year. In the afternoon, make your way through the agricultural headland of southwest Iceland, through small settlements. Visit the hot springs town of Hveragerði if there’s time, before reaching Hellisheiði Plateau, one final wonder of Mother Nature on the way back to Reykjavik.

Private Thorsmörk & Eyjafjallajökull Day Tour from Reykjavík

10. Private Thorsmörk & Eyjafjallajökull Day Tour from Reykjavík

Explore the volcanoes of Thorsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull in southern Iceland and discover the recent lava activity of 2010. Yes, it’s that volcano! After a pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavik, Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Hella or Hvolsvöllur. Travel southeast through the mountain pass and Hellisheiði Plateau towards the town of Hveragerdi. A geothermal hot bed, the surrounding hills are full of active steam vents, and the town is known for its greenhouses heated by water from volcanic hot springs. You will soon find yourself in the town Selfoss, which was settled by Þórir Ásason, Iceland’s first known settler, who is said to have spent the winter of 873-74 under Mt. Ingólfsfell, west of the Ölfusá River. Your next waypoint is the charming town of Hella, situated on the banks of one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. Pass through the Saga Centre, dedicated to Njál’s saga, and learn that South Iceland is rich in saga history. Next, turn off the ring road towards Thorsmork. You’ll get a brief glimpse of the impressive Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which you can explore on your way back. It is possible to walk up into the recess behind the thundering torrent of water. Named after the Norse god Thor, Thorsmörk richly deserves its reputation as the “Valley of the Gods.” Soon the road ends, and the highland tracks begin. As you will be traveling by super Jeeps, there’s no need to fret. These mighty monsters munch their way through fjords and flowing rivers that would impossible in a normal vehicle. Stop at the base of Gigjökull Glacier, before hiking along trails and into river canyons. Explore the magnificent canyon of Stakkaholtsgjá, and appreciate the incredible mix of glaciers, rocks, and wooded areas, the last a bit of a rarity in Iceland!

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What people are saying about Hveragerdi

Overall rating

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based on 6,729 reviews

This tour was amazing. Could not have asked for much better in 3 days. When I had booked I was not too certain of what exactly the trip consisted of, but the experience was awesome and the guides were even better. The pickups were easy and on time, everything was very coordinated, the hotels were extremely nice, overall everything was worth the money. We got to see northern lights multiple times due to the assistance of our guide when we did the tour of the south. And all in all it’s been one of the best experiences I’ve had. Christina as a tour guide could not have been better. She was very interactive and passionate about it and gave a personalized experience that was tailored to what our group wanted with the extra time.

The tour was amazing. Our guide Jakob was very friendly, supportive, professional and had a great sense of humor. And he sounded like a real patriot of his country. The story he told us about Iceland had so many different points but all of them were so very well mixed: history, geography, politics, economy, culture, folklore.. He gave us a very clear instructions about everything – safety, food, souvenirs, views worth to pay attention. We had a great day indeed. Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater is a must if you want to see more than just a capital city Reykjavik. And the tour is for a very reasonable price.

I very much recommend this tour.It was amazing trip .Thanks to Albert and Jacob excellent tour guide give us interesting information about the place and give us enough time to see the place.Well done guys!

Siggi Anton was a very informative guide. He and driver, Cristoff, made sure the group got to each destination. We were able to have enough time to explore each stop and take some great pics!

the tour was really worth it. Karol is a very good driver and John the tour guide taught us a lot of things about the places we visited.