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Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

1. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

2. The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir Hot Springs where the Strokkur Geyser shoots water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in an impressive display of nature’s forces. The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 meters (105 ft.) deep. The tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Additionally, the tour includes a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, where you can learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat, which Iceland has in abundance.

Fridheimar Farm: Stable Visit and Greenhouse Lecture

3. Fridheimar Farm: Stable Visit and Greenhouse Lecture

Enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the magnificent breed of horses from Iceland, the Icelandic Horse, with a visit to a local stable. First, arrive at the stable and be greeted by horse experts and the horses. While enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, listen as the horse specialists tell you all about the uniqueness of the Icelandic Horse, their historic importance, and their use today.  Then, meet the horses inside the stables, pet them and take pictures. As a highlight, watch as 1 horse is shown ridden on the oval track. Witness the 5 gaits of the Icelandic Horse: walk, trot, gallop, tölt, and flying pace.  After this, head over to the greenhouse and watch a lecture about how tomatoes are grown the whole year round in Iceland. See the amazing bumblebees, that help to pollinate the flowers of tomato plants, and even have a taste of the tomatoes.

From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

4. From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

Spend 4, 5, 6 or 7 days on a road trip around the land of Ice and Fire. Explore and see the best attractions of Iceland and experience an adventure without having to worry about getting around. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which creates a more personal and enjoyable experience. Day 1 – South Coast of Iceland Departing from Reykjavík, see the Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Glubrabui waterfalls and admire the black-sand shores of Reynisfjara Beach. Finish the day at Skaftafell National Park where you can admire panoramic views on a glacier hike. Day 2 – Adventure in the East Start the day in style with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. From May throughout October, a boat tour among icebergs is included, while from November to March you can go ice caving. Later, visit Vestrahorn, Studlagil Canyon (April-October), and drive along the dramatic east coast which boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks. At the end of the day, you will soak in Vök Geoathermal Floating Pools Day 3 – Lake Mývatn and waterfalls Today, discover the unique natural volcanic environment of Lake Mývatn. Encounter geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming blue waters, imposing rock formations, unique birdlife, and fauna. Explore highlights such as the magnificent Dettifoss (Apr-Oct), which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Góðafoss - the waterfall of Gods. Relax at the end of the day with a visit to Mývatn Natural Geothermal Spa and plunge into silky, blue waters rich in skin-healing minerals. Day 4 – Northern Iceland Start your day at Akureyri, the capital of the North. Here you will enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town and take part in whale-watching boat tour. While driving through the North Coast towards Reykjavik you will have a moment to enjoy the Hvítserkur and Kolugjufur Canyon (April-October). Day 5 (optional) – Borgarfjörður and Lava Caving Admire the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of almost 300 ft. Afterwards, see the majestic Barnafoss waterfall and Reykholt Historic Site. Later, head inside the biggest lava cave in Iceland, Viðgelmir, before finishing the day at Deildartunguhver, the highest flowing hot spring in Europe. Day 6 (optional) – Snæfellsnes National Park Spend the day exploring Snæfellsnes National Park. This park has often been referred to as "Iceland in miniature", due to its many varieties of geology. Don't miss a visit here if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island. Day 7 (optional) – Golden Circle Finish your time in Iceland with a journey along Iceland's most popular route. Spot Geysers, The Golden Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and Kerið Volcano, all of which are must-sees for visitors. You may also choose to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon to your tour today.

Fridheimar: Icelandic Horse Stable Visit and 5-Gait Demo

5. Fridheimar: Icelandic Horse Stable Visit and 5-Gait Demo

Do you want to meet the famed Icelandic horse up close and learn more about this fantastic breed? Then join in for a visit to a Icelandic horse stable, where stable experts and horses await you.  While enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, specialists will tell you all about what makes the Icelandic horse unique, as well as their historic significance and how they are used today. Then you can meet the horses inside the stables, pet them, and take pictures. As a highlight, one horse is shown ridden around the oval track. Witness the five gaits of the Icelandic horse during a exciting demonstration; see the horse walk, trot, and gallop and witness the special tölt and flying pace.

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What people are saying about Western Region, Iceland

Departure at the foot of the mountain with a bus adapted for the mountain. Explanations of the surroundings and stories by the guide along the way, very pleasant to listen to. Visit of the cellar with a multitude of explanations and return. It was worth it.

Great trip! The peninsula is beautiful. The weather was a bit rainy but just dress appropriately and you’ll have a great time. Our guide, Howser, was very knowledgeable and funny which definitely helps on the long drives. Also - get the cod !

I had a wonderful experience. We were fortunate to have 2 humpback whales play with our boat. They swam around us for 30 minutes or more. Guide was full of information on whales and their behavior.

Fantastic crew. I got to see a few different whales and had such a great time.

The Canyon Baths are amazing, unlike any other hot pots/pools in Iceland.