Glacier, Cave and Steam Adventure
This adventure gives you a little taste of everything Iceland is renowned for: glaciers, caves and hot springs, with the odd waterfall here and there along the route. A popular option is to go on the Into the Glacier tour on the top of Langjökull, Europe's second largest glacier. We will bring you to the top of the glacier where local guides take over and will escort you through the tunnel. You will discover the effects of climate change along with short lectures about the geology of Iceland and its glaciers.
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
After a quick stop in the fishing town of Borgarnes, we will drive across one of Iceland's most picturesque and historical bridges across the Hvítá River. Built as a single lane bridge in the 20s, it was rendered obsolete and redundant in 1981 when the two-lane bridge across Borgarfjord (we will cross that bridge earlier in the tour) was opened.
Soon after crossing the Hvítá Bridge, we arrive a Europe's largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Providing hot water for the surrounding farms and villages, water gushes out a record high of 180 liters per second. And for our most curious guests, yes, it is hot, just below the boiling point at 97°C so use caution particularly for those traveling with small children.
For those that do not have tours booked that day, it may be an idea to stop at the beautiful Krauma Spa for relaxation and perhaps lunch at their wonderful restaurant.
As we head towards Húsafell Valley, we will make a few stops along the way notably at the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafossar. These unique waterfalls seep through the sidewalls of an arrested lava field Hallmundarhraun, which is estimated to have flown in the 900s. A subterranean water system flows underneath the over 1000-year-old old lava field and makes its way towards the Hvítá River in a picturesque environment worthy of many photos.
Húsafell and Víðgemlir (summer)
From the waterfalls, we arrive in the valley of Húsafell. If the Into the Glacier tour was not selected as a part of the tour, an option would be to visit the lava tube cave at Viðgemlir. At just under a mile long, it is one of the longest caves in Iceland. A local operator will guide us into the cave (torches/flashlights and helmets provided) exploring parts of the 10-meter high ceiling. The rock formations in the lava walls are an added bonus.
After exploring Viðgemlir Lava Cave, we return to Húsafell where we will have lunch.
Kaldidalur Mountain Pass and Langjökull Glacier
We depart Húsafell to the south where the road soon turns to gravel and up along a route known Kaldidalur (Cold Valley) and down towards Uxahryggjaleið. This road will take us past the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull. Arriving at Langjökull we have a few options depending on weather, time of year and the overall conditions of the glacier, notably the Into the Glacier tour.
Thingvellir National Park
From Kaldidalur, we head towards Thingvellir National Park – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thingvellir is the setting of the world’s oldest parliament, the Althing. It is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia come together, forming fissures, crevices, as well as Iceland’s largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn. The fissures of the valley are a must-see for all visitors to Iceland.
Due to time constraints, Thingvellir will only be visited on this tour if the Into the Glacier Tour is not selected as a part of the trip and/or if the Golden Circle Adventure is a part of a multi-day package with Adventure Patrol.
- Typical pick-up time at the hotel: 0800-0830 a.m.
- Time frame – approximately 9-10 hours