Bjarnarhofn Shark Farm & Helgafell

3.5 hours | Grundarfjordur | G U U - 2 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Berserkergata
  • Helgafell
  • Bjarnarhofn Shark Farm
Includes snack, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Develop a strong sense of Icelandic legends, topography and culture during this captivating half-day tour that kicks off with a picturesque drive to Berserkergata, also known as Berserker Path, a massive, 4,000-year-old lava field so stark and dramatic it looks like it could be from another world. This distinctive setting serves as the backdrop in a renowned ninth-century Viking saga in which two Berserkers, known for being formidable warriors, forged Iceland's first road through this field in record time only to be murdered while relaxing afterward by their employer. Capture photos of the path's remains, still visible in the lava, along with the men's burial mound.

Journey on to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm to enjoy a guided tour. Meet the grandson of the farm's original shark master Hildibrandur, who will share the secrets of the traditional process of preparing shark meat, which involves allowing the meat to cure for months so that it can become hákarl, a famous Icelandic delicacy dating back 400 years. View the destination's farmers' church from outside, which was constructed in 1856, and unconventional maritime museum, where among other things, large chunks of fermenting shark meat may be seen. Before leaving, venture forth to brave the bold taste of hákarl, not for the faint of heart, and wash it down with the local schnapps, Brennivin, which means "Black Death." Your courage will be commended.

The adventure continues with a visit to Helgafell, "the holy mountain," a rocky, 240-foot high mound whose summit once held a temple dedicated to Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Today, a parsonage dating back to 1904 resides at base of this mountain, which plays a prominent role in a historic Icelandic legend known as the Laxdaela Saga. In this ancient love story, the heroine ultimately settles alone on this holy land, which eventually becomes her resting place. According to legend, anyone who climbs this sacred hill in the proper sequence will be granted three wishes.

Back on the road, relish a scenic drive through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula's largest town, Stykkisholmur, where residents and visitors enjoy excellent fishing, access to the fjords, outdoor excursions and breathtaking views. A bustling center of commerce and tourism, this idyllic town features wonderfully preserved traditional Icelandic homes and structures. Before returning to pier, take snapshots of this lovely place so you can keep real images of this distinctive way of life close at hand.

Special Notes:

Views are weather permitting.

Guests must be over 20 years old to sample schnapps.

Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat and a light waterproof jacket.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Drive from pier to Kolgrafafjordur (photostop)

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:10
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
10
Steps:
2
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to Kolgrafafjordur to Bjarnarhofn Museum and visit with Schnapps tasting

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:45
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
300
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided walk at Mt. Helgafell for walk and comfort stop

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
800
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Scenic drive through Stykkisholmur and photo stop

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:25
Free time at site:
25
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:25
Air conditioned:
No