Thingvellir National Park & Snow Truck Glacier Adventure

9 hours | Reykjavik | R E K - 4 7 5
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  • Thingvellir National Park
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

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

Just outside of Reykjavik lies a treasure trove of achingly beautiful scenery courtesy of Mother Nature. During this memorable nine-hour adventure you'll see a world of lava and ice, and waterfalls. Wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothes and don't forget to bring along a camera to record the day's activities.

From the pier you'll embark on a scenic drive through Reykjavik and out into the dramatic countryside where you'll cross the Moorlands Mosfellsheidi heath. Soon, you'll reach Thingvellir National Park. Established as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the park offers incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge, an aboveground portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the Eurasian and North American plates. The park is not only steeped in beauty but history as well. It was here that the Vikings established the world's first parliament in the 10th century.

Rising over 3,900 feet, the mountain is actually a shield volcano made entirely of fluid lava flows.

Continuing on, you'll make your way to Europe's second largest glacier - Langjökull. Icelandic for "long glacier," Langjökull stretches over 366 square miles and rises over 4,200 feet above sea level. On a clear day you can see the three smaller glaciers that surround Langjökull: Eiriksjokull sits in the northwest, to the south is Thorisjokull and to the east is Hrutfell.

Then, you'll transfer to a comfortable and heated snow truck for an hour-long, up close and personal tour across the glacier. After traveling across this icy beauty you'll head to a nearby mountain hut for an enjoyable and welcome lunch. Following lunch, you'll climb back aboard your coach and venture down into the green, rolling hillsides of the Borgarfjördur valley, home of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls.

Hraunfossar, which means "lava falls" is an intriguing series of springs that flow out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that spewed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under Langjökull glacier.

According to legend, the Barnafoss or "children's falls" is the site of a curse. It's believed that two little boys fell into the icy water and drowned after taking a dangerous shortcut across a natural bridge that once stretched over the waterfall. Their grief-stricken mother placed a spell on the bridge saying that those who were foolish enough to cross it would drown as well. The bridge was demolished in an earthquake some years later. Continuing on, you'll make a short stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring that boasts a flow rate of 47 gallons per second.

On your return trip to Reykavik you'll drive through Iceland's lush farmlands and towns towards the capital via an underwater tunnel.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION USED IN TOUR BOOK (250 words max)
Spend a day surrounded by glorious Mother Nature on an unforgettable excursion that begins with a scenic drive to Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge, an aboveground portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the Eurasian and North American plates. Continuing on, you'll make your way to Langjökull, Europe's second largest glacier. Here, you'll transfer to a heated snow truck for an hour-long tour across the icy wilderness. After lunch in a nearby mountain hut, you'll reboard your coach and venture down into Borgarfjördur valley, home of the stunning Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Your day's final destination before returning to Reykavik is a stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.

Special Notes:

This tour is not recommended for passengers with limited mobility. Vehicle does not have easy access and terrain is rough. Not recommended for very young children.

Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing and good, sturdy shoes - preferably hiking boots.

This tour is subject to weather conditions.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship and drive to Thingvellir National Park

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:45
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
220
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to Langjokull Glacier base camp

Transport type:
Snow Truck
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
02:00

Glacier fun and lunch (boxed lunch)

Time at site:
02:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:45
Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
35
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
250
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Deildartunguhver Hot Water Springs

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:25
Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
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:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
01:45