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From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Volcanic Hike & Blue Lagoon Option

1. From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Volcanic Hike & Blue Lagoon Option

After complimentary pickup in Reykjavik, take a scenic drive along the lava-shaped coast toward the first stop. Once there, follow the trail to the Geldingadalir Valley under the care of your experienced guide. Since it first exploded into life in March 2021, Iceland’s newest volcano has sent rivers of molten lava flowing across this rugged wilderness. Hundreds of thousands of people have come to see the youngest mountain in the world, and this is your opportunity to see the brand-new jet-black fields of lava for yourself. Be led by knowledgeable guides to the volcano site and be shown how this unstoppable force has dramatically changed the Icelandic landscape. Before your arrival, be the first to see Seltun, an almost lunar landscape of red rocks, orange sediments, hissing mud pots and hot springs; be dazzled by the multi-colored craters and steam vents. The Reykjanes peninsula features even more fascinating geological gems. Next, visit the Gunnuhver Hot Springs, a group of active mud pools and steam vents named after a local witch who in folklore met her doom here, so watch your step. After, take a short 5-minute drive to Valahnúkamöl, stunning bird cliffs and basalt columns rising from the sea. Spend some time here enjoying the views of the iconic sights, including Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, the oldest still-standing structure of its kind in Iceland. From there, move on to the Bridge Between Continents, a place where a small metal footbridge straddles the ever-widening gap between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, spanning the Mid-Atlantic Ridge just a few feet above the volcanic sands that stand between the diverging continents. As the final optional part of the tour, discover one of the most popular places in Iceland, the iconic Blue Lagoon where milky sea waters contrast with black lava fields. Here, soak all your cares away for 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon SPA. Enjoy a perfect way to relax and reflect on an unforgettable day spent on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

From Reykjavik: 5-Day Golden Circle & More Camping Adventure

2. From Reykjavik: 5-Day Golden Circle & More Camping Adventure

Our 5-day / 4-night camping tour takes you to our most beloved sights or as we like to call them „náttúruperlur / natural pearls“. With an experienced guide by your side, you‘ll get to learn and experience so much more as you visit the Reykjanes peninsula, Snæfellsnes, Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Skaftafell, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon just to name a few. Day 1 Seltún First up is Seltún, a geothermal area. Lava field A volcano close by erupted forming a lava field. Gunnuhver It’s the largest mud pool in Iceland. Krýsuvíkurberg Cliff With a fantastic view over the Atlantic and Valahnúkur mountain breaking down into the ocean. The bridge between the continents The bridge connects the European and North American tectonic plates. Day 2 Berserkjahraun We are not going to spoil the origin of the name of this area yet, listen to our guide once you arrive. Kirkjufell The most photographed mountain in the country. Saxhóll A dormant volcanic crater. Djúpalónssandur Long ago there was a busy fishing village in this area. Arnarstapi A beautiful and charming fishing village. Búðakirkja A historic church located on the peninsula. Ytri-Tunga Unlike most of the beaches in Iceland, Ytri-Tunga has golden sand, rather than black. Day 3 Þórufoss Our first stop of the day takes us to Þórufoss waterfall. Þingvellir The first Icelandic parliament was founded here in 930 AD. Laugarvatn Let‘s learn about Iceland‘s renewable energy. Geysir The most famous geyser in the world and the originator of the word itself. Gullfoss Our next stop is Gullfoss „The Golden Waterfall“. Urriðafoss This waterfall makes up part of the longest river in Iceland. Day 4 Eldhraun A vast lava field. Fjaðrárgljúfur A beautiful and dramatic canyon. Skaftafell An oasis of diverse landscapes and features. Hofskirkja One of the only six turf churches remaining in Iceland. Jökulsárlón It is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. Diamond Beach Named after the clear ice that gathers on the black sand beach. Day 5 – The South Coast Skógafoss The surrounding land is very flat so you can walk right up to the wall of water. Reynisfjara This beach was rated in the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Vík Church Offers a great view of the coastline. Seljalandsfoss Your guide will bring you behind the waterfall‘s curtain for an amazing experience.

From Reykjavik: UNESCO Reykjanes Geopark Private Tour

3. From Reykjavik: UNESCO Reykjanes Geopark Private Tour

The Reykjanes peninsula is a 2,000 km² (772 mi²) area characterized by various formations of palagonite tuff, pillow lava, and basaltic lava flows shaped by volcanic activity during interglacial periods, mostly in the last 11,500 years. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level on this peninsula and it is lined with four volcanic systems from SW to NE, containing craters, faults, open volcanic fissures, large and small lava shields, and high-temperature geothermal fields. Fisheries have long been a lifeline of the locals, with fishing towns and villages along the black sanded coastline, some even dating back centuries. In 2015, Reykjanes was recognized as a Global Geopark by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) for its geological heritage in connection with the area's natural and cultural heritage. UNESCO Global Geoparks have sites and landscapes of international geological significance, managed with a holistic concept of education, protection, and sustainability. The Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark has 55 geosites and we will start on the outermost point of the peninsula at Garðskagi. Two lighthouses stand there bearing the same name Garðskagaviti. The older one dating back to 1897 is the second oldest lighthouse in Iceland while the newer one dating back to 1944 is the tallest lighthouse in our country. Both lighthouses offer a unique 360° view over the Atlantic Ocean and inland, and by the coast are varied species of sea birds, seals, and whales. Heading south from Garðskagi by the coastline, we next stop at the unique black church Hvalsneskirkja. This is among our favorite Icelandic churches, built with basalt lava rocks and crafted inside with driftwood, both collected within the region by locals. Its colorful tower makes for a great contrast against the basalt exterior and the surrounding mossy lava field. Closeby is another lighthouse, the picturesque yellow-colored Stafnesviti, overlooking the rocky coast of Básendar which used to be the largest fishing and trading post in the area before a flood caused by a terrible storm destroyed the whole town in 1799, changing the shoreline forever. We then head further south through the lava field with the rocky coastline to our right, to the wooden black church Kirkjuvogskirkja in the fishing village Hafnir. This is the oldest church on the Reykjanes peninsula, dating back to 1860. Standing close to shore, an anchor from the sailing ship Jamestown is kept to commemorate when the residents woke up one morning finding that ship had run aground after drifting abandoned and filled with valuable timber over the Atlantic Ocean. Most of that timber was then used for building houses and bridges all over Iceland. We continue our way to the Bridge Between Continents, a symbolic bridge over a fissure between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. With the Mid-Atlantic Ridge lying through and these plates constantly rafting, this is among the few places on Earth where they can be seen above ground. Next up is the colorful and active geothermal area Gunnuhver, with mud pools, hot springs, and steam vents surrounded by lava fields and a sulphuric landscape. Walking trails run throughout the area between observation decks, overlooking this spectacular everchanging area. A short drive from there takes you to Reykjanesviti, the oldest lighthouse in Iceland on top of a hill dating back to 1907. A walking path leads to the peak of Valahnúkur, where the first-ever lighthouse built in Iceland stood, before being damaged by earthquakes and powerful waves on this most south-western point of the peninsula. Valahnúkur is an eroded sea cliff that formed in an eruption over 10,000 years ago and is now a popular nesting site for seabirds. The music video Volcano Man starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams was mainly shot here. Valahnúkamöl is a beach filled with large boulders created by powerful storms and waves, and looking out into the Atlantic Ocen is Eldey, a high stack of islands with the largest gannet colony in the world. The last mating pair of Great Auks were killed there in 1844, and by Valahnúkur is a statue of a Great Auk in memory of this extinct species. Heading east we stop by the small coastal rock pool Brimketill which rests by the coastline. Pounding waves have carved the cliffs throughout the years and formed this pool, which looks tempting to take a dip in when the weather is calm, but it is highly advised against due to sudden waves sneaking up on you and sucking you out to sea. Instead, there's an observation platform overlooking this spectacular formation. We head to the last stop of the day, the geothermal field Svartsengi. It is one of the five major geothermal areas on the peninsula which last erupted over 800 years ago, producing the surrounding lava fields and forming a long row of scoria and spatter cones called Eldvörp. The Svartsengi Power Plant sits in the middle of the field, producing electricity and energy for the local district. Run-off water fills the Blue Lagoon with geothermal water rich in minerals with healing abilities, making it the most popular bathing resort in Iceland. A drive through this area gives you great sights of this active geothermal area in-between the rocky mossy lava.

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What people are saying about Valahnúkamöl

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 75 reviews

It was a great experience however, my husband and I didn’t realize how rigorous the hiking was! Then again we are beginners so anything would probably make us breathless but it was difficult! Our guide though was so nice! The blue lagoon was surreal. The only thing I didn’t like about the lagoon is that they only have 2 changing rooms and everyone else basically changes in the locker room and so you see naked bodies all over and that took me by surprise. Other than that once you get in the lagoon it is so worth it!

This tour was great! Arnar, our guide, was really fun and he gave information about Iceland that others don’t. The wind was very strong (126 km/h), which is why Arnar moved some activities on the schedule, hoping the wind would come down and we could go to the lava field, but the wind didn’t come down, so we had to skip it. We did still go to the blue lagoon, which was really nice. Even though we didn’t go to the lava fields, I still had the best day. Thanks!

The hiking on volcanoes was phenomenal, we stopped also another 3 fantastic places before heading to the Blue Lagoon and spent 3 hours there. Definitely recommended!

Great tour - we saw so much and the guide was great too, with so much local knowledge. Highly recommended!

The experience was fulfilling and the guide was very friendly and helpful.