- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Drive from Gullfoss area to Reykjavik
- Driving distance: 350 km
- Approximate driving time: 4 hours
- Recommended stops along the way:
- Thingvellir National Park
- Reykholt, historic site
- Deildartunguhver geothermal spring
- Hraunfossar waterfall
- Accommodation in Reykjavik
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you drive to one of the most important places in Icelandic history, the Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament. Thingvellir has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004. The area is surrounded by mountains and encompasses a vast lava plain of green moss and wild flowers. From Thingvellir you drive via Hvalfjordur fjord, a route many skip due to the tunnel that opened under the fjord in 1998. However, we recommend that you take the detour and drive along this beautiful fjord. Continue to the Borgarfjordur region and Borgarnes, the largest town in the area. Here you can visit the Settlement Center which tells the saga of the settlement of Iceland. From Borgarnes you head towards Reykholt, home of a known Icelandic historian from the 13th century. Close by you you will find Europe’s largest geothermal spring named Deildartunguhver. It boils up at a temperature of 97°C, at a rate of 180 litres per second and supplies nearby towns with water for central heating. We also recommend a stop at the breathtaking Hraunfossar waterfalls before heading to the capital, Reykjavik, where your tour will end. On the way to Reykjavik you can save time by driving through the tunnel that goes under Hvalfjordur fjord.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. Legend says the Norse gods themselves guided Iceland’s first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, to make his home in what is now the capital area. He named the settlement Reykjavik (“Smoky Bay”) after the misty geothermal steam he saw rising from the ground. Today, this geothermal stream heats homes and outdoor swimming pools throughout the city – a pollution-free energy source that leaves the air outstandingly fresh, clean and clear. Although 60% of Island’s inhabitants live in Reykjavik, it is a small capital by international standards. Even so, the Icelandic capital is known for its vibrant nightlife and its unique boutiques and shops. Why not add an extra night in Reykjavik to have the next day to look around the city. Accommodation in Reykjavik.
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