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Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

1. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

2. Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation, you will be swept off to the west to the historic area of Borgarfjörður, a region that can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. First, visit the Grabrok Volcanic Craters. Just a few meters away from the famous Ring Road there are three craters, Stora (Big) Grabrok, Grabrokarfell, and Litla (Small) Grabrok. These formed approximately 3,400 years ago during massive eruption shaping the landscape around. Solid wooden stairs lead up to the top of Stora Grabrok from where you can admire other colorful craters, lava fields, and lake Hreðavatn. Afterward, you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls spread at a distance of around 900 meters. The waters flow out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that was formed around 1,000 years ago during a massive eruption of a volcano lying under a Langjökull glacier. Rivulets streaming from the lava field create one of the most breath-taking views in Iceland, and just a few meters away, you will find another interesting waterfall. The highlight of the tour is a visit to a colorful Vidgelmir lava cave. Just shy of 1,600 meters in length, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. During this 1.5-hour expedition, you will have a chance to see one of the largest lava caves in Iceland, complete with its stunning lava stalactites and stalagmites. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize just how powerful eruptions of volcanoes can be. Lastly, visit the Reykholt historic site where you can learn about the history of Iceland and see Snorralaug, small hot spring used by local people since the 12th century. This place was first mentioned in medieval writings of Snorri Sturluson, the famous Icelandic poet and politician who used to bath there. Now, Snorralaug is just an archaeological site but you can still take advantage of the minerals in the geothermal waters that boil underneath the ground of Borgarfjordur area.

From Reykjavik: Borgarfjordur Private Day Trip

3. From Reykjavik: Borgarfjordur Private Day Trip

Start with pickup from Reykjavik and discover the Borgarfjordur region. Travel with your private group, and see the natural and historic landmarks of the region.  First, stop at the Deildartunguhver hot springs. These springs have the highest flow rate in Europe, and the water measures at 97 degrees celcius. Learn how the water is used to heat the nearby towns of Borgarnes and Akranes. Next, visit Reykholt Church which has a history dating back to the 12th century.  Continue the tour by visiting the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, where water cascades down a former lava flow. Then, admire stunning panoramic views of Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Europe. Discover a variety of rock formations formed by recent volcanic eruptions throughout the tour.

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What people are saying about Hraunfossar

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 64 reviews

We really enjoyed our tour, even though it was changed a bit. The company reached out ahead of time to let us know that the Canyon Baths were closed due to flooding. We chose to still go, after given the option to cancel. Our tour guide was amazing! He was very interesting and entertaining throughout the day. The tour was completely different than expected, not going to other places listed on the itinerary, as well, but the additional stops were awesome! It was nice to explore this area of the country and we truly couldn’t have had a better guide!

The day tour with our guide Magnus was a worthwhile experience. Magnus provided us with a lot of information about the individual stations of the tour on the tour, but also gave us all kinds of information about the country and its people. At the individual stations, Magnus had a very good sense of the duration of the stay, which gave us optimal time to explore the stations together or individually.

It seems I always meet interesting people on tours in Iceland. Our tour guide Ingo was very informative and gave us a good amount of information. He also provided us with plenty of stops and good amount of time at each location. I definately recommend this tour to people- the waterfalls are magnificent and the canyon bath experience is something we all enjoyed quite a lot.

Our tour guide Thor was amazing! The stops were beautiful and I’m so happy I booked this tour. You’ll see amazing views and have the best day. Book this now!

The Canyon Baths are amazing, unlike any other hot pots/pools in Iceland.