Our loaded West Iceland Special
Lava Caving, Hot Springs, Historic Sites, Lava Waterfalls, Glacier Drive
“The Nutshell” is Mountain Taxi´s signature daytrip special and a perennial favourite of our guests. A morning drive from Reykjavik in our Mountain Taxi Superjeep brings us through Þingvellir National Park to one of Iceland’s highest and most austere interior routes, Kaldidalur (“Cold Valley”. It is, sometimes). On our right lies the western side of the massive, nearly 1.000km2 large Langjökull glacier, resting on a torn and twisted volcanic base. Depending on time of year, weather and conditions, your expert driver may use his Superjeep´s extreme abilities to climb the glacial slopes of Langjökull. An opportunity for cold, personal contact with nature´s Icy Element. Next, we don helmets and lights for one of West Iceland´s famed lava tube caves, a place of stark, dark beauty and once an outlaw hideout. Then Hraunfossar waterfalls, dropping straight out of lava cliff faces into the glacial river Hvítá. From nature to culture, we visit the historic site of Reykholt, home of Iceland’s legendary chieftain and writer Snorri Sturluson. Here, he wrote some of the greatest Sagas of the Icelanders, brilliant literature also preserving the culture and history of the Viking Age to our day. See Iceland´s oldest man-made structure, Snorri Sturlusons 13th century hot tub. Nearby Deildartunguhver is the most productive hot spring in the Northern Hemisphere and a source of much of western Iceland’s heating needs. Our day wraps up in Reykjavik, taking in the scenic and historic Hvalfjörður fjord on the way.
Available as a private tour
Duration 8-9hrs, pickup between 8.30 and 9.00
Included is use of helmets and lights for caving.