DRIVING ON GLACIER, MOUNTAINS, LAVA FIELDS
We start our tour from Reykjavik heading towards the west coast of Iceland. We follow our favourite route up to the glacier that offers fjords, mountains, lava fields, hot springs and waterfalls all from the view of our vehicles. Once we arrive at the glacier we travel up to 1100 meters (3000 ft.) above sea level and then we cruise some 15 km before travelling down the other the side of the glacier see what forms the snow and ice have left for us!
CROSSING THE ICECAP ON A JEEP
Crossing the icecap on a clear day offers us stunning views over the vast ice and snow fields. In late afternoon we arrive at the mountain hut at Hveravellir where we overnight in a sleeping bag accommodation. Hveravellir is a high temperature, geothermal area with many beautiful hot springs surrounded with mountains and glaciers. It lies between the Langjökull glacier and Hofsjökull glacier on the ancient highland route Kjölur. After this long exciting day we enjoy a little barbeque before our relaxing bath in the natural hot spring just outside the mountain hut. Nothing compares to lying in the natural hot pool on a winter night, gazing at the countless stars and with some luck the northern lights will also be visible.
KJÖLUR ROUTE, GULLFOSS WATERFALL, GEYSER
This morning following breakfast we say goodbye to the mountain hut and hot pool, heading off into the highlands.The ancient Kjölur route, is one of the two main routes used to cross the highlands from north to south. This road has been traveled by Icelanders for hundreds of years, often in very bad weather and experiencing much hardship. There are many stories of heroism and the courage of those who crossed the highlands via Kjölur in the old days. We are heading south towards the famous waterfall Gullfoss where we can approach close to the precipice on the surrounding cliffs. After Gullfoss we’ll explore the geothermal area around Geysir where you can see the geyser Strokkur erupt every few minutes. On our way back to Reykjavik we will stop in the hot springs town of Hveragerði before ascending to the Hellisheiði plateau and arriving in Reykjavík in the evening.
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