The Wonders of Reykjanes, Iceland

Get a little bit of true Iceland on this varied tour which includes volcanic landforms, two geothermal sites, dramatic coastlines and quaint, historic towns. You will really get a feeling of the life and power of this young land. Half of the attraction is the beautiful scenery you pass.
Begin the day with a visit to a geothermal park where a natural clay foot bath can be enjoyed. In a hole in the park the locals bake the famous black bread using the geothermal ground as an oven. Students love to each boil an egg in the hot springs and later enjoy warm with the bread.  Look out for the restaurant nearby that uses the geothermal heat for its outdoor kitchen!
Just a few minutes away from the Geothermal Park you’ll stop off to view a small exhibition dedicated to a local earthquake in 2008.  Students will experience a short simulator which recreates the earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale – and brings home to students just how violent it was!
You'll then drive through endless lava fields and then the quaint historic town Eyrarbakk now a near deserted fishing town due to its industrial decline. Stop at Iceland's most famous church Strandakirkja overlooking the fierce waves.
You will then head to see and hear the hot steam leaving the ground’ at the geothermal area of Krýsuvík , where there are impressive mud pools and hot springs. Back on your coach you will pass Graenavatn blue lake before seeing the 97m deep Lake Kleifarvatn that has no visible surface drainage but whose levels dropped dramatically in a 2008 eruption.  There's also nearby pillow lava to see. 
Next up is the geothermal area of Gunnunver where you can watch the boiling salt water mud pools and escaping steam from a viewing platform. Take in the magnificent coastline and dramatic breaking waves by the Reykjanesviti lighthouse perched on a volcanic cone, and enjoy the 360 degree panorama from the cliff tops.  Finally step out on the “Bridge Between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates - another great site and photo opportunity.  You can also visit the Perlan Centre with is massive tanks of geothermally heated water and outstanding viewing platform over Reykjavik.  The Magma House exhibition can easily be added to this day too.
Nb. If you haven't already been we can add a couple of hours at the Blue Lagoon on this day.
Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park   (can be added to the Wonders of Reykjanes Day)
A guided tour of this popular horse farm and location of a fantastic horse evening performance is a good addition to the day.  Meet the horses and learn about their uniqueness, the show and  taste of some local food.
Magma a House of culture and natural resources (can be added to the Wonders of Reykjanes Day) This centre in Grindavík houses two very attractive and interesting exhibitions.

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Local guides and specialist Geography & Geology Guides

All our tours include one of our local Icelandic guides as standard who have geographical knowledge of the sites as well as detailed Icelandic culture and history knowledge. If you want to maximise the geographical content of your trip, we highly recommend using the services of one of our specialist Geography & Geology Guides instead.  With their curriculum knowledge combined with their first hand experiences of leading student gr read more ...

South Shore Adventure

With your guide, drive along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country´s most scenic regions. Along the way you will stop at the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is unique in that you can walk behind it and through to the other side (if it’s not icy). You’ll also stop and compare with the dramatic and much-photographed Skógafoss waterfall, with its 60m drop. See the stunning Mýrdalsjökull gla read more ...

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle includes some Iceland’s most stunning sights. You guide will escort you to  see the famous ‘Strokkur’ Geysir shoot a column of water up to 30 metres into the air every 4-8 minutes!  You’ll also visit the magnificent Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created where the river Hvítá tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m deep.  This full day also includes the historical read more ...

The Wonders of Reykjanes

Get a little bit of true Iceland on this varied tour which includes volcanic landforms, two geothermal sites, dramatic coastlines and quaint, historic towns. You will really get a feeling of the life and power of this young land. Half of the attraction is the beautiful scenery you pass.   Begin the day with a visit to a geothermal park where a natural clay foot bath can be enjoyed. In a hole in the park the locals bake the famous read more ...

Thorsmork Valley and the Ash Cloud Volcano

Board your 4 x 4 coach and head for Thorsmork, a beautiful nature reserve situated between three glaciers including Eyjafjallajökull whose same-named volcano beneath erupted in 2010 and produced the Ash cloud that brought Europe to a stand-still.  To get there you drive on rough mountain tracks and cross unbridged glacial rivers, unpassable by ordinary vehicles. You will be able to see remnants of the 2010 eruption, and even some of read more ...

Westman Islands - Visiting Heimay

The Westman Islands came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption from a fissure that opened, destroying many buildings, and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland. The eruption officially lasted 5 months and by that time, more than 400 buildings had been buried and collapsed under the weight of tephra, burned by bombs or crushed by lava. A new scoria-crater had formed soon to be named Eldfel ( read more ...

Blue Lagoon

This stunning lagoon is pleasantly warm (38°C) with mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field. The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue colour.  The water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combines at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant.  Groups often choose to stop for a sw read more ...

Reykjavik Sightseeing tour

Reykjavík is the world's most northerly capital, with more than one third of Iceland's population. This guided tour is a detailed and comprehensive introduction to Reykjavik's past and present. Visit the Pearlan Centre, with its six enormous tanks, each containing 4 million litres of geothermally water which provides much of the city with hot water. The observation platform offers fantastic panoramic views of the city an read more ...

Northern Lights Tour

  The northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around ini fantastic colours across the icelandic sky. The lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun witht he upper atmosphere near the north pole creating this wonderful light effect. Your driver andf guide will take you out to find the best possible location that evening to view this once in a life t read more ...

Skaftafell National Park & Jökulsárlón

Surrounded by glaciers on three sides, Skaftafell is a place where you are able to see the highest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur at 2110 m, visit Skaftafell National Park and take a guided walk up to the picturesque ‘Black’ waterfall, Svartifoss, surrounded by basalt columns.  The walk affords fantastic views out across the region. Afterwards, continue on along the coastal road to see one of Iceland’s read more ...

Hellisheidi Power Plant

The largest geothermal plant in the world, with the  purpose of meeting  increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors.   Grous can take a tour and visit the Energy exhibition with its multimedia displays. Please contact our expert team at FHT today for prices and full details of this trip. 

Eyjafjallajokull visitors centre

Situated at the foot of the volcano, the Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre on April 14th, 2011 exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption.  It contains clear, colourful graphics and dramatic photos that both explain the volcanic and geologic forces and summarize major volcanic and historical events.  The highlight of the visit, is a 60-seat theatre where you will see a 20-minute film about the volcano erupt read more ...

Skogar Folk Museum

If you want to get to know the Icelandic society and how the Icelandic people used to live and work, you should definitely make a stop at the museum at Skógar. The museum focusses on the 4 areas of Fisheries, Agriculture, Handcrafts and also Transport. Please contact our expert team at FHT today for prices and full details of this trip. 

Volcano House: Cinema and Geology Exhibition

The Volcano House cinema presents two unique documentaries featuring Emmy-nominated footage covering two of the most powerful eruptions to rock Iceland over the last 40 years - the 1973 eruption on the Westman Islands, and the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in South Iceland. The films are shown ever hour together and last just 60 mins total. The Volcano House Geology Exhibition is a hands-on geological exhibition where you can exam read more ...

Geysir Centre multimedia show

After witnessing the Geysirs, groups can visit this modern multimedia museum displaying the inexplicable natural wonders of Iceland, and even feel it with the earthquake simulator. The museum gives you a sneak peek into life on the island in earlier times, through carefully selected and presented exhibits, as well as four short videos about topics such as wool production, or milk and cheese processing.  Please contact pur expert team read more ...

Magma a House of culture and natural resources

This centre in Grindavík houses two very attractive and interesting exhibitions: The Saltfish Museum: The exhibition is very interesting for students, who can study the most important profession of the country. The exhibition looks at Iceland‘s history in the processing and sales of dried salted cod . Earth Energy:  Considers Iceland’s unique possibilities to see and investigate most of earth's dynam read more ...

Cultural Visits

Whale Watching Whale watching tours are operated from the old harbour in Reykjavik. The whales most frequently seen on our tours are the Minke whales, Humpback whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. The boat’s guide will tell you about your trip which usually lasts around 3 hours  and describe what you can see and where to look, together with an introduction and safety guide, as well as answer any questions. There are indoor a read more ...

Evening Activities

Bowling Reykjavik has an 18-lane bowling-hall with arcade games and pool tables to entertain your group.  It’s a little further than a walk so its likely you’ll need a coach transfer. Ice-skating For groups based in Reykjavik, there is an ice-skating rink within walking distance of the Hotel Cabin, and Reykjavik City Hostel.  A coach transfer can be provided for groups staying in other Reykjavik accommodation. read more ...

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