Viking visions in West Iceland
Pickup at KEF airport.
First stop is at a Viking exhibition where the group will get a breakfast and a short overview of the viking era and the settlement of Iceland from Norway and Ireland. The group will then travel to Borgarnes in West Iceland settling in for a rest. In the early evening the group will visit the settlement center where they will visit two exhibitions; on Egils saga and the Settelment. Lunch and dinner not inclusive. In Borgarnes there are several options for meals, including the Settlement center.
A tour around Snæfellsnes peninsula where the group will explore the natural landmarks of the peninsula and hear stories about settlers, monks and vikings in the area. A special focus will be on Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir who was the Icelander who The group will have light lunch at Hellnar café, one of the smallest restaurants in Iceland. Arnarstapi, Lóndrangar, Dritvík, Snæfellsnes national park and Kirkjufell mountain will be explored. The day ends in Stykkishólmur town where the group will have dinner and settle in at Harbor hostel. Dinner not inclusive. In Stykkishólmur there are number of restaurants.
The day will be spent in the setting of the Sagas, Laxdæla Saga, Sturlungasaga, Saga of Eric the Red. The group will visit Laugar in Sælingsdalur which is the setting of Laxdæla saga. This is where Auður the Deep minded settled with her people and raised her son Þorsteinn. This is also where the love triangle between Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, Bolli and Kjartan took place. A local guide will take the group around the area sharing stories of the sagas. The group will visit Eiríkstaðir where Eric the Red built his farm and raised is son Leif "the lucky" Ericson. The group will have lunch en route to Sauðárkrókur town where they will stay overnight. Dinner is not inclusive but in Sauðárkrókur there are numerous restaurants.
The day will start with visiting a new interactive exhibition 1238 which is the year a great battle took place in Iceland. Guests can take part in the Sturlung era through virtual reality. En route to Reykholt in Borgarfjörður the group will stop by the place where Agnes Magnúsdóttir (from the book Burial rights) was exicuted. Once in Reykholt, the group will visit an exibition on Snorri Sturluson and his work. A short walk around the premises with a stop at the church and Snorri's pool will follow.
The group will also visit the natural wonders of Hraunfossar waterfall, Barnafoss waterfall and Deildatunguhver hotspring. In the afternoon the group will drive through the back country via Uxarhryggir towards Laugarvatn. This will give people chance to view mountains and the deserted area in the interior of Iceland. Dinner Dinner and overnight stay at Laugarvatn Hostel.
The group will have good time to explore Þingvellir national park where the first meeting of the Icelandic parlament was held in A.D. 930. This remarkable UNESCO World Heritge Site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line where the American and Europen tectonic plates meet. The new exhibition of Þingvellir's history and nature will be visited, a local guide will take the group around the park, both the most common sights but also to parts of the park not often visited by tourists. An archaeologist will explain findings in the area during previous investigations. After a lunch at Laugarvatn, the group will visit Skálholt Cathedral where the group will get an insight into the amazing history of the church and the area. The group will have dinner and stay in the hostel there.
The group will tour Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hotspring before returning back to Reykjavík or KEF airport.
Price: Upon request.