Just half an hour away from Reykjavik we find this amazing world of lava fields, volcanoes, mud pools, and volcanic craters.
Your tour begins when we pick you up close to Reykjavik in the morning before we drive south from the capital and head to Lake Kleifarvatn. This lake was the setting for a popular Icelandic crime novel which is named after it
A unique feature of this incredibly deep lake (97 m – 318 feet -- at its deepest point) is that it has no visible surface drainage, meaning no rivers run to or from it. Because of this, the water level only changes with the groundwater, which has varied almost 4 meters (13 feet) in a few decades. After the earthquake of 2000, a fissure formed below the lake and it started to drain quickly. But the fissure has since refilled and the lake has returned to its previous levels. Today, Kleifarvatn Lake is an attraction for walkers, hikers, birdwatchers, and fishermen seeking the trout that thrive in its waters.
A little further on we could stop at the geothermal area at Seltun giving you the chance to walk amongst hissing steam vents, solfataras, and bubbling mud pots with the unmistakable smell of sulfur hanging in the air. You will also be able to feel the power of Mother Nature as the ground beneath your feet seems to rumble a little.
You could then visit the nearby small fishing villages of Grindavik and Sandgerdi. You will also see and feel the power of the roaring North Atlantic Ocean and see the huge bird cliffs which stand like sentinels guarding the craggy and moon-like lava fields. The peninsula of Reykjanes is geologically Iceland’s youngest part and is also the most southwesterly point of the country.
This is one of the main attractions in Iceland and allows guest to renew their relationship with nature and soak up some of the natural beauty that Iceland has to offer. Breathing fresh clean air you can sit inside a geothermal spa which has a constant temperature of around 98 -102°F. your skin will be relaxed in geothermally heated seawater and you can take advantage of a number of different treatments and massages while soaking in the natural aspect of the spa.
The minerals within the water have a very distinctive composition featuring a high level of silica. The water has only one-third of the ocean salinity. The extremely special mixture will have some great health effects for the skin and help to revitalize your body. Relaxing inside the blue Lagoon can help you feel invigorated as well as be an extremely soothing effect.
Iceland certainly has some stunning lava tube caves, and exploring them does not include weather concerns. Some of the lava tube caves in the Reykjanes area are the magnificent Raufarholshellir, which most remarkable sights are at the very end with three different endings having beautiful rock formations; and cave Leidarendi with the carcass of a sheep apparently centuries old.
Extreme Iceland caving guides are highly professional ones. It is important to be accompanied by a guide when you enter a lava tube cave. We provide of course the necessary equipment, such as helmets, torches, and gloves.
There are plenty of options which may be included in this tour – you will find some listed below:
1) Driving to the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. You can choose to walk around and take photographs, to go swimming in the relaxing warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, or even to enjoy a spa treatment.
2) Enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant in a fishing village and spend the night at a remote but cozy hotel.
3) Go caving to explore one of the many caves in Reykjanes and experience an amazing underworld.
4) Go ATV quad biking close to the little town of Grindavik.
5) Drive to the Keflavik International Airport ready for your flight home.
6) Return to the Reykjavik area to be dropped off in or near the city, wherever you wish.
Our guides enjoy sharing their knowledge of the Icelandic Sagas, nature, and folktales ensuring our passengers always experience a memorable, entertaining, and informative tour.
At Extreme Iceland we want to give you the opportunity to experience the places you want to see in a comfortable and enjoyable way. This tailor-made tour can be designed to allow you to make the most of your holiday in whatever way is just right for you.
If there is something on the way which you would like to take a better look at, or if you have any special wishes about something you wish to see do not hesitate to ask your driver/guide to stop or to give you more information.