Silver Circle and geothermal bathing
Today, take a drive through the Borgarfjörður area, one of the most beautiful areas in West Iceland. Marvel at the stunning open landscapes, volcanic lava fields, hot springs, waterfalls, beaches, and unique history. The area is also popular for agriculture, with Icelandic sheep and horses, and geothermal greenhouses for growing fruits and vegetables. The itinerary will include the Silver Circle must-see attractions: Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Krauma Geothermal Pool and Spa, the historical Reykholt village, and Húsafell.
Take a stroll through Reykholt to learn about Snorri Sturluson, one of the most famous writers of Icelandic Sagas. Enjoy a meal at Hotel Húsafell or Húsafell Bistro, and take a dip in the local swimming pool. Húsafell is also a popular summer destination for Icelanders, with many outdoor activities nearby, such as Víðgelmir Lava Cave, Into the Glacier, Giljaböð Baths, and Krauma Spa.
Our itinerary will include the following stops:
- Deildartunguhver hot spring: This is not the spouting kind, throwing hot water high into the air. It is Europe’s most voluminous hot spring and is surrounded by soil tinted in vibrant colours. Right next to Deildartunguhver, you will see Krauma geothermal spa, which takes its warm waters through a pipeline from this hot spring to create an amazing spa area.
- Krauma Geothermal Baths offer a unique experience where you can bathe in hot water from Europe's most powerful hot spring mixed with cold water from Rauðsgil, which originates in the former glacier. Ok, that used to be the smallest
glacier in Iceland until it shrunk into just a snowy peak. The baths include five warm and one cold tub, two steam baths with scented oils, and a relaxation room with soothing music and a fireplace. Krauma Restaurant serves Icelandic cuisine made with fresh local farm-produced ingredients and offers a spectacular view of the hot spring.
- Reykholt: A short drive from Deildartunguhver, you will find the tiny village of Reykholt, with its large church looming over it protectively. Stroll through this village, visiting the church and reading all about Snorri Sturluson, one of the most famous writers of the Icelandic Saga is well worth it.
- Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfall: Small rivulets appear from under the ground and stream down onto a turquoise blue river. The unique cascades span over 900 meters wide. A truly spectacular sight!
- Húsafell: You can stop for a nice meal either at Hotel Húsafell or at Húsafell Bistro, and maybe even take a dip in the local geothermal swimming pool! Húsafell is an area where Icelanders very often come during the summer to kick back, rent a summer cottage and enjoy the
tranquillity and the fantastic nature in the area.
The itinerary will also include recommendations for fun activities to do in this area with the kids.