Vatnsnes experience – Hvítserkur Tour (Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík)
Don’t feel like driving by yourself out on gravel roads? Want to experience the true Icelandic North? Why not enjoy being picked up in Reykjavík by a local and be guided on your way to experience Húnaþing vestra, the land of natural wonders, varied wildlife and rich history with a knowledgeable local guide.
With your reservation we donate 5% of our income to reforestation or beach cleaning, you choose it
What does it include?
- Entry to the Icelandic Seal Center
- Guided tour from an experienced local
- Pick up and drop off at a predetermined location
- A visit to one of the local horse stables
- English or German guide at Iceland’s largest wool factory
- Adults: 260,62 €/each
- Children between 6 and 14: 126, 21 €/persona
- Children under 5: free
First, the tour starts at the Icelandic Seal Center where you can learn everything there is to know about the seals around Iceland. Next up is a tour around Hvammstangi where you will get to learn about its rich history and vivid culture.
Now the tour gets real as we drive you out onto the Vatnsnes peninsula on a real Icelandic gravel road. First stop is Ánastaðastapi, a geographical rock on the beach and the beautiful Skarðsviti lighthouse where just below it is a natural hot spring. Next stop is Hamarsrétt, a sheep roundup, in a location that is both beautiful and unique as it stands next to the shore. This is a great place to enjoy the amazing scenery and view of the Westfjords as well as the local wildlife and including the abundant birdlife that can be found here.
From sheep’s to seals, next stop is at one of the best-known seal colonies in Iceland; where on a good day you can see many seals from a close distance. It is also known for an important and tragic historical reason. It is the same location where murders in 1828 led to Iceland’s last execution.
Next up is the highlight of the Vatnsnes and one of the best-known rocks in Iceland, the spectacular Hvítserkur, which is a 15 meter’s high volcanic plug believed to be a petrified Troll that got caught by daylight. However, some say it looks like an elephant or a dinosaur. Animal, dinosaur, or troll it is still a magnificent rock and a must see.
After that you will head towards Borgarvirki, a 10-15 meters high basalt Viking fortress that stands 177 meters above sea level. Don’t let the clime (or rather an easy hike) scare you, as it means that once arriving at the top you have an amazing view in every direction. Use the view dial that is located there to help you pinpoint the mountains in your surroundings. According to Icelandic saga, the Vikings used the fortress for military purposes it’s not every day that you get to literally stand in the middle of Icelandic history.
Next up is one of Hunathing’s natural wonders. Kolugljúfur canyon is about 20 to 25 meters deep, where the waterfall Kolufoss streams into the canyon. Visitors will view the canyon and waterfall from above making it a unique viewpoint. This is one of the “must see” places on your way through North Iceland.
And finally, the tour will come to an end where it began in Hvammstangi. The last stop is Kidka wool factory, the biggest of its kind in Iceland where you can unravel the interesting art of modern-day wool production.
Seize this opportunity to experience the real Icelandic nature with your own private local guide.