Private Tour: Volcanic Craters, Underground Lava Caves, and Grindavik Village
- Stora Eldborg: Climb to the top of this eons-old volcanic crater in Iceland's lunar-like lava fields.
- Lava tube caves: Grab your safety helmet, high beam torch and journey into Iceland's mysterious underworld and imagine the hidden elves and trolls lurking in the shadows.
- Krysuvik: A dramatic landscape of red, green, and yellow hills on a seething geothermal plain of lava, hot springs & boiling mud pots.
- Grindavik village: Relax with hot lobster soup and fresh-baked bread in a quaint fishing town near the Blue Lagoon.
About this Reykjavik tour
Live your own Icelandic saga on a tour of the Reykjanes peninsula's volcanic terrain, fit only for those with a sense of adventure and conqueror's spirit. The Vikings traveled on sledges or skis to discover new territories in the land of fire and ice, but you'll traverse these rugged lands in an all-terrain Super Jeep, equipped to battle the most treacherous turf.
You'll first embark on the Eldborg crater, nicknamed The Fire Castle because of its flaming red walls in a sea of mossy green fields. The crater, miraculously symmetrical in shape, was formed by an eruption that occurred almost 3,000 years ago. Summon your Viking strength and prepare to trek up Eldborg's walls and stare into the crater's “infinite abyss”.
Your next encounter with Icelandic lore requires strength of will and your imagination, as you discover uncharted territories and invade the dwellings of elves and trolls. Uncovering a cavernous entrance only a Viking could find, your guide will navigate you through lava tubes and caves, careful not to awaken the trolls lurking within the walls – legend has it they turn to stone by the first ray of daylight.
Even the toughest explorers work up an appetite, but fear not. Your expedition includes a stop at the fishing village of Grindavik, where you'll be served traditional Icelandic fare: a decadently rich lobster soup with freshly baked bread. You'll make the journey back to Reykjavik with your belly content and your heart full.
The real saga
There may still be some Icelanders unwilling to believe that Eldborg is a strictly natural phenomenon. In the ancient saga Book of Settlements, the old and blind Thorir dug a hole in the ground to protect his farm from a savage man roaming his lands. After an overnight eruption in Thorir's hole, the flaming red Eldborg crater was born.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please disembark onto the ships pier. Please look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
This is a private tour. The Eldborg crater is 3-7 thousand years old.
Don't forget your camera for some amazing photo opportunities along your tour!
This tour involves is a grade 4 hike over uneven ground and for up to 2.5 miles. It is recommended to fit travelers only. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Wilderness/Wildlife, Scenic, Adventure, Full Day
10-Seat Super Jeeps
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 6 years of age or older to participate in this tour due to the amount of walking and terrain within the caves.
Special Medical Restriction
Due to the adventurous nature of this tour, it is not suitable for those with back/neck problems or pregnant women.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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