Iceland's most popular day tour is without doubt the Golden Circle. You visit the beautiful Þingvellir national park which hosted Icelands viking parliament Althing, founded in the year 930. In Thingvellir you also see Almannagja where two tectonic plates collide and form a crevice. You visit Geysir where you find geysers that erupt every few minutes. You also visit Gullfoss, one of Icelands most beautiful waterfalls.
Snæfellsnes peninsula has amazingly beautiful scenery. You get to see Stykkisholmur fishing village with it's colorful old houses. Some people choose to take a boat ride from there on the bay to get first hand experience of the small islands with amazing bird life. On the edge of the peninsula you find Snaefellsjokull glacier which is small and therefor creates a perfect photo opportunity. Snaefellsjokull is historic in many ways. Jules Verne thought it to be the entrance to the middle of the earth and once it was believed that aliens would land there bringing people from all over the world to welcome them.
The historic west was home to some of Iceland's most fierce Vikings. The Icelandic settlement center in Borgarnes is a perfect museum for travelers that want to learn more about Iceland's history. Deildartunguhver is Iceland's biggest natural hot spring supplying the townships in west Icelands for all the warm water they need. Barnafoss and Hraunfossar are two spectacular waterfalls with easy access and scenic viewpoints. Langjokull glacier lies nearby where you can make a trip to an amazing ice cave that has been carved into the glacier.
The capital city Reykjavik is only half an hours drive away from Akranes. The city is the northernmost capital of the world and home to museums, culture, restaurants and all the things that travelers seek. For shoppers there are two large shopping malls within the city and Laugavegur shopping street in the city center is full of specialty boutiques. We suggest a visit the glass dome Perlan and Hallgrimskirkja tower to get excellent view over the city.
This scenic fjord used to be the route for highway 1 before the construction of whale fjord tunnel. Historically this fjord has served a big role both for transportation, fishing and defence. A multiple breeds of fish live in the fjord while fishermen and whales compete to catch them. The fjord derives it name from the whales that can sometimes be seen splashing in the ocean. During WWII the US navy operated their submarine fleet from Whale fjord. Today the fjord serves as a beautiful reminder of past times.
- War and peace museum
- Glymur waterfall
- Scenic views