A fine day tour - balancing cultural and nature into one.
The pioneer Viking settlers of Iceland found bountiful fishing streams, fertile pastures and other important natural resources, much of which remain today in West Iceland. The Saga of Egill Skallagrímsson is one of adventure and intrigue that spans several generations and takes place in Iceland, Scandinavia and even England. It recounts how Egill's grandfather, mortally wounded, fled Norway. As he was dying, he instructed that he be buried at sea and the rest of the family should settle wherever his remains washed ashore. This was at a place now known as Borgarnes. On this tour, we visit the small town of Borgarnes and Egill's nearby homestead of Borg and the burial mound shared by his father, Skallagrímur, and his son, Böðvar. Another stop is the informative and innovative Settlement Centre (which also has a nice café).
Also featured is Europe's largest-volume hot spring, Deildatunguhver, which is on our way to the mysterious Hraunfossar waterfalls, with nearby Barnafoss. We travel the wide Reykholt valley and visit the site of Reykholt itself, where Snorri Sturluson lived. Snorri was another influential character of West Iceland and a descendent of Egill's. He, too, was a force to be reckoned with and fell into disfavour with a Norwegian king. Like Egill, he had immense power and was also a very gifted writer, who wrote, among other things, the History of the Norwegian Kings and the Edda poems.
Much of the eventful lives of these giants of Icelandic heritage was spent in beautiful West Iceland, where gorgeous fishing rivers, fertile farmlands and glacier-topped mountains all add to the natural beauty of the area and round out this remarkable tour.
Skallagrímur and Böðvar's burial mound
Deildatunguhver, Europe's highest-volume hot spring
Price: €178, minimum of 2.
Included: Certified English-speaking driver-guide, visit to Reykholt Centre, Setllement Centre and Borg, return to hotel(s).
Not included: food or refreshments - lunch eg. at Settlement Centre, or elsewhere in Borgarnes
Duration: 7-8 hrs depending on museum visits, roads, weather, etc.
Price change due to inflation and govt. fee hikes.