Hekla

Mt. Hekla has often been called the sister mountain of Mt. Etna in Italy, and is one of the most active volcanos in Iceland. It last erupted in February 2000. You can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Hekla from the kitchen/living room window of the Villa (north-west).

Hekla

Eyjafjallajokull

Eyjafjallajokull is the 5th largest glacier in Iceland. It is also an active volcano and last erupted in March 2010. It’s quite close to the Villa, and the top of Eyjafjallajokull can be seen from the living room window of the Villa (east).

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is a spectacular 60 m tall waterfall, which drops from an overhanging cliff face, and below the overhang is a narrow trail that allows you to walk behind the waterfall itself. Seljalandsfoss is only about 20 min drive from the Villa (28 km – 17,5 miles).

Skogafoss  

Skogafoss is one of the bigger waterfalls in the country, 25 meters wide (82 feet) with a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, you usually see a single or a double rainbow in front of it on sunny days. It takes about 45 min (55 km – 34 miles) to drive from the Villa to Skogafoss

Skógafoss

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is part of the uninhabited interior of Iceland. It is a very popular tourist destination because of the spectacular landscape, the geothermal pools that mix with cold water to make perfect bathing facilities in nature, and the colorful rhyolite mountainsides. It is also the starting point for the popular hiking trail Laugavegur that ends in Thorsmork, after 2-3 days of hiking. One can expect all kinds of weather in the mountains, even in summer, so appropriate clothing is needed.

The driving distance from the Villa to Landmannalaugar varies, depending on which route you choose, and is either 108 or 151 km (67 or 94 miles). Please note that most of the driving is on gravel roads, so you might want to have a 4×4 vehicle for your trip as you need to cross rivers, which are not bridged.

Landmannalaugar

Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is a large glacial lake filled with pieces of ice that have calved from Vatnajokull, which is the largest glacier in Iceland, as well as in Europe. The Lagoon is located on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park in southeast Iceland. You may remember it from the opening scene of the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985) and then again in Die Another Day (2002). Scenes in Batman Begins (2005) and Beowulf and Grendel (2005) were also shot at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

The Lagoon spans 18 sq kilometers. Boat tours run throughout the day on the Lagoon, but we recommend you call ahead if you want to book a tour. Book by calling (+354)-478-2222

Driving distance from the Villa to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is about 3 hours and 10 min (280 km – 174 miles)

Jökulsárlón

Geysir

Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a periodically spouting hot spring) derives from Geysir in Haukadalur. The name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa “to gush”, the verb from Old Norse. The Geysir geothermal area is also home to Strokkur geyser, which erupts regularly every 3-10 min.

The driving distance from the Villa to the Geysir geothermal area is about 1 hour 5 min (90 km – 56 miles).

Geysir

Gullfoss 

The magnificent waterfall Gullfoss is located in Haukadalur, just a few minutes drive from the Geysir geothermal area. The wide Hvítá, which is a glacial river, turns sharply to the right about a kilometer above the falls and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river.

The driving distance from the Villa to Gullfoss is about 1 hour 15 min (95 km – 59 miles).

Gullfoss

Dyrholaey

Dyrholaey is a small headland, which probably was an island at one time, located on the south coast of Iceland. During the summer months bird life blooms there with puffins and other seabirds. The view from the top of the headland is spectacular, and on a clear day you can see Myrdalsjokull Glacier to the north and Reynisdrangar to the east. The driving distance from the Villa to Dyrholey is around 55 min (80 km – 50 miles).

Dyrhólaey

Reynisdrangar

Reynisdrangar are majestic basalt rock columns located in Reynisfjara, which is next to Mt. Reynisfjall, close to Vik on the south coast of Iceland. The rock columns are also close to Dyrholaey. The driving distance from the Villa to Reynisdrangar is around 1 hour 10 min (85 km – 53 miles).

Reynisdrangar

Þórsmörk

Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) is a mountain ridge in Iceland that was named after the Norse god Thor. It is situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The name “Thorsmork” (the forrest of Thor) properly refers only to the mountain ridge between the rivers Krossa, Thronga and Markarfljot, but is sometimes used informally to describe a wider area that includes the region between Thorsmork and Eyjafjallajokull. The natural beauty of the magnificent landscape in Thorsmork makes it a popular tourist destination and one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland, with various short and long trails.

In the valley, the river Krossa winds between the mountains. The valley is closed in between glaciers, Myrdalsjokull being at the rear end of the valley. This leads to an especially warm climate, better than in the rest of south Iceland. In the protected valley, there is green vegetation of moss, fern, birchwood and other small shrubs.

One needs a proper 4×4 vehicle to visit Thorsmork, as there are a lot of rivers, which are not bridged, that need to be crossed. The river Krossa can be particularly dangerous during rainy days or at the end of very sunny days, because of melt off from the glaciers, as well as other rivers in the area. Do not under any circumstances underestimate the natural power of the rivers. Ask natives for advice and help in crossing the rivers.

Book a day tour by calling (+354)-587-6000, or visit this site for more information.

Þórsmörk