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1 Deildartunguhver

The most powerful hot spring in Europe, where 180 l. of boiling water flows to the surface every single second,  supplying the two nearby villages and large rural area with hot water at approximately 80°C for central heating

2 Reykholt

Reykholt is one of Iceland's most notable historical sites. It houses a a church and a cultural center.  Iceland's best-known author Snorri Sturluson lived there in the 13th century.

Snorri was also a pioneer in geothermal utilization. One of the few things preserved in whole from Iceland´s medieval period is the remains of his bathing facilities Snorralaug.

3 Brúarás GeoCenter

The ideal stop for delicious refreshments, locally sourced food, information and Icelandic souvenir 

 

Less than 20 min. drive to all the major attractions Up-West 

Brúarás Geo Center is all about casual dining in a modern and relaxed environment while enjoying the spectacular view and surrounding landscape

4 Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

The waterfalls of Hraunfossar is a real treasure. It is best described as a collection of countless creeks and cascades small and big streaming out of the Hallmundarhraun lavafield over a distance of about 1 km. The colours in the river are impressive, sometimes dazzling and turquoise but occasionally milky white. Always an adorable scene worth enjoying and photographing. 

Barnafoss is only three min. walk from Hraunfossar. Here, the Hvítá river flows in a narrow canyon and with it´s violent force forms natural sculptures and stone arches in the rocks.  Many Icelandic folktales are associated with Barnafoss.

5 Húsafell

Húsafell is known for it´s mild weather, beautiful landscape, interesting history and strong ties with legends and folklore. It is the home to one of Iceland´s most prestigious artist, Páll Guðmundsson, famous for his carved in stone sculptures and musical instruments made of natural stones.

6 Kaldidalur

The highest road in Iceland  connecting the Up-West through the haunting beauty of the Kaldidalur valley to Þingvellir National park. On this route you come face to face with four glaciers, each with it´s own dignity and characteristics. 

7 Langjökull

The mighty Langjökull (Long Glacier), is the second-largest glacier in Iceland, 935 km².

The famous man-made ice cave is located in Langjökull providing you with an opportunity to see the majestic world inside a glacier. For jeep and snowmobile trips, Langjökull is the most popular glacier in Iceland.

8 Eiríksjökull

Eiríksjökull is the highest moutain in West Iceland 1675 m. The glacier takes its name from a legendary outlaw Eiríkur who lived in Surtshellir lava cave. He escaped up the mountain but loosing one leg when farmers attacked them.  The legend has it that by getting on board a ship and sailing abroad he was the only surviving outlaw inspite of being one legged.

9 Hallmundarhraun

This colourful lava field was formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, shortly after Icelandic settlement started. The eruption is considered to have lasted a few years leaving behind a 200km2 lava field which contains a few magnificent lava caves such as Surtshellir and Víðgelmir.

10 Surtshellir

Surtshellir lava tube is about 2 km. long with 5 skylights. The main part of the lava tube is almost 9 m. in height. In earlier centuries a band of outlaws resided in the lava tube. From there they raided the countryside and stole livestock from neighbouring farms. Today, 1000 years later, the remains of their settlement in the lava tube can still be seen.

11 Víðgelmir (The Cave)

Víðgelmir lava cave is considered by specialists to be one of the largest  and most remarkable caves on earth. It has beautiful ice formations and deep inside there are lava stalactites and stalagmites. Bones and jewelry from the viking age are a part of the archeological remains found in the cave.  It has been preserved since 1993 and entrance is allowed under guidance.

Áshestar horse rental is located at the farm Stóri-Ás across the street from Brúarás. Áshestar offers 1 – 1 ½ hour long riding tours in beautiful nature along the river Hvítá. For guests that are not up for a riding tour but want to get to know the Icelandic horse they offer a 20 minute ride with someone from their staff leading the horse.

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