The morning begins with a drive to the base of Mt. Esja where you will be strapped into buggies for a 2-hour tour.
Zip through the vast, unique and often moon-like landscape in a two-seater buggy – one of the most exciting and exhilarating ways of exploring Iceland. Whether you are touring on a solo adventure or rather sitting shoulder to shoulder with your partner, the thrill of being so close to the ground as you zoom through a variety of scenery is impossible to beat. The buggies can take on a vast range of terrain, from grassy hills and dirt tracks to river beds, so you should be prepared to get dirty, dusty, and most likely wet too. Put your driving skill to the test and get your blood pumping!
Thingvellir and chasm snorkeling
After the buggy tour your guide will take you out to the country side, to Thingvellir, the founding place of the oldest democratic parliament in the world.
This area is noted for its spectacular lava formations and being the only place in the world where you can actually see the tectonic plates drift apart.
Here you can experience an extraordinary snorkelling encounter:
A deep chasm has formed and you can swim through the dazzling gap between the continents. The clear glacial waters of the lake are the result of the slow-filtration of melted water from the Langjökull glacier. The visibility is outstanding and exceeds 300ft (100m).
From there we will head to the most impressive waterfalls in Europe, Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). Here you will see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge from the glacier Langjokull.
Continue on to visit Geysir, the “geyser” which gave its name to all other erupting hot springs. You will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 90 feet into the air.
“My wife and I wanted to travel through Chile, Bolivia and Peru and were slightly daunted by the logistics of organising such a varied trip.John Resse, USA
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