Another interesting route one can take in the west is known as the Silver Circle, the more tranquil twin of the popular Golden Circle. Home to the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Borgafjöður (Borgafjordur) is blessed with Deildatunguhver. The historic element is reflected in Reykholt, and the picturesque Hraunfossar and Barnafoss complete the Circle.
Deildatunguhver is the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The hot spring is providing 200L/sec of boiling water! In fact if you happen to take a shower within a 65km radius of the hot spring, the hot water is taken from here.
Hraunfossar, which is an unusual marvel of nature where cold clear springs of subterranean water seep through the lava creating a cascade of delicate waterfalls that merge into the Hvita River. From Hvita River we will also get a load of Barnafoss, also known as the Children’s Waterfall and the sad story behind its name.
Reykholt, which was the home to Snorri Strurluson from 1206 to 1241. the historian, poet, and politician who also wrote the Icelandic Saga. His work includes the Prose Edda, Egils Saga and Heimskringla, which have been widely seen as some of the best documentation of life in Scandinavia in that era.
Langjokull Glacier, or the Long Glacier, is the second largest icecap in Iceland, ice is up to 580m thick. Here we will have the option to venture in the largest man-made ice tunnel which takes you 300m into the glacier situated 1250m above sea level, with the excitement of riding on some big wheel super jeep!
To experience the geothermal power of Deildatunguhver, it is possible to Kauma Geothermal Nature Bath, one of Iceland’s newest spas. Equipped with 5 relaxing geothermal tubs, a cool tub, 2 saunas and a relaxation area, the Spa is one of the best ways to relax after a day of travelling. To achieve the perfect bathing temperature, the hot water from Deildatunguhver is cooled down with cold water from Rauðsgil, which originates from Ok, the smallest glacier in Iceland that lost its status in August 2019.
Tour length is from 10 hrs.