Akranes and the bay of Hvalfjörđur


This tour starts off from Reykjavík at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m., and first of all it will take us through the northern suburbs of Reykjavík and the textile industrial centre of Mosfellsbær and towards the majestic mount Esja (2998 ft) which dominates the landscape to the north of the Icelandic capital city.

At the westernmost tip of the mountain, we will pass through the long tunnel under the sea of the bay of Hvalfjörđur , emerging on the other side at the foothills of mount Akrafjall (643 m) and arriving shortly thereafter in the picturesque fishing village of Akranes.
Wheather permitting, the best way to explore a colourful town such as Akranes is to do it on foot, and thereafter we head for the local folk-museum at Garđar which has a very important collection of objects and artifacts from the western part of Iceland, which make this collection well worth a visit. Unfortunately, there is no guidance or escort available at this museum (such as the one which has made the museum at Skógar so popular) so here, we will have to find our own way through the displays. One of the highlights of this museum are the roughly 12.000 year old fossilized walrus and whalebones, which were discovered high in the hills of mount Akrafjall during the construction of a roadway nearby.
Crossing to the north of the Akrafjall mountain, we will get a good view over the beautiful Leirárvogur inlet, the Borgarfjörđur bay, and the high mountain peaks to the north, Hafnarfjall and Heiđarhorn, the culminating point (1053 m) of the Skarđsheiđi mountain range.
Passing through the Leirársveit county, which is well known for having been , back in the 9th century, the place which had the highest proportion of settlers of Irish and Celtic stock in Iceland , we will enjoy a particularly serene and scenic landscape, littered with very good trout fishing lakes.
Crossing over the Ferstikluháls ridge, we will arrive back at the bay of whales, Hvalfjörđur, and proceed directly to the Rev.Hallgrímur Pétursson memorial church at Saurbær, which is beautifully situated on the seaside with an impressive range of mountains in the background.
At Bjarteyjarsandur, we may go down to the beach and check on the birdlife and maybe look for some mussels, and at Miđsandur we will come upon some strategic NATO fuel reserves stretching way up the mountainside.
Țyrilsnes is the place where the highest wind velocity in Icelandic history was recorded, but that may be hard to imagine at nearby Hvalfjarđarbotn, which is one of the best sheltered places in the country, and ideal for a little walk or a good picnic.
On our way back, we will cross over the Laxá í Kjós salmon fishing river, where we can usually spot fishermen busily chasing after that elusive species of fish in the summertime, or admire it's ice locked waters in the wintertime. From there, we proceed directly back to Reykjavík.


Duration of tour: 4 hours,
Departures: Daily by request.
Pick-up: From hotels and guest houses in Reykjavík.
Tour Price: Price per person, (for 4 passengers or more):
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Services included: Transportation and guidance.

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