The tour starts by taking you to the scenic fjord Hvalfjordur —“whale fjord”— where we visit the remains of an old whaling station. The beautiful Barnafossar are next up, before you are taken to two of west Iceland’s biggest attractions: the enormous Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most volimunous hot spring; and Reykholt, the cradle of Scandinavian literature and home to 13th century scholar and poet Snorri Sturluson, whose hot pot is on display, as is the tunnel in which he was eventually slain. Snorri wrote, among other works, the famous Snorra Edda in Reykholt, which now houses a cultural center and research institute.

The second part of the trip takes you to the stunningly beautiful Arnarstapi and Hellnar areas under the imposing Snaefellsjokull glacier which, while not having erupted in the last couple of millennia, is still an active strata volcano. The glacier is believed by many to have magical powers and one of Earth’s “energy centers”; Halldor Laxness, Iceland’s Nobel laureate for literature, said of it: “Where the glacier meets the sky, the land ceases to be earthly and the earth becomes one with the heavens; no more sorrows live there anymore, and therefore joy is not necessary. Beauty alone reigns there, beyond all demands.” The tour ends by taking you through a “bona fide” Icelandic fishing village and the tunnel under Hvalfjordur back to Reykjavik.