Discovering West Iceland
Fossatún is located in the centre of West Iceland region and it is an ideal destination for shorter or longer stays. From here you can visit West region main attractions which are within short distances. Set Fossatún as your base and discover the wonders of this beautiful region. In Fossatún are Troll Waterfalls and The Troll Walk a short walk and a great viewing point for the Borgarfjördur area and mountain circle and northern lights and you learn about trolls.
Fossatún is only 96 km from Reyjavík (see locations) and approx. 90 km from the south end of Snæfellsnes peninsula, a “must-see” area in Iceland and is reigned by Snæfellsjökull-glacier. Around the peninsula there are villages and towns as well as hiking trails, saga sites, golden beaches, volcanic peaks. Eldborg (lava, crater hike) , Gerðuberg (rock formation), Arnarstapi, Hellnar, (coast, cliffs) Rauðafeldsgjá (narrow gorge hike), Djúpalónssandur (pebble beach, waves), Kirkjufell ( picturesque mountain) and Bjarnarhöfn (shark museum) are only few of the places worth visiting in your Snæfellsnes peninsula day trip.
The gentle cascades of bright water make Hraunfossar (Lava) Waterfalls a regular stop for visitors and photographers and they are only 35 km from Fossatún. The falls emerge from under the moss-covered lava and tumble down in beautiful cascades over a series of rock steps into the river. On your way you will find Europe´s most powerful hot spring – Deildartunguhver. This thermal spring (100°C) provides hot water for the central heating in the Borgarnes and Akranes towns and the hot tubs at Fossatún. By bathing in the geothermal baths at Krauma you can experience nature from its core. Five relaxing natural geothermal baths, a cold tub to get your blood circulation going, two calming saunas and a relaxation room. Close by is Sturlureykir Horse Farm who offer a visit to the stables and riding tours.
Between Deildartunguhver and Hraunfossar the historic Reykholt makes an interesting stop for those interested in The Icelandic Sagas and Northern Mythology. A little further is The Cave – Víðgelmir– and Into the Glacier two adventurous destinations.
Also the Settlement Center in Borgarnes town offers exhibitions for Icelandic saga-seekers, plus being a good restaurant. Only 60 km from Fossatún on the gradually improved road 52 is the Thingvellir National Park, which is a part of the popular Golden Triangle route.