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.
Fossatún is only 96 km from Reyjavík (see locations) and approx. 90 km from the south end of Snæfellsness 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 and Kirkjufell, the picturesque mountain.
The gentle cascades of bright water make Hraunfossar Waterfalls a regular stop for visitors and photographers and they are only 35km 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. 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.