Discovering West Iceland
Fossatún is located in the centre of West Iceland region and it is an ideal destination to explore the West region of Iceland. The main attractions are within short distances. Set Fossatún as your base and discover the wonders of this beautiful region. Plan your day trips from Fossatún in different directions. But first explore the scenery and facilties on locations. Troll Waterfalls and The Troll Stroll and the other hikes, Folktale Hike, Nature Walk, explore the vinyl record collection and relax in the the hot tubs.
Below you find brief descriptions and an interactive map of the routes from Fossatún.
The Purple Route
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. 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. Sturlureykir Horse Farm 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 Surtshellir Cave and Into the Glacier adventurous destinations. Plus Grábrók Crater, Paradísarlaut and Glanni Waterfall.
The Orange Route
The 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), Skarðsvík Coast, Saxhóll Crater, Ölkelda Mineral Spring, Vatnshellir Cave and Bjarnarhöfn (shark museum) are only few of the places worth visiting in your Snæfellsnes peninsula day trip.
The Green Route
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. Also on the Green Route you find many other interesting destinations, The Glymur Hike, a hike to Iceland´s highest waterfall, Krosslaug, small hot nature hot pool, Akranes Lighthouse, Gudlaug hot pool, also the Settlement Center in Borgarnes town offers exhibitions for Icelandic saga-seekers, plus being a good restaurant.
The Brown Route
This is an extension from the Green Route and offers possibility to add some exciting destinations in the South to your day trip. The Kerid Crater Lake, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Spring, Laugarvatn Fontana Spa, The Secret Lagoon and Fridheimar Greenhouse and horse exhibition.