South Iceland is a land of natural wonders, waiting to be discovered. Frumskógar Guesthouse and Hveragerði is the ideal starting point for day trips into the fascinating surroundings; from the historic Þingvellir, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, to the breathtaking spectacle of Geysir and other geysers at Haukadalur; from the black sand beach and steep cliffs of Reynisfjara to Hekla, the towering mother of all volcanoes; from thundering waterfalls to the absolute quiet of a heath at midnight.
Frumskógar Guesthouse has, in cooperation with an experienced guide, prepared a folder with five suggestions for day trips around the area. Guests are more than welcome to make use of the trips and adopt them to their needs and interests.
The folders are readily available in all rooms.
Below is a sample of one of the trips
Undraland í suðri
Suðurland er land stórbrotinnar náttúrufegurðar og margra helstu sögustaða þjóðarinnar. Gistiheimilið Frumskógar og Hveragerði eru fullkominn upphafspunktur fyrir ýmsar dagsferðir um Suðurland; allt frá Þingvöllum til Gullfoss og Geysis; frá svörtum söndum og sorfnum klettum í Reynisfjöru til Heklu, móður allra íslenskra eldfjalla; frá drynjandi fossum til hinnar fullkomnu kyrrðar á háheiði á miðnætti.
Gistiheimilið Frumskógar hefur í samvinnu við reyndan leiðsögumann látið hanna tillögur að fimm dagsferðum um suðurland. Gestum er velkomið að nýta sér þær ferðir og sníða þær að eigin þörfum og áhugamálum. Möppur með tilllögunum liggja frammi í öllum gistirýmum, en hér fyrir neðan má sjá dæmi um eina slíka dagsferð.
EXAMPLE OF A DAY TRIP FROM GUESTHOUSE FRUMSKÓGAR:
Places of interest
Þingborg – A Wool Centre where one can buy quality crafts. The Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur – gives visitors an insight into the great Saga of Njáll. Gljúfrabúi – A unique and beautiful waterfall. Seljalandsfoss – An impressive waterfall that visitors can walk behind. Gestastofa Þorvaldseyri –A visitor centre about the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull 2010. Skógar – A small settlement that boasts Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s finest waterfalls, and an excellent Folk Museum. Sólheimajökull Glacier – A valley glacier that is only a short distance from the Ring Road. Dyrhólaey – a headland renowned for its precipitous cliffs teeming with bird life. Reynishverfi –A beautiful black sandy beach with some magnificent columnar basalt. Vík – the most southerly village in Iceland, famous for its natural beauty and prominent birdlife. Seljavallalaug – An outdoor swimming pool in a picturesque valley.
The Visitor Centre at Þorvaldseyri was opened exactly one year after the start of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption 2010. Visitors feel firsthand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over their shoulders. http://www.icelanderupts.is/
The small village of Skógar is surrounded by unusual scenic beauty. The view of the 60 metre high Skógafoss waterfall in Skógaá river is breathtaking. The settler Þrasi is believed to have hidden a chest full of gold under the waterfall. Farther upstream, the Skógaá river abounds in waterfalls, and it can be a pleasant walk to go a bit along the river. It’s not advisable though to walk too far without proper equipment as this foot trail is the start of a 22 km long trek over the Fimmvörðuháls pass to Þórsmörk. Another attraction of Skógar is the local Folk Museum which preserves a large collection of objects, utensils and documents relating to local agriculture and seafaring. A number of old buildings have also been recon- structed on the site, for example a turf-built farm and a church of the 19th-century type. An interesting museum of transport was inaugu- rated in 2002.
The Icelandic sheep wool is unique and at Þingborg Wool Centre visitors can buy quality crafts made of specially chosen and treated wool.www.thingborg.is
The Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur
Iceland’s greatest cultural and literary works are the sagas. The Saga of Njáll is one of the most famous and popular ones and it is brought to life in the Saga Centre. Also a possibility of saga feasts and guided tours around the Njála Country.
Gljúfrabúi - Hamragarðar
A beautiful waterfall that is partially masked by its own canyon, placed at the campsite Hamragarðar. You can climb up unto the rocks in front of the waterfall and watch it from a short distance. Climbing is not for people who are scared of hights and pleace keep an eye on the children.
The waterfall cascades over a former sea cliff and adventurous visitors can walk right behind its shimmering curtain. A little further to the west is the waterfall Gljúfrabúi which is partially masked by its own canyon. Access to it is from Hamragarðar farm along the road.
Vík í Mýrdal
An attractive village located near the sea. Its shoreline is dramatic and its landscape varied and rich in vegeta- tion. Walk along the black sandy beach with a cacophony of the incessant cries of the birds in the air and take a look at Reynisdrangar rock pillars rising from the ocean. These are no ordinary pillars but trolls who were caught in the rays of the morning sun and turned to stone. Brydebúð brydebud.vik.is is an old house that has
a long and interesting history. It has been rebuilt and today it houses a local museum, an information centre and a café. And for those who would like to do some shopping, Víkurprjón wool factory and shop sells woollen products and souvenirs http://www.icewear.is/
Seljavellir swimming pool is a cosy outdoor swimming pool in a pictureque landscape. The pool is one of the oldest ones in the country, half made by the nature. There is about 15 minutes' walk to the pool from the parking place. Be careful in the pool as it can be slippery.
A valley glacier that comes from the great Mýrdalsjökull icecap. Katla volcano, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, is buried deep under the thick sheet of ice. From the car park
there is a track towards the glacier snout. It is not recommended that people go up on the ice as this can be extremely dangerous.
A rocky headland, 120 metre high, shaped like an arched port. Many birds nest there and in summer the puffin is prominent. The beach around Dyrhólaey is an impressive sight with the dramatic crashing of the waves onto it. The headland is a nature reserve and is limited to the public during the nesting period. http://www.ust.is/einstaklingar/nattura /fridlyst-svaedi/sudurland/dyrholaey/
Black sandy beach and magnificent columnar basalt. Large colonies of puffins, fulmars and other sea birds.