EXPERIENCE THE DESTINATIONS

VESTNORDEN-TOURS

Vestnorden-Tours

Experience The Destinations

Experiencing the destinations first hand is important to understand what they have to offer.
For 2021, we offer the following Vestnorden tours for Buyers and Exhibitors that are ideal for networking and sightseeing.

Date: 5 October

A fishermans village in the shadow of an active volcano. Get to know the local food, culture and crafts.

Max persons: 40
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19:00 at the Blue lagoon.

The tour
We will take the route towards Grindavík where the design houses of VIGT and Kristinsson are located along with the popular restaurant Fish House. We will start the visit at VIGT and then visit The Fish House. Then we  will take a look at the cultural house of Grindavík,
Kvikan. The journey will end at Kristinsson-handmade. Both VIGT and Kristinsson handmade received the Cultural awards of Grindavík this year.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

An hour of adventure through lavafields, history and dramatic landscapes.

Max persons: 30
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19.00 at the the Blue lagoon.

The tour
4×4 Adventure welcome you to a fun and exciting Panorama tour. On the tour we will ride through historic lava fields, pass the old harbour area Hópsnes that now serves as a recreational outdoor area with abandoned dramatic shipwrecks and over hundred-year-old foundations from the beginning of Grindavík’s settlement that remains unspoiled and protected for a reminder of the old life.

We continue our way through an adventureful and mildly challenging mountain track towards the summit of our ATV trailed Mt. Hagafell where we experience a spectacular 360’ overview offering sightings over Blue Lagoon, Svartsengi volcanic crater formations, Mt. Fagradalsfjall, Eldey island and more! 

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon. We provide overalls, gloves, and all necessary safety gear. Bring swimsuit in case we get back to the Blue Lagoon early to allow you to bathe. 

Date: 5 October

Get the locals insight to history, culture, taste of Keflavik and visit to local artists.

Max persons: 60
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 18.00 for the bus to the Blue lagoon.

The tour
Enjoy a stroll through our urban settings with a local guide who holds the key to the cultural Reykjanes. Try out a locally developed course and wash it down with a craft beer from our beautiful region. We will finish our stroll in the art and cultural center of Reykjanesbær, a builiding which holds a remarkable history related to the trading and fishing industry, a true gem within the town of Reykjanesbær.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

A refreshing walk of the old town of Keflavik through the lens of a local writer.

Max persons: 30
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 18:00 at the Blue lagoon.

The tour
Literary critic Ragnhildur Árnadóttir, former employee of the Reykjanesbær library, will lead a literary walk that follows the novel “Fiskar hafa enga fætur” or in English “The Fish Have No Legs” by Jón Kalman Stefánsson.

The walk will lead you into the time of the U.S. base, from its establishment in 1951 and though to the present.

You will become familiar with the different stories of people that form a colorful and intense web of fate binding together the individuals, the nation, and most of all the working class.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

An afternoon sightseeing tour with ocean breeze.

Max persons: 20
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 18.00 for a bus to the Blue lagoon.

The tour
For this tour we invite you to a wonderful sight-seeing tour from Keflavík harbour with Vogaseatours. Sailing along the coastline passing Keflavík, the cliffs of Hólmsberg and on the Faxaflói bay. Join our local guides on this small ocean adventure.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

Take a hike to the edge of the cooled lava fields and to viewpoints overlooking the volcano crater with Hidden Iceland.

Max persons: 12
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19.00 at the Blue lagoon.

The tour
One of our expert guides will take you for a volcano hike to the recently erupted Geldingadalur volcano. If the volcano is erupting and producing new lava we will explore the area in search of safe spots to view the lava up close. The crater of the volcano can often be viewed from adjacent hilltops on clear days. This requires us to walk on defined paths albeit quite steep in sections. No technical ability is needed but a general fitness and full mobility is expected. 

If the volcano has stopped erupting on this day then your guide will still explore the cooled lava fields and delight in explaining the geology and history of the eruption. Even without hot glowing lava, seeing the ‘newest land’ on the planet is a once in a lifetime experience. 

If the volcano area isn’t accessible then we will visit some of the best parts of the Reykjanes Peninsula which would include the Krýsuvík geothermal river, Gunnuhver Hot spring and Reykjanesviti among others. The Reykjanes peninsula is jam packed with unique geological formations that will leave you in awe of this often overlooked part of the country. 

We’ll end the day at the Blue Lagoon in time for the evening activities at the Blue Lagoon. 

Prepare for the tour
Outdoor clothing suitable for Icelandic winter (waterproof outer layers – can be provided upon request ahead of schedule), waterproof shoes (preferably with good ankle support – can also be provided upon request ahead of schedule). Layers that can be added and taken off. Hat and gloves. Snacks. ***bring swimsuit in case we get back to the Blue Lagoon early to allow you to bathe. 

Date: 5 October

A hiking tour to the eruption site in Geldingadalur with Fjallahalla.

Max persons: 50
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19:00 at the Blue lagoon.

The tour
We first start off at Kvikan for a quick review and guided tour through the salt-fishery tourist info. There you will also be getting a taste of Iceland! 

The eruption in Mt. Fagradalsfjall, which has been ongoing since March 19th has given us a unique opportunity to understand the volcanic activity that has shaped the landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula. An experienced guide will guide you to the best viewing point available and at the same time give you an insight to the history.

Prepare for the tour
Good hiking shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing. Bring backpack, water, and snacks. Hats and gloves will also be useful. 

Date: 5 October

An ultimate entertaining and educational travel experience with super jeep.

Max persons: 30
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19.00 at the the Blue lagoon.

The tour
For anyone slightly interested in geology the Reykjanes peninsula is like a candy store or a wonderland.  This small area is packed with samples of how the planet behaves over time, i.e. over a period of tens of thousands of years.  Here you will find volcanoes, mountains and mountain rigs, a variety of lava, hot springs, craters, boiling clays, ravines, rhyolites, fissures, geothermal activity, high-temperature geothermal system and now an active erupting volcano. Fagradalsfjall Volcano!

This action-packed tour will include visits to the lighthouses at Garðskagi, The Bridge between Continents, Gunnuhver hot springs, Brimketill, Seltún, Kleifarvatn and Vigdísarvellir.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Additional information

There are two lighthouses in the tiny village Garður placed on the south-west tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The older lighthouse was built in 1897. The newer one was constructed in 1944 and the tallest in Iceland 28M. For many decades, the lighthouses have ben a popular spot to visit and to photograph; both among Icelanders and in recent years a popular tourist attraction. It has become one of many spots in the country that is constantly being viewed and photographed. The area around the lighthouses is also a popular spot for birdwatchers.

The Reykjanes peninsula is not only a spectacular place to see and a great place to understand the ongoing, and everlasting struggle between surfacing magma and the many forces of nature, but also a home of a small part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  It is the only place where this longest mountain ridge on the planet that stretches from the Arctic to Antarctica is not under sea level. The ridge is where two tectonic plates meet and seem to be in agreement to drift apart.  And here you can walk between the two tectonic plates on a bridge where North America and Europe drift apart.

In the Icelandic nature, everything has a name, every mountain, every valley, every canyon, fissure or even crack.  And almost behind each name is a story. The most southern tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is a spectacular place to visit. A highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents boiling practically under your feet – if you dare to walk the wooden planks crisscrossing the area. Indeed, here is where you find the biggest mud pool in Iceland, Gunnuhver – or Gunna hot spring.

Next up is the small naturally carved pool created by marine erosion, at the lava shore edge close to the town of Grindavík, a family oriented village with a strong fishing industry heritage.

From Grindavík and on the road to Krýsuvík, you will pass the beautiful mythical geothermal area at Seltún. The main area is a fascinating hot spring field to the southwest, recognizable by the mud pools and steaming ground. Through the steam, you’ll notice the yellow, green and red-orange colors, as well as the white and brown colors of the sulfates. The sulfates dissolve in water and become mottled. Thus, when it rains they disappear altogether, leaving only the bright yellow, green and red colors of the sulfur. It is a mythical sight to see.

The largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula and situated on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge a short distance from the dramatic geothermal area of Seltún. The lake is incredibly deep, 97 meters (318 feet) at its deepest point. But, its unique feature is that it has no visible surface drainage, which means there are no rivers running to or from it. Thus, the water level only changes with the ground water. Following an earthquake in the year 2000, a fissure formed at the bottom of the lake that soon began to drain. It diminished by 20 percent. Gradually though, the fissure refilled, and the lake has returned to its previous levels.

From Kleifarvatn we drive behind the mountain range that lies along the peninslula through Vigdísarvellir, old farm stead. Along with Djúpavatn Lake this area is part of a the high temperature geothermal are on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The lava formations are quite spectacular with deep valleys and rugged hills, beautiful rare moss species and delicate flora.

At the end of our trip we drop you of at the Blue Lagoon at 19.00 for the Vestnorden Get-to-gether.

Date: 5 October

Get a glimps of the famous Northern Lights at Aurora Basecamp and take in the natural wonders that Reykjanes Peninsula has to offer.

Max persons: 63
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19.00 at the Blue lagoon.

The tour
Aurora Basecamp – Northern Lights Observatory is a one-of-a-kind facility, offering guests the chance to experience a real-time, indoor simulation of the Northern Lights, in a warm and relaxing environment.

The Aurora Lounge is the heart of Aurora Basecamp. Inside the 150 sqm geodesic dome you can relax, have some refreshments and chat with the Aurora Basecamp guides that are happy to tell you all there is to know about the Northern lights. After having experienced the Northern Lights we make our way south to experience the geothermal landscapes at Seltún. We will end our day at the world famous Blue Lagoon where you will have the opportunity to take a dip before the Get-To-Gether.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

Who doesn‘t love a good ice cold beer? Come with us and be one of the first to visit this new micro brewery!

Max persons: 40
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19:00 at the Blue lagoon.

The tour
We will take the scenic route towards Gunnuhver and Grindavík where 22.10 brewery is located, a brand-new local brewery.

Then our journey leads to Gunnuhver to witness the true power of nature. Journey continues to Grindavík where we come to the beer tasting, 22.10 was founded by two friends with great interest in making their own beer. And they did a great job, if we can say so ourselves. We will end our day at the world famous Blue Lagoon where you will have the opportunity to take a dip before the Get-To-Gether.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

Reykjanes peninsula – the old island.

Max persons: 40
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 19.00 at the the Blue lagoon.

The tour
Suðurnesjabær is one of the oldest settlements on the Reykjanes peninsula. A stone-throw away from Keflavik international airport lies the undiscovered area of the old settlement of Rosmhvalanes.  Join one of our local guides on a tour through the area, including tourism attractions like Garðskagi and Hvalsneskirkja. Discovering a different take on tourism with our young tourism entrepreneurs, startups and marine specialists, with a little taste of local production in food and beverages.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

Get the locals insight to history, culture, taste of Keflavik and visit to local artists.

Max persons: 40
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:00
Return at 18.00 for the bus to the Blue lagoon.

The tour
Enjoy a stroll through our urban settings with a local guide who holds the key to the cultural Reykjanes. Try out a locally developed course and wash it down with a craft beer from our beautiful region. We will finish our stroll in the art and cultural center of Reykjanesbær, a builiding which holds a remarkable history related to the trading and fishing industry, a true gem within the town of Reykjanesbær.

Prepare for the tour
Dress according to weather, sturdy shoes and a hat is always a good choice for Icelandic nature. Bring swimsuit for the chance to dip your toes in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Date: 5 October

Experience the tranquillity of the Blue Lagoon unique, geothermal seawater. 

Max persons: 40
Departure from Hljómahöll at 16:20
Return at 19:00 at the Blue lagoon.

The tour
How about exploring and experiencing the radiant powers of the geothermal seawater of the Blue Lagoon after a fruitful day at the Vestnorden exhibition and before the busy schedule ahead.  Relax, and rejuvenate before the Vestnorden get-together that is also held at the Blue Lagoon.

Prepare for the tour
Bring swimsuit for the in the milky blue waters at the Blue Lagoon.

Included
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
Silica mud mask
Use of towel
1st drink of your choice
Second mask of choice
Slippers
Use of bathrobe

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Vestnorden
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Vestnorden 2021
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Vestnorden 2021
Project Management
Vestnorden 2021
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Vestnorden is the annual travel trade show for tourism in the
West Nordic region featuring Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

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