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Eruption in Reykjanes

There’s an ongoing volcanic eruption in Reykjanes peninsula, only 20 minutes drive from Keflavik airport. Experience breathtaking scenery and the raw power of mother nature.

A small eruption is taking place in Reykjanes peninsula, only 20 minutes drive from Keflavik airport and about 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik. Lava flows from many different craters, creating a large flava field in the Reykjanes highlands. This is a unique experience, due to the low but steady flow of lava you can experience this incredible natural phenomenon up close.

Where to see the Eruption in Reykjanes

The eruption takes place in the Reykjanes highlands, in mt. Fagradalsfjalla, which is about 250 meters above sea level. The nearest town is Grindavik, where you can also find the beautiful Blue lagoon. Getting there takes time though, since you need to hike for about 2.5 hours to see the eruption. You need to climb the hill side, but the path is clearly marked and easy to follow.

We can take you there

We are more than happy to help you experience the eruption in Reykjanes peninsula. We offer experienced, discreet professional drivers and tour guides and we can help you plan the perfect tour in Iceland. Feel free to fill out the form below and we will reach out within 24 hours.

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    Welcome to Iceland

    The Icelandic government has announced that all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to border measures, such as testing and quarantine.

    Until now, this exemption has only applied to those presenting certificates from the EU/EEA Area but will now apply equally to everyone who can provide proof of a full vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency as well as requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist of Iceland and Icelandic regulations. Certificates from the the World Health Organization (WHO) (the International Certificate of Vaccination or the Carte Jaune/Yellow Card) are also accepted for vaccines the WHO has validated. 

    The exemption also applies to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection. Documentation on prior infections must be in accordance with the requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist.

    “The world has been through a lot in the past twelve months, and we are all hoping for a slow and safe return to normalcy. This also includes the resumption of the opportunity to travel, which is valuable to culture, trade and enterprise. The decision to apply border exemptions for vaccinated individuals to countries outside the EU/EEA area is a logical extension of our current policy,” says Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland.

    Iceland has maintained a policy of exempting EU/EEA citizens with prior infection, as well as those who are fully vaccinated, from all border measures. “Our experience and data so far indicate very strongly that there is very little risk of infection stemming from individuals who have acquired immunity against the disease, either by vaccination or by prior infection. When people are protected against the same disease, with the same vaccines that are produced by the same companies, there is no medical reason to discriminate on the basis of the location where the jab is administered. Our experience shows that the risk of infection from vaccinated individuals is very small or negligible.” says Thórólfur Gudnason Chief Epidemiologist. 

    Iceland has announced that from 1 May it will use the ECDC risk assessment colour code at the border. From that time travellers from low-risk areas (green and yellow) will be exempt from quarantine measures if they present a negative PCR result at the border.
    Since 16 February, a negative PCR test is required prior to departure when travelling to Iceland. Additionally, a PCR test is mandatory at the border followed by a five-day quarantine and a second test. Vaccinated individuals and those with prior infection are exempt from the measures.

    Currently 30 individuals are in isolation with an infection, 24 are in quarantine due to suspected exposure. No one is hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Iceland.
    Since the beginning of the pandemic, every positive sample of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been sequenced by Icelandic biotech firm, deCode Genetics. Through these efforts it has been established that most of domestic transmission since 15 September are due to a particular variant of the virus, but all other variants, including B.1.1.7. have been contained at the border.

    Repost from https://www.ferdamalastofa.is/en/moya/news/category/1/exemption-from-border-measures-for-vaccinated-individuals-to-be-extended-to-non-schengen-countries

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    Scenes of Solitude in Iceland

    Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated country in Europe. There are numerous locations and places where you can experience a perfect solitude in Iceland.

    For many people, being completely alone is a strange and alien feeling. Growing up in a thriving, ever-bustling city offer few moments of true solitude and silence is but a word.

    Iceland is the perfect place to experience solitude. Where you find yourself alone, in a rolling field of Nootka lupine, in a deep fjord where no one lives any more or in the black sand deserts of the Highlands. You close your eyes, and the only sound you hear are the gentle breeze, a small wave washing against your feet or a bird cooing somewhere in the distance.

    Getting away from it all

    Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated country in Europe. There are but 360.000 people living here and most of the population lives in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Of course, there are farms and small towns around the island, but there are many places where you can get away from it all.

    We know many of these places and they never seize to awe and inspire our customers. For many of them, the moment they hear natural silence for the first time is breathtaking.

    Experience Solitude in Iceland

    We are more than happy to help you experience Solitude in Iceland. We can help you arrange and plan a tour where you get a chance to listen to the silence, take a moment to get away from it all. Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

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      Experience Iceland

      Now is the best time to experience Iceland. Enjoy the untouched nature, listen to the silence and breath the fresh air.

      Iceland opens June 15th and we can safely say that the outbreak in Iceland is good as over. There are very few cases of Covid 19 at this very moment and health authorities have assured the government that we can open our borders again.

      Which is great, because the summer is here, the grass is green and all the migrating birds have laid their eggs. Iceland is wondrous during summer, not only the breathtaking nature, but also the vivid light, the fresh air and bright nights.

      Travel during summer

      In the past few years, travelling in Iceland during summer, meant that most of the main attractions were crowded. Well, at least from an Icelanders point of view. We are mere 360.000 people, sharing 104.000 km2 piece of land. Our sense of personal space differs greatly from most people that live in big cities.

      This year, due to Covid, there will not be as many tourists here in Iceland as usual. Which means that you will be able to experience Iceland as Icelanders do.

      What is the best way to experience Iceland?

      We are often asked, what is the best way to experience Iceland? Our answer to that is, that to truly find the uniqueness and extra-ordinary thing about Iceland, you need to have an Icelandic guide or a travel companion.

      You need someone that knows where to stop, where to find the locations where you can listen to the silence, feel the fragile balance of the elemental forces at work and enjoy the breathtaking colours and vistas of this unique country.

      Someone who knows both the main attractions and all those hidden spots and places where you can experience something spectacular.

      A private tour with a local expert guide

      We can provide you with a luxury vehicle and a local expert driver guide. All our vehicles are high-end Mercedes Benz and we always make sure that your safety comes first. We are discreet and take pride on offering only top service.

      Feel free to reach out. We are more than happy to help you arrange the perfect private tour in Iceland and make sure that you experience Iceland in the best possible way.

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        Iceland opens 15. June

        Icelandic government and health authorities have managed to suppress the Covid infection and have announced that Icelandic border will be open from the 15th of June.

        The Icelandic Health authorities have done a remarkable job containing and suppressing the pandemic. At this very moment there are 12 individuals infected and only 4 new cases since 1st of May.

        The government stated that due to this remarkable success the Icelandic borders will open 15th of June.

        No later than 15 June 2020, travelers are expected to be given a choice between a two-week quarantine or being tested for the virus upon arrival, or otherwise proving that they are free of coronavirus infection.

        Exact requirements are still being developed but travelers will likely be required to download and use the official tracing app already in use by 40% of the population in Iceland. The app has been developed following the strictest privacy standards, with location data stored locally on the user’s device unless released for tracing purposes in case of an infection.

        Feel safe in Iceland

        After spending weeks inside or under strict orders from health authorities, we know that many people are reluctant to travel. Iceland is one of the safest destination you can find at the moment.

        Most of our tourist attractions are in a wide open space, where you can safely practice social distancing. We have taken great measures in sanitizing and your safety is our top concern.

        We are local expert guides and not only do we know the best attractions but we also can arrange your tour in a way that you steer clear of the busiest hours.

        We are more than happy to show you Iceland

        We are a family run business and we specialise in luxurious private tours. All our vehicles are high-end Mercedes Benz and we take pride in our confidentiality and top service. We make sure that our vehicles are safe and clean at all times.

        Please reach out, we are more than happy to help you out and make sure you get the most out of your visit to Iceland.

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          Luxury Private Tour

          We offer luxury private tours in Iceland. All our vehicles are luxurious Mercedes Benz. Our guides are local experts.

          Iceland is a wonderful place, one that leaves most visitors speechless and bedazzled. The natural wonders, the remoteness and the silence is breathtaking for many people.

          When deciding on a tour in Iceland there are many things to consider. Do you want to share a bus with 60 people? Do you wish to go on a small group tour? Are you planning on a self-drive tour around Iceland?

          If you are hoping to find a superb Luxury Private Tour, tailored to meet your needs and suits your travelling style, you’ve come to the fight place.

          Luxury Private Tours in Iceland

          Reykjavik Private Cars is a small family run tour operator in Iceland. We specialize in luxury private tours.

          All our vehicles are high-end Mercedes Benz and we make sure that each and every one meets your every need.

          We take a great pride in our guides. All our guides are local experts and professional drivers.

          Your safety is important to us. We offer variety of car seats for children and we always know where our vehicles are at any given time.

          Experience Iceland in Luxury

          What better way to experience Iceland than in luxury and style that suits you?

          There are so many great locations and natural attractions in Iceland and having an expert driver-guide, dedicated to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything, is the best way to experience all these great spots.

          We can tailor-made your tour to ensure that you see and experience the best of what Iceland has to offer, everything you wish to see and would like to enjoy.

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            10 most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland

            There are so many incredible waterfalls in Iceland, that will simply take your breath away. Here are the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

            We love driving around Iceland with our customers and showing them all the incredible waterfalls. There are so many of them. Some are majestic, others are powerful while yet others are simply awesome.

            Each has their own characteristic and some are very popular tourist attractions.

            Here is a list of our favorite waterfalls in Iceland in no particular order. Each and everyone is beautiful in their own rights and if you like waterfalls, make sure you see some of these when you come to Iceland.

            Godafoss waterfall

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            Godafoss waterfall is a stunning waterfall in northern part of Iceland. As the story goes, when Icelanders decided to become Christians in the year 1000 AD, the pagan chieftain that everyone at the Althing assembly agreed on would arbitrate and decide on this, Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi, returned home, which was only a short distance from the waterfall.

            He brought his pagan idols to Godafoss and threw them into the waterfall. The pagan gods became so enraged, that they split the waterfall in two and thus it has been ever since.

            Dynjandi waterfall

            Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords is by many Icelanders, especially those that hail from the Westfjords area, the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. And no wonder, the multi-tiered waterfall is stunning.

            The name, Dynjandi, is fitting. It translates as Roaring, and as you visit the waterfall you will understand why. There are in fact seven waterfalls in this location and the area amplifies the constant noise from them.

            Háifoss waterfall

            Háifoss waterfall in South-Iceland is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. It is only reachable by driving a gravel road (only 4×4 vehicles) and hiking for a short while.

            But the trip is more than worth it. You park by the viking ruins of Stong, a large farmstead where the viking Gaukur once lived, but the farm got buried under ash in an eruption in the 12th century. The ruins were excavated in early 20th century.

            The hiking trail is stunning and the waterfall as well. The name, Háifoss, translates as The High Waterfall, and how true that name is.

            Dettifoss waterfall

            Dettifoss waterfall is a popular stop along the Ring Road. The waterfall is in North Iceland, not far from Asbyrgi and part of the Jokulsargljufur National Park.

            Dettifoss is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, fed by glacial waters from Vatnajokull glacier. This is an incredible sight and was the setting for the first scenes in the film Prometheus by Ridley Scott.

            Skogafoss Waterfall

            Skogafoss waterfall in South-Iceland is one of the most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The sheer waterfall is not far from Route 1.

            You can both explore this majestic waterfall from below or climb the steep steps to see it from above.

            Bruarfoss waterfall

            Bruarfoss waterfall is one of the lesser known waterfalls in Iceland. Not many tourists stop there, since there are other waterfalls nearby that are more popular.

            This waterfall is however incredibly beautiful and even though you need to hike for a short while to get there, it is more than worth it and we fully recommend it. The pristine waters make this waterfall unique.

            Hraunfossar waterfall

            Hraunfossar waterfall is an absolute favorite. This waterfall is one of a kind in the world, since the water sprouts forth from underneath a lava field.

            Located in West-Iceland, this is a stop we fully recommend whenever we are travelling there. This is a must-see.

            Hjálparfoss waterfall

            Hjálparfoss waterfall is in fact two waterfalls, of two separate rivers, that join in this incredible way.

            The waterfall is located in Thjorsardalur valley in South-Iceland and is a great stop. If offers great photo opportunities and the surroundings are serene and extra-ordinary.

            Fossalar waterfalls

            Fossalar waterfalls in South-Iceland are one of the lesser known waterfalls in Iceland, but the waterfalls are beautiful. The river falls amidst a lava field and the river falls in many small waterfalls.

            The lava field was created in the super-eruption of Laki in 1783, which is one of the deadliest eruption in history.

            Faxi waterfall

            Faxi waterfall in South-Iceland is along the Golden Circle, making it a perfect stop for anyone that likes waterfalls.

            The waterfall is breathtaking and in the summertime you might get a glimpse of North-Atlantic salmon jumping into it. More likely you will see a fisherman or two try their luck there.

            The waterfall is accessible all years.

            Do you wish to see the waterfalls in Iceland?

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              See the Puffins in Iceland

              The Puffins in Iceland are one of the most iconic birds of the North-Atlantic island. Here are the best places to spot them.

              The puffin is a peculiar bird. The multi-coloured beak and the small stature makes the bird almost clown-like, yet still it carries itself with pride and watches vigilant over their young.

              There are many great places where you can spot these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. Here’s a list of our favourite spots.

              The Westman Islands

              The small archipelago south of Iceland is one of the largest puffin colony in the world. The islands are volcanic and the largest island, Heimaey island, erupted in 1973, causing a mass evacuation of the island.

              Heimaey island is probably the single best place to spot puffins in Iceland. You can embark on a boat ride around the island and see where the puffins return to their undergound nests from their hunt out on sea.

              Visiting Heimaey island is a great detour, while exploring the South Coast. The ferry ride takes 20 minutes and there are both great museums and restaurants in Heimaey.

              Reykjavik and Faxafloi bay

              You don’t have to leave Reykjavik to spot puffins. You can embark on a boat ride and explore the many islands in Faxafloi bay. There you can spot puffins during summer time.

              There are many islands in the bay and many different species of sea birds make their nests there. If you like birding, we recommend a boat ride on the bay.

              Dyrholaey promontory

              Dyrholaey in Myrdal valley is a huge landmark in the South Coast. On either side of the promontory vast black sand beaches stretch out. Rising from the sea, just outside Dyrholaey, are the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks.

              Many species of seabirds make their nests in the sea stacks and the promontory, among them are puffins. Luckily, Dyrholaey and the Black Sand Beaches are almost a mandatory stop while exploring the South Coast of Iceland.

              Breidafjordur bay

              There are more islands and islets in Breidafjordur bay than you could ever count. It is a nigh impossible task to figure out their number.

              This makes the bay a superb nesting place for many species of birds. You will find eagles, arctic terns, seagulls and, of course, puffins there.

              A boat tour amidst the islands is a great experience, especially if you choose to try the Viking sushi, which makes the tour tasty as well as interesting.

              Latrabjarg sea cliffs

              Latrabjarg sea cliffs in Westfjords are hard to reach. You must traverse over high heaths on muddy roads, but the trip is more than worth it.

              Latrabjarg sea cliffs host the largest concentration of seabirds in Iceland. The cliffs stretch for over 14 kilometers and are over 440 meters high at their highest point.

              This is a great place to spot puffins. You might also spot redshanks, auks, murres, kittiwakes and fulmars, and if you are really lucky, you might see an arctic fox or two on the prowl for prey in the cliffs.

              See the Puffins in Iceland

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                When is the best time to visit Iceland

                When is the best time to visit Iceland? The North Atlantic island is getting ever more popular and more tourists are coming each year.

                We often get questions like this, what time of year is the best to see the Northern lights, the Dynjandi Waterfall or experience the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon.

                Sometimes these are easy to answer, but often it is hard to find the perfect time to experience all the natural attractions and phenomenons people wish to see.

                So, basically there’s not a good simple answer to this question, because it relies on what you wish to see in Iceland.

                So, there is no best time to visit Iceland?

                Oh, but there is. However, it is of course relative, and the answer we give here is based on our preferences.

                So, in our opinion the best time to visit Iceland is in the autumn, late August, September and early October.

                Why the Autumn?

                First of all, Iceland is getting ever more popular and more tourists come each year. This means that during the high seasons, the summer and around Christmas, it can get hard to book the perfect hotel room.

                Not to mention that most of the popular natural attractions, such the Golden Circle, is crowded from dawn til dusk. If you wish to steer clear of the crowds, you need to visit during the lower seasons.

                But wait, there’s more…

                In the Autumn you still enjoy decent weather, temperatures above 0°C during the day and most roads are still open. The nature is dressed in vibrant colors and if you are into photography, this the TIME to be in Iceland.

                Also, there’s a good chance you’ll experience the Northern Lights as well, because the nights are dark and often we have clear night skies during this season.

                Did we mention the colors? Just imagine walking behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, while the Northern Lights dance across the starlit sky. This alone makes the Autumn such a great season in Iceland.

                We can help you plan the perfect visit to Iceland

                Feel free to reach out to us. We are more than willing to help you plan the perfect visit to Iceland. We are a small family run tour and car service operator.

                We offer many great luxurious private tours with local expert guides. We only offer high-end Mercedes Benz vehicles.

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                  Exploring power plants in Iceland

                  There are many great power plants in Iceland. Exploring them is something anyone interested in engineering should do.

                  Iceland is one of the few countries in the world that rely almost solely on renewable energy. We generate electricity by harnessing the power of our rivers and the geothermal hot spots all around the country.

                  In fact, there are a few power plants near or around Reykjavik, which are open to public and make a nice addition to any tour, especially for those who are interested in energy or engineering.

                  Here are our top choices. Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to see these power plants while exploring Iceland.

                  Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant

                  Hellisheidi power plant is one of the most recent power plants in Iceland. It is only a short distance from Reykjavik, making it an idea stop.

                  The exhibition offers a unique and state-of-the-art insight into geothermal energy and energy consumption in Iceland.

                  Experienced guides are on-hand to provide informative presentations backed by multimedia shows about sustainable green energy as a global energy resource, since geothermal resources can be found worldwide.

                  The feature on the origin of geothermal energy is available in Icelandic, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese!

                  Ljosafossvirkjun Power Station

                  Ljosafossvirkjun is a hydro-electric Power Station in the river Sogid, in South Iceland. The river’s source is Thingvallavatn Lake, the largest lake in Iceland.

                  This Power Station is the oldest one along Sogid river, there are three. Ljosafossvirkjun was built in the 1930’s and started producing electricity in 1937.

                  At the station is a nice exhibition about hydro-electricity , where the fundamentals of electricity are explained through simple, entertaining and amazing experiments. Some of these historically led to the many significant steps man has taken in successfully harnessing this energy source.

                  Svartsengi Power Plant

                  A little north of Grindavik, a small fishing town in Reykjanes peninsula, is the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant. The Power Plant was built in 1976.

                  What makes a visit to Svartsengi exhibition interesting is the fact that it is the Power Plant that inadvertently created the Blue Lagoon.

                  You can also learn the exhibition about the first renewable methanol plant, Carbon Recycling International, which is a by-product of the power plant.

                  Exploring Power Plants in Iceland

                  If you wish to explore the power plants in Iceland or near Reykjavik, just let us now. We are more than happy to help. We offer superb luxurious private tours with local expert driver guides.