We used GoEcco, a local tour company, for a couple of the day tours we took from Reykjavik. Their White Night Hiking tour which is currently ranked as the number 1 thing to do on Tripadvisor in Iceland was one of the highlights of our trip. The landscape was amazing. It reminded me a lot of New Zealand and our guide mentioned that it was scouted as a possible location for Lord of the Rings but the weather was too unpredictable so it was ruled out. Luckily, we had great weather for our hike.
The hike itself is pretty easy so anybody can do it. You walk past steam vents, bubbling pools of mud, and some amazing landscapes as you can see below. The highlight of the trip is a dip in a natural hot spring.
We also had some small snacks along the way. Hot dogs boiled in the hot spring.
Another tour we did with GoEcco was the Snæfellsnes tour. This was another good tour so do both if you have time but if you only have time to do one tour do the White Night Hiking.
The Snæfellsnes tour visits a natural hotspring, a nice pebble beach (with trolls), a few other sights on the peninsula and a local farm. A visit to the local farm was the highlight because it’s was the location of a unique and very tasty gourmet dinner.
Check out this location for our gourmet dinner. This isn’t staged for tourists. This is an honest working farm and that is a real tractor with a real busted truck on the left with all kinds of junk laying around. This isn’t the kind of stuff you can’t get with the large tour companies or do by yourself. Only small tour companies like GoEcco can pull something like this off.