Day 3: Husavik - Tjornes - Asbyrgi Canyon - Raufarhofn Village - Husavik
Approximate distance: ca270km / 168miles
Fossil-Rich Peninsula – Iceland’s Largest National Park - Horseshoe-Shaped Canyon – Arctic Henge
Breakfast at hotel. Drive around the fossil-rich Tjornes peninsula to the northernmost edge of Vatnajokull National Park. This section of Iceland’s largest national park is home to Asbyrgi, a canyon carved by a long glacial river. Take some time to explore this remarkable horseshoe-shaped canyon, which Vikings believed to be a hoof-print left by Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged flying horse from Norse mythology. A distinctive feature of the canyon is a rock formation known as “Eyja” (the Island).
Continue your trip, passing remote northern villages that skirt the edge of the Arctic Circle. Near remote Raufarhöfn village, the colossal Arctic Henge is gradually being constructed. This stone solar calendar is based on the Old Norse religion, Asatru and has many references from the ancient Voluspa.
Return to Húsavík. The rest of the day open to enjoy Husavik. The lively town has interesting museums, and you can enjoy activities such as seasonal whale watching, beach horseback riding and swimming in the geothermal public pool. Hopefully, weather conditions will allow you to view northern lights tonight!
Overnight stay in Husavik. Dinner is on your own.