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“A pinch of salt”
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Salty Tour
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Owner description: SaltyTours is a family based company aiming on private tours for small groups on Icelandic nature with personal service and certificated guides .
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We did the half day trip round Reykjanes Peninsular, which was a brilliant way to see a lot in a short time - fascinating landscapes accompanied by loads of information about Iceland, geology, history, culture etc. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Salty picked us up at 8:30 sharp at our Reykjavík residence Kali's apartments before going to various hotels to pick up other tourists. He has an old, beat up Mercedes people transporter that does surprisingly well on the Icelandic curvy and sometimes steep roads. We had a mixed bag of nationalities on the bus, who unfortunately did not always get his typical Icelandic dry sense of humour, but we thought the man was very informative and funny.

On our way to Lake Kleifarvatn, we stopped at an outdoor fish drying plant. The dried fish is mainly exported to Africa where they use it it soups and broths. In Iceland they just hammer the dried fish until soft and eat it like candy without any further preparation, imagine... The smell was horrible as you can imagine.

Just a short drive away lies Lake Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula. This deep lake (97 m) has no rivers that run to or from it, so it only holds rain- and groundwater. Lake Kleifarvatn is said to be inhabited by a serpent-like creature, similar to the Loch Ness monster. This creature has been spotted surfacing for two-minute intervals, probably by people who had a few too many glasses of the local schnapps Brennivín.
Next stop is the bubbling hot springs of Seltún, Krýsuvík. This hot spring is a sign of the volcanic activity underneath Iceland, which sits on top of the rift between the European and north american continents. The landscape feels almost lunar, with dramatic solidified lava flows covered with moss. NASA even sent astronauts to this area in the 1960's before the Apollo 11 mission to grow accustomed to the landscape and the desolation.
Salty Tours makes many stops along the way so you can get out of the bus to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. He has a very laid-back attitude and allows plenty of time at each stop.
We continue our route along the Krýsuvík coast, going to the south shore fishing village of Grindavík, Thorsteinn' home town. There is a 40 minute stop at a local café in the harbour, where you can have a lobster soup or a piece of chocolate cake and experience a bit of every day life in Iceland.
After lunch we make a small stop at a shark hunting shack where the brave among us can try a piece of dried shark, a local speciality, and a shot of Brennivín. As vegetarians we did not participate in this tasting, but it is great that Salty tours tries to cater for all types of visitors, and I am sure it is a favourite stop for many of their customers. There where however some Icelandic sheep grazing near the coastline, and we took some nice pictures of these cuties.
We continue further west to the Reykjanesviti light house. There are even more hot springs to admire in this area, but the real attraction is the atlantic ocean crashing violently on the rugged cliffs. You can really experience and appreciate the power of nature in this country, and for avid photographers it is a rare treat.
At Sandvík, you can walk across Iceland’s Bridge between two Continents traversing the Mid Atlantic Ridge. I felt drawn to the flora in this area, and got some nice shots of the moss growing on the solidified lava.

In the town of Keflavik, Salty Tours stops at Viking-world, the home of Íslendingur the Viking ship that sailed to America in the year 2000 to celebrate the anniversary of land finding of Leifur Eiríksson found in the year 1000. Leif Eiriksson was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, and recent excavations, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.
The last stop on the tour is around 4 PM at the Blue Lagoon spa. You can take another bus here to go back to Reyjkjavik or arrange for Salty Tours to wait a couple of hours while you go for a swim.
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. In 1976, a pool formed at the site from the waste water of the geothermal power plant that had just been built there. In the 1980's people started bathing in it after the discovery of its healing powers. The spa is now relocated a bit further in a lava field in Grindavík.
The lagoon is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every 2 days. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to give heat for a municipal water heating system that supplies many of the houses in Reykjavik. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from various skin diseases. The water temperature is around 38°.
Bathing in Blue lagoons warm and healing geothermal seawater is an energizing experience and lots of fun. You can even have a drink while in the pool, our favourite is a glass of Fresita, a brand of Cava bottled with strawberries. We had made some new friends that day, Dan from Philadelphia and a guy from Thailand with whom Lobke practiced her Thai vocabulary. Sabai dee mai krup? Korp koon krup!
After getting out of the water, Iceland suddenly wasn't that cold anymore. Salty tours was waiting in the parking lot and brought us back to our hotels in Reykjavik.
We had a lovely day, and highly recommend Salty tours. Owner and guide Thorsteinn is a very funny man, with a wealth of knowledge on Icelandic history and culture. Freeasbirds

Thank Wimhugo
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The tour with Salty was great!! It's a wonderfull men how gives a very nice explanations and often has funny jokes!! the tour is on a small bus so not to crowed and with plenty of time to take a picture..i would recommend this to everybody!! thanks thorsteinn for the amazing tour!!

Thank Lobbielicious
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Thor was an excellent tour guide! A really great way to see the sights. Small tour group so plenty of time for photo stops etc. Went on larger tour bus during the same trip but Salty was definitely better! I totally agree with all the other positive reviews here.

Thank GeorginaLC78
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a very full tour, filled with wonderful Icelandic history, folklore about elves, and amazing geological insight into the range of scenic beauties you'll see on this tour. Thorsteinn, our guide, is as good as all the other reviewers say--he is a genuine person, who really loves and promotes Iceland and the area, and who is also very funny in a quiet way.

If you do this tour, you'll also have a lot of experiences to tell people about wherever you call home--a few include walking from North America to Euro-Asia in a matter of seconds, to trying fermented greenland shark followed by an Icelandic liquor called, "black death," to standing in a replica viking ship, then, and this is one of the best parts of Iceland, experiencing the Blue Lagoon, you'll do in one day what many people probably take three days to do. And the information you get from Thorsteinn is not something you can take away from a tour book or just renting a car and driving on your own. Of course, he makes a lot of stops for those (like my husband and I) who love taking photos.

My husband and I are frequent world travelers who do a lot of tours. Bottom line, this is definitely worth your while and we just can't say enough good things about it. EXCELLENT!

1  Thank Tasha W
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