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South Iceland Adventure

5 days
4 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 1,755.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,035.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,735.00 (triple occupancy)

**Please note triple rooms / double rooms with extra bed are always upon request and Iceland Travel cannot guarantee that these rooms will be available.  Hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

  • Children 11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • This tour is not suitable for children 10 years and younger

Dates:

Mar 18, 2022 - Mar 22, 2022 

Hotels:

This tour stays in comfortable, quality three-star hotels. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 - Hotel Klettur
Day 2 - Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 3 - Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 4 - Hotel Klettur

Included:

  • Guided off-road vehicle tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Expert local guide from day 2 to day 4
  • Free Wi-Fi on board your travel vehicle
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 two-course family-style Icelandic dinners in the countryside (day 2 & 3)
  • 3 gourmet lunch boxes (day 2, 3, & 4)
  • Lava tube caving, including the use of helmet and crampons (day 2)
  • Guided Glacier Hike, including the use of helmet, crampons, and ice pick (day 3)
  • Entrance to Secret Lagoon (day 4)
  • Taste of Icelandic shark and brennivin (day 4)
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Highlights & Experience:

  • Experience a unique side of Iceland with backroads travel on board a special 4X4 vehicle
  • Visit hidden gems and well-known natural wonders, including the Golden Circle, Diamond Beach, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara black beach
  • Marvel at the beauty of a lava cave
  • Overnight in a charming country guesthouse near the wilderness with delicious homestyle meals and a good location for viewing northern lights

Itinerary:

Travelling is not only about seeing, it’s also about tasting, and experiencing. Your guide will make sure to engage all your senses as you get to know the wild and authentic Iceland. Travel in a luxury 4X4 vehicle with one of Iceland’s best local guides, who will connect you with geology, nature and history in his fun, unique way. Take scenic backroad trails, visiting both the beloved and hidden natural wonders. The small group size and charming accommodation at Hrifunes guesthouse where the welcoming hosts Haukur and Hadda will prepare lovely family-style meals for you, which is an important part  of this local and unique experience.

Day 1  : Arrival

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, our guide will meet you and the group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “South Iceland Adventure” itinerary.

Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.

If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We would be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a wonderful way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a wonderful way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.

Options: transfers
Day 2  : Reykjavik – South Coast

4x4 Adventure – Back Roads and Beautiful Views – Lava Cave - Black Sand Coast - Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your driver-guide, who will brief you on the day’s excursion. Today you will be an explorer as well as a traveler! It’s important to know that your guide may adjust the itinerary to snow and weather conditions, to make sure each day is an adventure that shows you the best of the area at the time you are visiting. Enjoy travelling in an amazing off-road vehicle that can easily cross the roughest of Icelandic terrain.

All the activities planned are fun, but you are not required to take part. So, don’t worry if you don’t feel up to it. The days will be great with lots to see.

Once you leave the city limits, it will not take long to reach remote areas. You will start the day with an easy caving expedition into an ancient lava tube. This cave was created by volcanic eruptions and gives a rare glimpse of how a volcano looks from the inside.

After emerging from the underground, drive along the South Shore using back roads and trails, enjoying the views of rugged coasts and isolated farms.

Along the way you’ll stop to view some of the beautiful waterfalls that decorate the South Shore such as the mighty Skogafoss waterfall. If conditions are exactly right, you might also visit a hidden waterfall, a local gem accessible only to small groups.

Then climb aboard the 4x4 vehicle again to explore a part of the region’s famous black sand beaches.

At the end of the day, you’ll visit a secret natural wonder on the black sandy beach.

Spend the evening at the Hrifunes guesthouse, located on a cozy farm just on the edge of the highland wilderness. Hrifunes is far away from any light pollution, so if the weather conditions are right, there is a chance you might see northern lights.

The hosts of Hrifunes, Haukur and Hadda, will make sure you have a comfortable stay. They serve home-made family-style dinners or buffets. Dinner is an especially fun part of the day, with lots of chatting and laughter about the day spent together. Our past visitors have really enjoyed this experience and the opportunity to enjoy good food and get to know the other people on the trip better.

Day 3  : Vatnajokull National Park

Extensive Lava fields– Europe‘s largest glacier - Glacier Hike –Lagoon with Icebergs – Ice Cave Exploration

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start your day by driving along the mountain road that crosses Eldhraun, a huge lava field created by an eruption in the 18th century.

Pass the huge cliffs at Lomagnupur with their incredible basalt columns, and enjoy some of the hidden gems the area has to offer. Continue to the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park. The entire national park covers about 14% of Iceland, making it one of the largest parks in Europe. Here you will don crampons and, with ice pick in hand, hike on the wonderous Svinafellsjokull glacier. During the hike you’ll see amazing shapes in the ice and learn how glaciers are formed.

Afterwards, enjoy the famous Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon with its colorful icebergs and lazy seals, and the picturesque Diamond Beach close by. Plenty of photo opportunities here!

After an exciting day of ice, icebergs, and volcanic lava, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight at Hrifunes, your home away from home.

Day 4  : Hekla Volcano – Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir

Volcanic Views – Golden Waterfall – Erupting Hot Springs – Bathing in a Secret Lagoon

Enjoy another delicious Hrifunes breakfast. Then you’re off again for another day’s adventure in your trusty off road vehicle.

Make your way towards the Golden Circle, passing through regions with views of volcanic mountains such as the famous Eyjafjallajokull (2010 eruption) and Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most frequently erupting volcano.

On the agenda today is a swim in the Secret Lagoon, a peaceful hot spring fed lake. Created by local residents using the natural landscape and materials in 1891, it is Iceland’s oldest geothermal swimming pool. The water has natural minerals that soothe your skin. Surrounding the pool are tiny bubbling mud pots and a little geyser that erupts regularly. Watching these tiny geothermal marvels as you soak in the Secret Lagoon is a special experience.

End your day visiting the three natural pearls that create the famous Golden Circle: the big waterfall Gullfoss, the spouting hot spring area of Geysir and the beautiful Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is the ancient location of Iceland’s first parliament, as well as the meeting point of two tectonic plates that divide Europe from North America. Your guide will bid you adieu with a taste of Iceland’s famous schnapps, brennivin, and a bit of fermented shark meat to go with it. It is a true Viking test and tastier than it sounds!

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Day 5  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

We recommend you depart from your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!

Options: transfers

Notes:

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Swimsuit and towel at the Secret Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in the itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "Included"

Important:

  • A minimum of 3 passengers is required to guarantee each departure
  • Hiking boots are required for this trip
  • We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions
  • Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Please advise us at booking time if you have food allergies or dietary preferences
  • This tour is not suitable for children 10 years old and younger
  • 11 years old. This tour is not suitable for chiildren 10 years and younger

What to Bring/Travel Tips:

  • Shoes: it is extremely important to wear good, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankle. Trainers or sneakers are not appropriate footwear
  • Clothing: dressing for Icelandic winter weather is crucial for enjoying this trip. Start with a thin layer, like thermal long underwear and a T-shirt (not cotton). Follow this with a fleece, wool or polyester sweater and pants. Finish with waterproof, wind resistant coat/snow pants for outerwear. Never wear jeans-- they become very heavy, cold, and uncomfortable to wear when wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants, or long cotton pants are best.
  • Day pack: for any personal items that you might bring along (extra clothes, snacks, and bottled water).
  • Warm hat and gloves: Your hat should fit comfortably under a helmet. 
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen: essential, as the sun reflects off glaciers and snow.

Glacier hiking equipment: You will be provided with all the necessary glacier hiking equipment, including crampons, helmet, and harness. Your guide will assess the conditions and hand out the equipment necessary for each tour. Crampons are available for shoe sizes starting from European number 35 or US number 4.

Distance travelled is variable - route chosen based on the most scenic options each day. 250 – 350km (155 – 186 miles)