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Jökulsárlón & Ice-Caving

5 days
4 nights

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Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:
$ 1,750.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,110.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Daily during the following periods:
Nov 15 - Apr 20 

Hotels:

1st and last night in Reykjavik
2nd night in Hotel Katla
5rd night in Country Hotel Gerði or Country Hotel Hali. Both are 14 km away from the iceberg lagoon. The rooms are basic, with bathroom, and the all-important WiFi connection is available. Breakfast is included. Located between the mountains and the sea, the view from these properties is simply terrific.

Included:

Hotel for two nights in Reykjavík, breakfast included
Two nights in South Iceland hotels (with bathrooms), breakfast included
Roundtrip airport/hotel FLYBUS transfers including stop at the Blue Lagoon on the return
Blue Lagoon entrance fee
Minibus excursion from Reykjavík to South Coast and Jökulsárlón, hotel pickup included
Visit all famous South Coast locations
1-hour Glacier hike guided by experienced glacier expert
Safety gear for glaciers and ice caves
Golden Circle Tour
Northern Lights Coach Excursion (Evening)

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival in Reykjavík

Once your flight lands at the Keflavik airport, transfer to the hotel where you'll be staying in Reykjavík. In the evening, we will pick you up from the hotel and take you on a Northern Lights Excursion. Overnight in Reykjavik

Day 2  : Golden Circle to South Coast

On your second day, you'll get picked up at the hotel and embark upon a three-day South Coast and Jökulsárlón Minibus tour. Your first stop on the Golden Circle route will be the historical splendor of Þingvellir National Park. As the site where Iceland's first parliament was formed in 930 A.D., the cultural significance of Þingvellir is undeniable. It boasts dramatic fissures and canyons that represent continental drift between Europe and North America. Þingvellir's awe-inspiring landscape, remarkable natural features, and geological wonders make it beloved by Icelander and tourist alike.
After Þingvellir, you'll drive to the geothermal region that's home to Iceland's most famous geysers. The English derived their word "geyser" from the Icelandic "Geysir," and as you walk around this place, you'll understand why the word became iconic enough to transcend languages. Don't forget your camera, because the geyser Strokkur provides spectacular photo opportunities when it erupts every 5-7 minutes. Following that, you'll visit Gullfoss ("Golden Falls") waterfall, which is part of the Hvítá river. The river gushes down from Langjökull glacier and falls over three distinct "steps," creating a natural "staircase" for the glacial rapids to descend.
You will enjoy a view of one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, Hekla, while traveling east towards Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This waterfall towers over the landscape at a height equivalent to an 18-story building. It is one of the few waterfalls in the world that you can gaze upon from two perspectives – front and back.
Your next breathtaking waterfall encounter will be at Skógafoss, whose sparkling glacial waters stream down from Eyjafjallajökull, enticing you to take a closer look. Local legends describe a treasure chest hidden behind the falls that disappear before anyone can claim it. Once you take in the majesty of Skógafoss firsthand, you'll see why it's long been the stuff of fairytales.
Now that your eyes have witnessed the most enchanting waterfalls Iceland has to offer, it's time for a change of scenery - the famous black sand beaches of Reynisfjara await you at your next stop. You'll find yourself surrounded by the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, which can easily knock you down or draw you out to sea if you're not paying attention, so you must take special care never to turn your back on them. The spectacular basalt pillars known as Reynisdrangar rise out of the ocean in sharp, theatrical spikes.
At the end of this unforgettable day, you will sleep at the Hotel Katla, which lies just beyond Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. Your guide will have kept a watchful eye on the aurora forecast, so you'll be sure to catch the northern lights if the skies are clear. Overnight in Vik area (B)

Day 3  : More Sightseeing and the Ice Cave

As you drive towards the ice cave on your third morning, you'll spot a vast lava field, which formed as a result of the greatest volume of lava ever produced by a single eruption. Long bridges traverse immense sand plains, and the instability of glacial rivers will be illustrated by the amount of debris left behind by both recent and ancient floods.
In the afternoon, you'll arrive at the ice cave and begin exploring. A local glacier expert, who specializes in ice caves and mountain excursions, will transport you by super jeep into the caverns of dreams and fantasies. He will choose the safest cave to visit based on the weather.
Remember to wear hiking boots, preferably water resistant, to avoid wet, freezing feet. It is also important to wear a winter hat to keep your head warm, but it needs to be snug enough to fit under a helmet.
These ice caves are the product of centuries' worth of glacial twists and turns slowly making their way down rugged mountain slopes. While the external features of the caves are damaged and cracked, the interior ice is crystal clear – this is because the air bubbles have been squeezed out over ages of compression. The incredible, intense blues of these caves are similar to the undersides of floating icebergs. It's hard to imagine something purer or more beautiful.
Once you emerge from ice-encrusted depths, you'll continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This lagoon is profoundly deep, plummeting down about 75 stories beneath the surface. You're sure to form a new appreciation for the phrase "the tip of the iceberg." This environment is perhaps at its most stunning in low light.
You'll stay at one of two options this evening, each about 14 km from the lagoon – Country Hotel Hali or Country Hotel Gerði. The rooms are simple, but you'll have bathrooms, wi-fi, and breakfast in the morning. Both properties are between the ocean and the mountains, so you'll have epic views no matter where you end up. If you're lucky enough to have favorable weather and auroral activity, you'll go hunting for the northern lights again tonight. Overnight ion the countryside (B)

Day 4  : Skaftafell Glacier Hike and Sightseeing

This morning you'll revisit the Jökulsárlón Lagoon and search for seals. The blue shades of the icebergs will seem different in the light of day, and their proportions may be even more striking. Be careful not to walk across the frozen lagoon, though, as the ice cracks easily.
Your next stop is Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where you'll go on a 1-2 hour hike. This hike doesn't require any particular level of physical fitness, just warm clothing. You will be provided with axes and crampons so you can be sure to support yourself. Your guide has years of experience doing these types of hikes, so please be sure to listen to his advice. Don't wander off on your own, and expect the unexpected, as glaciers are always changing. Never forget that your beautiful surroundings can also be dangerous. This hike will be an adventure you never forget.
As you return to Reykjavík, you might get the chance to revisit any landmarks you may have missed earlier in your trip. Once again, you'll have the opportunity to chase the northern lights if weather and auroral conditions permit. The exact time of arrival at your hotel will depend on weather and driving circumstances. It's our sincerest hope that this has been the trip of a lifetime and that you'll always have the fondest memories of the Icelandic wilderness. Overnight in Reykjavik (B)

Day 5  : Blue Lagoon and Departure

We will pick you up at your Reykjavík hotel so you can take the Flybus to the Blue Lagoon. Once you've finished there, you'll head towards the airport to catch your departing flight. (B)

Notes:

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Please note that the tour does not include meals.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. Gear must e rented in advance.

*** To be able to participate in the glacier hike you will need hiking shoes. If you don't have good hiking shoes you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.

Rental fees:

Hiking Books: USD 25.00
Waterproof Jacket: USD 25.00
Waterproof Pants: USD 25.00
Luggage Storage: USD 25.00

Disclaimer: glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Tour operator does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers. It can happen that the glacier hike and/or ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the cancelled activity.

Minimum age: 10 years old