PER PERSON :
$ 1,875.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,400.00 (single occupancy)
4* hotel in Reykjavik
You arrive in Iceland and will have a private transfer from the Keflavík airport to your Hotel in Reykjavík. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Pick up at hotel for the three-day small group 3-day tour along the south coast taking you to some of Iceland's most precious jewels - glaciers, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a diamond beach, magnificent waterfalls, an ice cave, the Golden Circle and the Northern Lights.
Your tour begins with the three famous Golden Circle attractions: Þingvellir (Pingvellir), Geysir and Gullfoss. Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, is the place where the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament, Alþingi, in the year 930. This is the oldest continuously operating Parliament in the world, it is certainly situated in one of the most geologically amazing places on the planet. The boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates is here, they have been slowly edging apart creating a rift valley, and a great cliff right behind where the Law Speaker would stand in the olden days. Þingvallavatn is a very beautiful lake set within this incredible landscape.
You will visit the geothermally active area of Geysir, this is the erupting hot spring from which the English word, Geyser, has been taken. Great Geysir is not active now, so we will visit Strokkur, a nearby spouting hot spring. You will not have to wait more than a few minutes to see Strokkur erupt scalding water up to 25 m skywards. Next, is Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), the most often visited waterfall in Iceland. See the golden spray around the waterfall, and feel the water droplets in the air as the amazing powerful Hvíta (the White River), roars through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m.
On a clear day, we will get great views of Mount Hekla on the way to Seljalandsfoss, one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. You can walk behind the powerful but graceful falls to enjoy the view from both sides. Next up, is Skógafoss, a really impressive waterfall which drops 60 m into the tranquil pool below. There are 527 steps leading to the top giving another vantage point. The famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, lurks high above the waterfall, if visibility is good you will get a view of this magnificent mountain glacier.
Your country hotel will be close to the small coastal town of Vík, a really great place to catch the mesmerizing northern lights if the conditions are right. A little northern lights luck is very useful!
One night at a hotel near Vík
Glacier Hike, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
After a nourishing breakfast we head off to the dramatic black sand beach at Reynisfjara. The powerful, rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean really show their force here. Watch as these roaring white-tipped beauties crash onto the black beach – a word of warning – follow the advice of your tour guide and stand well back. These fierce waves can be very unpredictable! You should visit the amazing black basalt column cave before you leave the beach. You will see incredible black basalt pillars rising from the sea just off the shore at Reynisdrangar, these will give you a good idea of where some Icelandic toll folklore sprang from!
Your tour will then take you through enchanting lava fields and incredible desert sands, formed by enormous glacial floods, known as Jökulhlaup, as we head east. We continue to Breiðamerkurjökull, a glorious outlet glacier which reaches down, like an icy finger, from Vatnajökull, the second largest glacier in Europe. The magnificent Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach are our next stop. The lagoon is filled with icebergs of all shapes and sizes, as they glide in a dreamlike procession towards the salty waves of the Atlantic. They have often washed ashore at the Diamond Beach, where they shimmer like diamonds on the black sand. You will be amazed at the bright blue tones which glitter within many icebergs, these colors are caused by a combination of factors including ice compression. Ocean birds are abundant and seals can sometimes be seen. Your hotel will be in the Skaftafell area, a great place to test your northern lights luck! If the forecast is good you need to keep an eye on things, will shimmering colors dance across the sky? We can never say for sure, but you don´t want to miss them!
From Jokulsarlon, we head for a new adventure. Accompanied by a certified glacier guide you will explore the mesmerizing world inside an ice cave. Usually, we visit the Crystal Ice Cave in Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull. Other times a different ice cave will be chosen, your guide will choose the cave with the best conditions at the time. Ice caves change a lot, both from year to year and within each winter. Your guide will explain how these caves and the incredible formations in them are formed. Photographers will get a rare opportunity to capture the shimmering blue light which passes through the glacial ice. Surprisingly, deep shades of jewel blue will surround you, these tones are caused by ice compression, the way we perceive light and color, and the blueness can sometimes be intensified by algae. The temperature inside the ice cave is well below the freezing point so please dress accordingly. Your guide may decide to combine the ice cave and glacier hike into a single activity depending on conditions.
One night in a hotel near Skaftafell
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon - Vatnajökull National Park and glacier - Reykjavik
Today we try a new glacier experience – glacier hiking! Your guide will give you ice crampons and everything you need to explore *Svínafellsjökull glacier. The glacier is dynamic, it is always moving and changing, incredible ice features are constantly being formed. Your guide will explain all about sink holes, crevasses, ice falls and ridges, and how climate change is impacting upon the glaciers in Iceland. Your glacier adventure will be filled with wonder and fascinating facts. Stand still and you will hear the ice groaning at it moves – on the glacier there is peacefulness but, in a true sense, never complete stillness!
We enjoy a scenic drive back to Reykjavik, making some stops along the way. The weather is somewhat in charge, particularly during the winter! We will return to Reykjavík between 20:00 and 23:00, depending on the conditions.
An added bonus visit to the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon will be added to this already amazing tour when the roads leading up to it are clear.
*Please note that we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Other glaciers or glacier outlets used on this tour include Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, both amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful as Svínafellsjökull. Overnight in Reykjavik.
You will be picked up at your Reykjavík hotel for a Flybus transfer to the Blue Lagoon. After the Blue Lagoon, you will transfer to the airport for your departure (B)
Rent hiking shoes (nonrefundable)-USD 15.00
Amphibian Boat Tour on the glacier lagoon (Adults 13+) – USD 65.00
This tour is not recommended for children under 9 yo