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Volcanoes and Glaciers Adventure

6 days
5 nights

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Large group - 36 people max.
Sep 15
$ 1,495.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,970.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,475.00 (triple occupancy)
All other large groups
$ 1,625.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,140.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,615.00 (triple occupancy)

Small group - 16 people max.
May 19
$ 1,700.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,140.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,700.00 (triple occupancy)
All other small groups
$ 1,835.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,340.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,850.00 (triple occupancy)

Dates:

-  Large group - max. 36 people
Jul 02, 2022 - Jul 07, 2022 
Jul 07, 2022 - Jul 12, 2022 
Jul 14, 2022 - Jul 19, 2022 15% discount to solo travelers
Aug 11, 2022 - Aug 16, 2022 15% discount to solo travelers
Aug 18, 2022 - Aug 23, 2022 
Sep 15, 2022 - Sep 20, 2022 
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-  Small group - max. 16 people
May 19, 2022 - May 24, 2022 
Jun 16, 2022 - Jun 21, 2022 15% discount to solo travelers
Jul 21, 2022 - Jul 26, 2022 
Sep 01, 2022 - Sep 06, 2022 

Hotels:

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of quality and comfort category hotels. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 Skuggi Hotel
Day 2 Hotel Vestmannaeyjar
Day 3 Hotel Vik
Day 4 Hotel Vik
Day 5 Skuggi Hotel

Included:

  • Guided Coach or small bus tour from Reykjavik from day 2 to day 5
  • Tour pick-up from hotel on day 2 and drop-off at hotel on day 5
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • 5 Icelandic breakfast buffets (except arrival day)
  • 1 three-course local-cuisine dinner in the countryside with coffee/tea (day 4)
  • Guide service during dinner
  • Exhibition and cinema at Lava Centre (day 2)
  • Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands (day 2)
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 2)
  • Choice of glacier hiking or kayaking tour at Solheimajokull Glacier (day 3)
  • Iceberg Lagoon Zodiac Tour (day 4)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Highlights & Experience:

  • Discover a great first-time tour the combines Iceland’s natural wonders with exciting adventures
  • Snap great photos of classic natural wonders, including the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, the Glacier LagoonDiamond Beach and the Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Visit the ruggedly beautiful Westman Islands and get a good look at its infamous, powerful volcano
  • Enjoy exciting and breathtaking activities that bring you alongside – and even onto – magnificent glaciers

Optional Services:

You can book and pay for these tours in advance for your convenience and to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know during the booking process.

Day 1, Day 5, Day 6 - Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon | Duration: flexible | Includes: Bathing fee, towel rental, silica mud mask, first drink of your choice | Not included: Swimsuit rental

You must also book an unguided Blue Lagoon shuttle between Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon

Day 1, Day 5, Day 6 - Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbor - Look for whales, dolphins and sea birds on a guided boat tour | Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours | Includes: Guided boat tour, warm overalls during tour

Day 3 or 4: Canyon Zipline Adventure- Hike through a breathtaking canyon with unique rock formations and a waterfall and then feel your heart pump with excitement as you take a zipline with amazing bird’s eye views | Duration: 1,5 – 2 hours | Includes: Transfer from Vik, safety equipment, hike with a certified guide, 2 ziplines | Minimum age: 8 years old 

Day 3 or 4: Evening Black Beach Horseback Riding - Meet Iceland’s friendly horse breed on an easygoing and fun ride across the famous black sand beaches near Vik Duration: 1,5 hours | Includes: 1 hour guided riding tour, safety helmet, overalls | Weight limit: 110 kg (242 pounds)| Minimum age: 10 years old 

Itinerary:

The name says it all! Explore South Iceland’s famous wonders, including the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, the Glacier Lagoon, and the Golden Circle. One of the highlights of this amazing tour is a visit to the unique, volcanically active Westman Islands, where you’ll see first-hand how volcanoes have impacted Iceland. We’ve also added some awe-inspiring activities to bring you closer to some of Iceland’s most beautiful glaciers.

Each morning, your tour coach will depart from the hotel after breakfast, and your tour vehicle will generally arrive at your next night’s accommodation in the late afternoon. Each day there generally will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour driving between each tour stop.

Day 1  : Arrival

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet you on the morning of Day 2 as per the standard “Volcanoes & Glaciers” itinerary. Please check the “Services“ section in your travel documents to see how to meet your guide at the start of the tour.

Arrival at the Keflavik 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’d 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 great 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 great 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.

Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner on your own.

Day 2  : The Westman Islands (106 mi)

Amazing Waterfall – Lava Fields – Volcanic Aftermath – Magnificent Lava Fields

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and walk out to the area where your tour coach is waiting. Drive along the South Shore, one of Iceland’s most volcanic regions. Pass alongside farmlands built in the shadow of towering volcanic mountains. You’ll see many signs of how the volcanoes of the area have powerfully altered the landscape. If the skies are clear, you may even catch views of two of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes: Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010).

In Hvollsvollur town, visit the LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech exhibition about volcanoes and earthquakes and how they have shaped Iceland. It’s a perfect introduction to the geological wonders you’ll see during your tour.

Next visit the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If you’re up for adventure and cool experiences you can take the trail that leads behind the waterfall.

Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor. Hop onboard a local ferry for a 30-minute trip to the Westman Islands. Enjoy the ride and the view of volcanic islands and seabirds. Your destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westman Island archipelago. Life here is quite a bit different from the “mainland” Iceland, and you’ll discover some of the unique culture and history on a drive around the area.

Visit windy Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area. (During mid-May through the beginning of August you might also see puffins here.) Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago. The view from up here and over the sea and islands is simply stunning! (Make sure your camera is charged up and ready!)

Next, take a trip back in time and visit Eldheimar Museum. You’ll learn about the catastrophic 1973 eruption that poured lava over many houses on Heimaey and changed the residents’ lives forever. You’ll see where lava covered houses and where grass and moss now grow among the lava. The volcanic flows also created an amazing time capsule; wandering through Eldheimar gives you a peek into Icelandic daily life in the early 1970s.

The rest of the afternoon is open for you to explore the island on your own. Walk along the harbor and check out the 17th-century fortress built to protect the islands from pirate raids. Catch some interesting and timeless photos of a Viking-style stave church built in the year 2000. Take a swim in the public swimming pool, which uses geothermally warmed sea water. Soak in the vibes of the charming and lively fishing town, home to a micro-brewery and several restaurants known for great seafood.

Overnight in the Westman Islands. Dinner on your own.

Day 3  : South Shore – Skogar – Vik (75 mi)

Amazing Waterfall – Unforgettable Glacier Experience – Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Yesterday’s focus was on volcanoes. Today the focus is on glaciers! Take the morning ferry back from the Westman Islands and continue your exploration of the south coast. Start with a visit to photogenic Skogafoss waterfall, where legends say an ancient treasure is hidden. The waterfall also makes the perfect backdrop for a selfie.

Soon you will be in the area of Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Visit Solheimajokull, a glacier outlet flowing from Mydralsjokull glacier. Solheimajokull gives you a fantastic opportunity to discover glaciers up close. You can choose one of two unforgettable glacier experiences (Both activities are great for beginners; no previous experience is needed).

Glacier Hike- Strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and follow an expert glacier guide onto Solheimajokull glacier. You’ll explore the glacier’s surface, discovering amazing ice formations and learn interesting facts about how glaciers form. | Duration: 2 – 2,5 hours, 1 – 1,5 hours on the ice) | Included: Guided hike and all necessary safety equipment (crampons, ice axe, and safety harness) | Notes: Minimum age for tour is 8 years old and a minimum shoe size of European 34 (U.S. 25) • Hiking boots are essential for this tour

Glacier View Kayaking - Enjoy Solheimajokull from a different angle on an easy kayak tour. Paddle a special sit-on-top kayak in a natural lagoon that flows out from Solheimajokull glacier. Enjoy views of the glacier you can only see from the water. |Included: Guided kayak trio and all necessary safety equipment | Duration: 2,5 hours, 1 – 1,5 hours in kayak) | Note: minimum age for kayaking is 12 years old

Afterwards, you’ll head to the magical black sands of Reynisfjara beach. You’ll witness powerful waves and amazing basalt column structures carved by the power of the sea. Walking along the beach and hearing the thundering waves is a reminder of nature’s power.

Head to the village of Vik for your overnight. Vik has become a base for a variety of activity tours. This evening you might like to try a Zip Line adventure or a horseback ride along the black sand beach. We’re happy to book these tours for you; simply let us know at booking time.

Overnight stay in Vik. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4  : Vik – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon (249 mi)

Volcano and Glacier Oasis – Europe’s Largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Vatnajokull National Park covers 14% of Iceland’s surface, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Throughout the day you’ll also have views of massive Vatnajokull glacier.

Start the day by crossing Eldhraun, the largest single flow of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth. The cataclysmic eruption happened in 1783-1784 AD and affected the climate across mainland Europe. Your tour vehicle then crosses a landscape of black sand plains and braided rivers created when glacier capped volcanoes erupted.

Visit Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajokull National Park. The contrast of black volcanoes, silvery glaciers and small green forests is strikingly beautiful. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. Spend a few moments here taking in this unforgettable site. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, a black sand area where broken bits of ice bergs come to rest before they eventually drift to sea. Now it’s time to enjoy the beauty of ice and water even more with a boat trip! Head to the Iceberg Lagoon, another (and more tranquil) glacier lagoon in the area. Take a Zodiac boat tour amid the floating ice bergs, viewing the different shapes and shades of blue. You’ll also surely enjoy the guide’s interesting insights about the glacier and the area’s history and nature. Return to Vik for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight stay in Vik.

Day 5  : Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik (183 mi)

Lively Geysers – Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders

Breakfast at your hotel. We’ve reserved today for you to explore the Golden Circle region, perhaps Iceland’s most famous natural wonders. It’s also a fascinating place to discover more about Iceland’s volcanic and glacial powers, with a bit of Viking history on the side.

Start off by heading for the Geysir geothermal field. The very earth steams with volcanic heat. Underground hot springs shoot from the earth as geysers. The most famous spouting hot spring is Strokkur, which shoots high in the air every few minutes. But there are many other smaller yet very interesting geysers and bubbling mud pools (one of our personal favorites is the hard-working, tiny “Geysir Litli.”

Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. Gullfoss is created by a glacial river, Hvita, that thunders over two ledges into a deep canyon. Several footpaths lead around the falls, each giving you a different view.

The final stop of this amazing day is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Thingvellir is where Iceland became a nation, and many important decisions and historical events happened here. Thingvellir is also a fascinating place geologically; the North American and European tectonic plates meet, allowing you to walk between continents.

After some time to explore the wonders of Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik, where your guide bids you farewell.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own

Day 6  : 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 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!

Notes:

Important:

  • A minimum of 3 participants is required to guarantee each departure
  • Minimum age for this tour is 8 years old due to activities involved
  • We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions
  • Please check the “Program Details“ section in your travel documents to see your tour’s hotel list and how to meet your guide at the start of the tour
  • Please advise us at booking time if you have food allergies or dietary preferences
  • 8 years old (due to the activities included in the trip)

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Dinners in Reykjavik on day 1 and 5, Westman Islands (day 2), and Vik (day 4)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches unless otherwise noted in 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"