2 days – Glacier Hiking, Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon & South Coast
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2 days – Glacier Hiking, Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon & South Coast

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Departure from

Reykjavik

Destination

Black sand Beach, Glacier Lagoon, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, South Coast

Feature

Small Group, Winter Only

Why we love this tour


  • Visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland
  • Black sand beach with some fantastic sights
  • Look out for the northern lights
  • Get up close and personal with the glacier

Detailed description

Day 1 – South Coast Marvels

Our two-day tour takes us along the beautiful south shore of Iceland. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. The water comes from the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull.

Our next stop will be at Skogar where we will see the Skogafoss Waterfall. It’s also 60 m in height and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Make note of another secret keeper: Myrdalsjokull Glacier is hiding Katla. She’s a very explosive and active volcano.

Our next stop will be at the village of Vik where you will find a black sand beach with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the magnificent Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

Are you interested in geology? Pay attention to your guide when he / she starts speaking of “Jökulhlaup” and you see enormous devastated areas of sandy plains and ash. ‘Cause not all effects of glaciation take place over thousands of years.

When our volcanoes erupt under a glacier, they might destroy an ice dam or release massive volumes of melt water by heat alone, causing a devastating flood, a Jökulhlaup. The term is Icelandic and has been adopted by the English language.

The longest bridge in Iceland (900 m) is over one of those areas of glacial floods. After that we go to Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the Vatnajokull National Park, where we’ll have a short stop. The glacier tongues there give the national park a majestic fairy tale scenery.

Jokulsarlon has been the film location of many Hollywood movies. It is located at the end of an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea.

After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation at one of the Country Hotels in South Iceland. The rooms all have bathroom. Free WiFi is available in the dining room, and the restaurant uses mainly local products on the menu. Breakfast is included in the price.

We enjoy dinner upon arrival (not included in tour price). During the evening, and into the night, we look out for the northern lights when conditions allow.

Day 2 – Total Glacier Encounter

After breakfast we spend more time at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you will see icebergs of all shapes. We also take a walk alongside the lake and on the black sand shoresand look for seals which may be spotted in the lagoon.

One of the highlights of the trip is awaiting us. We’re going to get up close and personal with the glacier. It’s made up of fallen snow, not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It’s just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball, and keep doing so for hundreds of years.

The ice eventually gets so compact that most of the air is forced out of it. This is the reason why glacial ice alone can have that fascinating crystal blue color – and the older the ice, the better.

We pull out the crampons for one hour long glacier hike in the Skaftafell area – enjoying fabulous views all the way. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes. The crampons cannot be fitted onto sneakers or other light walking shoes.

At locations where the glacier flows more rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. So this is why it would be so dangerous to walk on a glacier without a specialized tour guide – the crevasses can get covered over by snow.

We head back to Ingolfsskali which is our switching point for the Magical auroras tour. We usually arrive sometime between 18:00 and 20:00. There you can enjoy a dinner (not included in the tour price). You always have the option to bring your own food.

Our specially trained guides have been looking into the cloud forecast and know just where to take you, to maximise your chances of seeing these beautiful phenomenon.

We hope you have had the time of your life with us! The magnificence of Iceland’s nature is more than likely to stir your sense of wonder 🙂

What's included and excluded

Included

  • Hotel pick up
  • Transportation in a mini-bus
  • English speaking guide
  • Room with bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Glacier hiking for 1 hour (crampons included)
  • Aurora watching (when conditions allow)

Excluded

  • Meals (except breakfast)

 

What you need to know

Pick up between: 09:00 – 09:30


Duration:
2 days

Maximum: 18 persons

Drop-off: We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 20:00 – 21:00 on day two, OR we take you to our northern lights restaurant, where you can buy dinner and refreshments, and then after dinner join our Magical Auroras northern lights tour free of charge. If you choose to go on the northern lights evening tour then drop-off is estimated between 00:00 and 01:00.
You can let the guide know which option you choose on the second day.

Remember to bring: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. You need real hiking shoes for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons, and they cannot be attached to normal shoes.

 

Reviews(1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    This is my first time to go to Iceland for 5 days and i joined this 2 day tour on 18-19 October 2016. The tour was a very small group tour (only 4 people in total due to slack season of October) or i could say this was a private tour! Moreover, the tour guide from Belgium was excellent and humorous.
    I visited 2 wonderful waterfalls, black beach and lagoon and i was lucky to see beautiful rainbow near the ground in one of the waterfalls! Moreover, the main highlight in this tour for me was to walk on the ice in a glacier! This was really a good experience and feeling!!
    Overall, i am happy to join the tour as the quality and schedule of the tour is great!

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