Why we love this tour
Mesmerized by the blue ice of the crystal caves, the iceberg lagoon and all the beauty of the south coast with its glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand beaches and so much more Search for the northern lights English-speaking tour guide Daily departure
Soon after we leave civilization behind, we pass a central volcano with a giant magma chamber. Then we continue towards the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull that shut down Europe’s air space for a few days in 2010. It rests now, looking peaceful and all innocent. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull is our first stop and a memorable one as there are not many waterfalls that you can admire both from the front and back. Quite a landmark.
Fortunately, there’s a degree of flexibility in this tour. The weather in Iceland is ever changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will therefore decide how it’s best to operate the tour each time.
Close by is another beauty, Skógafoss Waterfall in all its magnificence. It plunges from the cliffs of the former coastline. It’s 18 stories high and considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.
We then stop at Reynisfjara, the black sand beach with the picturesque sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, watching proudly over the south coast. Be very careful when the massive waves of the Atlantic Ocean break on the shore, they are indeed fast and furious, and the beach has a warning for a particularly strong undertow.
After some refreshments we continue further and east of a large extension of sand plains, an area of black lava, sand and ash of around 700 sq km.
If you’re interested in geology and volcanic eruptions, now is time to pay close attention to the explanations of your guide. We are traveling across a giant lava field formed during a dramatic single eruption that produced the largest volume of lava flow on earth, in historic times. We also drive through one of the largest pseudo-crater area in the world.
But keep listening! The glaciers are within sight. Right ahead we have an enormous sand plain that reaches from the glaciers and shapes the coastline. You’ll witness the instability of glacial rivers as we cross the long bridges there.
We will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, in the National Park of Vatnajökull. We’ll see stunning glacier outlets of the Vatnajökull Ice Cap. Iceland’s highest peak, which is 2110 m, is in this area.
Now is time to head to the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon. It’s a really deep lagoon, some 75 stories below the surface. Then you know what the expression means, “the tip of the iceberg”. The lagoon is particularly beautiful in low light.
We reach our country hotel, either at Gerdi or Hali, around dinner time. 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 views from there are simply terrific. Our accommodations.
If the aurora forecast shows activity and the sky is clear, we search for the amazing northern lights in the evening.
We begin the day with the highlight of our trip, the ice cave exploration. We’ll have an expert local glacier guide take us in a modified super jeep so that we can reach our Extreme destination in a realm of dreams, the ice cave. But it’s not all about beauty.
Glaciers are truly spectacular, but it is not possible to visit unless we have a specialized guide, and the necessary equipment. Our guide is one who has listened to the ‘breathing’ of ice all his life. He determines which cave is best to visit each time, depending on weather conditions and other issues. Sometimes the caves are more special than others, but become exquisite in the right light and conditions.
Good hiking shoes are essential, since there’s a some hike to the cave. You’ll need to wear waterproof hiking shoes that cover your ankle.
We will stay inside the ice cave for at least 45 minutes. You’ll be thankful you’ve brought very warm winter clothing. You’ll be wearing a helmet, so your winter hat should not be too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.
Is the ice really so blue? Yes! On the outside the Vatnajökull glacier’s white crust is UV-bleached and scuffed. But on the inside it is transformed into a striking, glassy-blue cathedral, thanks to the tremendous weight of ancient ice pushing air bubbles out for a thousand years.
Come spring time, the caves melt and buckle, and in autumn local glacier specialists set out in search of new hidden chambers to explore. This impermanence makes Iceland’s crystal caves all the more magical.
The same intense blue color can be seen for example on floating icebergs that reveal their lower side when they have recently rolled over or split in two.
After the surreal experience of the ice cave it is time to head back to Reykjavik. But there will be another stop at Jökulsárlón as it looks different in the midday light and we might also be able to see seals sunbathing on the icebergs.
We take the same route back moving towards Reykjavik, estimated time back in Reykjavik is somewhere between 20:00 – 21:00.
What's included and excluded
- Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
- English speaking guide
- Minibus tour
- Super jeep ride for some km
- Specialized ice cave guide
- Room with bathroom
- Aurora watching if possible
- Meals (other than one breakfast)
New regulations have been implemented regarding the shuttle traffic in the downtown Reykjavik. We have therefore offered 12 pick up points instead of directly picking up guests from accommodations . Please click here for further information.
It is not recommended to bring a large luggage on the tour, we recommend bringing a smaller overnight bag. Travellers can store their larger luggage at their hotel in Reykjavik or at the operator’s office free of charge during the tour. You may bring your luggages to the pick up point and the guide will drive you to the office to store your luggage.
What you need to know
Pick up between: 09:00 – 09:30
Duration: 2 days
Drop-off: We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 20:00 – 21:00 on day two.
Minimum requirements: 8 years old
Available:Nov – Mar
Max: 18 persons
Remember to bring: Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy shoes (we can rent you hiking shoes).