Icebergs & Northern Lights Tour
This tour includes an overnight stay in South Iceland and takes you from Reykjavik along the south shore to the exceptional Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at the edge of Vatnajökull glacier. On the way you will visit some of Iceland‘s main attractions, travel past infamous volcanoes and have a chance to experience hiking on a glacier.
On arrival you’ll be transferred from the International airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. You’ll be staying in a 3* Hotel like the Hotel Cabin or similar on a bed & breakfast basis. You’ll check-in for the whole of your stay so there’s no messing about having to check-in and out over and over. The rest of the day & evening is yours to explore the city at your leisure.
After breakfast we head out of Reykjavik where the tour takes route 1 east across the Hellisheiði heath past Mt. Hengill volcano, an active central volcano with an enormous magma chamber that powers some of Iceland‘s geothermal energy plants.
Descending from Hellisheiði down into the south lowlands, you travel past the green house village of Hveragerði and through Selfoss town, the commercial hub of south Iceland. Continuing east from Selfoss crossing the farmlands of Flói area and the bridge over Iceland‘s longest river, Þjórsá you enter the village Hvolsvöllur and make a short break before venturing on to explore the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Arguably the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland, the 60m tall Seljalandsfoss cascades down from ancient sea cliffs into a shallow pool. Walking behind the waterfall provides some excellent photo ops with spectacular views out to the countryside.
Just east of Seljalandsfoss waterfall the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Glacier volcano rises 1666 metres above sea level. Erupting in 2010 Eyjafjallajökull made the world news when an ash cloud paralysed much of Europe's airspace for six days.
Next stop is at Skógar to visit the famous Skógafoss waterfall that by many is considered by the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. From Skógar you travel eastwards past Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the formidable Mt. Katla volcano to the charming village of Vik where you will explore black sand beaches and enjoy fantastic views out to picturesque rock formations of Reynisdrangar.
Continuing from Vík across the sands of Mýrdalssandur you enter the enormous lava field Eldgjárhraun produced during a massive volcanic eruption of Eldgjá volcanic fissure in 934. The lava field covers an area of about 700 km2 and is considered one of the largest lava flows to occur in Iceland since the end of the last ice age.
From one sand plain to another the tour crosses Skeiðararsandur plains a vast desolate area of black volcanic sands between Skeiðarárjökull glacier and the sea. Snaking through the sandy plains, the river Skeiðará is crossed on the longest bridge in Iceland, extending almost one kilometre.
Next up is the beautiful nature reserve of Skaftafell located in Vatnajökull National Park. Tongues of glaciers that flowing down from the enormous Vatnajökull glacier create majestic scenery begging to be explored.
From Skaftafell you journey to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon located at the end of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier that branching the great Vatnajökull glacier. With a depth of around 250 metres, this roughly 18 square kilometre lagoon is packed with huge pieces of ice that have broken loose from the glacier, silently floating towards the sea.
After you have enjoyed the dramatic scenery of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon the course is set for a nearby accommodation where we will enjoy dinner (dinner is not included in tour price) and relax for the remainder of the evening.
We will be hoping the weather Gods are smiling as we look for the Northern Lights in the most stunning off setting, so fingers cross and we might be able to experience the amazing northern lights flickering in the sky over Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
After breakfast you get to spend some time at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon again and if the lagoon is not frozen you get the chance to enjoy a boat ride on the lagoon sailing amongst icebergs in all shapes and sizes. You can also take a walk by the lagoon and explore the black sand shores where seals are commonly seen basking
Returning west towards Reykjavik the tour is far from being over and the next adventure is an optional one hour long glacier hike with magnificent views. To join glacier hike you will need to have proper hiking boots as crampons that you need for walking on the icy surface cannot be fitted onto trainers or walking shoes.
Depending on schedule and weather to tour will take you to Dyrhólaey island, a beautiful promontory that constitutes the southernmost point of the Iceland‘s mainland. Formed in a sub-aquatic eruption thousands of years ago Dyrhólaey is about 120 metres tall, home to an array of sea birds including the colourful Puffin.
Heading back towards the capital you will have one last stop to explore the amazing Reynisfjara shore and the strangely shaped basalt columns of Reynisdrangar.
Arriving back in Reykjavik you’ll be dropped at your hotel to relax for the evening.
Is yours to do as you please, explore Reykjavik or why not take one of the many tours & trips we offer if you still have the energy.
It’s time to bid farewell to Reykjavik & Iceland as we take you back to the airport and your flight home.
To join the glacier hike you must bring proper hiking boots and we strongly recommend you have winter gloves, warm socks, a balaclava or warm hat and wind/rain proof warm coat.