South Coast and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Two-day tour from Reykjavik
This two-day tour takes us through the beautiful provinces of south Iceland to the extraordinary Jokulsarlon, The Glacier Lagoon, the best known and the largest glacier lake in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajokull between Skaftafell preservation area in Vatnajokull National Park, and the town of Hofn.
The summer season is from May 1st to September 30th
45,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Shared Bathroom
47,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Private Bathroom
49,900 ISK per person Single room, Shared Bathroom
51,900 ISK per person Single room, Private Bathroom
The winter season is from October 1st to April 30th
39,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Shared Bathroom
41,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Private Bathroom
43,900 ISK per person Single room, Shared Bathroom
45,900 ISK per person Single room, Private Bathroom
Departures: Mon-Tue, Fri-Sat, all year
Christmas and New Year departures 2013: 20-21 December, 22-23 December, 27-28 December, 29-30 December
Duration: 2 days.
Pickup: Hotel pick up at 9:00 and drop off the next day at 21:00-01:00, depending on conditions for northern lights.
Included: Hotel pick-up, transportation, English-speaking guide, accommodations with breakfast, glacier hiking (crampons included), aurora hunt (during winter).
NOT Included: Hiking shoes and food (except breakfast on the second day).
Bring with you: Waterproof clothing, warm clothing, hiking shoes and your camera!
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Soon after we leave the city, we will pass the mountain Hengill, a central volcano with a giant magma chamber. We will pass the town Hveragerdi, where you can find many interesting hot springs and towards the town Selfoss. The town of Selfoss rose around the bridge over Olfusa River after its construction and is now the largest town in southern Iceland with around 6500 inhabitants.
Our tour takes us over the Thjorsa River which is the longest of all rivers in Iceland; around 230 kilometres long. We will stop in the town Hvollsvollur for a coffee break. Then we continue to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which cascades from ancient sea cliffs over 60 meters down to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. East of the waterfall lies a fertile countryside and to the north rises the beautiful Eyjafjallajokull glacier, 1666 meter over sea level, the sixth largest glacier in Iceland.
Our next stop will be at Skogar where we will see Skogafoss waterfall which cascades around 65 meters down and is by many considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Next we drive through Myrdalur where we can enjoy a view of Myrdalsjokull glacier under which lies the central volcanic system of Katla. Southwest of the glacier lies Solheimajokull glacier from which flows the river Jokulsa down to the lowland.
Our next stop will be at the village Vik where you can find a sandy beach with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque columnar basalt formations and the magnificent Reynisdrangar peaks. We will continue over Myrdalssandur sand plains, a 700 square kilometres area of black lava sand and ashes. East of Myrdalssandur we will find Eldgjarhraun lava field, which is the largest amount of lava on Earth to flow from a single eruption in historic time. Next to the town Kirkjubaejarklaustur we will see Landbrotsholar hills, one of the largest pseudo-crater areas in the world. We will drive to Foss á Sidu waterfall, where we will have a short photo stop.
We continue our journey east over the glacial river Hverfisfljot that splits two lava fields apart, Skaftareldahraun and Nupahraun. We pass Lomagnupur, a 767 meter high mountain, and further east we pass two major rivers Nupsvotn and Gigjukvisl. We cross Skeidararsandur, an enormous sand plain that reaches from Skeidararjokull glacier to the sea.
We will pass the bridge over Skeidara River which is the longest bridge in Iceland (900 meters) and get to Skaftafell National Park, established in 1967. The glacier tongues of Skeidararjokull, Morsarjokull and Skaftafellsjokull give the National Park a majestic scenery. We will have a short stop at Skaftafell before continuing to Jokulsarlon, the glacier lagoon.
Jokulsarlon is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. It is located at the end of Breidamerkujokull, an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull glacier. The depth of the lagoon is about 250 meters and its size is 18 square kilometers. Due to glacial retreat, huge pieces of ice break loose from the glaciers and end up floating in the Jokulsarlon lagoon. After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation place nearby where we will enjoy dinner (dinner not included in tour price) and relax in the evening.
Then we start our journey west towards Reykjavik. The trip is far from over, however. In Skaftafell, we pull out the crampons for a glacier hike at Svinafellsjokull glacier and the views are fabulous all the way back. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes, crampons cannot be fitted on sneakers or other light walking shoes.
If we have enough time and with good weather conditions, we will visit Dyrholaey, a small but majestic peninsula which is the southernmost point of the mainland. It is 120 meters high and is a home to many breeds of seabirds. Dyrholaey was formed in a sub-aquatic eruption about 100 thousand years ago. The translation of the name Dyrholaey could be „Doorway Island“ but the name is drawn from the hole or the doorway the ocean has carved into the cliff.