Jokulsarlon, South Coast and Ice Caving - EI42
Package Tour from Reykjavik - 2 days / 1 night
This multi-day tour is operated with small groups, for a better experience. Were you looking for something out of the ordinary? Come and be 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. We search for the northern lights when conditions are favorable.
From 69 900 ISK per adult
Age limit: 8 years
Duration: 2 days
Max: 18 persons
Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30
Drop-off: flexible* (see below)
Available: Nov - Mar
The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
1 night at country hotel w/ breakfast
Ice Cave Exploration
The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
Skaftafell nature reserve
Northern lights search
*Drop-off information: 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.
Included: 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, breakfast, aurora watching if possible.
Excluded: Meals (other than one breakfast)
Bring with you: Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy shoes (we can rent you hiking shoes). Spikes that fit over shoes to provide extra grip on ice.
For further information:
Map of the route: click here
Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.
We drive along the southern coast of Iceland, stopping at many beautiful places along the way, including Seljalandsfoss, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & many more, before stopping at our country hotel for the night.
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 step out sight our accommodation and check for the amazing northern lights in the evening.
The second day starts with a bang, when we gear up and go explore a ice cave! We then head back towards Reykjavik, but stopping once more to explore Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon a bit better.
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, and our next destination is Ingolfsskali, a charming, viking style restaurant in the country side. We'll arrive sometime between 18:00 - 20:00 in the evening. There you can order soup or full meal (or eat your own food), before we start our search for the northern lights on our magical auroras tour.
Estimated time back in Reykjavik is somewhere between 00:00 - 01:00.
Read about important winter information
Note: If you're in a rush, you always have the option of skipping the Magical Auroras part and go straight to Reykjavik on the second day.
Disclaimer: glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers. It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the ice caving tour.
To be able to participate in the ice caving you will need hiking shoes that cover your ankle. If you don't have good hiking shoes you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.
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Note that selected departures during the holidays can be more expensive.