Kingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights
Kingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights, Reykjavik - Vatnajökull - Skaftafell - Geysir - Gullfoss - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano - Skogar - Jökulsarlon Lagoon - Vik - Reykjadalur - ReykjavikKingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights adventure tour to South Iceland, a magical wonderland of ice and snow. Explore Iceland's amazing landscapes, famous attractions, museums, history, culture and more on this comfortable and adventurous, all-inclusive winter break. Travel by comfortable 4x4 van, enjoy sightseeing, short hikes, a glacier walk, black sand beaches, waterfalls, geysers, ice-filled lagoons and, just maybe, the amazing Northern lights!
|Operation||October 24, 2016 - May 8, 2017|
|Departure||Departures with English/French/German speaking guide
October 24 - October 28, 2016
November 14 - November 18, 2016
December 27 - December 31, 2016
February 13 - February 17, 2017
March 13 - March 17, 2017
April 17 - April 21, 2017
May 8 - May 12, 2017
|Price||from $1,975 per person in double room
from $2,155 single room
Lunch package $95 per person
|Included||4 x Accommodation in comfortable countryside hotels,
based on double or twin room with en suite facilities
Guide service for 5 days
Vehicle transportation in 4x4 minibus, 5 days
Breakfast and dinner for 4 days (lunch in not included, can be added)
Entrance to Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre
Entrance to Skogar Folk Museum
Visit to a sheep farm
|Not Included||International airfare & Airport taxes
2-3 hours walk on Svinafellsjökull glacier and lunch (all glacier and safety gear provided)
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Travel by 4WD mini-bus
Overnight stay in cozy countryside hotels
Group size: 6 to 16 participants
Walking per day: 2-6 hours total (often divided into multiple shorter hikes)
Passengers are picked up between 8:30 and 9:00 am from their accommodation in Reykjavik, and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of the tour
Rates are subject to change without notice
|Tour Options||Lunch package can be added, $95
Package price for accommodation in Reykjavik city center
Glacier walk on the Svinafellsjökull, $55 p.p.
Kingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights map
Iceland general information
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - HEKLA (D) First on our program for the day is a visit to the historical site of Thingvellir. The park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The location is wonderful, a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon that in fact is a part of the Mid-Atlantic rift.
Next we will head to the Great Geyris geothermal. There we will take a look at the areas namesake and its neighbor, Strokkur, a feisty geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes. Close by we find Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls; in two giant steps the water falls 32 meters into a deep gorge.
We continue southeast through one of the country's largest agriculture areas. At the end of the day we come to our hotel sitting in the Icelandic country side with view over to the volcano Hekla.
Driving: 3-4 hrs total | Walking: 2-3 hrs total
Day 2 WATERFALLS OF THE SOUTH - THORVALDSEYRI - SKOGASAFN (B, D) Hotel Hekla - The Waterfalls of the South - Thorvaldseyri - Skogasafn - Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Continuing east we set course to the Eyjafjallajökull massive. The Seljalandsfoss waterfall is worth a short stop as well as the Skogarfoss waterfall, said to be the hidden place of a chest of gold. In between we will stop at the Eyjafjallajökull visitor centre, at the family farm at Thorvaldseyri, where you will learn all about the 2010 eruption and its effect on lives of people. At the hamet of Skogar we will visit the folk museum Skogarsafn where you can see how the Icelanders lived in the past. Further east we will visit the black beaches of Vik pass one of Iceland's biggest lava fields until we reach our hotel where we stay for the next 3 nights.
Day 3 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK - SKAFTAFELL (B, D) Vatnajökull National Park is Europe's biggest National Park. The south-east part of the park is the area of Skaftafell which is composed of natural forest growing between glacial tongues, reaching down almost to sea level - a unique place to visit. We walk through a birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall, famous for its black basalt columns. On the way enjoy fantastic views of Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull and Hvannadalshnukur (2110m), its highest peak.
In the afternoon an inspiring 2-3 hour walk on the glacier is optional (not included). You will be provided with all the necessary gear (crampons and ice axes) to discover the amazing blue world of ice and explore its ridges and crevasses! Return to the hotel.
Driving: 2 hrs total | Walking: 4-5 hrs total
Day 4 JÖKULSARLON - SHEEP FARM (B, D) Today we head east along the Öræfajökull glacier which covers one of the country's greatest volcanoes and its highest summit. We then cross great flatlands in front of the huge Breidamerkurjökull glacier before arriving at Jökulsarlon lagoon with its picturesque floating icebergs.
The area of the Southern Vatnajökull National Park has provided the backdrop for many Hollywood films and TV shows, for example "Batman Begins" and lately HBO's "Game of Thrones". At the lagoon we discover a great variety of icebergs of different forms and shapes and the wide range of blue and white colors in the ice. In the afternoon on our way back, we stop by a modern Icelandic sheep farm to see how the locals live today.
Driving: 3-4 hrs total | Walking: 2-3 hrs total
Day 5 VIK - HOT SPRINGS - REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B) On our return to Reykjavik we pass by the village of Vik (Vik i Myrdal) where we can enjoy a walk on the black beach. The pinnacles of Reynisdrangar are to be seen just off shore. According to the legend, the pinnacles were left standing there after two trolls tried to pull a three master ship past the headland, but were caught and petrified by the first rays of sunshine.
North of the village Hveragerdi, famous for its greenhouses, we enjoy our last walk over to the geothermal area of Reykjadalur Valley (or in Grændalur over the coldest winter months), where we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream (not possible in Grændalur) before returning to the hectic life of Iceland's capita city of Reykjavik.
Driving: 4 hrs total | Walking: 3-4 hrs total