Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers

Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights, Reykjavik - Geysir - Gullfoss - Vatnajökull - Skaftafell - Volcano Laki - Jökulsarlon Lagoon - Vik - Reykjadalur - ReykjavikKingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers, 5-day adventure tour to magnificent landscape of South Iceland. Visit the famous Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall, the Skaftafell part of Vatnajökull National Park; explore the Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and the famous Laki volcano. Hike through stunning volcanic scenery with panoramic views over glaciers and rugged mountain peaks. Walk to the geothermal area of Reykjadalur and enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream.

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Operation June 1 - September 14, 2015
Departure June 1
July 20
August 3, 17, 31
September 14


**These departures will be offered with German and English speaking guide
Price from $1,895 per person in double room
from $2,220 single room
Included Guide for 5 days
Vehicle transportation for 5 days
Breakfast daily
Dinner daily
Accommodation in comfortable country hotels in double/twin rooms
Not Included International flights
Lunches
2 - 3 hours walk on Svinafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided)
Travel insurance
$25 service fee
Please Note Walking per day: 2 - 5 hours
Group size: 6 to 16 participants
Pickup from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik from 08:30 in the morning, return at accommodation in Reykjavik after the tour
Tour Options Lunches may be added
2 - 3 hours walk on Svinafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided)
Accommodation in Reykjavik before and after tour
More Information Equipment list
Difficulty levels

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Day 1 GULLFOSS - GEYSIR HOT SPRINGS AREA (D) Pickup from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik from 08:30 in the morning. First on our program for the day is a visit to the Great Geysir geothermal area. 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, on the Hvita (White) river fed by Iceland's second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. On a sunny day a rainbow can be seen spanning the falls.

We continue east through one of the largest agriculture areas. Passing by two very impressive glaciers, a huge sand desert and one of Iceland's biggest lava fields we reach our hotel where we stay for the next 4 nights.
Driving: 6 hrs total / Walking: 2-3 hrs total

Day 2 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK - SKAFTAFELL (B, D) Vatnajökull National Park is Europe's biggest National Park.The southeast part of this 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, which is famous for its black basalt columns. On the way we will get fantastic views of Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull and Hvannadalshnukur (2110m), its highest peak.

In the afternoon a 2-3 hour inspiring walk on the glacier is optional. 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 3 VOLCANO LAKI (B, D) Today we head for the craters of Laki. In 1783 a 25km long fissure opened and lava flew out of 130 craters, devastating huge pasture fields. Clouds of poisonous gases killed over 50% of the livestock on Iceland, which led to a great famine which soon killed about 20% of the population.

This was the greatest eruption in Iceland since the original settlement and naturally had a deep impact on the Icelandic population. However, today these craters are mostly covered with green moss which makes a huge contrast to the black and red color of the underlying lava. In good weather we will climb to the top of the the Laki mountain. From there we have a splendid view over all the craters and the ice cap of Vatnajökull. Return to the same hotel.
Driving: 4-5 hrs total / Walking: 3-4 hrs total

Day 4 JÖKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON - SLAGA (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 to Jökulsarlon lagoon with its picturesque floating icebergs. This place has provided the backdrop for many Hollywood films - for example the James Bond movie "Die another Day".

We discover a great variety of icebergs of different forms and shapes and the wide range of blue and white colours in the ice. In the afternoon on our way back, we will take a walk at the foot of the Öræfajökull glacier, with fantastic views over the vast sand plains of the river Skeidara. In 1996 the great glacier outflow from under the Vatnajökull icecap destroyed the longest bridge in Iceland. A huge mass of ice (3000 billion liters) melted and the water reached a flow rate of 55,000 cubic meters per second and covered these huge plains with water. Return to the same hotel.
Driving: 3 - 4 hrs total / Walking: 4 - 5 hrs total

Day 5 VIK - ÖLKELDUJALS - REYKJAVIK (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 offshore. According to 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 where we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream before returning to the hectic life of Iceland's capital.
Driving: 4 hrs total / Walking: 3 - 4 hrs total

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