From $2,045 USD
November 12, 2017 - March 4, 2018
6 Days / 5 Nights
Ice Cave Tour to Vatnajokull Glacier, largest ice cap in Europe. Visit Iceland's south coast, Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Jokulsarlon lagoon and waterfalls.
Ice Cave Tour and Highlights of South Shore takes you inside an ice cave in Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. Encounter natural highlights of Iceland's south coast, including views of the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, a stop to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Visit the geothermal fields of Geysir hot springs with boiling water in bubbling mud pools and spouting Strokkur geyser. Enjoy the cascading Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.
November 12, 2017 - March 4, 2018
Departures in English 2017 November 12 December 24 Departures in English 2018 January 14 February 18 March 4
- from $2,045 in double room
- from $2,495 single room
- Christmas departure December 24
- from $2,165 in double room
- from $2,610 single room
- 3 nights at hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
- 2 nights at countryside hotel, including breakfast
- Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
- Ice Cave Tour with necessary gear on day 3
- 3-course dinner with coffee/tea on day 2 & day 3
- Bathing fee & rental towel at Blue Lagoon on day 5
- Flybus Plus - Round airport transfers
- International flights / Airport taxes
- Transfers to/from Keflavik Airport
- Breakfast on arrival day
- Meals other than mentioned
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
- Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
- Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 Service fee
- All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
- Maximum group size: 16 participants
- Minimum age:13 years old
- Please inquire about our special air fares on Icelandair, featuring direct flight from Seattle and Washington DC!
- Additional nights in Reykjavik
- Optional excursions
Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK
Upon arrival, head through passport control, collect your bags and go through customs to the Arrival Hall. The Flybus airport buses wait for passengers outside the Arrival Hall. Show your Flybus Plus transfer information to the attendant on the bus and let him or her know which hotel you're staying at in Reykjavik. Please note that this is not a guided transfer and you will not be met at the airport.
Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik's old town, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city's outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag. In the afternoon, you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland's nature and landscape. Overnight stay in Reykjavik.
Highlights: Reykjavik | Harpa Concert Hall | Parliament House
Day 2 REYKJAVIK - SOUTH SHORE - VIK (B, D)
Eyjafjallajokull Area – Waterfalls - Black Sand Beaches
Breakfast at your hotel. Start today by exploring the region close to the towering, strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. Located at the very edge of the volcano, visit the Thorvaldseyri Volcano Centre. Here you can see both in photos and on film, the 2010 volcanic eruption and its impact on the countryside, Iceland and the whole world.
Journey along the south shore, an area that is especially beautiful in winter, when you can see mystical shapes in the lava and mountains. Stop at the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can sometimes walk behind. Nearby is another beautiful waterfall, Skogafoss. Local folklore has it that Medieval treasure is hidden here. Pass by volcanic landscapes and pretty Icelandic farms on your way to Reynisfjara beach. It is truly an experience to stand on this black-sand beach and view the extraordinary rock formations while North Atlantic waves thunder against the shore. Overnight stay in the Vik area.
Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Eyjafjallajokull | Vik | Reynisdrangar Cliffs
Day 3 VATNAJOKULL - SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK (B, D)
Europe's Largest Glacier - Ice Cave Exploration
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you enter the region of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. The park covers about 14% of Iceland, making it one of the largest national parks in Europe. Your group will visit one of its areas, Skaftafell, a breathtakingly beautiful region of volcanic landscape ringed by glaciers, most of them connected to Vatnajokull itself. After an exciting day, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Ice caves, like the one you will explore today, can be found in several different locations on the south side of Vatnajokull. Some ice caves are very special, while others might not seem as special but become extraordinary in the right light and conditions.
Your glacier guide is a highly- qualified mountain- and ice cave specialist who will decide which cave is best to visit.
The ice caves that are chosen depend on the time of winter, time of day, weather and other conditions. Some ice caves are very stable to visit. Others are less safe and you might not be able to reach them, even if they are very beautiful. Some caves are only accessible in subfreezing conditions.
Normally one cave per trip is explored, always the most interesting and safest cave available at the time.
You will be in the ice cave for at least 45 minutes, in very cold temperatures.
Preparation for today's trip:
Shoes: It's extremely important to wear good, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankle. Trainers or sneakers are not appropriate footwear. (hiking boots can be rented during tour).
Clothing: Dressing for Icelandic winter weather is crucial to enjoy this trip. Start with a thin layer, like thermal long underwear and a T-shirt (not cotton). Followed by fleece, wool or polyester sweater and pants. Finish with water- and windresistant coat and snow pants for outerwear. Never wear jeans.
Backpack: For any personal items that you might bring along (extra clothes, snacks and bottled water). One backpack for two people should be sufficient.
Warm hat and gloves: Your hat should be able to fit comfortably under a helmet.
Sunglasses and sunscreen: Essential as the sun reflects off glaciers and snow.
Glacier hiking equipment: You will be provided with all necessary glacier hiking equipment, including crampons, helmet and harness. Your guide will assess the conditions and hand out the equipment necessary for each tour. Crampons available for shoe sizes starting from European number 35 or US number 4.
Highlights: Vatnajokull National Park | Skaftafell National Park
Day 4 GEYSIR - GULLFOSS - THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK (B)
Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)
Breakfast at your hotel. After experiencing glaciers, it is time to see a warmer side of Iceland. Start the day with a visit to the geothermal fields of Geysir. Here you'll see steam and boiling water in the bubbling mud pools and spouting hot springs, including the high-shooting Strokkur geyser. A short drive away is the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Then it's onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake.
Tour ends in Reykjavik. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Highlights: Geysir | Gullfoss | Thingvellir National Park
Day 5 REYKJAVIK CITY SIGHTSEEING - BLUE LAGOON (B)
Colourful Capital - Bathe in a Geothermal Lagoon
Breakfast at hotel. Today you'll discover more about the world's northernmost capital city. Enjoy spectacular city and mountain views from the platforms at Perlan, a landmark building constructed on the city's hot water tanks. See the Reykjavik coast and the old Hofdi House, where the 1986 summit between former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former U.S.S.R. Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place. Visit Hallgrimskirkja church, whose design was inspired by basalt lava columns, a common volcanic rock formation in Icelandic nature.
Last but not least, explore the charming old town center with the Icelandic Parliament Althingi and the town hall.
In the afternoon, travel to Reykjanes Peninsula for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (Blue Lagoon bathing fee and rental towel are included), a unique wonder of nature with mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure. You should check with your hotel today to arrange a Flybus transfer pick up from your hotel tomorrow.
Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Hofdi | Perlan | Tjornin | Reykjavik City Hall |The Blue Lagoon | Reykjanes
Day 6 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Flybus Transfer to Keflavik International Airport. You should arrange to depart your hotel approximately 3 hours before departure time of the flight from Keflavik.