Ice Cave Tour and Highlights of the South Shore

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From $2,355 USD
November 4, 2018 - March 17, 2019
6 Days / 5 Nights

Ice Cave Tour to Vatnajökull Glacier, largest ice cap in Europe. Visit Iceland's south coast, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Jökulsarlon lagoon and waterfalls.

Overview


Ice Cave Tour and Highlights of South Shore, a 6-day adventure of a lifetime! The rare and ever-changing glacier ice caves are a spectacular phenomenon, which you will explore during our Ice Cave Tour to Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. Encounter other natural highlights of Iceland's south coast, including views of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon, boiling hot springs, and cascading waterfalls.

Operation

November 4, 2018 - March 17, 2019

Departure

Departures in English
November 4, 11, 18
December 9, 16
January 6, 20 
February 17, 24
March 3, 17

Price

  • from $2,355 in double room
  • from $2,875 single room

Included

  • 3 nights at hotel in Reykjavik
  • 2 nights at countryside hotel
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Ice Cave Tour with necessary gear, day 3
  • 3-course dinner with coffee/tea on day 2 & day 3
  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)

Not Included

  • International flights / Airport taxes
  • Transfers to/from Keflavik Airport to/from hotel
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Luggage porterage at airport and hotel
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 17 participants
  • Minimum age: 13 years old
  • Please inquire about our special air fares on Icelandair, featuring direct flight from Seattle!
  • Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.
  • Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, the operator reserves the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

Tour Options

  • Additional pre- or post nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Ice Cave Tour and Highlights of the South Shore" itinerary.

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own.

Highlights: Reykjavik | Harpa Concert Hall | Parliament House

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Private airport transfer

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - SOUTH SHORE - VIK (B, D)

Volcanic Area – Scenic Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Start today by exploring the region close to the towering, strato-volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. 

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. 
Approximate distance: 200km / 125mi

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Eyjafjallajökull | Vik | Reynisdrangar Cliffs

Day 3 VATNAJÖKULL - SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK (B, D)

Europe's Largest Glacier - Ice Cave Exploration

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you enter the region of Vatnajökull 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 Vatnajökull 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 Vatnajökull glacier. Some ice caves are very special, while others might not seem as special at first 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.

The day also includes a visit to the intriguing Glacier Lagoon, where icebergs float amid the waters- a great photo opportunity. After an exciting day, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

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.
Approximate distance: 279km / 173mi

Highlights: Vatnajökull National Park | Skaftafell National Park | Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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, the Golden Falls, 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.
Approximate distance: 290km / 180mi

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. You will 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.

In the afternoon, travel to Reykjanes Peninsula for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, 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.
Approximate distance: 100km / 62mi

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Hofdi | Perlan | Lake Tjörnin | Reykjavik City Hall | The Blue Lagoon | Reykjanes | The Sun Voyager

Day 6 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. We recommend departing your hotel approximately 3 hours before departure time of your flight from Keflavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

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