South Iceland Adventure

Escorted Tour and Northern LightsIceland

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From $1,725 USD
February 14 - March 26, 2021
5 Days / 4 Nights

South Iceland Adventure by 4X4 vehicle, stay at Hrifunes guesthouse, visit Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Glacier Lagoon and Northern Lights.

Overview

South Iceland Adventure, a 5-day activity tour with local experienced driver-guide. Travel in a luxury 4X4 vehicle with one of Iceland’s best local guides, who will connect you with geology, nature and history in his unique way. Enjoy small group size and charming accommodation at Hrifunes guesthouse, where welcoming hosts Haukur and Hadda will prepare lovely family-style meals for you. You are also well situated to enjoy viewing the Northern Lights.

Operation

February 14 - March 26, 2021

Departure

Fridays, 2020
February 14, 21
March 6, 13
April 3*
October 23
November 13
2021
February 5, 19, 26
March 5, 19, 26

Price

  • Combination category
  • from $1,725 per person in double room
  • from $1,999 single room
  • from $1,715 triple room

*Spring offer- 15% discount off the 3 April 2020 departure!!!

  • from $1,466 per person in double room
  • from $1,699 single room
  • from $1,458 triple room

Included

  • Guided off-road vehicle tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 4
  • Free Wi-Fi on board travel vehicle
  • 2 nights Hotel Klettur Reykjavik, standard room, private facilities
  •  2 nights Hrifunes Guesthouse in countryside, standard room, private facilities
  • Icelandic breakfast daily (except arrival day)
  • 2 x 2 two-course family-style Icelandic dinners in the countryside (Day 2 & 3)
  • 3 gourmet lunch boxes (Day 2, 3, & 4)
  • Lava tube caving, including use of helmet and crampons (Day 2)
  • Guided Glacier Hike, including use of helmet, crampons and ice pick (Day 3)
  • Visit to natural ice cave during trip, subject to weather and ice conditions (day 3)
  • Entrance to Secret Lagoon (Day 4)
  • Taste of Icelandic shark and brennivin (Day 4)
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Not Included

  • International flights & Airport taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel)
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Swimsuit and towel at the Secret Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in
    (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Please note

  • There is a minimum of 2 passengers
  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Minimum age 10 years old.  This tour is not suitable for children 9 years and younger
  • Itinerary and activities are dependent on road and weather conditions
  • Activity/Difficulty level: 3 out of 5 (Moderate)
  • Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve
    the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price
  • This tour stays in comfortable, quality three-star hotels

     Triple rooms / double rooms with extra bed are always upon request and Iceland Travel cannot guarantee that these rooms will be available. Hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

    Children 10 -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.

Tour Options

Day 1 REYKJAVIK ARRIVAL

Arrival at the Keflavik airport. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.

If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We would be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It's a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It's also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. 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 that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00, and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.

Hotel Klettur****

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - SOUTH COAST (B)

Distance is variable

4x4 Adventure – Back Roads and Beautiful Views – Lava Cave - Black Sand Coast - Waterfalls

Distance traveled is variable- routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day. Approx. 250-350km (155–186 mi)

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your driver-guide, who will brief you on the day's excursion. Today you will be an explorer as well as a traveler! Its important to know that your guide may adjust the itinerary to snow and weather conditions, to make sure each day is an adventure that shows you the best of the area at the time you are visiting. Meet the brand-new luxury off-road vehicle. Enjoy comfortable seats and plenty of legroom in this amazing off-road vehicle that can easily cross the roughest of Icelandic terrain.

All the activities planned are fun, but you are not required to take part. So don't worry if you don‘t feel up to it. The days will be really great with lots to see, so you'll still have a great time.

Once you leave the city limits, it won’t take long to reach remote areas. Start the day with an easy caving expedition for those who are interested, into an ancient lava tube. These are created by volcanic eruptions and give a rare glimpse of how a volcano looks from the inside.

After emerging from underground, drive along the South Shore using back roads and trails, enjoying the views of rugged coast and isolated farms.

Along the way you'll stop to view some of the beautiful waterfalls that decorate the South Shore such as the mighty Skogafoss waterfall. If conditions are just right, you might also visit a hidden waterfall, a local gem accessible only to small groups.

Then climb aboard the 4x4 vehicle again to explore a part of the region‘s famous black sand beaches. At the end of the day you'll visit a secret natural wonder on the black sandy beach.

Spend the evening at the Hrifunes guesthouse, located on a cozy farm just on the edge of the highland wilderness. Hrifunes is far away from any light pollution, so if the weather conditions are right, there is a chance you could see Northern Lights*

The hosts of Hrifunes, Haukur and Hadda, will make sure you have a comfortable stay. They serve home-made family-style dinners. Your guide, Ingimundur, will also join you for the meal. Dinner is an especially fun part of the day, with lots of chatting and laughter about the day spent together. Our past visitors have really enjoyed this experience and the opportunity to enjoy good food and get to know the other people on the trip better. If weather conditions decide to cooperate you might even spot northern lights in the area around the guesthouse! Approx. 250-350km (155–186 mi)

*Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and seeing them cannot be guaranteed.

Hrifunes Guesthouse****+

Day 3 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK (B)

Distance is variable

Extensive Lava fields – Europe's largest glacier – Glacier Hike – Lagoon with Icebergs – Ice Cave Exploration

Distance traveled is variable- routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day. 

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start the day by driving along the mountain road that crosses Eldhraun, a huge lava field created an eruption in the 18th century. Some historians believe this was a cause of the French Revolution (you'll hear more about that during the tour)!

Pass the huge cliffs at Lomagnupur with their incredible basalt columns and enjoy some of the hidden gems the area has to offer. Continue to the Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park. The entire national park covers about 14% of Iceland, making it one of the largest parks in Europe. Here you'll use crampons and, with ice pick in hand, hike on the wonderous Svinafellsjökull glacier. During the hike youll see amazing shapes in the ice and learn how glaciers are formed.

Afterwards, enjoy the famous Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon with its colorful icebergs and lazy seals, and the picturesque Diamond Beach close by. Plenty of photo opportunities here!

If the period is right and weather and conditions on the ice are safe, visit a natural ice cave on the south side of Vatnajökull glaciers. These ice caves appear and disappear according to the movements of the glacier. Some are very stable to visit; others are more difficult to reach and are more unstable. Some are quite unique, while others look ordinary at first but become extraordinary in the right light and conditions. Expert glacier guides in the area will assess the conditions and see if there is any suitable ice cave to visit while you're in the region.

After an exciting day of ice, icebergs and volcanic lava, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight at Hrifunes, your home away from home. Approx. 350km (217 miles)

Hrifunes Guesthouse****+

Day 4 HEKLA VOLCANO - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - THINGVELLIR (B)

Distance is variable

Volcanic Views – Golden Waterfall – Erupting Hot Springs – Bathing in a Secret Lagoon

Distance traveled is variable- routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day. 

Enjoy another delicious Hrifunes breakfast. Then you're off again for another day‘s adventure in your trusty 4x4 luxury off road vehicle.

Make your way towards the Golden Circle, passing through regions with views of volcanic mountains such as the famous Eyjafjallajökull (2010 eruption) and Mt. Hekla, Iceland's most frequently erupting volcano.

On the agenda today is a swim in the Secret Lagoon, a peaceful hot spring fed lake. Created by local residents using the natural landscape and materials in 1891, it is Iceland’s oldest geothermal swimming pool. The water has natural minerals that soothe your skin. Surrounding the pool are tiny bubbling mud pots and a little geyser that erupts regularly. Watching these as you soak in the Secret Lagoon is a special experience.

End the day visiting the three natural pearls that create the famous Golden Circle: the big waterfall Gullfoss, the spouting hot spring area of Geysir and the beautiful Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is the ancient location of Iceland’s first parliament, as well as the meeting point of two tectonic plates that divide Europe from North America. Your guide will bid you adieu with a taste of Iceland's famous schnapps, brennivin, and a bit of fermented shark meat to go with it. It's a true Viking test and tastier than it sounds!

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Approx. 350km (217 miles)

Hotel Klettur****

Day 5 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!

MEET YOUR GUIDE: Ingimundur Thor Thorsteinsson is our driver-guide partner who has developed this special tour with us. He has over 30 years of experience as a tour guide for many different types of tours, and as a mountain guide. He also has years of experience on the Iceland's air-ground rescue team. He has been on nearly all of Iceland's glaciers and traveled widely in Iceland, as well as crossing the Greenland Ice Cap in 1999. He has a gift for sharing his knowledge of Iceland's nature and history in a fun and unique way. He is passionate about Iceland. As he says, "I don’t consider guiding to be a job. It's my responsibility to make your time in Iceland unique. I do it in cooperation with Icelandic nature, which through the years has become a part of my soul". Ingimundur speaks Icelandic, English and French. He is married, and a father of three sons.

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