FROM 79,990 ISK
Want to explore the entire south coast of Iceland, witnessing Iceland’s largest glacier and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, whilst still having time to hike to and explore the stunning beauty of one of Iceland’s most spectacular ice caves. Then our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave Discovery two day tour is the perfect option.
The south eastern corner of the country has some of the most stunning sights, many of which are within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vatnajökull National Park.
Within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vatnajökull National Park you will experience Iceland’s largest glaciers, highest mountains, and of course the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where massive icebergs float around this stunning lagoon and wash up on the black sand shores of Diamond Beach. You will also get to explore the depths of one of Iceland’s biggest ice caves, hiking across the glacier to get to one of Iceland’s more remote ice caves, giving you time to really take in and photograph the incredible blues of the ice. Joining a longer ice cave tour allows us time to reach a more remote cave, which is less busy and better for photography than many of the shorter and easier accessed ice cave tours. Join us for two days you will not forget.
First stops on this tour are the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, as well as the Black Sand Beach and basalt columns at Reynisfjara. From here we visit Fjaðrárgljúfur* and walk along the ridges of the feather like gorge. You get up close and personal to the astonishingly beautiful ice formations of an outlet glacier of the enormous Vatnajökull Icecap, hiking across the glacier to get to the massive ice caves that we will explore and photograph. The textures, light and colours will leave you in awe.
You will be mesmerised by the giant icebergs floating around the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. If you are lucky you will be able to spot some curious seals swimming around the lagoon, as well as large crystals of ice from the same lagoon washed up on the nearby Diamond Beach, sparkling on the black sand. You will also be able to explore endless moss covered lava fields from the devastating Laki eruption and be in awe of the incredible Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge.
During the dark nights of winter months there’s a chance you’ll be able to see the northern lights dancing across the sky from right outside of our accommodation.
This tour includes accommodation and a delicious buffet breakfast at the comfortable Lilja Guesthouse (or Hotel Hali in December & January), which has modern rooms and private bathrooms. You will rest easy, all ready for another day exploring this amazing part of Iceland.
The south-east of Iceland is one of our favourite areas. It is home to the Vatnajökull National Park which was recently recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its raw natural beauty and unique landscape.
Book now to find out why!
Season: November 1st, 2019 – March 31st, 2020
Departures: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Duration: 2 full days, returning around 10:30pm on day 2.
Pickup time from Reykjavík: 8:30 am
Number of people: maximum 12 people, minimum 2 people.
Level of difficulty: Moderate (Duration of Ice Cave Discovery Tour approx. 6 hours)
Minimum age: 12 years old
79,990 ISK for a deluxe triple room (must be a booking of 3 people or more)
79,990 ISK for a deluxe double room (must be a booking of 2 people or more)
84,990 ISK for a deluxe single room
Includes: Ice Cave Discovery tour with all safety equipment provided (crampons, helmet, harness and axe). Accommodation at Lilja Guesthouse (or Hotel Hali in Dec & Jan) in their deluxe rooms including breakfast. Rooms are new, all with private bathrooms. Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik in a small group, with our friendly and knowledgeable, English speaking glacier and driver guide.
GOOD TO KNOW:
This tour does involve walking on uneven terrain and is reasonably physical, so a higher level of fitness is required when compared to shorter ice cave tours. The walk is over mostly flat terrain, but is sustained walking for at least one hour. You should be prepared with food, drink and clothing to be out in the elements and away from facilities for 5-6 hours. The ice cave tour lasts for 5-6 hours, with around 1 hour spent in the cave. The wind in Iceland on the glaciers can be cold and fierce so please be prepared with appropriate clothing. You will have an opportunity on day one to buy snacks for the ice cave tour.
As with all our trips, be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. You must also have strong, waterproof hiking boots that go above your ankle in order to wear the crampons (spikes) that are required on the glacier. Hiking boots, waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process or contact us directly.
All ice cave and glacier tours are completely dependent on weather. Sometimes ice cave tours have to be cancelled at short notice due to string winds or warm, wet weather which can force the ice caves to fill with water. If we are unable to visit one ice cave we will attempt to visit another if conditions there are better. If ice caves are unavailable then we will attempt to go on a glacier hike if weather conditions allow that. We will offer partial refunds of the full tour cost, for the cost of the ice cave tour, if we cannot visit an ice cave. Yours, and our, safety is our top priority, so we will only go on a glacier hike or ice cave tour if conditions allow us to do so safely.
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Please book by room type. Select single room if you are travelling by yourself, if you are a couple then book a double room, etc.
After leaving Reykjavik we head straight for the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, which you can walk right behind for the ultimate view when not too icy, but the waterfalls do not stop there. Next is the powerful Skógafoss waterfall which is a sight you will not forget.
From here we drive on to Reynisfjara black sand beach where we will look over the amazing black sand beach and basalt columns and stop for lunch at the Black Beach Restaurant. After lunch we will continue east to explore Fjaðrárgljúfur*, where you can see the impressive forces of nature that have eroded this spectacular gorge. Further east, we will drive past the mighty Vatnajökull icecap, where we will be dwarfed by Iceland’s highest mountains.
We spend the night at the new and incredibly comfortable Lilja Guesthouse, resting up for another action packed day. We stay in their deluxe rooms, all the rooms are recently finished with modern fittings and private bathrooms. Dinner from the kitchen at Lilja Guesthouse is always delicious, with the chefs taking advantage of the fresh, local Icelandic produce. With favourable conditions in winter, we will hunt for the magical northern lights.
In December and January whilst Lilja Guest-house is closed we will be staying at Hotel Hali, which is also perfectly located, and has wonderfully comfortable rooms and delicious local food at their restaurant.
We start the day with the delicious buffet breakfast (included) from Lilja Guesthouse/ Hotel Hali. We then go to one of our all time favourite locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. We will be mesmerised by the giant icebergs floating around this incredible lagoon and by the washed up icebergs that glisten like crystals down at ‘Diamond Beach’.
From here we then meet up with our friends from Local Guide of Vatnajökull who are taking us to the real highlight of the trip, our ice cave adventure. Local Guide of Vatnajökull get us to a remote part of the glacier in their amazing super jeeps, so we can access one of the more secluded ice caves in the region. There may be other groups also visiting this ice cave, but visitors are much less than the shorter ice cave tours. From the jeep we hike across the astonishingly beautiful blue ice to reach the ice caves.
The hike is considered of moderate level of physical difficulty as the entire tour lasts for around 5-6 hours. Within this time we take a 35-40 minute drive in Local Guides Super Jeep from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to reach the front of the glacier. From here we hike for around 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the ice cave. We spend around one hour in the cave taking in its beauty and photos of its amazing colours and textures. We then do the return hike (1 – 1.5 hours) and then drive in the jeep (35-40 minutes) to again reach the glacier lagoon. All up this is around 5-6 hours. The hike is spectacular and well worth it, getting us to see the most amazing blues and textures within the ice cave and views over the glacier lagoon. This is a highlight of any trip to Iceland.
On our way back to Reykjavík we will stop for dinner, before arriving back in Reykjavik around 10:30pm.
*Fjaðrárgljúfur is closed until June 1st, 2019. The gorge can become closed during certain seasons due to wet, frosting and thawing conditions. The environmental agency of Iceland determines access and will close access in order to allow the ground to recover and to make repairs where they can. In these cases we add in some of our other favourite stops along the south. There’s endless amazing sights for us to explore in South Iceland.