FROM 69,990 ISK
Do you want to explore the entire south coast of Iceland, witness Iceland’s largest glacier and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, whilst still having time to 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 tour for you.
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 explore the depths of one of Iceland’s biggest ice caves, and give you time to really take in the blues and textures of the cave. 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 pass through the seaside village of Vík, with its iconic church up on the hill, before 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. The blues, textures, light and colours of the natural glacier ice caves 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. It isn’t necessary to hunt for the northern lights…we relax under the starry night sky waiting for them to come to us in the comfort of our accommodation.
The south-east of Iceland is one of our favorite areas. Book now to find out why!
Operates: November 1st, 2019 – March 31st, 2020
Duration: 2 full days
Pickup time from Reykjavík: 8:30 am
Group size: Minimum 2 / Maximum 12
Level of difficulty: Moderate (ice cave tour) – good mobility of ankles and knees is necessary
Minimum age: 10 years old
69,990 ISK for a deluxe triple room (must be a booking of 3 people or more)
69,990 ISK for a deluxe double room (must be a booking of 2 people or more)
74,990 ISK for a deluxe single room
Includes: Ice Cave tour with all safety equipment provided (crampons, helmet, harness and axe). Accommodation at Lilja Guesthouse (or Hali Country Hotel in Dec & Jan) in their deluxe rooms including breakfast. Rooms are new, all with private bathrooms. Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavík with a small group (max of 12 people), led by our friendly and knowledgeable, English speaking glacier and driver guides
Excludes: Meals, other than breakfast. Hiking boots or waterproof jackets and pants can be ordered as extras at booking. Choose this in the booking process below
GOOD TO KNOW:
This tour does involve walking on uneven terrain and some walking to reach the ice cave, when compared to shorter ice cave tours. The ice cave tour lasts for 4 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.
For choosing your PICKUP LOCATION please read this important information.
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 Reykjavík 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 pass through the seaside village of Vík, with its iconic church up on the hill, before we 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, as we pass by the spectacular Skaftafell National Park.
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 Guesthouse is closed we will be staying at Hali Country Hotel, 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/ Hali Country Hotel. We then go to one of our all time favourite locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. It is here we meet with our partners 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 ice caves in the region. From where their rugged super jeeps take us it is only a short walk to witness the blues and textures of these natural works of art. Please note, we cannot guarantee to be the only group in the ice cave. The ice caves are popular for great reason, though we always do our best to time the tour to be there at the quietest time to give you the best experience.
Once we are back at Jökulsárlón, we say goodbye to our guide from Local Guide of Vatnajokull and take some time to explore this enormous glacier lagoon and the icebergs which float around here glistening in the winter sun. Seals can often be spotted swimming amongst the icebergs. From there we make our way over to the Diamond Beach, where the icebergs from the lagoon flow with the tide out to the ocean and wash up on the shores of the black sand beach. This makes for some spectacular photos and one unique beach visit. From here we start making our way back west toward Reykjavík. We will make a stop at one of our favourite local restaurants on the way for a late lunch. We will have you back in Reykjavík in time for a late dinner in the city.
All ice cave and glacier tours are completely dependent on weather. Sometimes ice cave tours have to be cancelled at short notice due to strong winds or warm, wet weather which can force the ice caves to fill with water. We do have other ice cave options which are still fantastic and do not have issues 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 refund 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.
*Fjaðrárgljúfur 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 (often at short notice) 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.