Waterfalls, glaciers, pseudo craters, basalt formations, black sandy beaches.
South Coast and Jokulsarlon - Glacier lagoon
This two-day tour takes us through the beautiful provinces of South Iceland to the extraordinary Jokulsarlon, The Glacier Lagoon, the best known and the largest glacier lake in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajokull between Skaftafell National Park and Hofn.
On the way from Reykjavík you will pass Hengill mountain, a volcano with a giant magma chamber, the charming and geothermal town of Hveragerði where you only need look up to the mountains to see some hot springs. The drive takes you over Thjorsa river, the longest river in Iceland. You'll enjoy coffee break in Hvolsvollur before heading to Seljalandsfoss, a beautiful waterfall that you can walk behind. East of the waterfall lies fertile countryside and to the north rises the beautiful Eyjafjallajokull glacier, 1666 meter over sea level, the sixth largest glacier in Iceland.
The next stop will be at the beautiful Skogafoss waterfall. We then drive through Myrdalur where we can enjoy a view of Myrdalsjokull glacier under which the central volcanic system of Katla lies. Southwest of the glacier you'll see Solheimajokull glacier.
Next up is Vik village where you'll find a black sanded beach with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt formations and the magnificent Reynisdrangar peaks. The tour continues over Myrdalssandur black lava sand plains and you'll pass Landbrotsholar hills, one of the largest pseudo-crater areas in the world.
We continue our journey east over the glacial river Hverfisfljot that splits two lava fields apart, Skaftareldahraun and Nupahraun. We pass Lomagnupur, a 767 meter high mountain, and further east we pass two major rivers Nupsvotn and Gigjukvisl. We cross Skeidararsandur, an enormous sand plain that reaches from Skeidararjokull glacier to the sea.
We will pass the bridge over Skeidara River which is the longest bridge in Iceland (900 meters) and get to Skaftafell National Park, established in 1967. The glacier tongues of Skeidararjokull, Morsarjokull and Skaftafellsjokull give the National Park a majestic scenery. There will be a short stop at Skaftafell before continuing to Jokulsarlon, The Glacier Lagoon.
Jokulsarlon is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. It is located at the end of Breidamerkujokull, an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull glacier. The depth of the lagoon is about 250 meters and its size is 18 square kilometers. Due to glacial retreat, huge pieces of ice break loose from the glaciers and end up floating in the Jokulsarlon lagoon. After you have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive you to the accommodation nearby where dinner will be served and you can relax.
During winter, if the weather is good and the sky is clear, we will look for the amazing northern lights at Jokulsarlon.
After breakfast you spend some time at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and during summer you can enjoy a 30 minute boat ride where you sail amongst icebergs of all shapes and sizes. You will also take a walk along the lake and on the black sand shores and look for seals that can often be spotted in the lagoon.
Then we start the journey west towards Reykjavik. In Skaftafell park, we pull out the crampons for a glacier hike at Svinafellsjokull glacier and the views are fabulous all the way back. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes, crampons cannot be fitted on sneakers or other light walking shoes.
In summer the glacier hike is optional and not included in price. The hike can be taken from Skaftafell on a guided tour. If you are not interested in glacier hiking your tour guide can take you for a hike in Skaftafell to Svartifoss waterfall.
If there is enough time and good weather conditions, you will visit Dyrholaey, a small but majestic peninsula which is the southernmost point of the mainland. It is 120 meters high and is a home to many breeds of seabirds.
During winter, if weather conditions are fine, we will search for northern lights in the evening. A drive into the darkness and to the town Stokkseyri where you can even end the day by having a nice lobster dinner at a restaurant.
South Coast and Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon,
two day tour from Reykjavík.
Winter (Oct-Mar): Daily
Spring, autumn, summer (April-Sept): Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, no minimum required.
Duration: Two days
Pickup: Hotel pick up at 9:00-09:30 and drop off the next day at 21:00-01:00, depending on conditions for northern lights.
54.900 ISK per person
Included: Hotel pick up, transportation in a mini-bus, English speaking guide, accommodation with breakfast, glacier hiking for 1 hour (crampons included), aurora hunt during the winter season
Not included: hiking shoes or meals (other than 1x breakfast)