iceland tour: Ice and Fire

City and Short Stays, Independent Touring
The west including Lava Cave & Ice Cave visits
5 days
Oct - March
Itinerary
General Prices

West Iceland’s winter countryside of  glaciers, waterfalls, charming villages and powerful hot springs is magical. . Located not far from Reykjavík, the Borgarfjordur region with it's  proudly-preserved history has ever-changing scenery and is a wonderful place to experience the powerful forces of fire and ice that created Iceland.

This short tour includes 3 nights  in Reykjavik and 1 night in Husafell, so you can enjoy the charms of the world's most northern capital city, plus the peace and beauty of the Icelandic countryside in winter.  If you are lucky, you might even spot the fabled Northern Lights! Highlights include a visit to the 1100 year old Víðgelmir lava tube cave, Deildartunguhver the most powerful hot spring in Europe, picturesque Hraunfossar waterfalls, a trip up Iceland’s second largest glacier Langjokull in a modified glacier vehicle, and  a guided visit to the Langjokull Ice Caves.

Day 1 Reykjavik Arrival
On arrival at Keflavik Airport, transfer by airport bus to your hotel. The city centre is a small area, characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established as a haven for food lovers, Reykjavik has numerous restaurants and many take advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game.

The city also has wonderful museums including the National Museum, displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, for an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture. The Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10thC Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001. You may also like the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Husafell: Waterfalls, Ancient Lava Landscapes, Powerful Hotsprings & Vast Lava Cave
This morning depart from Reykjavik,  heading via an undersea tunnel to Borgarfjordur in West Iceland.  This region is covered in ancient lava with rivers, hot springs, canyons and mini forests.  One of the first areas to be settled by Vikings, it is an area rich in Saga history. 


Stop at Deildartunguhver  where you can view the rushing and churning hot springs, the most powerful of their kind in Europe. Nearby is the picturesque Hraunfoss falls, where water flows through interesting lava formations.  Then head to Vídgelmir, one of the world's largest lava tube caves,  situated beneath a vast lava field.  Vidgelmir was created by a volcanic eruption approximately 1100 years ago. Thanks to a new walkway and lighting, you can easily and comfortably experience the cave’s enormous beauty.  The lava formations and brilliant colours are unforgettable.  You´ll be accompanied by certified caving guides who will share their knowledge about Vidgelmir.    

After the lava cave visit check in at Hótel Husafell, a 4 star resort with beautiful surroundings and a relaxing atmosphere.  Time to relax - perhaps take a walk in the area or enjoy the resort’s geothermal swimming pool.  If the weather conditions are right, you might be able to see the mesmerising Northern Lights this evening. Overnight in Husafell

Day 3 Husafell - Reykjavik: Langjokull Ice Cave and Thermal Pools
Yesterday you experienced the power of fire and lava, and today you will experience the power of ice!   Head into the vast highland wilderness dominated by Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier.  Board a specially modified glacier truck that will bring you up the slopes of the glacier, towards the entry to the glacier's ice tunnel and ice cave.  This man-made wonder is located in the heart of Langjokull,  where you can experience the hidden and beautiful blue ice. An expert guide will accompany you through the tunnels of the glacier, giving you information about the glacier's history and formation. After the visit to the ice cave return to Husafell and time at leisure; explore the nature resort, swim in the thermal pool, or take a walk on paths surrounded by birch trees. Late in the afternoon head back to Reykjavík, for overnight.

Day 4 Reykjavik:  Day at Leisure
Today is free for you to further explore the city. Overnight in Reykjavik

Day 5 Reykjavik: Departure
Arrangements end with coach transfer to Keflavik Airport.

Departures: daily 01 October to 31 March 

Includes: return Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik hotel coach transfers;  3 nights at Skuggi Hotel or similar in Reykjavík including breakfast; 1 night at Hotel Husafell including breakfast; guided tour on Days 2 and 3 with hotel pick-up and drop-off; entrance fee to Víðgelmir lava cave with certified caving  guide Day 2; transportation on Langjokull glacier in specially-equipped glacier vehicle Day 3; entrance fee and guided exploration of the Ice Cave Day 3; admission to the geothermal pool at Húsafell

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1557.00
Single AUD$ 2124.00

Includes: return Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik hotel coach transfers;  3 nights at Skuggi Hotel or similar in Reykjavík including breakfast; 1 night at Hotel Husafell including breakfast; guided tour on Days 2 and 3 with hotel pick-up and drop-off; entrance fee to Víðgelmir lava cave with certified caving  guide Day 2; transportation on Langjokull glacier in specially-equipped glacier vehicle Day 3; entrance fee and guided exploration of the Ice Cave Day 3; admission to the geothermal pool at Húsafell

Please note the price may change according to your dates of travel.

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