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South Iceland Glacier Vistas

Glittering glaciers, hot springs, outdoor adventure and local experiences
Diamond Beach, Iceland © Siggeir M. Hafsteinsson

A small group tour offering authentic Icelandic experiences in South Iceland. See magnificent Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Journey to a natural ice cave on legendary Langjökull glacier in Sleipnir the Supertruck. Bathe at Hvammsvik hot springs and see the sites along the Golden Circle route. If weather conditions are favourable, the Northern Lights might make an appearance.

Itinerary

Day 1 Reykjavik Arrival

Coach transfer from Keflavík Airport to your hotel or nearest bus stop in Reykjavik. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland's history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik at Hótel Skuggi or Fosshótel Reykjavík or similar.

Day 2 Reykjavik - South Shore: Golden Circle and Langjökull Glacier Adventure

Depart Reykjavík by coach to the world-famous Golden Circle area. Begin with a visit to Kerið, a visually stunning volcano crater lake. The combination of distinctive red volcanic rock and the vibrant blue lake make Kerið one of Iceland’s most recognisable craters. Continue to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur. After some time to walk around this quirky geothermal area, head to Gullfoss waterfall. Board a highland bus for a drive on a mountain track deep into the highland wilderness. The vast views of black sand desert and rock formations lend an air of mystery to the day. Expect some bumpy roads, which are a part of the adventure. The destination is the magnificent Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Meet Sleipnir, an enormous red glacier truck, designed to handle the rugged glacial terrain in relatively smooth comfort. The trusty monster truck takes you up Langjökull to experience the glacier’s beauty up close. During the trip, your glacier guides will share interesting glacier facts and tales of the highlands. The guides will take you on a short ice hike to a natural ice cave hidden deep on the glacier. After the adventure, time to admire the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter. Relax after the day’s adventure with a peaceful drive to your accommodation in South Iceland at Hótel Stracta or Aurora Lodge or similar. Dinner at the hotel. If the weather conditions are just right, you might even glimpse northern lights dancing in the sky!

Day 3 South Shore - Kirkjubaejarklaustur: Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

We drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is absolutely beautiful in the winter. If the skies are clear, you might get a glimpse of two famous volcanoes: Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Stop at the spectacular Skógafoss waterfall. The road leads to the southern area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell oasis, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. Visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea. Overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area at Hunkubakkar Guesthouse or Fosshótel Nupar or similar. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 South Coast, Þingvellir National Park and Hvammsvík Hot Springs - Reykjavik

Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Stop in Vik, Iceland’s charming southernmost village. Close by is Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sand, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop at the graceful, ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Visit the geothermal greenhouse town of Hveragerði, home to a microbrewery. Learn about Icelandic microbrewery culture and sample some of the local brews. Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Then enjoy the authentic Icelandic tradition of bathing in hot spring fed pools at Hvammsvík nature resort. Hvammsvík sits right near the Atlantic Ocean, with water levels and temperatures of the natural pools fluctuating with the tides. Enjoy the unique experience of relaxing in a choice of eight natural hot springs surrounded by majestic mountains and black beaches. Return to Reykjavík, where your guide bids you farewell at the hotel. Overnight in Reykjavik at Hótel Skuggi or Fosshótel Reykjavík or similar. Evening at leisure.

Day 5 Reykjavik Departure

Coach transfer from your hotel or nearest bus stop to Keflavik Airport where your tour arrangements end.


2024 departures:
07 November

2025 departures:
16 January
06 February
06 March

Notes:

Maximum group size: 16 persons

Level of accommodation:
Combination: a mixture of both quality and comfort accommodation, all with private facilities.

Pre and post nights can be added in Reykjavík - please enquire.

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