This tour will take you on a magical adventure and show you the shimmering blue/white interior of the magical ice cave along with other breathtaking scenery and highlights. This two-day winter tour is frankly the best option to explore the South Coast.
Day One: The Grand South Coast and Northern Lights
Imagine this: Huge thundering waterfalls, endless rolling valleys, beautiful black beaches, extraordinary glaciers and small villages with unusually unique landscapes in between. This is exactly what you can expect as you venture your way down the south coast of Iceland. Experience the secluded drive down route 1 to the famous Eyjafjallajokull, home of the massive eruption that halted all European air travel in 2010. Here you will have the chance to explore two of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. On a clear day, you will have the opportunity to see the two surrounding glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull. Continuing on, the drive leads to the coastal village of Vik where you will find Reynisfjara, the black sand beach, with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar peaks. Throughout the entire drive, guests can expect to see breathtaking landscapes consisting of vast lava fields covered by fluffy moss and surrounding endless mountain range.
After enjoying the south coast marvels, we’ll head deeper into the countryside to our accommodation. Here we will enjoy a relaxing evening and recharge for the coming day. During the night we will hunt for the bright dancing Northern Lights. The countryside, away from the city lights, is perfect for spotting this natural phenomenon.
Day Two: Land of Ice
Between stunning ice caves and widespread glaciers, day
two is sure to unravel the excitement of glacier exploration. We will head off
early in the morning to the infamous Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon, home of the
massive floating icebergs. Jokulsarlon is also where two James Bond movies
were filmed; A view to a kill and Die Another Day, as well as Lara Croft: Tomb
Raider. During the drive the land of ice and fire will be before you creating
a beautifully dramatic environment, giving you the opportunity to view the
numerous glacier outlets displayed by Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.
Next up is the glacier adventure. In the winter months (nov-mar) we head next to an Ice Cave where our certified guides will assure a safe and exciting experience. Ice Caves are only found during the wintertime when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes. New caves are formed in different locations each year. Ice Caves give you an unparalleled photographic opportunity where you can capture the blue light passing through the glacier ice. On our trip we will visit one cave. Sometimes a glacier hike or a super jeep is required to reach the ice cave. When the ice cave is not accessible, we will do a glacier hike instead.
In the summer months (Apr-Oct), the glacier adventure involves a glacier hike either at one of Vatnajökull outlet glaciers or at Sólheimajökull. The glacier hike will include min 1 hour on the glacier.
After the glacier adventure, we start to head back. On the way back is when we will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a part of Vatnajokull National Park. Surrounded by amazing jagged mountains and glacier-topped peeks, the scenery consists of indistinguishable features making it a definite highlight of the tour. Arctic Adventures and our daughter company Glacier Guides, located in Skaftafell, are leading glacier operators in Iceland. With daily departures on the Vatnajokull glacier, we always have the most up to date information on the glacier and its surroundings. Our guides are very experienced and knowledgeable of the landscape, putting our guests in the best possible position to get the most out of their trip.
At the end of our Skaftafell exploration, we will make our way back to Reykjavik. On the way, we will make sure to look out for Northern Lights and make quick stops to enjoy the various landscapes.