Jokulsarlon and Ice Caving – 2 Days
On this action packed two-day adventure will experience mountains, hot springs, ice caves, waterfalls, black sand beaches and the infamous Jökulsárlón.
- See full itinerary below
- English speaking guide
- Pick up from your hotel or guesthouse
- Tour by minibus
- Super Jeep ride for a part of the trip
- Caving tour in Cave Vatnshellir (very easy) with specialized ice cave guide.
- Accommodation with bathroom and breakfast
- Northern Lights if weather allows.
- Personal outdoor clothing
- Lunch and dinner are not included in the price (only breakfast)
- Appropriate winter clothes and good hiking shoes(shoes can be rented)
- A camera to capture unforgettable moments
Jeans and trainers are not suitable. If you do not have good hiking shoes you can rent them from the provider.
Day 1 – South Coast Marvels
Our two-day tour takes us along the beautiful south shore of Iceland. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. The water comes from the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull.
Our next stop will be at Skogar where we will see the Skogafoss Waterfall. It’s also 60 m in height and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Make note of another secret keeper: Myrdalsjokull Glacier is hiding the volcano Katla. It is a very notorius, explosive and active volcano. Our next stop will be at the village of Vik where you will find a black sand beach with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the magnificent Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
If you are interested in geology, pay attention to your guide when he / she starts speaking of “Jökulhlaup” and you see enormous devastated areas of sandy plains and ash. Not all effects of glaciation take place over thousands of years. When our volcanoes erupt under a glacier, they might destroy an ice dam or release massive volumes of melted water by heat alone, causing a devastating flood, a socalled “Jökulhlaup”. The term is Icelandic and has been adopted by the English language.
After that we go to Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the Vatnajokull National Park, where we’ll have a short stop. The glacier tongues there give the national park a majestic fairy tale scenery. Jokulsarlon has been the film location of many Hollywood movies. It is located at the end of an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea.
After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation in the Country Hotel Gerði (summer) and Country Hotel Smyrlabjörg (winter). The rooms all have bathroom and free WiFi is available in the dining room, and the restaurant uses mainly local products on the menu. Breakfast is included in the price. We enjoy dinner upon arrival (not included in tour price) and during the evening, and into the night, we look out for the northern lights when conditions allow
Day 2 – South Coast Marvels
We begin the day with the highlight of our trip, the ice cave exploration. We’ll have an expert local glacier guide take us in a modified super jeep so that we can reach our destination in a realm of dreams, the ice cave.
Glaciers are truly spectacular, but it is not possible to visit unless we have a specialized guide, and the necessary equipment. Our guide is one who has listened to the ‘breathing’ of ice all his life. He determines which cave is best to visit each time, depending on weather conditions and other important factors.
Good hiking shoes are essential, since there’s a some hike to the cave. You’ll need to wear waterproof hiking shoes that cover your ankle.
We will stay inside the ice cave for at least 45 minutes. You’ll be thankful you’ve brought very warm winter clothing. You’ll be wearing a helmet, so your winter hat should not be too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet. Don´t forget your camera on this trip – there will be endless photogenic opportunites along the way.
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