The stunning landscapes of Thorsmork on super jeeps, easy lava tube caving, the ice cave under Glacier Vatnajökull, the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon, Diamond Beach and maybe the northern lights. Along the way we explore waterfalls, volcanoes, floating icebergs, cliffs, black sand beaches, and so much more.
Day 1 ~ FRIDAY: South Coast
We start our day with one of the less known destinations, the pseudo craters of Rauðhólar. These are intensely red volcanic features, and here you’ll learn a bit about our geology. As we head on the tour our driver guide will show us his favorite secret stops.
But some of the must-sees are the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss (see the map for images and extra info). We’ll probably visit the Black-Sand Beach today, or we save if for the return. We’ll be accommodated in a very comfortable hotel with private bathroom in an area without light pollution. We’ll hope for the northern lights tonight.
Day 2 ~ SATURDAY: Ice Caving & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Today is the day our Mission will be accomplished. We’ll visit the ice cave with a certified glacier guide who will take care of our security. We’ll get ice crampons and helmets – your beanie should not be too bulky since it needs to fit under the helmet. We’ll spend some 45 minutes inside the cave although the whole process will take some 3 hours in total. We’ll also visit the Skaftafell nature reserve, belonging to a National Park. And of course, the iceberg lagoon of Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach. They have the same blue ice color as the cave. You’ll see some pictures on the maps, if you click on the icons.
We spend our 2nd night in the same hotel, and hope for the northern lights.
Day 3 ~ SUNDAY: Adventure & Geothermal Bathing
We take an easy morning before our adventure today, which takes us to the stunning Canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur and some off-road destinations, such as the natural paradise of Thorsmork, where we’ll see the largest outlet glacier of Eyjafjallajökull up close and hear the story of the eruption of 2010. There’ll be a number of secret stops along the way, and you’re always welcome to let your guide know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see. Later today we’ll go for a thermal bath in the Secret Lagoon, before we head out for Reykjavík and drop you off at your hotel.
* Outdoor activities such as ice caving and caving are undertaken as the responsibility of the travelers. Discover Iceland does not take any responsibility for accidents that can be traced to participants’ own actions. Please remember that good hiking boots are critical for these activities. Sneakers or other type of street shoes are not suitable. Bring waterproof warm clothing (not jeans).