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Jokulsarlon & Ice Caving

Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 861

Hike behind waterfalls, stroll alongside icebergs, and delve into glacial caves on this unforgettable journey along Iceland’s south coast. Passing from Reykjavik to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajokull Glacier, you’ll explore the ice-capped natural wonders that make Iceland so remarkable.


This 2-day Iceland vacation takes you across glaciers and lagoons in the enchanting frozen landscape of the south coast and makes for a great 2-day tour from Reykjavik.

Your Iceland trip begins in the capital, Reykjavik, where you’ll begin your journey along the picturesque southern shoreline. Your first stop is Seljalandsfoss, a mighty waterfall that courses over a 65m-high cliff into a shallow pool below. Hike behind the waterfall to experience its magic before continuing to Skogafoss Waterfalls, one of the most popular waterfalls in the country. This 60m-high waterfall is also close to Katla Volcano, which lingers beneath the ice of the Myrdalsjokull Glacier and remains active, erupting every 100 years. Continue to the village of Vik and see the remarkable rock stacks of Reynjisfjara Beach. In the afternoon, you’ll reach the highlight of your tour: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon on the outer fringes of Vatnajokull Glacier. Watch giant pieces of ice calve into the lagoon and float out to sea. That evening, you’ll hunt for the Northern Lights in the company of your expert guide.

The next day, return to Vatnajokull Glacier to head through an ice tunnel and explore the caves of one of the largest glaciers in all of Europe. These crystal caves are formed each year during the spring melt and are remarkably beautiful. After exploring the caves for 45 minutes, return to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to walk alongside the lake and search for seals along the black-sand shores. You’ll then return to Reykjavik to continue your travels.


 

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Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 861

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Day 1

South Coast - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The first day 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. You can take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. The water comes from the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajokull.

Our next stop will be at Skogafoss Waterfall, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Under the nearby Myrdalsjokull Glacier ice cap, the volcano Katla is hiding. Katla is an active volcano that erupts roughly every 100 years.

Our next stop will be in the village of Vik where you will find the Reynisfjara beach with fantastic sights such as the magnificent Reynisdrangar rock stacks.

After that, we head to Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the Vatnajokull National Park, where we'll have a shortstop. The glacier tongues there give the national park majestic fairytale surroundings.

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon 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 and make for an unforgettable sight.

After we will drive to our accommodation where you can enjoy dinner upon arrival (not included in tour price). During the evening, and into the night we'll look for the Northern Lights when conditions allow.

Day 2

Total Glacier Encounter

Now it‘s time to get up close and personal with the glacier. The glacier is made up of fallen snow, not frozen water, as some might think. An expert guide takes us up to the ice tunnel in a Super Jeep and tells us all about what to expect inside of Europe‘s largest glacier.

The crystal caves are formed by the weight of the ancient ice pushing air bubbles out and in spring will melt and change. That means that every autumn the glacier experts have to set out and look for new caves to explore. That‘s also what makes this experience so extraordinary.

After spending around 45 minutes in the ice cave it‘s time to head back. We‘ll stop one more time at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where we‘ll take a walk alongside the lake and on the black sand shores to look for seals that can be spotted in the lagoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily between 1 Nov '18- 31 March' 19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
  • Guided small group tour experience in a minibus
  • English speaking guide
  • Room with private bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Guided ice cave exploration (45 mins)
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Visit to all main highlights of the South Coast

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Airport transfers & transfers to and from dock
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

TB ICELANDREY18WA: JIC
18 Mar 2019
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