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Ice Cave Tour and Highlights of South Shore

See the inside of an ice cave in Vatnajokull Glacier and explore the South Coast of Iceland

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:12 November - 18 March
Duration:6 Days/5 Nights
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Ice Cave Tour and Highlights of South Shore

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The rare and ever-changing glacier ice caves are a spectacular phenomenon and during our Ice Cave Tour to Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe, you will experience the adventure of a lifetime. Encounter other natural highlights of Iceland's south coast, including views of the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, boiling hot springs, and cascading waterfalls. 

Come and explore the geological features dominating Iceland's rugged landscape!

You will stay in quality accommodation both in the bustling city of Reykjavik and in a rural location perfectly based for exploring the wonders of the region.

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants

Maximum group size: 16 participants

Important:

Ice caves are a rare natural phenomenon, and the weather and conditions around the glaciers are constantly changing. There is a possibility the ice caving tour may need to be cancelled for weather or safety reasons. In this case, alternative activities will be offered or the cost of the ice cave portion of the tour will be refunded.

Minimum age:

13 years

Included

  • 3 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 nights at countryside hotel, including breakfast 
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Ice Cave Tour with necessary gear (day 3)
  • 3-course dinner with coffee/tea on day 2 & day 3
  • Bathing fee & rental towel at Blue Lagoon (day 5)
  • Flybus Plus - Round-trip airport transfers

Not Included:


• Breakfast on arrival day
• International airfare
• Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
• Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
• Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
• Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
• Guaranteed late check-out
• Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
12 November 2017English
19 November 2017Japanese
10 December 2017Japanese
24 December 2017English
07 January 2018Japanese
14 January 2018English
21 January 2018Japanese
11 February 2018Japanese
18 February 2018English
25 February 2018Japanese
04 March 2018English
11 March 2018Japanese
18 March 2018Japanese
 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, head through passport control, collect your bags and go through customs to the Arrival Hall. The FlyBus airport buses wait for passengers outside the Arrival Hall. Show your FlyBus Plus transfer information to the attendant on the bus and let him or her know which hotel you're staying at in Reykjavik. Please note that this is not a guided transfer and you will not be met at the airport.

Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik´s old town, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city‘s outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag. In the afternoon, you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland‘s nature and landscape.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

 

Day 2: Reykjavik – South Shore - Vik

Eyjafjallajokull Area – Waterfalls - Black Sand Beaches 

Breakfast at your hotel. Start today by exploring the region close to the towering, strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. Located at the very edge of the volcano, visit the Thorvaldseyri Volcano Centre. Here you can see both in photos and on film, the 2010 volcanic eruption and its impact on the countryside, Iceland and the whole world.

Journey along the south shore, an area that is especially beautiful in winter, when you can see mystical shapes in the lava and mountains. Stop at the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can sometimes walk behind. Nearby is another beautiful waterfall, Skogafoss. Local folklore has it that Medieval treasure is hidden here. Pass by volcanic landscapes and pretty Icelandic farms on your way to Reynisfjara beach. It is truly an experience to stand on this black-sand beach and view the extraordinary rock formations while North Atlantic waves thunder against the shore.

Overnight stay in the Vik area.  

 

Day 3: Vatnajokull Glacier - Skaftafell National Park

Europe’s Largest Glacier – Ice Cave Exploration

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you enter the region of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe´s largest glacier. The park covers about 14% of Iceland, making it one of the largest national parks in Europe. Your group will visit one of its areas, Skaftafell, a breathtakingly beautiful region of volcanic landscape ringed by glaciers, most of them connected to Vatnajokull itself. After an exciting day, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.  

Ice caves, like the one you will explore today, can be found in several different locations on the south side of Vatnajokull. Some ice caves are very special, while others might not seem as special but become extraordinary in the right light and conditions.

Your glacier guide is a highly- qualified mountain- and ice cave specialist who will decide which cave is best to visit.

The ice caves that are chosen depend on the time of winter, time of day, weather and other conditions. Some ice caves are very stable to visit. Others are less safe and you might not be able to reach them, even if they are very beautiful. Some caves are only accessible in subfreezing conditions.  

Normally one cave per trip is explored, always the most interesting and safest cave available at the time.

You will be in the ice cave for at least 45 minutes, in very cold temperatures.

Preparation for today's trip:

Shoes: It‘s  extremely important to wear good, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankle. Trainers or sneakers are not appropriate footwear. (hiking boots can be rented during tour).

Clothing: Dressing for Icelandic winter weather is crucial to enjoy this trip. Start with a thin layer, like thermal long underwear and a T-shirt (not cotton). Followed by fleece, wool or polyester sweater and pants. Finish with water- and windresistant coat and snow pants for outerwear. Never wear jeans.

Backpack:  For any personal items that you might bring along (extra clothes, snacks and bottled water). One backpack for two people should be sufficient.

Warm hat and gloves: Your hat should be able to fit comfortably under a helmet. 

Sunglasses and sunscreen:  Essential as the sun reflects off glaciers and snow.

Glacier hiking equipment: You will be provided with all necessary glacier hiking equipment, including crampons, helmet and harness. Your guide will assess the conditions and hand out the equipment necessary for each tour. Crampons available for shoe sizes starting from European number 35 or US number 4.

 

Day 4: Geysir -Gullfoss Waterfall -Thingvellir National Park

Explosive Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel. After experiencing the glaciers, it is time to see a warmer side of Iceland. Start the day with a visit to the geothermal fields of Geysir. Here you´ll see steam and boiling water in the bubbling mud pools and spouting hot springs, including the high-shooting Strokkur geyser. A short drive away is the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Then it´s onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake.

Tour ends in Reykjavik. The evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 
 

Day 5: Reykjavik City Sightseeing - Blue Lagoon

Colourful Capital – Bathe in a Geothermal Lagoon

Breakfast at hotel. Today you´ll discover more about the world‘s northernmost capital city. Enjoy spectacular city and mountain views from the platforms at Perlan, a landmark building constructed on the city's hot water tanks. You will see the Reykjavik coast and the old Hofdi House, where the 1986 summit between former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former U.S.S.R. Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place. Visit Hallgrimskirkja church, whose design was inspired by basalt lava columns, a common volcanic rock formation in Icelandic nature.

Last but not least, explore the charming old town centre with the Icelandic parliament Althingi and the town hall.

In the afternoon, travel to Reykjanes Peninsula for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (Blue Lagoon bathing fee and rental towel are included), a unique wonder of nature with mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field.

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure. You should check with your hotel today to arrange a FlyBus transfer pick up from your hotel tomorrow.  

 

Day 6: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. FlyBus Transfer to Keflavik International Airport. You should arrange to depart your hotel approximately 3 hours before departure time of the flight from Keflavik.

 

Highlights:

Keflavík
 

Prices per person winter 2017/2018

in EUR

DBL SGL
1.October 2017 - 30.April 2018 - English 1717 2097
1.October 2017 - 30.April 2018 - Japanese 1670 1899
Tour departure 24.12.2017 - English 1817 2194

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   
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