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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik

Important:   If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “South Iceland Winter Explorer” itinerary.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.  On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Optional (at an extra cost):

  • Arrival via Blue Lagoon
  • Bathing fee at the Blue Lagoon
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Day 2: Reykjavik – South Coast – Eyjafjallajokull Area

Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Reynisdrangar Cliffs Dyrholaey

4×4 Adventure – Caving – Black Sand Coast – Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel.  Meet your driver-guide, who will brief you on the day’s excursion. Today you will be an explorer as well as a traveller!  It’s important to know that your guide will adjust the itinerary to snow and weather conditions, to make sure each day is an adventure that shows you the best of the area at the time you are visiting.

Once you leave the city limits, it won’t take long to reach remote areas. Hopefully you can start the day with an easy caving expedition into an ancient lava tube. After emerging from underground, you will drive to a local farm to learn about how people live their daily life in Iceland’s countryside.

Upon reaching Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that caused air traffic chaos in 2010, your off-road vehicle heads north for 4×4 adventure within the exceptional surroundings of the glacier.  It will soon be time for a break to savour a gourmet picnic lunch featuring local specialities.

Next visit some of the well-known waterfalls of the south coast.  However, if the conditions are right, the tour may also reach a nearby waterfall, accessible only to small groups, where you will spend ample time to enjoy this hidden gem.

Then climb aboard the 4×4 vehicle again to drive along part of the south coast’s famous black sand beaches.

Spend the evening at the Hrifunes guesthouse, a cosy home in the countryside, far away from any light pollution and therefore giving you a good chance of glimpsing the elusive northern lights*.

*Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, and seeing them cannot be guaranteed.

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Day 3: Eldhraun - Skaftafell National Park - Glacial Lagoon

Highlights: Eldhraun Lava Field Skaftafell National Park Vatnajokull National Park Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Vatnajokull

Extensive Lava fields– Glacier Hike – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Cosy Cottage

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start the day by driving along the mountain road that crosses Eldhraun, a huge lava field from an eruption in the 18th century. Some historians believe this was the cause of the French Revolution (more about that during the tour)!

Pass the huge cliffs at Lomagnupur and enjoy some of the hidden gems the south coast has to offer, like incredible columns of basalt.

Continue to the Southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its kind in Western Europe.  In the park’s Skaftafell area, don crampons, and with ice pick in hand, hike on Svinafellsjokull glacier itself.  Finally enjoy the famous Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, with its colourful icebergs and lazy seals.

Head to Hrifunes guesthouse for another relaxing evening.

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Day 4: Hekla Volcano – Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir

Highlights: Thingvellir National Park Geysir Gullfoss

Views of Volcanoes – Waterfalls – Hot Springs – Bathe in a Secret Lagoon

Once again, board the 4×4 for an adventure in the snow. Remember that the Super Truck can access remote locations in winter and the guide will choose the most exciting option, leaving you in awe of the Icelandic nature and pure air, when traversing the way back along the south coast.

After yet another delicious picnic lunch, the plan is to enjoy a swim in a naturally warm lagoon.

End the day by visiting the three pearls of Iceland’s Golden Circle region: the big waterfall Gullfoss, the spouting hot spring area of Geysir and the national park and UNESCO site Thingvellir, the location of Iceland’s first parliament and the meeting point where two tectonic plates are slowly but steadily separating.

Your guide will bid you adieu with a taste of Iceland’s famous schnapps, Brennivin, and a bit of fermented shark meat to go with it.  It may not sound tasty, but wait until you’ve tried it!

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your leisure.

Overnight at hotel in Reykjavik.

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Day 5: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.  Transfer on your own to the international airport (not included).  On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your flight.

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