Departing from Reykjavik, this tour of South Iceland and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon takes us across lush farmlands along the coast past waterfalls, glaciers and black sands to the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After a night at Gerði Country Hotel and exploring its serene surroundings, we visit Vatnajökull glacier, stop at a seaside village and visit one, last breathtaking waterfall on the way home
From Reykjavik, the tour takes us across Hellisheiði heath, past Mt. Hengill volcano, an active central volcano with an enormous magma chamber that drives some of Iceland’s geothermal power plants.
From Hellisheiði we descend into the southern lowlands, travelling past the greenhouse village of Hveragerði and through Selfoss, the service hub of South Iceland. We carry on through the farmlands of the Flói area and over a bridge spanning Iceland’s longest river, Þjórsá, as we enter the village Hvolsvöllur for a short refreshment break.
East of Hvolsvöllur on the horizon looms the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano, whose 2010 eruption and subsequent ash cloud paralysed much of Europe’s airspace for nearly a week.
Our next stop is Skógafoss; a powerful waterfall visitors can walk right up to and considered by many to be one of Iceland’s most impressive. Afterwards, we pass Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the formidable Mt. Katla volcano, the expansive sand plains of Mýrdalssandur and finally the enormous Eldgjárhraun lava field. From there we enter Skeiðarársandur plains, a vast, desolate area of black, volcanic sands between Skeiðarárjökull glacier and the sea.
Emerging from these dramatic landscapes, we reach the eye-popping Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The roughly 18-square-km lagoon is packed with huge pieces of ice cleaved from the glacier and majestically floating towards the sea. We’ll spend a good amount of time exploring the lagoon and its black sand shores where seals are commonly seen. The optional boat tour, available seasonally, also takes place during this time. (Please note, the boat tour must be booked *in advance* during the check-out process.)
From Jökulsárlón, guests are shuttled to Gerði Country Hotel, our nearby accommodations for the night where dinner is available for purchase. On clear, winter nights the hotel’s remote location is ideal to view the Northern Lights if they appear.
After breakfast (included), a local guide will take us to the edge of Vatnajökull glacier at Þröng to see the breathtaking views at the foot of one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Afterwards, we’ll return to Jökulsárlón for one, last look around before we start back, stopping in the seaside village of Vík where dinner is available for purchase.
Our last stop on is arguably the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland. At 60 meters tall Seljalandsfoss cascades down from ancient sea cliffs into a shallow pool. Weather permitting, visitors can walk behind the waterfall, which makes for some fantastic photo ops with spectacular views out to the countryside.
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There is not much detailed information for the 2 days south coast, jokusalrlon glacier lagoon tour. If I knew that the 2nd day would be a repeated visit to the lagoon not guided and the glacier hike by the country hotel I would have chose the 1 day trip. Also communication from the guide about the day itinerary wasn’t as clear. I was told I will be sent to the country hotel and be pick up at 4pm to be sent back to the glacier lagoon the second day however I was informed that the guide was “ready to go” at 930am. I thought I was being sent back to join the grayline group however I was being told to go for a glacier hike with the guide from the country hotel instead. It was not told to me earlier on and communications wasn’t clear. The wait at the country hotel post glacier walk was too Long. As check out time was 11am, I waited at the hotel from 1030am till 230pm prior being sent back to the glacier lagoon on the second day. It would be ideal to just book a day tour for the south coast and glacier lagoon trip.
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The last day arrangemnt could be more details on the itinerary. We did now know wat was the arrangement, luckily we did a tour booking to Ice cave at the eleventh Hour after getting to know that it was a free day from the reception. Otherwise the day would be wasted. Also The arrangement of the bus back to Reykjavik could be improve. Those who book with a night stay were not allowed to broad the bus till everyone on the day tour are back on the bus. While I understand the reason behind it, its make the rest of us feels like freeloader, just standing outside the bus waiting for the rest to be back.
Tour canceled, but also did not get credit card brush back records, what happen? happened?1/18 pay money，2/24 cancel, today is 3/11…
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