From Reykjavik, we head out on this two-day tour along the South Coast and its waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, black sands, and the extraordinary Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After a peaceful night’s stay at a country hotel, we’ll venture deep into Vatnajökull glacier through a natural ice cave before returning along the coast to see a few more sites on the way home, including a breathtaking waterfall.
After departing Reykjavík we cross a mountain heath past Mount Hengill volcano, which power number of Iceland’s geothermal plants. Descending from the heath we enter the lush lowland farmland, passing the geothermal greenhouse village of Hveragerði and Selfoss, the main service hub of the South Coast.
We’ll cross Þjórsá, Iceland’s longest river, and stop in Hvolsvöllur for a short refreshment break. To east awaits the notorious Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano. Its eruption shut down much of Europe’s airspace in 2010.
After a stop at the tremendous Skógafoss waterfall, where you can walk right up to the cascade, we pass another glacier and formidable volcano as well as expansive lava fields and volcanic black sand plains.
JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
At the far end of these dramatic landscapes, we reach the stunning Jökulsárón glacier lagoon—a vast, deep body of water where enormous hunks of ice cleave from the glacier silently float towards the sea. We’ll explore the black sandy shore of the lagoon, where we often catch a glimpse of the local seal population and various bird species can be seen feeding in and around the lagoon.
From the lagoon, we’re shuttled to the nearby Gerði Gesthouse where we can explore the tranquil surroundings or relax for the remainder of the evening . If you still have the energy head on optional other activities like a walk to the coast, visiting a museum close by, tips to the glacier and other hiking possibilities and places of interest in the area. You can even request a Northern Lights wake up call to your hotel room for the ultimate experience. On clear, winter nights the hotel’s remote location is ideal to view the Northern Lights if they appear.
After breakfast at the hotel (included), we spend the morning travelling up on Vatnajökull glacier by super jeep. Here a specialist guide leads us on an adventure into a natural ice cave where we will encounter the rare beauty of blue ice. Seeing a glacier from the inside is an experience like none other.
Afterwards, we return to Jökulsárlón before we start back and stop at 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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