Experience a wide array of unmatched natural attractions on this two-tour combo excursion of Iceland's South Coast and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Visit iconic waterfalls, venture into an Ice-Cave, brave through a lava tube and hunt for the Northern Lights.
This 4-day adventure is perfectly tailored to those seeking to get the most out of both their time and budget while travelling in Iceland.
During the first two days of your journey, you will explore Iceland's South Coast where you will visit many of the country's most Iconic natural attractions, including an Ice-Cave, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the raven black Reynisfjara Beach, mighty waterfalls and the Skaftafell National Park.
The second part of your adventure takes you to the many sites of West Iceland, including otherworldly Snæfellsnes Peninsula, an area that is home to such a wide array of natural attractions that it is often referred to as 'Iceland in Miniature.' Not only is Snæfellsnes one of Iceland's most geologically diverse destinations but also the perfect place to spot the Northern Lights dancing in the black winter sky.
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After being picked up in Reykjavík City, you will head towards Iceland's South Coast where you will visit some of the country's most beautiful waterfalls.
The first is Seljalandsfoss, over 60 metres tall and accessible from all sides as you can enter a cave behind the falling water. Next up is Gljúfrabúi, an often overlooked natural wonder and a true hidden gem. Last but not least is Skógafoss, one of the country's largest cascades, tumbling down the cliffs that separate Iceland's highlands from the lowlands.
After passing the black and desolate sands of Sólheimasandur, you will arrive on the Dyrhólaey Peninsula, an enormous lava arch that stretches far out to sea. From there, you will head to the black sand beach Reynisfjara, frequently lauded as being one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. The currents here are strong, and the scenery is rugged, consisting of steep cliffs and volcanic rocks smoothed by erosion.
After a stop in the nearby village of Vík, you'll journey through the black desert expanses of Skeiðarársandur, past the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and to the one and only Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Countless icebergs float on the Lagoon, making their way from Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, to the Atlantic Ocean.
You will overnight by Jökulsárlón, in the presence of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier.
On your second day, it is time to zip up your warmest jacket and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of a Vatnajökull ice cave.
You will meet your guide by the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, before boarding a super jeep and heading onto the glacier towards the cave. Your expert guide will accompany you the whole time, assisting you during your explorations.
Ice caves are formed when subterranean rivers of summer meltwater cut through glacier ice caps. The caves, therefore, are only accessible in winter when the water has run its course. New caves form each year, and in autumn, trained mountaineers head out to locate them.
It is crucial that you wear good hiking shoes and warm clothing with waterproof outer layers, for even though the ice caves are gorgeous, they are mighty cold. The age-old ice is the colour of electric blue and white, and smooth to the touch where the summer rivers have melted and sculpted it to perfection.
You will spend between 45 minutes to an hour in and by the cave, depending on weather and glacier conditions. After your exploration, you will head back to Jökuslárlón where you'll have time to explore the lagoon and its surroundings before heading back to the city.
You will arrive in Reykjavík in the evening, after dinner time. Please note that accommodation is not included for this night.
On your third morning, you will be picked up in Reykjavík and head north to begin the second half of your adventure. Before reaching the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you will explore the splendid natural and cultural sites of west Iceland.
You will first take a route that escorts you around the flat-topped mountain Esjan, which overlooks the capital, to the fjord of Hvalfjörður. This area is renowned for its sparkling seas and towering mountains, from which you are likely to see many little waterfalls.
The first stop of the day, however, will be at Europe's highest flowing hot spring, Deildartunghver. Surrounded by spectacular nature, this beautiful example of Iceland's geothermal activity is a fantastic place to drink in the landscapes and take some photos.
Next up is the charming village of Reykholt, a historic site that used to be the home of renowned medieval chieftain and Saga author, Snorri Sturluson. Without his works, such as Prose Edda, we would know far less than we do about European history and the belief systems of the Old Norse.
From Reykholt you will head to two dramatically different waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is defined by its serenity, with water trickling gently across a plane of lava. Barnafoss, just a short walk away, is much more powerful, and rushes through a narrow gorge.
After enjoying these beautiful sites, you'll make your way to your west Iceland accommodation. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights if the sky is clear!
The final day of your excursion will see you thoroughly exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often labelled 'Iceland in Miniature' due to its diversity. This peninsula is home to the sub-glacial volcano of Snæfellsjökull, a spectacular feature that overlooks many sites; it resides in a National Park of the same name.
Your journey will start at the cliffs of Gerðuberg, which are lined with hexagonal columns so perfectly formed that they seem to carved by hand; they are, in fact, the result of a volcanic eruption. Near to here is the beach of Ytri-Tunga, famous for being a favourite lounging spot for seals, as well as its yellow sands, which are a rare sight in Iceland.
You will next arrive at the fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. The effect the powerful waves of the Atlantic have had on the lava at the coast here have led to some stunning formations and features, not least the Gatklettur rock arch.
You will then head to the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur, home to four ancient lifting stones which for centuries were used to test the strength of the region's fishermen. Your guide will let you see how suited you would have been to this dangerous way of life.
You will then head on to Vatnshellir, a 7000-year-old lava cave with a depth of 200 metres. Here, you have the option to partake in a caving tour, in which you will descend into the depths to see the fascinating geology up close. A caving tour in this area is particularly special, as Snæfellsjökull was the setting to the Jules Verne novel 'A Journey to the Centre of the Earth', adding some fantasy to the adventure.
Next, you will travel onwards to Kirkjufell mountain, one of the most widely photographed natural features in the whole of Iceland. It's easy to see why; the mountain's unique shape and charming surrounding scenery make this any photographer's paradise. This fact was not overlooked by the makes of Game of Thrones; it is clearly featured in several episodes throughout Season Seven.
You will begin your return journey to Reykjavík, passing through some beautiful fjords, and will arrive in the evening. From here, you're free to explore Reykjavik's colourful nightlife.
In the case of extreme weather, individual activities may be cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.
For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for the overnight tours and repack to a smaller suitcase or backpack before your journey. If you need to have more than a single carry on case with you, you can add additional luggage to your booking for a small fee.
It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home on the final day of the tour as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure.