In this amazing 3 day winter tour we offer you the highlights of South Iceland. This area includes the Golden Circle, the South Coast of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Skaftafell area. On top of that we maximum your chances to see the Northern lights.
We start with the Golden Circle, which includes the UNESCO site Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall. After the Golden circle we head to the South Coast. We start with Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and end at Reynisfjara black sand beach, before find our accommodation. In the evening you will have the opportunity to spot some Northern Lights.
Then we make our way east along road nr. 1, with a short stop at the coastal village of Vík. In the afternoon we meet our Glacier Guides in Skaftafell and we get ready for the glacier where we will hike and explore the glacier and an ice cave. After the glacier adventure we check in at our hotel in the heart of Skaftafell, surrounded by glaciers. In the evening we will have the second chance to try seek out the Northern Lights.
On our final day we'll check out the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and black sand beach, both filled with icebergs. After that we slowly start making our way back to Reykjavík. Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.
The Golden Circle is a 300 km route to the 3 most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle consists of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir.
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Geysir is a geyser that gives its name to hot springs all over the world. But although Geysir itself is not active anymore the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur (spouting a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, regularly about 15-20 meters into the air), Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
The 'Golden Waterfall', is the second part of the Golden Circle, and one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, plummeting 32 meters into the river gorge of the popular rafting river Hvita. It is Iocated about 10 km from Geysir.
The largest attraction of the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. The Icelandic parliament was founded there in 930 and remained until the year 1798.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important places to visit in Iceland, not just for its historical and cultural values, but for also its magnificent landscape.
Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain and volcano range and is the site of a rift valley, where the tectonic plates meet, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Of particular note at Thingvellir are the magnificent Almannagja gorge, and the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. The popular Gjabakkahellir lava cave is also in the area.
The fissure Silfra is located by Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and is famous for its clear waters and popular for diving and snorkeling, as you can literally swim between continents.
Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in the south of Vatnajokull national park that is easily reached by the Ring Road.
Covered in thick glacial ice until the 1930’s when the glacier started retreating, the lagoon today measures 7 square miles (20 km2). More than 300 feet of ice still breaks away each year, reshaping the lagoon and filling it with icebergs - causing an alarmingly beautiful sight.
The water is freezing cold and contains a mixture of salt and freshwater giving it a blue-green color. There is plenty of fish and birdlife by the lagoon and the vast sand area of Breiðamerkursandur, and hundreds of seals stay there in winter.
Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe covering 8% of the island of Iceland. Vatnajökull National Park - which encompasses the earlier national parks of Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur - is the largest protected area in Europe and believed by many to be the most beautiful place on earth.
In this area you'll find some of the most stunning and diverse sights in Iceland. Among those are Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, its most active volcano, Grímsvötn, beautiful waterfalls such as Svartifoss by Skaftafell and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, stunning canyons such as Jökulsargljúfur and Ásbyrgi, and the breathtaking Jökulsárlon, an ice-riddled glacier lagoon that is one of the most beautiful attractions in Iceland.
The glacier itself covers a surface area of about 100 km2. The thickness of the ice is generally around 400-600 meters, at its thickest around 950 meters. Under the glacier are valleys, mountains and plateuas as well as active volcanoes, most notably Grimsvotn and Bardarbunga, both the largest and most active of these. Then there are Esjufjoll, a glorious volcanic mountain island, surrounded by the glacier on all sides.
Vatnajokull has over 30 outlets, some of the major ones being Dyngjujokull and Bruarjokull to the north and Breidamerkurjokull, Oraefajokull, Skeidararjokull and Sidujokull towards the south. On the west side from the north are smaller glaciers Eyjabakkajokull, Hofsjokull, Flaajokull Heinabergsjokull and Skalafellsjokull.
The highest peak of Iceland then lies to the south, Hvannadalshnjukur in the Oraefajokull outlet, reaching 2109 m, according to latest measurements.
Many rivers have their sources at Vatnajokull, including some of the greatest glacier rivers in the country. To the North are Jokulsa a Fjollum and Skjalfandafljot, to the Northeast are Jokulsa a Bru, and Jokulsa i Fljotsdal and to the south are Jokulsa i Loni, Hornafjardarfljot, Jokulsa a Breidamerkursandi, Skeidara, Nupsvotn, Hverfisfljot and Skafta.
The area around the glacier is highly varied. The highland plateu to the north is divided by glacier rivers which see massive floods in the summer. This is a highly volcanic region, where the volcanoes Askja, Herdubreid, Kverkfjoll and Snaefell tower over the scene. In this area is also the Jokulsargljufur preservation area with its magnificent canyon and the mighty glacier ricer Jokulsa a Fjollum where you'll find stunning waterfalls such as Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Further north are the Hljodaklettar echoing caves and the horse shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon, among other incredible sights.
Broad wetlands lie near the glacier and in the vicinity of Snaefell, further east. Particularly notable is the Eyjabakkar oasis, one of the largest nesting places for pink feeted geese in the world and located north of the Eyjabakkajokull outlet. To the east is also the stunning Jokulsarlon.
South of Vatnajokull, majestic mountain ridges characterise the scene, with outlet glaciers lying between them and reaching onto the lowlands. The Skaftafell preservation area is located there, with its rich flora and home to the beautiful waterfalls Hundafoss and Skogafoss, the latter famed for its with its magnificent columnar basalt formations.
To the south lies the vast sand desert Skeidararsandur, reaching all the way to the sea. The glacier river Skeidara runs through it and the sand was indeed created by great glacier bursts from Skeidara, with its origins in volcanic activity at Grimsvotn.
To the west of Vatnajokull there is strong volcanic activity as well. Some of the world's greatest fissure and lava eruptions happened there, at the Eldgja volcanic chasm and the Lakagigar craters in the 18th century. Vonarskard pass, to the northwest is also worth checking out, a highly colourful geothermal area that connects the North and South of Iceland.
Fans of the James Bond films might recognize the glacier from A View to a Kill and the stunning Jokulsarlon from Die Another Day, though the events of the former were supposed to take place in Siberia.
Scenes by the Wall in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones were also shot by Vatnajokull and further scenes were shot at lake Myvatn, another Iceland's major attractions.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
The stratovolcano Hekla in the south of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the island's most famous and active volcanoes, with over 20 eruptions since settlement.
Hekla is part of a 40 kilometers long volcanic ridge but the most active part is the fissure Heklugja, considered the volcano proper. Hekla has produced one of the largest amounts of lava of any volcano in the world. Last time Hekla erupted was in 2000.
In the Middle Ages Hekla was considered to be the gateway to Hell, and it continues to inspire. It’s referenced in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, poet and artist William Blake banishes Winter to Hekla in his poem Winter and Icelandic composer Jon Leifs, inspired by Hekla’s power, composed one of the loudest pieces of classical music ever, Hekla Op 52.
Travelers from all over seek out Hekla and it is a popular hiking place. In addition to hiking you can ski there in the spring, summer offers easy mountaineering routes and you can snowmobile to the top in winter.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
The glacier volcano of Eyjafjallajokull (1651 m) is located at the borders of the South Icelandic highlands. It featured prominently in world news in 2010 when ash from its eruption halted air traffic in Europe.
An ice cap of about 100 km with several outlet glaciers covers the caldera of Eyjafjallajökull that stands at the height of 1651 meters. The diamaeter of its highest crater is around 3-4 km2 wide and the rim has several peaks.
Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano lies north of Skogar, and to the west of Myrdalsjokull glacier and the massive volcano there; Katla.
Eyjafjallajokull is thought to be related geologically to Katla in Myrdalsjokull and eruptions in the former have often been followed by eruptions in the latter.
The end of 2010 saw some small seismic activity that gradually increased and resulted in a small eruption in March of 2010, characterized by a flow of alkani-olivine basalt lava.
This first stage lasted until April 12th and created the volcanic craters Magni and Modi at the Fimmvorduhals trail. They are so far Iceland's newest vocanic craters, and still eminate steam with lava glowing under the surface.
However it was the second phase of the eruption that started on April 14th that created the huge ash cloud that rose about 9 km into the skies.
This eruption halted air traffic in Europe for days, and its estimated that as many as 107.000 flights may have been cancelled during the week it lasted.
The ejected tephra measured around 250 million cubic meters. This ash cloud lasted for six days and some more localized disruption continued into May. The eruption was officially declared to be over in October 2010, as the snow on the glacier had ceased to melt.
Eyjafjallajokull erupted in years 920, 1612 and again 1821-1823.
Its latest eruptions were the two that occurred in 2010.
Future volcanic developments remain unclear. The area is still highly active and can be quite unpredictable. It continues, however, to be closely monitored by The Icelandic Meterological Office.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Hvolsvollur is a small town of 800 people in South Iceland, conveniently located by the ring road. The local airport has flights to the Westman Islands.
Hvolsvollur’s main economy is services to the surrounding agricultural area, which has an additional 600 people, meat processing and tourism.
The area features prominently in one of the most famous Icelandic sagas, Njal’s saga. There is indeed an excellent Icelandic Saga Centre in the town that we recommend checking out. It has two exhibitions, ‘The exhibition of Njala, introducing guests to the characters of the sagas along with the viking cosmology and the literary art and one on the history of trade, commerce and the cooperative movement in the 20th century. You can also view a model of Althingi, Iceland’s parliament, founded at Thingvellir in 930. There is also a nice gallery there and a good restaurant in the Saga Hall, a replica of a medeval longhouse.
Hvolsvollur has a number of interesting hiking routes in its vicinity. Among interesting sights is the large and peculiar rock Drangurinn by the farm Drangshlid, under the Eyjafjoll mountains. Hvolsvollur is also a short drive from many other interesting attractions, among them some of Iceland’s top ones. One of Iceland’s oldest swimming pools, Seljavallalaug, is about 44 km from the town. At a 14 km distance is the rural area of Flotshlid and the farm Hlidarendi. According to Njal's Saga, its hero, Gunnar, lived there.
There is good trout and salmon fishing in the nearby rivers. Several interesting caves, both natural and man-made are in driving distance from Hvolsvollur, 18-40 km. There is also a number of beautiful waterfalls not far off, the most well known being Seljalandsfoss, which you can walk behind, and Skogarfoss, one of Iceland’s highest and most beautiful falls. Forrests and groves can be found no further than 9-18 km from Hvolsvollur.
Kirkjubæjarklaustur (referred to locally as ‘Klaustur’) is a village of approximately 120 inhabitants in the Skaftárhreppur municipality of south of Iceland. Situated by the Ring Road, approx. 250 km east of Reykjavík, Klaustur is one of the few villages providing amenities—eg. fuel, post office, bank, supermarket— between Vík í Mýrdal and Höfn.
The history of Kirkjubæjarklaustur differs, in many respects, to the traditional Icelandic settlement. “Papar”, the Icelandic title for travelling Irish monks, were thought to have settled the area long before the Norsemen. In that tradition, it was claimed that pagans of no kind would set foot in Klaustur; this was a strictly Christian area.
Stories have permeated, with one telling of a pagan, Hildir Eysteinsson, who attempted to move there in the 10th Century. Upon setting foot across the border, he fell instantly dead and was buried on the neighbouring hill, Hildishaugur (“Hildir’s Mound.”)
Despite twisting the tongue, the full village name 'Kirkju-bæjar-klaustur' actually tells the story of the area well; 'Kirkju' means church, 'bæjar' means farm and 'klaustur' means convent. The word 'Klaustur' was added to the original name 'Kirkjubær' in 1186 AD when a convent of Benedictine nuns settled there.
In the 364 years leading to the Reformation in 1550 AD, Klaustur did much for the oral history of south Iceland. Systrastapi (Sister’s Rock), the Systrafoss waterfall and lake Systravatn all take their names from the nun’s settlement.
The folklore relating to these sites are rich in tales of religious heresy, superstition and death. Sister’s Rock, for instance, has been said to be the burial site of two nuns executed for sinful behaviour. Selling their soul to the devil, removing communion bread from church, carnal knowledge with men, blasphemy toward the pope; these were just some of the accusations brought against them. Guilty or not, the nuns were swiftly burnt at the stake.
Following the Reformation, one of the nuns was vindicated for her actions, and it is said that flowers soon bloomed on top of her grave. The other’s grave has remained barren, a continuing reminder of the lady’s ethereal disapproval.
Despite its petite size, Klaustur is an important crossroads to the attractions nestled at the centre of the island, namely the Laki Craters in Vatnajokull National Park and the Landmannalaugar hiking trails in the scenic Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Only a few kilometres from the village itself lies the spectacular Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
A short walk east of Kirkjubæjarlaustur will take you to the fascinating Kirkjugólfið “Church Floor”, an 80 square metre flat of basalt columns, shaped and formed naturally by tide and glacial melts.
Starting time : 08:00
Pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík
Guided tour in a minibus
Hotel room with a bathroom for 2 nights and breakfast
Visit to Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara, Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon Ice Glacier Lagoon
Glacier hike with a certified glacier guide
Please note that food is NOT included on this tour, except breakfast on day 2 & 3
Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Please note that the tour does not include meals.
It can happen that the ice cave tour is cancelled due to drastic weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the price difference.
Please note that if you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.
We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.
In the morning of the first day, you'll be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík. Then we head of to the famous Golden Circle. The first stop along the way is Thingvellir national park, a UNESCO site. Our next stops are Geysir Geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall. After the Golden circle we head to the South Coast. We start with Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and end at Reynisfjara black sand beach, before find our accommodation. In the evening you will have the opportunity to spot some Northern Lights.
On day 2, we make our way east along road nr. 1, with a short stop at the coastal village of Vík. In the afternoon, we'll we meet our Glacier Guides in Skaftafell and we get ready for the 3 hour glacier hike where we will hike and explore the wonders of Falljökull outlet glacier and the crystal blue ice walls of an ice cave. After the glacier adventure we check in at our hotel in the heart of Skaftafell, surrounded by glaciers. In the evening we will have the second chance to try seek out the Northern Lights.
On day 3, on our final day we reach the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon both filled with icebergs and the nearby diamond beach, which usually has icebergs from the lagoon laying on the black sands. After having explored the glacier lagoon and the beach, we slowly start making our way back to Reykjavík. We arrive back to Reykjavík early in the evening.
An amazing tour. Fit so much in, and our tour guide , Gummi, was so knowledgeable, personable, and kind. It's a great itinerary and we will never forget this trip!
This trip was incredible. My guide Auni (not sure how to spell his name) was very knowledgeable and even took us to spots away from the tourists that he liked personally. The tour is very personable as you can pretty much decide how long you want to be in a location and let the guide know if there is anything else you are curious to see along the way (though I would recommend moving through the golden circle and spending more time at the less touristy areas). There were about 11 people on our tour bus (it's a small Mercedes Benz bus). On the last night, the weather was not good enough to see Northern Lights so we just grabbed a beer at the hotel with our a guide and enjoyed good company. Highly recommend this trip.
Thoroughly enjoyed the 3 day tour between 26th - 28th Feb. Despite the snow blizzard the guide managed to pick us up late in the afternoon and we managed to see everything as part of original tour planned. Our stay the hotels (as part of the 3 day package) was great. Guide was really considerate, resourceful and shared his knowledge of iceland. Would highly recommend and thanks to the team for all their help.
Thanks for your services, we really enjoyed the 3 days tour (8th - 10th February ) we've taken with you operated by Arctic Excursions. We want to give you a special mention to our guide Lenas who was an excellent and very professional guide. We will come back to Iceland soon and we'll use your services.
My experience with this tours couldn't be better! Even though the weather was icelandic crazy, we went to all the places and had an amazing experience in all of them. Our tour Guide, Adolf, was the nicest - he shared cool facts about Iceland and told us some traditional stories. The hostels we stayed in were amazing and the van was comfortable and warm, which helps to handle those crazy rainy days, haha.
When my friends and I booked a 3 Day Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon & Ice Cave Trip with Arctic Adventures during our mid-January trip to Iceland, we weren’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be an amazing experience! We endured all kinds of crazy weather during the trip, but the tour was filled with so many genuine smiles and laughs nevertheless. We had our guide, Oliver D. to thank for everything! Oliver paced the trip wonderfully so that we didn’t encounter crowds of tourists while sightseeing (or in the background of our breathtaking pictures) or during our lunch stops. It truly felt like we did a lot in a short amount of time and all without feeling totally drained by the end of the day. Unlike other tour groups, Oliver also provided us with crampons to use for the whole trip. Those crampons came in very handy for my clumsy friends and me. We found it so easy and comfortable to walk across icy and wet steps and terrains. From the start, we could not help but admire Oliver and his efforts to make this whole journey unforgettable, enjoyable, and comfortable. Oliver alone drove and guided our tour group (of ten people). Despite the long days, he was always sociable, patient, and attentive. He made everyone feel safe during the drives especially when there was unexpected severe weather. He also helped everyone to get to know each other, which made our short time together as a tour group feel like a group of friends on a road trip rather than a group of strangers. He never rushed any of us from one spot to another and provided many photography opportunities. My group really wanted to see the Northern Lights, but the weather didn’t look too good during our time there so my group didn’t hold out much hope. Nevertheless, Oliver took the time to stop right outside of Reykjavik to try to catch some clear skies on our way back from the tour. Somehow, we were able to capture a sliver of the Northern Lights. More heartwarming and memorable than seeing the aurora borealis that night was how Oliver helped my friend with her camera settings to capture the scene and how he postponed getting home to his family and being done with this long job assignment all in order to meet everyone’s expectations of the tour. As for the tour itself, Iceland is gorgeous and it’s hard to go wrong trying to see any of its natural beauty. There are only a few hours of daylight in the winter and the weather at the time we were there (Mid-January) was mostly cloudy, but I was able to capture some truly unique and beautiful shots anyways. The only negative of the tour was that the ice cave was tiny and not as grand as I had expected, but the glacier hike and the sights outside the ice cave made up for that minor disappointment. Plus, we had some really great, knowledgeable, and entertaining guides (Marcin from Poland and Ryan from Scotland) from Glacier Guides. They really made sure every minute of our time on the glacier was filled with cool facts and tons of photo opportunities. We even experienced an icequake (possibly, according to Ryan) on our trek, which was really unique (though happened too quick for us to truly realize what was going on). Moreover, our guides weren’t at all offended if we were a bit inattentive to their informative talks because we couldn’t stop taking pictures of the beautiful sights. Due to the timing and changes of the weather, we were able to capture the stunning sunrise over the glacier, then a snowy winter wonderland, and of course, the brilliant blues of the glacial ice against the black and white of other areas of the glacier all during the hike. This whole experience was spectacular. I really appreciated everything this tour provided me. You should really go!
It was a wonderful trip. The driver was really nice and helpful. The scenery was amazing. Additionally, ice caving was really fun. It was worth trip.
Great experience！I still want to go again！