7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Book this 7-day nature and adventure package to explore the extremes of earth with its magnificent display of ice and fire. Focused on nature and great sights of the south coast, this holiday package offers a seven-day visit to this land of opposites of glaciers and volcanoes.

You’ll spend 5 of those nights in Reykjavík with one special evening on the south coast as you explore its beautiful attractions. Each day, you’ll be picked up at your accommodation and scamper off to another famous location.

You'll see the magnificent waterfalls of the south coast, travel to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Diamond Beach, visit the grand sights of the Golden Circle and have your chance to visit the northernmost capital in the world. Atop of that, we have a wide array of adventures for you to add to the tour, to make it unique and fitting to your wishes and interests.

The highlight of the trip is the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano, the only place you can go inside of a volcano on planet Earth. You will descend into the vast magma chamber of this now-dormant giant. The colour palette of this enormous underground cavern ranges from dark reds to orange, making the halls appear as if lit up with flames. Þríhnjúkagígur is the only place in the world where you can stand inside the magma chamber, as most fill with hardened lava in the aftermath of an eruption.

This journey to the centre of the Earth is the most sought after summer experience in Iceland and an adventure you do not want to miss. Due to limited ability and high demand, we recommend that you reserve this week-long adventure offer today and make your summer trip in Iceland an experience to savour for life.

Don’t miss this trip: The most unique locations in Iceland are bundled into a mere seven days. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon , Golden Circle , Reykjavík , Jokulsarlon , Vatnajokull , Skógafoss , Seljalandsfoss , Geysir , Gullfoss , Þingvellir , Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach , Vík i Mýrdal , Thrihnukagigur volcano , South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • 5 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer

  • Golden Circle sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • South Coast 2-day minibus tour with glacier hiking

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Inside the Volcano tour (All safety gear, helmets, harnesses, etc. provided)

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Flights

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Swim suit

  • Camera


Good to know:

Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. It’s always the same temperature inside the crater – about 5–6°C (42–43°F). The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland


7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


Iceland greets you in all its splendour as you land, displaying the wide, open terrain of the Keflavíkurhraun lava fields. The airport shuttle bus will take you to the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík, so your trip will be as hassle free as possible.

The highway lies between the harsh waters of Faxaflói bay and the lava field, which is sometimes ink black and sometimes mossy green, with the mountains as a backdrop and the conical Keilir peak as the king of it all.

After checking in to your hotel, you'll have a chance to get a taste of the city. The funny little shops, the quirky cafés, and many fabulous restaurants await you in this town, which is a strange marriage of the village it once was and the international city it is today.

Go for a walk in the old town, get some gourmet slow roast coffee at one of the specialty coffee huts, visit the always-vibrant live music bars or the various museums that detail the rich history of this land during its nearly 1150 years of settlement. There will surely be something for you in the city by the bay to occupy your time!


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


On this day, you will be spirited away from the city sidewalks and into the magnificent, unspoiled nature of Iceland. Being one of the most famous routes in Iceland, the Golden Circle sports three deservedly famous natural wonders for you to enjoy on this day out, all in the company of an experienced guide.

Your first stop is the beloved Þingvellir National Parliament Park. This incredible geological site is where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet, pushing and pulling to create this marvellous landscape of clefts and fissures surrounded by the lava that poured out in this battle of tectonic giants. Later, Iceland formed its democratic parliament there, therefore the name 'Parliament fields.'

The place you will visit next is the home to the one and only Geysir, where is rests in Haukadalur valley among many other smaller hot springs. Most notable is the geyser Strokkur ('Churner') that periodically blows boiling water up to 40 metres in the air.

All around the smaller geysers bubble and spit the boiling mineral water, displaying strange and sometimes dreamy colours on the red mud ground. But be aware. Don't let the candy-coloured water fool you as it is often boiling so stay outside of the safety lines and enjoy it with sight but not touch.

Your last stop on this day is the magnificent waterfall Gullfoss. It carries its name, 'The Golden Waterfall' with pride, and it certainly deserves it. This cataract waterfall is remarkably powerful, and being placed in the glacier river Hvítá, it rarely loses its powerful flow. Crowned with sunlight in summer it is a glorious sight to behold and one of the nation's most loved waterfalls.

During your visit in summer, you can follow the marked path all the way to the root of the waterfall to face its earth shattering splash up close. But please be careful and respect both the beauty and danger that nature entails.

The famous Golden Circle offers more adventure possibilities for those who want to experience nature more than just sightseeing. Nature is at your fingertips in all its glory, why not go and explore a bit, get in touch with a more adventurous side of yourself and try something amazing.

You have three different adventure options that you can add to this day to make it even more magical. For those who fancy some adrenaline rush, you can choose to upgrade today to a super jeep tour with snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, where you get to race over the age-old ice at great speed. If you prefer something slightly slower, we have the much-adored Icelandic horse and the option of a riding tour in the geothermal area at the outskirts of the national park.

You may also choose a snorkelling tour in the Silfra fissure at Thingvellir National Park. In the crystal clear waters that lie between the two tectonic plates, you can swim quite literally between the continents. You don't need a diving license to snorkel, and this is one of the top 3 cold water diving locations in the world!

On the way back to the city after the Golden Circle tour, you’ll make a stop at the Blue Lagoon for a sensory experience unique to Iceland. Release all your tension, letting the azure water soothe tired muscles and joints.

Please note that if you have arranged additional activities with your Golden Circle tour, such as snorkelling, horseback riding or snowmobiling, your visit to the Blue Lagoon will be scheduled for your arrival or departure day instead so you will have time to take full advantage of its restorative powers. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.

After this, you'll head back to the city for another evening in Reykjavík.


Day 3 - Jewels of the South Coast


7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


To start your day in a grand way, you will be picked up early at your hotel and head out for a day of wonders. The south coast is like a treasure chest of natural beauty, boasting some of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls and most scenic yet otherworldly beaches and sand wastes. You'll head out along the coast and follow the Atlantic seaside.

As you continue, you pass under the Eyjafjallajökul glacier volcano, famous for its vicious spews of ash in 2010, which brought sky traffic to a standstill. A little further the black sands of Sólheimasandur will greet you on your way to Vík, the scenic fishing village where the great black sand beach of Reynisfjara lies. You'll make a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, where you can admire Reynisdrangar, the ever watchful stack pillars that stand afar in the ocean like great black guardians.

The Atlantic Ocean water washes over the black sand like a layer of white cream. However, behind this beauty are waves with the power to sweep away whatever is in their path. So please don't go into the water at Reynisfjara and keep a safe distance of 20-30 metres from the surf. Let's enjoy its beauty with due respect and awe.

Then, you will continue to the Skaftafell National Park, under the great Vatnajökull glacier, a massive body of ice that covers nearly 8% of Iceland's landmass.

Then you will head to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which streams from the glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull, also from where the huge icebergs break and crumble, becoming massive, floating pieces of diamond ice in the dark water.

The lagoon is inhabited by seals and birds that have become remarkably accustomed to the appreciative audience. 

Across the road is the Diamond Beach, a black sand expanse by the Atlantic Ocean where the icebergs have broken up and spread out over the coast. The beautiful landscape appears to the unsuspecting eye to be a velvety swath of sand littered with large, uncut diamonds.

You'll spend your night in a hotel on the south coast, close to the next day's adventures.


Day 4 - Your Day on Ice


7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


As the journey back to the city continues, your first great stop will be the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, where you will have an excellent opportunity to feel the age-old ice under your feet in a glacier hike, accompanied by our experienced guides. We'll make sure you have all the equipment needed, just make sure to wear sturdy, proper shoes and a big smile.

Afterward, you will be greeted by two famous waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as the less known Gljúfrabúi waterfall where you can drink in the pleasant surroundings before continuing your trip back to town.

As you travel back to Reykjavík, there will be yet another stop if time and weather permit, to check out a hidden cave en route. You will spend the night back in the capital. If it's a weekend, how about checking out Reykjavík's legendary nightlife?


Day 5 - Inside the Volcano


7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


And now, for the highlight of your trip, you will descend 120 meters down into the empty magma kettle of the great, dormant volcano Þríhnúkagígur. This 150.000 cubic meters wide space, with a ground area the size of a football field, is a cathedral of nature's grandeur.

The burning lava has in the past created patterns and lines of colour in the wide, high walls, that lead up to the kettle-shaped opening, only 4 by 4 meters in size, giving the great space the appearance of the throne room of the mountain kings of old lore.

You will be picked up at your hotel in Reykjavík and taken out to the site. Þríhnúkagígur stands over the dark, empty highlands and the vastness of the lands above Bláfjöll mountain, a popular ski resort.

When you arrive on-site, your well-versed guides will take you down into the kettle in a suspended elevator so that you can view the great space as head down.

Afterward, to take the chill of awe from your spine, there will be drinks and refreshments, maybe even some traditional Icelandic meat soup! Then, when you have had your fill of both food and fun, you'll return to the city.


Day 6 - Free Day in Reykjavik


7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


After all this action and awesomeness, how about a break in the city, where you can lounge about and do some retail therapy. Enjoy the cafés and restaurants, visit museums, whatever you'd like! Check out the geothermal pools much adored by locals, or go up the tower of Hallgrímskirkja church; the possibilities are nearly endless.

If you have not had enough adventure yet, you have a choice of great things to do. You could go and meet the great whales on a whale watching tour from Faxaflói bay, or join a horse riding trip near Reykjavík for a taste of nature, or take a tour to the man-made ice cave in Langjökull, where winding ice tunnels and ice halls await your exploration.

If you would like a chance to know the city and its people better, you could join a walking tour and see the city with the eyes of a local, who will tell tales and explain history. Or you could take a walking tour with a twist where the local micro brews and foods play a leading role.

Of course, if you'd rather get to know the city from up high, you could always take a helicopter ride, both over Reykjavík and the vast geothermal areas around. Enjoy your last day in style, high above the ground.

Spend another day in the city. Seek out some good music in the bars and other venues around you to experience the artistic side of Reykjavik.


Day 7 - Farewell to Iceland ... For Now...


7 Day Summer Package | Go Inside a Volcano & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


Sadly, your last day in Iceland has arrived. When you feel ready to leave, you will be picked up at your hotel to take you on one last ride through the charred and desolate lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula to the former army base that is Keflavik International Airport.

As mentioned above, if your flight leaves a bit later, we can also arrange your trip to the Blue Lagoon on this day, for you to relax and ready yourself for the flight home. Say your goodbyes to the country in the best way possible - in the warmth that springs uninhibited form the ground of this amazing country.

We're sad to see you go, but we look forward to seeing you again. See you later, or, as we say: Sjáumst seinna!


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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