Northern Lights at Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
This mixture of city break and mini bus guided tour takes us to the extraordinary Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon. You'll see icebergs in a variety of styles, black sand beaches, glaciers, volcanoes and if we are lucky we will find the northern lights. Our total glacier encounter reaches its climax in a glacier hike in Skaftafell. Enjoy your first and last night in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland.
- Hunt for the Northern Lights while staying in Reykjavík and the South of Iceland
- Visit the beautiful provinces of South Iceland to the extraordinary Jökulsarlón, The Glacier Lagoon, the best known and the largest glacier lake in Iceland
- Visit the Skógarfoss and Seljarlandsfoss waterfalls
- Glacier hike in Skaftafell
Day 1 - Arrival and Reykjavík
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon.The locations visited are different every tour since we go where it’s most likely to see the Northern Lights each day. This tour is depending on weather and sightings are not guaranteed. If you don't see the lights on your tour you are welcome to join the tour again free of charge the following night.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 / 9:30 pm by an experienced English speaking guide. You will travel in a coach to the best locations which will vary depending on the weather and viewing conditions. Duration is around 3 – 5 hours.
Overnight stay in Reykjavik, 3 star hotel including breakfast.
Day 2 - Reykjavik - South
Pick up from your hotel in Reykjavík 9.00 am.
Our two-day guided tour takes us along the beautiful south shore of Iceland. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. The water comes from the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull.
Our next stop will be at Skogar where we will see theSkogafoss Waterfall. It's also 60 m in height and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Make note of another secret keeper: Myrdalsjokull Glacier is hiding Katla. She's a very explosive and active volcano.
Our next stop will be at the village of Vik where you will find a black sand beach with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the magnificentReynisdrangar sea stacks.
Are you interested in geology? Pay attention to your guide when he / she starts speaking of "Jökulhlaup" and you see enormous devastated areas of sandy plains and ash. 'Cause not all effects of glaciation take place over thousands of years.
When our volcanoes erupt under a glacier, they might destroy an ice dam or release massive volumes of melt water by heat alone, causing a devastating flood, a Jökulhlaup. The term is Icelandic and has been adopted by the English language.
The longest bridge in Iceland (900 m) is over one of those areas of glacial floods. After that we go to Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the Vatnajokull National Park, where we'll have a short stop. The glacier tongues there give the national park a majestic fairy tale scenery.
Jokulsarlon has been the film location of many Hollywood movies. It is located at the end of an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea.
After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation at Country Hotel Smyrlabjörg. The rooms all have bathroom. Free WiFi is available in the dining room, and the restaurant uses mainly local products on the menu. Breakfast is included in the price.
We enjoy dinner upon arrival (not included in tour price). During the evening, and into the night, we look out for the northern lights when conditions allow.
Day 3 - South - Reykjavík
After breakfast we spend more time at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you will see icebergs of all shapes. We also take a walk alongside the lake and on the black sand shores and look for seals which may be spotted in the lagoon.
One of the highlights of the trip is awaiting us. We're going to get up close and personal with the glacier. It's made up of fallen snow, not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It's just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball, and keep doing so for hundreds of years.
The ice eventually gets so compact that most of the air is forced out of it. This is the reason why glacial ice alone can have that fascinating crystal blue color - and the older the ice, the better.
We pull out the crampons for one hour long glacier hike in the Skaftafell area - enjoying fabulous views all the way. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes. The crampons cannot be fitted onto sneakers or other light walking shoes.
At locations where the glacier flows more rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. So this is why it would be so dangerous to walk on a glacier without a specialized tour guide - the crevasses can get covered over by snow.
We usually arrive back to Reykjavik sometime between 19:00 and 21:00. We will also stop for a quick afternoon / evening snack on the way.
Day 4 - Departure
Departure to the UK from Keflavík International Airport.
Depending on your flight time, you may want to explore Reykjavík in the morning or take an optional tour to the world famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa on your way to the airport.
Optional Excursion: Visit to the Blue Lagoon
Optional trip to the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport if flight time allows. Enjoy the Blue Lagoon for 2-3 hours. You can book a treatment if you like, have a lunch at the Blue Lagoon or just relax in this wonderful spa. If you have a morning flight, you can do the Blue Lagoon as a day trip from Reykjavík or on arrival.
Departures: Daily, September - April 2017-18
Group size: maximum 20 people
|September - April:||From £850* per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room|
|Single room supplement from £60*|
*Price is subject to availability
- Arrival & departure airport transfer to your hotel
- 3 nights’ accommodation in 3 star hotels and country hotel including breakfast
- Fully escorted 2 day coach tour with English speaking guide including pick up/drop off from your hotel (transportation by mini bus)
- 1 hour glacier hike (crampons included)
- Aurora hunt (when conditions allow)
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"
CLOTHING TO WEAR:
The weather in Iceland is ever changing and winters can be very cold. It is very important to dress accordingly.
• hiking boots (over ancle)
• waterproof parka • warm hat & winter gloves
• wool or fleece sweater / jacket
• NO jeans or trainers
Good hiking shoes & warm socks are an essential part of the tour. This can be rented for an additional charge, pre booking required.
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