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Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon and Crystal Caves

Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon and Crystal Caves

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Price
From £1,135

Duration
4 Nights

Departures
Nov - March

Small group experience, city break combined with a three-day tour along the south coast. This tour brings you to some of the most precious jewels of Iceland - Glaciers, waterfalls, Ice cave, the Golden Circle and more.

Highlights

  • Small Group Tour Experience
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Crystal Ice Cave and South Coast with highlights including Skógarfoss Waterfall, Vík and Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
  • Golden circle highlihgts including Þingvellir National Park, Geysir hot springs and Gullfoss waterfall
  • Hunt for the Northern Lights

TOUR ITINERARY - 4 NIGHTS

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland
Departure from the UK - arrival at Keflavik Airport. Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík Hotel Klettur or similar 3 star standard, where you will spend the night. Reykjavík is modern city and so much to do and see. We will provide some ideas to help you explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle
Pick up from your hotel in Reykjavík about 08.00.

First on the agenda is Thingvellir National park, one of UNESCO’S world heritage site. Here Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930, making it the world’s oldest running parliament. Thingvellir is rich of geological wonders and national history. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plate meet in Thingvellir and you can clearly see the drift that has occurred over the years. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland and the whole area is covered with birch bushes that are very characteristic for the area.

Next we visit Haukadalur valley geothermal area. The renown hot spring Geysir, the one all other hot springs have their name from, lies dormant at the moment. But Strokkur, spouting water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-8 minutes, is very much alive and has taken over as the king of the area. Explore the Geysir area on your own and walk among springs of all shapes and sizes with a great opportunity in every footstep. Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is the last site on theGolden Circle route. This magnificent waterfall is the most visited one in Iceland and for a good reason to. The amazing site of the roaring water rushing into the canyon is definitely something to write home about. From the Golden circle, we drive through the fruitful agricultural area of south Iceland towards ring road nr. 1. On our way there will be possibilities for great sights all around, Mt. Hekla being one of them on a clear day.

Our next stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall – the one you can walk behind and enjoy from both sides. Skógafoss is a site not to be missed while in Iceland. Running from Eyjafjallajökull glacier the water in Skógafoss has come a long way. This impressive cascade falls 60 meters into the calm Skógará river. The mesmerizing view of this majestic fall can keep you captured for a while, but make sure to be back on the bus in time because there is so much more to see. The last stop of this magical day is the black sand beach Reynisfjara. The Atlantic Ocean really shows its force here, so be careful to follow the guidelines from your tour guide. The basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea just off shore, gives you a good idea where some of the Icelandic folklore springs from. Don’t miss the basalt column cave before you leave the black sand beach.

We spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where we will have the possibility of catching the Northern lights if the conditions are right.

Day 3 - The Crystal Cave
From our accommodation place, we continue our journey towards the east through enchanting lava fields and desert glacier sands. A wonderful contrast of scenery. Our main object today is a glacier adventure, which includes crystal cave in Vatnajökull and the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After a thorough safety briefing and gearing up, we go into the crystal cave.


Here you have about 45 minutes to explore the magical blue ice and take photos. Our certified glacier guides will lead you through the ice cave, ensuring your safety at all times. New ice caves are formed each winter and we have to rely on nature to keep the temperature below the freezing point to make the scenery in and around the cave the best. The blue color appears when the air is pressed out of the ice and it becomes completely dense. Fortunately, there’s a degree of flexibility in this tour.

The weather in Iceland is ever changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will, therefore, decide how it’s best to operate the tour each time so you might visit the cave on day three if the guide estimates the conditions to be better then. The temperature inside the glacier is well below the freezing point so please dress accordingly.

After the crystal cave, we make our way to the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. The lagoon and a close by beach, filled with icebergs of different size and shape, are dreamlike sights in the twilight of the afternoon. Sometimes seals can be spotted in the lagoon.

After this day’s glacier adventure, we head to the hotel in Skaftafell area where we will spend the night. We will, of course, also keep an eye out for the Northern lights that night for the darkness of the countryside offers a great opportunity for Aurora spotting.

Day 4 - Glacier Walk and South Shore
After breakfast, we move out to the glacier again. Vatnajökull glacier is the biggest glacier in Europe and thus, it has many outlet glaciers that are perfect for glacier hikes – our specialized glacier guides will pick the best possible one for the group. There are no physical preconditions needed for the glacier hike, but you will have to be able to hike for an hour, at least, to fully enjoy the glacier tour.


After the hike, we will head back to Reykjavík. This day gives us a chance to visit some of the sites from day one again on our way to Reykjavik. There will also be possibilities for some additional stops – all in accordance with the weather and conditions for we know that the forces of nature are in charge of all our actions during the winter.

We will be in Reykjavík between 8 and 11 PM, depending on weather and conditions.

Day 5 - Reykjavik - Keflavík airport
Optional Excursion: Visit to the Blue Lagoon

If flight time allows, you can take an optional trip to the world famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa on your way to the airport. The lagoon is ideally located between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport and therefore it is convenient to use this time to visit before your flight. 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.

Continue on to Keflavík International Airport about two hours before your flight. If you have a morning flight back, you may be able to visit the lagoon on arrival instead if flight time allows.

Please Note: Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Hekla Volcano are subjected to weather conditions. That ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.

Departures: Daily Departures, Winter 2017-18
Group Size: Maximum 16 passengers

November - March: From £1,135* per person based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room
Single room supplement from £150*

*Price is subject to availability

Included:
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Bus transfer to and from Keflavík airport
- 4 nights accommodation, two nights in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavík and two nights in a countryside hotel both with private facilities including breakfast
- 3 day fully guided tour in a minibus including: hotel pick up/drop off, a visit to Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara, Skaftafell, Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon, Crystal Ice Cave, a certified glacier guide

Additional Fees:
- 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

Not included:
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"

What to bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.


Additional Extras that can be added on:

  • Hiking Shoes - Rent hiking shoes for your hiking or caving day tour.
  • Waterproof Jacket - Rent a waterproof jacket. Please book beforehand.
  • Waterproof Pants - Rent waterproof pants. Please book beforehand.

Why book with All Iceland?

All Iceland is a UK based travel company that specialises in Iceland
Book with the Icelandic experts!

Our office is staffed and run by Icelanders, we promise intimate local knowledge from where to stay to places to eat and the hidden gems that you will not find in tourist guides. We will help you get the holiday you want and we can adapt this package. Book through us and your holiday will also be fully ATOL and ABTA protected. Travel with confidence! 


Contact us and we can help you:

- to stay longer and discover more, this package can be extended -
- to book additional excursions -
- if you have specific accommodation requirements -
- to book this package with or without flights -


ACCOMMODATION DETAILS


All Iceland cooperates with all the airlines that fly to Iceland, Icelandair, Wow air, easyJet and British Airways. We can assist you to find the optimal flight package. The airlines fly to Keflavik International airport.

Icelandair operates flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast City. Icelandair offers 3 classes, Economy, Economy Comfort and Saga Business Class.
WOW Air operates flights from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Dublin and Bristol 
EasyJet offers flights from London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.
British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow

We can provide a package with or without flights. When enquiring about a specific holiday package, let us know what airport you prefer to fly from.

Air Iceland
offers Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, Vopnafjörður, Grímsey and Þórshöfn.
Fugfélagið Ernir offers Domestic flights to Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Húsavík, Bíldudalur and Gjögur.


 

All Iceland offers holiday packages to Greenland and Faroe Islands in addition to Iceland. We work with the following airlines that offer flights to these destinations.

Atlantic Airways offers flights from Edinburgh to Faroe Islands
Air Greenland offers flights from Copenhagen to Greenland
Air Iceland offers flights from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Faroe Islands and Greenland

Icelandair, British Airways, Wow Air, EasyJet

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With this in mind you cannot book this holiday directly on the website but please send us an enquiry or give us a call and we will help you to create your once in a lifetime holiday. Contact our team of Icelandic Experts today and start planning with us!

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