Day 6: Vatnajokull National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach and South Coast.
Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon, is the first stop of the busy day. A beautiful scene of floating icebergs and blue waters lies before you, and there is the exciting possibility of spotting seals! Optional boat trips are available at this location, to fully experience the magic of the lagoon. Also nearby is the famous Diamond Beach, where icebergs wash up onto the black sand, and glitter like diamonds, hence the name. The group then continues on to explore the southern part of the Vatnajökull glacier, and the highest mountains in Iceland in the Vatnajökull National Park, Europe's second largest national park.
The afternoon tour consists of views of the South coast of Iceland, starting with the Eldhraun lava field, and the cliffs, glaciers, and waterfalls dominating this sandy desert landscape. The black sand beach of Reynisfjara near the town Vík is a truly remarkable place, although the water is to be appreciated from a distance, as the currents can be extremely dangerous. The next village, Skógar, is home to Skógafoss, is one of the most striking waterfalls in Iceland at 60m or 197ft tall. Seljalandsfoss, the next stop, is an equally unique waterfall, as you can walk the stony path behind its cascading force, as long as you don't mind getting wet! The last stop is at the Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur to learn about the spectacular volcanic activity that created this country, before the day ends at a nearby hotel. In winter it may be possible to see the northern lights, depending on conditions.
Driving distance: 380 km/235 mls