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South Coast Adventure - Ice Cave and Glacier Lagoon

Nordika Travel is offering a 5 day and 4 nights Adventure trip from $2321 per person. You will get to explore stunning landscapes, the Golden Circle, glacier hiking, ice caves, the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon and northern lights hunting. On the way you will see waterfalls, volcanoes, floating icebergs, cliffs, black sand beaches, geysers, hot springs and so much more.

Duration: 4 Nights

Price: From $2.321 per person

Highlights

  • Glacier hiking and Ice Caves
  • Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon
  • Northern Lights Hunt

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Included:
    Private airport transfers to hotel
    Northern Lights Excursion
    2 nights' accommodation in central Reykjavik, room with private facilities
    2 nights' accommodation in the south, room with private facilities
    4x breakfast
    South Coast & Jökulsárlón three-day Mini-bus tour from Reykjavík, including hotel pickup
       Glacier hiking equipment
       Super jeep ride for some km
       Specialized guide to ice cave
       Northern Lights hunt
    Private airport transfer from hotel with a stop at the Blue Lagoon
    Blue Lagoon entry


Not included:
    Flights to and from Iceland
    Travel Insurance

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.

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Day 1

Arrival

You arrive in Iceland and will have a private transfer from the Keflavík airport to your Hotel in Reykjavík. At night you will be picked up at your hotel for a Northern Lights Excursion.

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Day 2

Golden Circle, South Coast

Pick up at hotel for the three-day South Coast & Jökulsárlón Mini-bus tour.

We begin on the Golden Circle and the first stop is Þingvellir National Park. Here Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD and here Europe and North-America meet in a stunning landscape. Þingvellir has a place in every Icelander's heart, the beauty of the place and the country's history. But the geologic history is well known and the natural wonders of Þingvellir are visible in every step.

Our next highlight is the Geysir hot spring area. It is from the Icelandic word "Geysir" that the English word "geyser" (a spouting hot spring) is derived. You can walk through the area and admire the geyser Strokkur burst into the air every 5-7 minutes, so have your camera ready.

Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden waterfall) is next on our agenda. It flows down the river Hvítá – coming from Langjökull glacier – in several huge "steps".

Along the way we will have a view over Hekla volcano and eastbound where our next stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Enjoy the 18-story high waterfall from the other side – without getting wet – not many waterfalls in the world that you can admire from two sides, front and back!

Skógafoss waterfall, with glacier water streaming from Eyjafjallajökull catches our eyes at first glimpse. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. Skógafoss is enchanting in a way that can only be experienced at first hand. Legend says that a treasure is buried behind it and in spite of locals finding the chest they could not take it with them before it disappeared again.

Reynisfjara is the name of the famous black sand beach. Here you can get up close and personal with the Atlantic ocean, but be aware of the powerful waves that can sweep you of your feet if you go too close – do not turn your back to the sea. In Reynisfjara beach you encounter beautiful basalt columns on the sand and have a great view of the magnificent basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea.

We pass Vík and we will be staying overnight at Hotel Katla, just outside of the village. Your guide will have checked the aurora forecast for the evening and be on the lookout for northern lights if there is a clear sky.

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Day 3

Sightseeing & Ice Cave

Are you interested in geology and volcanic eruptions? Listen to your guide! Today we see a giant lava field as we drive. It was formed from the largest volume lava flow from a single eruption on earth in historic times. We'll witness the instability of the glacial rivers when we cross the long bridges over enormous sand plains, the debris of glacial floods past and present.

This afternoon we will explore the ice cave. We'll have an expert local glacier guide take us by super jeep and lead the way into this world of dreams. Our expert guide is a highly qualified mountain guide, and ice cave specialist. It's in his hands to decide each time which cave is best to visit depending on weather conditions and other issues. Sometimes the caves are very special, sometimes not as special, but become very special in the right light and conditions.

Your hiking shoes will come in handy now, since there's some hike to the cave. You'll need to wear water resistant hiking shoes that cover your ankle. This is not the time to wear city leather boots!

We stay inside the ice cave for at least 45 min, and it's cold inside. Your winter hat should not be too bulky though, as it needs to fit under the helmet.

But why is the ice so blue? The color and transparency of the ice caves has everything to do with time, pressure, and secrecy.

As the glacier travels and winds its way down the slopes of mountain ridges, the air bubbles trapped in the ice are squeezed out, and the size of the ice crystals increases, making it clear. The real beauty of the centuries old compressed ice lies underneath the damaged outer surface.

This intense blue color can be seen for example in ice caves and on floating icebergs that reveal their lower side when they have recently rolled over or split in two.

After being inside the glacier itself, it is time to continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where we'll make a stop. It's a really deep lagoon, some 75 stories below the surface. Then you know what the expression means, "the tip of the iceberg". The lagoon is particularly beautiful in low light.

Our accommodation for tonight is either at Country Hotel Gerði or Country Hotel Hali. Both are 14 km away from the iceberg lagoon. The rooms are basic, with bathroom, and the all-important WiFi connection is available. Breakfast is included. Located between the mountains and the sea, the view from these properties is simply terrific.

Again we will hunt for the northern lights in the evening if the sky is clear and the aurora forecast shows activity.e

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Day 4

Skaftafell Glacier Hike & Sightseeing

We will have time to look out for seals by the Jökulsárlón Lagoon as we go there a second time. We'll admire the icebergs' proportions and their hues of blue. Please take care not to walk out on the frozen lagoon as the ice can easily twist.

Today we take a 1-2 hour glacier hike in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. There's no need to be in a particular good shape for this activity, but we urge you to dress warmly. You'll have crampons and axes for support. Please follow the instructions of your experienced guide - the glaciers are ever changing and wandering off by yourself is dangerous. This new hiking adventure is worth every second of the tour.

On the way back to Reykjavik we might have time to take a closer look at some of the places we were unable to visit on our way to Jökulsárlón.

Along the road we'll make sure not to miss the Northern Lights if there are any and the sky is clear.

Our arrival time at Reykjavík hotel in the evening depends on driving conditions and the weather. We hope you've had a great time and that the memories of this tour will stay with you forever!

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Day 5

Departure and Blue Lagoon

You will be picked up at your Reykjavík hotel for a private transfer to the Blue Lagoon. After the Blue Lagoon you will have a private transfer to the airport for your departure.

Price in the period from  November 2017 to March  2018, is $2,321 per person, based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room. Single price is $2,865

Space is limited, please check with us for availability.

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Views from South Coast Adventure - Ice Cave and Glacier Lagoon

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Highlights

  • Glacier hiking and Ice Caves
  • Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon
  • Northern Lights Hunt

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