SNAEFELLS PENINSULA ,SOUTH ISLAND & NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR
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- Duration : ( 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS )
- Country : Europe
- Places Covered :
BORGARNES | REYKJAVIK | Kirkjubæjarklaustur
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JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
A VISIT TO A NATURAL ICE CAVE
REYNISFJARA BLACK SAND BEACH
HRAUNFOSSAR AND BARNAFOSS WATERFALLS
KRAUMA NATURE RESORT (OPTIONAL)
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Day 01 : DEILDARTUNGUHVER HOTSPRING ICELAND ( BORGARNES )B
We’ll pick you up at 9:00 a.m. at your hotel or your chosen pickup point. We’ll drive along the scenic West Coast where you’ll be able to soak in the beautiful rural scenery of Western Iceland.
The first stop of the day will be at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The hot spring keeps at a constant 206 degrees Fahrenheit (97 degrees Celsius) and pumps out a whopping 47.5 gallons (180 liters) of water every second. The hot spring is used to provide heating and hot water to neighboring areas. We will stop at Krauma Geothermal Baths where you can relax. The entrance ticket is an optional extra. For those that do not wish to visit Krauma, we will stop at a nearby horse farm where you will be able to pet Icelandic horses.
In the area around Deildartunguhver, there are a number of walking paths to protect you from getting too close to the hot spring. While the landscape is very picturesque, you should always stay on the pathways. Our next stop will be at the historic site of Reykholt, here you will find a hot spring pool, Snorralaug, treasured as the bathing spot of Iceland’s most famous poet and politician, Snorri Sturluson.
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
Our next stop will be Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Hraunfossar (“the Lava Waterfalls”) is a vast collection of smaller waterfalls cascading through the cracks of lava formations. Barnafoss (“Children’s waterfall”) is known for a folk legend as the site where two children tragically drowned once upon a time.
The falls create a very dramatic landscape, cradling the waters that flow from Langjokull Glacier. Our day ends with a visit to Gerðuberg, a cluster of basalt columns. This majestic wonder of nature was formed by flowing lava that was perpetually cooled by the sea water.
If the northern lights and cloud forecasts are favorable an evening northern lights hunt will be on!
Your accommodation for the night will be in Hotel Borgarnes or similar.
*Please note that the order of the itinerary can change, we do sometimes start with the South Coast part of the tour and end with West Iceland.
Day 02 : SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA ( REYKJAVIK )B
After a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we’ll continue our tour towards the western part of Snæfellsnes. On the way there, you’ll be taken back by stunning marginal and alpine scenery. Our first stop of the day is at the small and charming fishing village, Arnarstapi. Here, we’ll take a short walk and explore the surrounding area.
Then, you’ll have a chance to wander through Vatnshellir Cave, which lies under the ground in Snæfellsnes National Park. The cave is a lava tube tunnel around 8,000 years old. Your certified caving guide will explain its formation and fascinating features that lie in hidden spots. This experience takes you about as close as you can get to the story of Jules Verne’s book A Journey to the Centre of Earth.
Our next stop will be at Hellnar, a picturesque village where we’ll have lunch. Then we’ll continue to the beautiful black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur. The beach is landlocked by tall, rugged cliffs that look outward to the Atlantic Ocean. There, you’ll notice inky, sleek pebbles and the roar of waves as they wash the shore.
When traversing the beach, be careful not to be drawn into the ocean as the power of the water is truly majestic. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the remains of an antique British trawler Epine, shipwrecked in 1948.
At the end of the beach, you will also find famous lifting stones. Back in the day, men of a nearby fishing village were challenged to test their strength by lifting the stones. Would you be able to lift them? After the strength contest is over, we’ll head to the photogenic Kirkjufell Mountain and cap off our day with a stunning view of the mountain. Then we return back to Reykjavik for the night.
You’ll spend the night at Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar
Day 03 : THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, ( Kirkjubæjarklaustur )B
First on our agenda for today is the Golden Circle. We’ll start with Thingvellir National Park, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its complex geological nature and history. The unique landscape of the rift valley was created over time by continual turbulent interactions between the two tectonic plates underneath: the North American and the Eurasian plates.
It’s also home to the world’s longest-running parliament, the Althingi, established in 930 c.e. Don’t forget to look out for the largest natural lake in Iceland, Thingvallavatn.
After exploring this marvelous rift valley, we’ll continue southwest toward Haukadalur Valley and the geothermal area of Geysir. We’ll spot Strokkur, a still-active geyser, which still erupts up to 25 meters every few minutes without fail.
Next, we’ll visit the majestic waterfall, Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall). At the beginning of the 20th century, a few Englishmen sought to acquire the waterfall and build a hydroelectric plant, taming the power of the Hvita River. Fortunately for everyone, due to lack of funding their plan fell through and to this day the waterfall remains untouched and in all of its natural glory.
Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
As we continue along the Ring Road, a view to the infamous volcano Hekla opens up as we drive to our next stop, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. The path leading up to the waterfall is brief and it takes us right behind it. There, breathtaking views of the surrounding areas are exposed and on a sunny day, a rainbow can be seen encircling the waterfall. Seljalandsfoss drops for about 196 feet (60 meters), so waterproof clothing is recommended.
Another waterfall, Skógafoss, is right next to Seljalandsfoss. Both of the waterfalls are fed by glacier water from Eyjafjallajökull and carry a sizable char and salmon population. Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, and local folklore says that one of the first Viking settlers in the area, Thrasi, buried a chest filled with gold at its base.
Our last stop on this magical day is at Reynisfjara, where you’ll witness the powerful Atlantic Ocean waves relentlessly washing this otherworldly black sand beach. Make sure you keep a watchful eye on the sea, as the ocean has been known to crash over unsuspecting visitors and draw them straight into the current.
Peeking over the shore to one side are the magnificent Reynisdrangar basalt peaks. Local legend claims that they were once trolls, turned into stone when the Sun touched their cheeks. We’ll finish the day off with a hunt for the Northern Lights and continue to our hotel close to a small town, Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
You’ll spend the night at Hótel Geirland.
Day 04 : ICE CAVING & JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON, ( Kirkjubæjarklaustur )B
We continue through the rural landscapes, passing farms here and there, onward and eastward. On the drive, we’ll pass magical, moss-covered lava fields.
Today we’ll embark upon glacier adventures, exploring a natural ice cave in Vatnajokull Glacier and the magical Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Ice adventures are always somewhat flexible and very dependant on the local weather conditions, which can be unpredictable.
We want to make sure you have the best time exploring the glacier, so your certified glacier guide will decide when it’s best to embark on your adventure. Also, keep in mind that the temperature inside the ice cave is well below freezing point, so please have warm clothes with you.
Vatnajokull Ice Cave
Once at the entrance to the natural ice cave, your guide will instruct you on the safety guidelines and provide you with all the necessary equipment. The ultimate stroll in the ice cave will take about 45 minutes. Your guide will point out some awe-inspiring features, you’ll learn how the cave was formed and the story behind its brilliant blue color. Make sure you have your camera with you’re sure to catch some truly inspiring photo opportunities throughout your hike.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Finally, we’ll visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. There, you’ll encounter icebergs in many shapes and sizes floating in the lagoon or resting on the black sand beach in the elusive fading late afternoon shadow. If you’re lucky, you might spy a seal bathing among the gilded grains of black sand. If the forecast is favorable, we’ll keep our eyes out for the Aurora Borealis.
The accommodation for the night will be in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Please note: ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of cave is based purely on conditions and safety considerations.
You’ll spend the night at Hótel Geirland
Day 05 : GLACIER WALK & THE SOUTH SORE,( REYKJAVIK )
After breakfast, we’ll head off to the glacier lagoon for the final rendezvous. The imposing Vatnajökull is the biggest glacier in Europe, with many glacier tongues stretching out of its huge, lily-white hub. These outlet glaciers are perfect for hikes!
Our specialized glacier guide will pick the best feasible glacier tongue for your hike. Before the hike, you’ll be provided with all the necessary glacier equipment, some of which you’ve already mastered in the ice cave. During the hike, your guide will provide some fascinating insights about the glacial wonderland beneath your feet.
Proper hiking boots are absolutely essential for glacier hiking as it’s not possible to fit crampons on any other kind of footwear. If you don’t have hiking shoes, you can rent it when booking the tour. Nevertheless, please keep in mind that hiking boots cannot be rented on the day of the hike.
After the hike, we’ll begin the journey back to Reykjavík. We’ll have a chance to visit more sites as we travel through the south back to the city. We’ll get back to Reykjavík between 16:00 (4:00 p.m.) and 19:00 (7:00 p.m.).
You’ll spend the night at Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar
✓ Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
✓ Guided Tour in a Minibus
✓ Accommodation with Private Bathroom – 4 Nights
✓ Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
✓ English Speaking Tour Guide
✓ Amazing Stops
✓ Ice Caving Tour
✓ Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
(Note :- Lunch & Dinner is Not Included )
(Note :- International Flights are not included in package cost )
Standard Hotels :
BORGARNES – Borgarnes or similar.
REYKJAVIK – Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar
Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Hótel Geirland.