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Iceland’s Ice Caves and Highlights of the South Shore

Iceland's Ice Caves and Highlights of the South Shore | Small Group Tour | Scandinavian American World Tours

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 Reykjavík | Vík | Skaftafell | Blue Lagoon | Reykjavík

Tour begins in Reykjavik on Sunday
Guaranteed Departures: November 04, 2018 – March 17, 2019

The rare and ever-changing nature of Iceland’s glacial ice caves are a spectacular phenomenon, and during our ice cave tour to Vatnajökull Glacier, you’ll get a glimpse at the ancient power of Europe’s largest ice cap up close! On this 17-person max small group tour of southern Iceland, you will experience the adventure of a lifetime: encounter natural highlights of Iceland’s south coast, including views of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, boiling hot springs, cascading waterfalls, and of course the mysterious frozen beauty of Iceland’s ice caves.

Come and explore the geological features dominating Iceland’s rugged landscape!


Day 01: Arrive Reykjavík

Arrive in Iceland and transfer on your own to Reykjavik from the airport. Optional Flybus or private car/driver transfer to Reykjavik is available, please see below optional services.

If your flight lands early in the day we suggest exploring Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).

Fosshotel Barón

Day 02: Reykjavík – Vík

Breakfast at your hotel. Start today by exploring the region close to the towering stratovolcano Eyjafjallajökull, famous for causing a halt to air traffic to most of Europe for several weeks in early 2010.

Journey along the South Shore, an area that is especially beautiful in winter when mystical shapes can be seen in the frozen lava, water, and mountains. Stop at the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can sometimes walk behind. Nearby is another beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss. Local folklore has it that medieval treasure is hidden here. Pass by volcanic landscapes and pretty Icelandic farms on your way to Reynisfjara beach. It is truly an experience to stand on this black-sand beach and view the extraordinary rock formations while North Atlantic waves thunder against the shore.

Overnight stay in South Iceland.

Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon

Day 03: Vík – Vatnajökull Glacier Ice Cave Tour – Skaftafell

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you enter the region of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe´s largest glacier. The park covers about 14% of Iceland, making it one of the largest national parks in Europe. Your group will visit one of its areas, Skaftafell, a breathtakingly beautiful region of volcanic landscape ringed by glaciers, most of them connected to Vatnajökull itself.

Ice caves, like the one you will explore today, can be found in several different locations on the south side of Vatnajökull glacier. Some ice caves are very special, while others might not seem so at first but become extraordinary in the right light and conditions. Your glacier guide is a highly-qualified mountain- and ice-cave specialist who will decide which cave is best to visit. The ice caves that are chosen depend on the time of winter, time of day, weather, and other conditions. Some ice caves are very stable to visit. Others are less safe and you might not be able to reach them, even if they are very beautiful. Some caves are only accessible in subfreezing conditions. Normally one cave per trip is explored, always the most interesting and safest cave available at the time. You will be in the ice cave for at least 45 minutes, in very cold temperatures.

Preparation for today’s trip:

  • Shoes: It’s extremely important to wear good, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankle. Trainers or sneakers are not appropriate footwear. (Hiking boots can be rented during tour).
  • Clothing: Dressing for Icelandic winter weather is crucial to enjoy this trip. Start with a thin layer, like thermal long underwear and a T-shirt (not cotton). Followed by fleece, wool or polyester sweater and pants. Finish with waterproof, wind resistant coat/snow pants for outerwear. Never wear jeans—they become very heavy, cold, and uncomfortable to wear when wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best.
  • Backpack: For any personal items that you might bring along (extra clothes, snacks and bottled water). One backpack for two people should be sufficient.
  • Outerwear: Warm hat and gloves. Your hat should be able to fit comfortably under a helmet.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen: These are essential, as the sun reflects strongly off glaciers and snow.
  • Glacier hiking equipment: You will be provided with all necessary glacier hiking equipment, including crampons, helmet and harness. Your guide will assess the conditions and hand out the equipment necessary for each tour. Crampons are available for shoe sizes starting from European number 35 or US number 4.
    The day also includes a visit to the intriguing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where icebergs float amid the waters—a great photo opportunity.

    After an exciting day, you’ll return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon

    Day 04: Golden Circle (Geysir Geothermal Fields – Þingvellir National Park – Gullfoss Waterfall) – Reykjavík

    Breakfast at your hotel. After experiencing the glaciers in the first half of the tour, it’s time to see a warmer side of Iceland!

    Start the day with a visit to the geothermal fields of Geysir. Here you´ll see steam and boiling water in the bubbling mud pools and spouting hot springs, including the high-shooting Strokkur geyser. A short drive away is the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Then it’s onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.

    The Golden Circle tour ends in Reykjavik. The evening is at your leisure.

    Overnight in Reykjavik.

    Fosshótel Rauðará/22 Hill Hotel/Fosshotel Barón*
    *Final hotel location may vary subject to space and availability.

    Day 05: Reykjavík City Sightseeing Tour – Blue Lagoon

    Breakfast at hotel. Today you’ll discover more about the world’s northernmost capital city. You will see the Reykjavik coast and the old Höfði House, where the 1986 summit between former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former U.S.S.R. Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place. Visit Hallgrímskirkja church, whose design was inspired by basalt lava columns, a common volcanic rock formation in Icelandic nature.

    In the afternoon, travel to Reykjanes Peninsula for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field.

    Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.

    Fosshótel Rauðará/22 Hill Hotel/Fosshotel Barón*
    *Final hotel location may vary subject to space and availability.

    Day 06: Depart Reykjavík

    This morning after a final breakfast, transfer on your own to the airport. We can assist with optional Flybus or private car/driver for transfer to Keflavik Airport and your afternoon flight back to the U.S.; please see below optional services.

    Additional Information

    Price includes:

    • Fully escorted 6-day coach tour with an English speaking guide
    • 5 nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotel (Reykjavik) and countryside hotel including (5) breakfasts and (2) 3-course dinners with coffee/tea
    • Entrance to two national parks (Vatnajökull National Park, Þingvellir National Park)
    • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
    • Ice cave tour excursion with guide and required gear
    • Comfort entrance fee to Blue Lagoon including towel rental, silica mud mask, and one drink

    NOTE: Prices do not include airfare, extra beverages, extra items, travel insurance, or any services/items not listed in the program above.

    WEATHER NOTE: Several excursions above, particularly the Ice Cave Tour, are dependent on weather conditions. Please note that these may be changed on site if the weather is unpredictable. During the winter, there is also the potential to see the Northern Lights at night.

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    Departure Dates and Information
    All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

    Transfer add-ons available. Scheduled airport coach transfer: from $62 p.p. round trip. Private car/driver transfer: from $238 one-way (1-3 persons).

    Land Only


    04*, 11*, & 18*

    $2094 p.p. twin



    $2094 p.p. twin


    17 & 24

    $2094 p.p. twin


    Tour Information

    Tour Type:Small Group Tour / Escorted Tour / Winter and Northern Lights Tour
    Price: from $2369
    Duration:6 days
    Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Vík - Skaftafell National Park - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
    Departures: January - February - March - November - December

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