Trace Iceland’s south coast by air-conditioned minibus and visit the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skogagoss waterfalls, and black sand beach at Vik before an evening outing in search of the fluorescent Northern Lights. The next day, see the icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and finish on a high note: with a walk on Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier, to explore a luminous blue ice cave.
Day One: The Grand South Coast and Northern Lights
Imagine this: Huge thundering waterfalls, endless rolling valleys, beautiful black beaches, extraordinary glaciers and small villages with unusually unique landscapes in between. This is exactly what you can expect as you venture your way down the south coast of Iceland.
Experience the secluded drive down route 1 to the famous Eyjafjallajokull, home of a massive eruption that halted all European air travel in 2010. Here you will have the chance to explore two of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world:
Next up are Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. On a clear day, you will have the opportunity to see the two surrounding glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull.
Continuing on, the drive leads to the coastal village of Vik where you will find Reynisfjara, the black sand beach, with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar peaks. Throughout the entire drive, guests can expect to see breathtaking landscapes consisting of vast lava fields covered by fluffy moss and surrounding endless mountain range.
After enjoying the south coast marvels, we’ll head deeper into the countryside to our accommodation. Here we will enjoy a relaxing evening and recharge for the coming day. During the night we will hunt for the breathtaking Northern Lights. The countryside, away from the city lights, is perfect for spotting this natural phenomenon.
Day Two: Land of Ice
Between stunning ice caves and widespread glaciers, day two is sure to unravel the excitement of glacier exploration. We will head off early in the morning to the infamous Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon, home of the massive floating icebergs.
Jokulsarlon is also where two James Bond movies were filmed; A View To a Kill and Die Another Day, as well as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. During the drive, the land of ice and fire will be before you, creating a beautifully dramatic environment, while also giving you the opportunity to view the numerous glacier outlets displayed by Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.
Next, we head to an ice cave where our certified guides will assure a safe and exciting experience. Ice caves are only found during the wintertime when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes. New caves are formed in different locations each year. These ice caves give you unparalleled photographic opportunities, where you can capture the blue light passing through the glacier ice.
After visiting an ice cave we start to head back. On the way back is when we will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a part of Vatnajokull National Park.
Surrounded by amazing jagged mountains and glacier-topped peeks, the scenery consists of indistinguishable features making it a definite highlight of the tour.
With daily departures out to the Vatnajokull glacier, our guides always have the most up to date information on the glacier and its surroundings. At the end of our Skaftafell exploration, we will make our way back to Reykjavik while stopping several times to catch some last-minute sights.