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From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

1. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour by bus. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, leaning about its history and formation from your local guide. Following a pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will visit the Diamond beach with black sand, and there will be an additional stop in Iceland's southernmost village at Vík for dinner.

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South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

2. South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, about 40 minutes east of Skaftafell, for the start of a unique winter activity and look at an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Go inside some of the ice caves that form after water runs beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier during the summer. Benefit from a choice of 3 departure times during the day. Every fall, local guides hunt for new ice caves, as their location can change each year. The structure and condition can also vary from year to year, but rest assured your guide will decide which is the best cave to visit, depending on the safety and weather conditions. Drive for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the ice cave chosen by your guide, and then walk for 5 to 15 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Upon arrival, enjoy between 1 and 1.5 hours to look inside at the miraculous blue ice of the cave, and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

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South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

3. South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

You adventure begins with you being picked up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the south. Your first stop will be the almighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall, bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. Following this, you will progress onward to the Skógafoss waterfall. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60-meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. You will then reach a blue ice cave, where you will have the opportunity to hike through this natural phenomenon Following the ice cave, you will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country. After meeting your highly trained glacier guides you will hike on the ice for 1.5 hours, a truly spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. In the evening you will arrive at your hotel in the southeast, where you will have dinner before meeting your guide for further information about the Northern Lights. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good your guide will find a good spot to hunt the famous Aurora Borealis. You will then visit a black sand beach, home to many types of Iceland birds and other wildlife, before retiring back to your accommodation for the night. Day 2 will begin with a venture to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. You will be able to witness icebergs floating from this glacier lagoon out into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts. Your day will conclude with your return to Reykjavík.

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Skaftafell: Extra Small Group Glacier Adventure

4. Skaftafell: Extra Small Group Glacier Adventure

Explore the glacier of Falljökull, an outlet from Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Travel with your guide through the beautiful surrounding area in a modified Land Rover Defender. Climb to the base of Falljökull outlet glacier. At the edge, your guide will show you how to put on the crampons and explain the safety guidelines of hiking on a glacier. After receiving these instructions, your glacier adventure truly begins. Travel safely through the beginning part of the glacier, and then towards the less explored part of the glacier. Discover stunning ice formations in the higher part of the glacier as you are guided through parts fitting both the conditions of the glacier and the group. Be prepared to be secured in a rope and take on some light climbing or rappelling where there are no fixed routes higher up on the glacier. As you reach the highest point that is safely accessible, take a short lunch break before starting the descend from the glacier. As you reach the edge of the glacier, you will jump back into the Land Rover and drive back to the Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center.

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Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

5. Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

Embark on a small-group tour of Vatnajökull glacier and benefit from an intimate experience with a maximum of 8 participants. After meeting your guide at the meeting point in Skaftatell Airport, get geared up and prepare for your 20-minute 4x4 drive to the base of the Falljökull outlet glacier. At the base, step onto the glacier and listen to a quick briefing on how to wear your ice crampons. Then, it's time to begin your glacier hike. Follow your experienced guide through stunning ice formations, moulins, crevasses, and crystal-clear blue pools. Spend up to 120 minutes exploring the unique landscape of the glacier. Witness breathtaking views, listen to interest local anecdotes, and have your photo taken against this stunning natural landscape before heading back to the 4x4. Get dropped off back at the meeting point at the end of your hike.

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From Reykjavik 2-Day South Coast Tour with Blue Ice Cave

6. From Reykjavik 2-Day South Coast Tour with Blue Ice Cave

Explore the geothermal landscapes of the south coast of Iceland on a 2-day tour to some of the most amazing waterfalls, ice caves and black lava sand beaches. Day 1: South Coast - Waterfalls - Reynisfjara Depart Reykjavík and drive along Route 1 en route to Seljalandsfoss and the Gljufrabui (Hidden Falls) waterfalls beneath the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Continue to Skógafoss waterfall to watch the Skógá River fall 60 meters at the powerful cascades. Discover the secret waterfalls of Kvernufoss and Írafoss, and continue to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara under Mt. Reynisfjall. Drive on to the East to spend the night at a country guesthouse close to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Search the sky for the Northern Lights if conditions are favorable. Day 2: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Blue Ice Cave Day 2 starts with visit at Vatnajokull National Park where views of the wilderness will take your breath away. See the icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon as they crack off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float out to sea.   Drive by Super Jeep to one of the ice caves that form in the winter and get about 1 hour to explore the magical blue caves. Return to Jökulsárlón to take the bus back to Reykjavik. Make a quick stop in Vik for refreshments along the way. 

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Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

7. Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

Make your own way to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to experience a natural ice cave from the luxury of a huge custom-made super jeep. Drive for approximately 30-40 minutes to the base of the glacier outlet at Breiðamerkurjökull, where the glacier retreats every year to make every season a unique experience. Pick-up all the necessary security gear to explore the cave in safety using helmets and crampons. Then, enter the cave with a guide who will explain the most important features of the extraordinary phenomenon. Visit a crevasse after the ice cave, weather permitting.

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Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

8. Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

Your 8-day Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik, then sets out along the Golden Circle, passing by Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park. As you admire the hot water spouting from the earth, learn about the history of Iceland from your expert guides. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascades, and hike on an ancient glacier. The highlight of the day is a trip to the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Explore Skaftafell National Park on day 3 and marvel at the white sheets of ice as they contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, explore an Ice Cave and blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlon. Spend the evening looking out for the stunning Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. On day 4, follow your guides through the East Fjords in search of native wildlife such as wild reindeer. As you pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live, learn about the culture and way of life in the nearby small villages. After a cozy night’s stay in a sleepy Icelandic village, explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Then continue to the Námaskarð Pass where the earth boils and bubbles in front of your eyes. On day 6, visit the fjord of Eyjafjörður, spend some time getting to know local farmers at Kaffi Kú, and stop by Hauganes for a Whale Watching Tour. Try some Icelandic delicacies if you fancy it, then stay overnight in Borgarnes. On day 7, explore the capital of the north at your own leisure, before heading out to the Saga Trail to visit Reykholt where the medieval poet Snorri Sturluson lived. On day 8, see the incredible Snæfellsjökull glacier on Snæfellsnes Peninsula and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy an optional underground tour of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave first, then head on South to see the active Fagradalsfjall Volcano spewing actual lava. In the evening, you’ll return back to Reykjavik, where your 8-day adventure ends.

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Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

9. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

Explore one of the amazing, naturally formed ice caves on Falljökull glacier, which are only accessible in the winter time, when the meltwater from the dynamic outlet glacier freezes over and leaves behind giant ice tunnels. Begin the tour in Skaftafell, a nature reserve in Vatnajökull National Park. Meet your highly trained and certified glacier guide, who will provide the necessary glacier gear for this expedition — an ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmet. Step aboard the glacier bus, which will take you to the glacier terminal face. Listen to a safety briefing and learn how to use the necessary equipment. Follow the guide as you step onto the glacier and navigate through a labyrinth of deep crevasses, beautiful ice formations, and high ridges before you reach the highlight of the day, the deep blue ice cave. Take in the beauty of the cave and capture the memory as a perfect photograph. Listen to how and why these ice caves are formed. After exploring the cave, return to surface and head back over the glacier to the bus before returning to Skaftafell where your tour began.

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Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

10. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on this luxurious private Jeep tour. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want. This tour is perfect for any free-spirited adventurers that wish to travel in style and comfort. This tour will not only provide you with a large 4x4 Super Jeep, specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain, but also a personal guide that will spend a full day taking you across this marvelous country.  You can go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. You will also have the chance to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands, all the while keeping your base in Reykjavík. With this tour, whatever is possible to do within 12 hours will become a reality. The spacious Super Jeep will pick you up in the morning, at which point the day is yours. Your luxurious vehicle’s capabilities when it comes to alternative terrains means you have the option to see more sights than on the standard bus. There are also no other guests to delay or rush you, outside of those that you choose to bring along.  If you are not sure where you want to go, your expert guide can help you make up an itinerary to the most popular places or take you away from the crowds to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see. Just tell them your wishes, and they will plan accordingly. You'll be surprised just how much of this island you can see in a day.

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What people are saying about Vatnajökull National Park

The tour was great passing through some really nice scenery and stopping by to as most as possible we could cover within the day. Omar our guide was really nice explaining a lot about Icelandic culture and nature. The time was also allocated evenly across the sites and there was enough time for pictures and exploring. Overall an excellent and pleasant experience.

This tour was excellent. Our guide Addi was great, so nice and knowledgeable. He did his best to add additional stops along the way to see other nice things, including the northern lights. Highly recommended.

Very nice circuit, well organized. Super friendly and attentive guide. Spectacle impression which is worth the long hours of bus. A photo stop at the bottom of Vik would be a plus.

On that day everything was just right ... the organization, the atmosphere and above all the weather - Jökulsarlon in the sun will never be forgotten in your life!

great day, we were not disappointed with the scenery, the guide was great, it is an essential excursion to do.