Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet
your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Ice Cave Tour and
Highlights of the South Shore” itinerary.
On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help
you arrange shared or private transfers.
If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore 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).
Reykjavik - South Shore - Vik (Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles)
Volcanic Area - Scenic Waterfalls - Black Sand Beaches
Breakfast at your hotel. Start today by exploring the region close to the towering, strato-volcano
Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today.
Journey along the South Shore, an area that is especially beautiful in winter, when you can see
mystical shapes in the lava and mountains. Stop at the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall
you can sometimes walk behind. Nearby is another beautiful waterfall, Skogafoss. 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
Overnight: Suburban area
Vatnajokull Glacier - Skaftafell (Approximate distance: ca279km / 173miles)
Europe's Largest Glacier - Ice Cave Exploration
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you enter the region of Vatnajokull 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 Vatnajokull
itself. After an exciting day, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Ice caves, like the one you will explore today, can be found in several different locations on the
south side of Vatnajokull glacier. Some ice caves are very special, while others might not seem
as special 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
Normally one cave per trip is explored, always the most interesting and safest cave available at
You will be in the ice cave for at least 45 minutes, in very cold temperatures.
The day also includes a visit to the intriguing Glacier Lagoon, where icebergs float amid the
waters - a great photo opportunity. After an exciting day, return to your hotel for dinner and
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
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.
Warm hat and gloves: Your hat should be able to fit comfortably under a helmet.
Sunglasses and sunscreen: Essential, as the sun reflects 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 available for shoe sizes starting from
European number 35 or US number 4.
Overnight: Suburban area
The Golden Circle and Reykjavik (Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles)
Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)
Breakfast at your hotel. After experiencing the glaciers, it is 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
Tour ends in Reykjavik. The evening is at your leisure.
Overnight in Reykjavik
Reykjavik City Sightseeing - Blue Lagoon
Colourful Capital - Bathe in a Geothermal 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 Hofdi 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 Hallgrimskirkja 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.