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South Iceland Adventure

5 Days / 7 locations in Iceland

Current Special
Early Bird Discount! Book by 15 September, 2019 and take 10% off of this tour! The discount will be taken at the time of booking and is subject to availability. The discount applies only to new bookings.

2019 Guaranteed Departures
October 18, 25
November 15
Prices From$1885 per Person Double
$340 Single Supplement
2020 Departures
February 14, 21
March 06, 13
April 03
Prices From$1885 per Person Double
$340 Single Supplement
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Discover Iceland’s wild and authentic side on this exclusive Golden Circle and South Coast SuperJeep exploration with one of our best guides. You‘ll enjoy exciting adventures and discoveries such as glacier hiking, ice cave exploring and bathing in the Secret Lagoon!

Travelling is not only about seeing, it’s also about tasting, and experiencing. Your guide will make sure to engage all your senses as you get to know the wild and authentic Iceland. Travel in a luxury 4X4 vehicle with one of Iceland’s best local guides, who will connect you with geology, nature and history in his fun, unique way. Take scenic backroad trails, visiting both the beloved and hidden natural wonders. The small group size and charming accommodation at Hrifunes guesthouse where the welcoming hosts Haukur and Hadda will prepare lovely family-style meals for you, which is an important part of this local and unique experience

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik

Upon arrival, head through passport control, collect your bags and go through customs to the Arrival Hall. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, you might consider a visit to the Blue Lagoon on your way into Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon entrance must be booked in advance, and we can assist with that.

Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik’s old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city’s outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jet lag. In the after-noon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland’s nature and landscape.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

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 between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm).

 
Day 2     Reykjavik - Skogar
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Distance Traveled is variable- routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day

4x4 Adventure – Back Roads and Beautiful Views – Lava Cave - Black Sand Coast - Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your driver-guide, who will brief you on the day’s excursion. Today you will be an explorer as well as a traveler! It’s important to know that your guide may adjust the itinerary to snow and weather conditions, to make sure each day is an adventure that shows you the best of the area at the time you are visiting.

All the activities planned are fun, but you are not required to take part. So don‘t worry if you don‘t feel up to it. The days will be really great with lots to see, so you‘ll still have a great time.

Once you leave the city limits, it won’t take long to reach remote areas. You’ll start the day with an easy caving expedition for those who are interested, into an ancient lava tube. These are created by volcanic eruptions and give a rare glimpse of how a volcano looks from the inside.

After emerging from underground, drive along the South Shore using back roads and trails, enjoying the views of rugged coast and isolated farms.

Along the way you‘ll stop to view some of the beautiful waterfalls that decorate the South Shore such as the mighty Skogafoss waterfall. If conditions are just right, you might also visit a hidden waterfall, a local gem accessible only to small groups.

Then climb aboard the 4x4 vehicle again to explore a part of the region‘s famous black sand beaches.

At the end of the day you‘ll visit a secret natural wonder on the black sandy beach.

Spend the evening at the Hrifunes guesthouse, located on a cozy farm just on the edge of the highland wilderness. Hrifunes is far away from any light pollution, so if the weather conditions are right, there is a chance you could see northern lights*

The hosts of Hrifunes, Haukur and Hadda, will make sure you have a comfortable stay. They serve home-made family-style dinners. Your guide, Ingimundur, will also join you for the meal. Dinner is an especially fun part of the day, with lots of chatting and laughter about the day spent together. Our past visitors have really enjoyed this experience and the opportunity to enjoy good food and get to know the other people on the trip better.

*Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, and seeing them cannot be guaranteed.

 
Day 3     Skaftafell National Park - Vatnajokull Glacier - Jokulsarlon
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Distance Traveled is variable- routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day

Extensive Lava fields– Europe‘s largest glacier - Glacier Hike –Lagoon with Icebergs – Ice Cave Exploration

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start the day by driving along the mountain road that crosses Eldhraun, a huge lava field created an eruption in the 18th century. Some historians believe this was a cause of the French Revolution (you’ll hear more about that during the tour)!

Pass the huge cliffs at Lomagnupur with their incredible basalt columns, and enjoy some of the hidden gems the area has to offer. Continue to the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park. The entire national park covers about 14% of Iceland, making it one of the largest parks in Europe. Here you’ll don crampons and, with ice pick in hand, hike on the wonderous Svinafellsjokull glacier. During the hike you‘ll see amazing shapes in the ice and learn how glaciers are formed.

Afterwards, enjoy the famous Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon with its colourful icebergs and lazy seals, and the picturesque Diamond Beach close by. Plenty of photo opportunities here!

If the period is right and weather and conditions on the ice are safe, you‘ll visit a natural ice cave on the South side of Vatnajokull glaciers. These ice caves appear and disappear according to the movements of the glacier. Some are very stable to visit, others are more difficult to reach and are more unstable. Some are quite unique while others look ordinary at first but become extraordinary in the right light and conditions. Expert glacier guides in the area will assess the conditions and see if there is any suitable ice cave to visit while you’re in the region.

After an exciting day of ice, icebergs and volcanic lava, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight at Hrifunes, your home away from home.

 
Day 4     Thingvellir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Distance Traveled is variable- routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day

Volcanic Views – Golden Waterfall – Erupting Hot Springs – Bathing in a Secret Lagoon

Enjoy another delicious Hrifunes breakfast. Then you‘re off again for another day‘s adventure in your trusty 4x4 SuperJeep.

Make your way towards the Golden Circle, passing through regions with views of volcanic mountains such as the famous Eyjafjallajokull (2010 eruption) and Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most frequently erupting volcano.

On the agenda today is a swim in the Secret Lagoon, a peaceful hot-spring fed lake. Created by local residents using the natural landscape and materials in 1891, it is Iceland’s oldest geothermal swimming pool. The water has natural minerals that soothe your skin. Surrounding the pool are tiny bubbling mud pots and a little geyser that erupts regularly. Watching these as you soak in the Secret Lagoon is a special experience.

End the day visiting the three natural pearls that create the famous Golden Circle: the big waterfall Gullfoss, the spouting hot spring area of Geysir and the beautiful Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is the ancient location of Iceland’s first parliament, as well as the meeting point of two tectonic plates that divide Europe from North America. Your guide will bid you adieu with a taste of Iceland’s famous schnapps, brennivin, and a bit of fermented shark meat to go with it. It‘s a true Viking test and tastier than it sounds!

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your leisure.

Overnight at hotel in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

 
Day 5     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. We recommend departing your hotel approximately 3 hours before departure time of the flight from Keflavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

 

Notes

Type of tour: Escorted Multi-day Tour with and Activity Focus (Small-Group Guided Tour)

Recommended For: Soft Adventure Travelers, People interested in off-the-beaten-path travel, Foodies, Explorers, Nature Enthusiasts

Interests: Local Culture, Good Food, Winter Outdoor Activities, Wilderness Views, Natural Wonders, Geology, History

Minimum 2 People And Maximum 12 People
Price Includes
Guided Superjeep Tour from Day 2 to Day 4
Free Wi-Fi on Board Travel Vehicle
Accommodation 2 Nights in a Standard Room With Facilities in Reykjavik
Icelandic Breakfast (except Arrival Day
2 Two-Course Family-Style Icelandic Dinners in the Countryside (day 2 & 3)
3 Gourmet Lunch Boxes (day 2, 3, & 4)
Lava Tube Caving, Including Use of Helmet and Crampons (day 2)
Guided Glacier Hike, Including Use of Helmet, Crampons and Ice Pick (day 3
Entrance to Secret Lagoon (day 4)
Taste of Icelandic Shark and Brennivin (day 4)
Customer Care Service During Office Hours
Use of Crampons/Cleats (if Needed) for Walking on Snow/Ice Covered Surfaces
Personal Travel Insurance (highly Recommended)
Round-Trip Transfers Between Airport and Hotel
Price Does Not Include
 Air
 Baggage Porterage at Airport/Hotel
IT$-0719