Explore the Icelandic South Shore including the glacial lagoon Jokulsarlon

Season: October - April            Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights

Highlights:

  • Walk along continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO)
  • Enjoy freshly baked “hot spring bread”
  • Discover the diverse nature along the South Coast of Iceland, with volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls
  • Walk along the banks of the awe-inspiring iceberg Glacial Lagoon
  • Uncover the impact and power of recent volcanic eruptions near Eyjafjallajokull
  • Hunting for the Northern Lights in optimal rural locations
  • isit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon

 

Day 1: Arrival

Overnight stay in Reykjavik

 

Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

Northern Lights Center - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Start the day by visiting the recently opened and fascinating Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights. Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. We then drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where we experience a geothermal bakery first hand and dig up bread that has been cooked underground. After the tour, we sample  the delicious bread, served hot from the ground with some butter. Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and high spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.

Overnight in Fludir area.

 

Day 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Waterfalls - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre - Volcanic Aftermath - Black Sand Beaches

We will spend this day exploring the region close to the towering, strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. At the Volcano Visitor Centre at Thorvaldseyri Farm, located beneath Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, you will be able to see, both in pictures and on movie, the eruption and its impact on the countryside, the country itself and the whole world.

Visit an innovative Icelandic farm where the main line of produce is milk and beef but the farm is best known for its grain farming. Driving along the south shore we will make a stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Onwards to Reynisfjara beach, viewing the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight stay and Northern light hunt in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

 

Day 4: Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty dominated by the glacier Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon.

Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

Greenhouse Village - Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon

We head towards the village of Hveragerdi which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "the flower village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. The tour continues to Strandarkirkja a church popularly believed to have a special power to aid success or provide good luck. Then along the coast with breath taking sea waves through a community once flourishing and now deserted. On to the Reykjanes peninsula where we enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (Blue Lagoon bathing fee not included), which is a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm mineralrich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field. 

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

 

Day 6: Departure

Transfer to the international airport.