Volcanoes and Glaciers - 6 days - Summer 2020

Volcanoes and Glaciers - 6 days - Summer 2020

This popular tour is a perfect opportunity to discover the magic of Iceland’s famous volcanoes and glaciers on a short but complete journey This is a unique fire and ice adventure you’ll never forget! Explore South Iceland’s famous wonders, including the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the Glacier Lagoon, and the Golden Circle. Travel along one of Iceland’s most volcanically active routes, viewing the breath-taking destruction left behind by eruptions. You’ll also see how both volcanoes and glaciers have forcefully created and continue to shape the land. No trip to South Iceland is complete until you’ve visited the volcanic Westman Islands where you’ll see first-hand the power and fury of volcanoes! Get closer to some of Iceland’s most beautiful and magnificent glaciers with awe-inspiring activities.

Highlights:
• A great first-time tour to experience both the natural wonders and energetic adventure of Iceland
• Visit and catch great photos of classic natural wonders, including the Gullfoss waterfalll and Geysir, the Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach and the Reynisfjara black sand beach
• Visit and overnight in the ruggedly beautiful Westman Islands – and get a good look at its infamous, powerful volcano
• Enjoy exciting and breathtaking activities that bring you alongside – and even onto – magnificent glaciers.

Accommodation with private facilities.
Please note that this tour books up quickly so we recommend to book with advance. An update on availability may not appear immediately at our website after the tour fills up. Kindly contact us to check for availability before making an online booking.

IT18 Map

IT18 Map

AVAILABLE:
May 21 to September 17

DURATION:
6 days / 5 nights

TOUR ID:
IT18

Included

    4 days guided tour as per itinerary with coach or small bus tour from Reykjavik
    -------------------
    Expert local English-speaking guide from Day 2 to Day 5
    -------------------
    Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room w/breakfast and w/private facilities in Reykjavík
    -------------------
    Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room w/breakfast and w/private facilities in countryside
    -------------------
    Pick up and drop off at hotel in Reykjavík prior to and after tour.
    -------------------
    1 three-course local-cuisine dinner in the countryside with coffee/tea
    -------------------
    Guide service during dinner
    -------------------
    Exhibition and cinema at Lava Centre
    -------------------
    Roundtrip to the Westman Islands with Ferry
    -------------------
    Entrance to Eldheimar Museum
    -------------------
    Glacier Walk or kayak tour at Sólheimajökull Glacier
    -------------------
    Zodiac tour on Iceberg Lagoon
    -------------------
    Great photo stops
    -------------------
    Seat rotation during the tour
    -------------------
    Customer care service during office hours
    -------------------
    24-hour emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
    -------------------

Not Included

    International airfare
    -------------------
    Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
    -------------------
    Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
    -------------------
    Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
    -------------------
    Beverages, snacks, lunches unless otherwise noted in itinerary
    -------------------
    Dinner in Reykjavík and the Westman Islands (Day 2) and Vík (Day 4)
    -------------------
    Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
    -------------------
    Guaranteed late check-out
    -------------------
    Any service not specifically mentioned under "included"
    -------------------

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Pre night


Transfer to Reykjavík is on your own. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers. 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 jetlag. In the afternoon 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.

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

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Highlights: Reykjavík

Day 2. Westman Islands

Drive along the south shore, one of Iceland’s most volcanic regions. Pass alongside farmlands built in the shadow of towering volcanic mountains. You’ll see many signs of how the volcanoes of the area have powerfully altered the landscape. If the skies are clear, you may even catch views of two of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes: Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010).

In Hvollsvollur town, visit the LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech exhibition about volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. It’s a perfect introduction to how natural volcanic and earthquake forces created Iceland – and continue to shape the island.

Next visit the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where the intrepid adventurer can take the trail that leads behind the waterfall.

Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor. Take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands, enjoying the view of volcanic islands and seabirds. Your destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westman Island archipelago. It is the only inhabited island. Life here is quite a bit different from the “mainland” Iceland, and you’ll discover some of the unique culture and history on a drive around the area.

Visit windy Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area.(During mid-May through the beginning of August you might also see puffins here.) Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago.You can still see the steam rising from the ground and the brilliantly red and black lava deposits that form bizarre shapes. The view from up here and over the sea and islands is simply stunning!

Next, take a trip back in time and visit Eldheimar Museum. You’ll learn about the catastrophic 1973 eruption that covered many homes on Heimaey in lava and changed the residents’ lives forever. You’ll see where lava flowed over houses and where grass and moss now grown in among the lava. The volcanic flows also created an amazing time capsule; wandering through Eldheimar gives you a peek into Icelandic daily life in the early 1970s.

The rest of the afternoon is open for you to explore the island on your own. Walk along the harbor and check out the 17th-century earth fort built to protect the islands from pirate raids. Catch some interesting and timeless photos of the replica of a Viking age stave church built in the year 2000. Take a swim in the public swimming pool, which uses geothermally warmed sea water. Soak in the vibes of the charming and lively fishing town, home to the family-owned Brothers micro-brewery and several restaurants known for great seafood and a charming local feeling. Or simply sit by the sea and enjoy the sounds of the waves and the calls of the sea birds and the peaceful atmosphere of the islands.

Overnight in the Westman Islands.
Dinner is on your own. The Westman Islands have some great restaurant choices, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy exploring the options

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Westman Islands, Eldheimar Exhibition

Approximate travel distance: 170 km (106 miles)

Day 3. South Shore - Skógar – Vík


Yesterday’s focus was on volcanoes. Today the focus is on glaciers! Take the morning ferry back from the Westman Islands to continue your exploration of the south coast. You will now be in the area of Katla Geopark, a UNESCO site designated for its unique volcanic and glacial features. The park is named after the glacier covered Katla volcano. Start with a visit to photogenic Skogafoss waterfall, where legends say an ancient treasure is hidden.

Soon you will be in the area of Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Visit Solheimajokull, a glacier outlet from Mydralsjokull glacier. Solheimajokull is a fantastic opportunity to discover glaciers up close. You can choose one of two unforgettable glacier experiences (Both activities are great for beginners; no previous experience is needed).

Glacier Hike- Strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and follow an expert glacier guide on Solheimajokull itself. You’ll explore the glacier’s surface, discovering amazing ice formations and learn interesting facts about how glaciers form. (Duration: 2 – 2,5 hours) Note: Minimum age for tour is 8 years old and a minimum shoe size of European 34 (U.S. 25)

Glacier View Kayaking – Enjoy Solheimajokull from a different angle on an easy kayak tour. Paddle a special sit-on-top kayak in a natural lagoon that flows out from Solheimajokull glacier. Follow your guide’s kayak on this easy tour as you paddle between stunning icebergs. Enjoy views of the glacier you can only see from the water. (Duration: 2,5 hours) Note: minimum age for kayaking is 12 years old

Afterwards, continue your journey. Visit the magical black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Here you can witness powerful waves and amazing basalt column structures carved by the power of the sea. Walking along the beach and hearing the thundering waves is a reminder of nature’s power.

Head to the village of Vik for your overnight. Vik has become a base for a variety of activity tours. This evening you might like to try a Zip Line adventure or a horseback ride along the black sand beach. We can book these tours for you in advance.

Overnight and dinner in Vík area.

Highlights of the day: Skógafoss Waterfall, Reynisdrangar Cliffs, Dyrhólaey, Vík

Approximate travel distance: 115 km (71miles)

Day 4. Vík - Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


Today you’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Vatnajokull National Park covers 14% of Iceland’s surface, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Throughout the day you’ll also have views of massive Vatnajokull glacier.

Start the day by crossing Eldhraun, the largest single flow of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth. The cataclysmic eruption happened in 1783-1784 AD and affected the climate across mainland Europe. The vast lava moss-covered lava formations are surreal. Head across a landscape of black sand plains and braided rivers created when glacier capped volcanoes erupted. It’s hard to believe that this black sand desert was actually created by ice!

Visit Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajokull National Park. The contrast of black volcanoes, silvery glaciers and small green forests is strikingly beautiful. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. Spend a few moments here taking in this unforgettable site. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, a black sand area where broken bits of ice bergs come to rest before they eventually drift to sea.

Now it’s time to enjoy the beauty of ice and water even more with a boat trip! Head to the Iceberg Lagoon, another (and quieter) glacier lagoon in the area. Take a Zodiac boat tour amid the floating ice bergs, viewing the different shapes and shades of blue. Enjoy the guide’s interesting insights about the glacier and the area’s history and nature.

Overnight in Vík area.
Dinner is on your own.

Highlights of the day: Vatnajökull National Park, Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Eldhraun Lava Field, Skaftafell National Park

Approximate travel distance: 399 km (248 miles)

Day 5. Gullfoss – Geysir - Ţingvellir – Reykjavík


Today you will visit the Golden Circle region, perhaps one of Iceland’s most famous areas. It’s also a fascinating place to discover more about Iceland’s volcanic and glacial powers, with a bit of Viking history on the side.

Start off byheading for the Geysir geothermal field. The very earth steams with volcanic heat. Underground hot springs erupt as geysers. The most famous geyser is Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts high in the air every few minutes. But there are many other smaller yet very interesting geysers and bubbling mud pools.

Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. Gullfoss is created by a glacial river, Hvita, that thunders over two ledges into a deep canyon. Several footpaths lead around the falls, each giving you a different view.

The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Thingvellir is where Iceland became a nation, and many important decisions and historical events happened here. Thingvellir is also a fascinating place geologically; the North American and European tectonic plates meet, allowing you to walk between continents.

After some time to explore the wonders of Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík.
Dinner is on your own.

Highlights of the day: Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park

Approximate travel distance: 295 km (183 miles)

Day 6. Departure


Transfer to the international airport not included. It is recommended to be at the airport at least 2.5 hours before departure.


Tour Dates

May 21, 2020 English Guaranteed Small group
May 28, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group
June 04, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group
June 18, 2020 English Guaranteed Small group
July 02, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group
July 16, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group
July 23, 2020 English Guaranteed Small group
August 13, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group
August 20, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group
September 03, 2020 English Guaranteed Small group
September 10, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group
September 17, 2020 English Guaranteed Standard group

Price Information

May 21, 2020 - May 31, 2020:
Price per person in Double/Twin room - Standard group max 36 people 173328 ISK (1283 EUR)
Price per person in Single room - Standard group max 36 people 223698 ISK (1656 EUR)
Price per person in Double/Twin room - Small group max 16 people 204378 ISK (1513 EUR)
Price per person in Single room - Small group max 16 people 255439 ISK (1891 EUR)
June 01, 2020 - September 17, 2020:
Price per person in Double/Twin room - Standard group max 36 people 187679 ISK (1389 EUR)
Price per person in Single room - Standard group max 36 people 246882 ISK (1827 EUR)
Price per person in Double/Twin room - Small group max 16 people 219558 ISK (1625 EUR)
Price per person in Single room - Small group max 16 people 278207 ISK (2059 EUR)

Optional

 

Zip Line Adventure Vík - per person
Price: 15149 ISK (112 EUR)

Evening Horse Riding Tour in Vík - per person
Price: 11178 ISK (83 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20% Deposit
Cancellation Policy
Time of cancellation for individual traveller(s):
More than 3 weeks (22+ days) prior to arrival: deposit (20%) charged
3 weeks (21 days) and more than 1 week (8 days): 50% charged
1 week (7 days) and more than 72 hours: 75% charged
72 hours' notice and less: 100% charged

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Maximum passengers - Standard Classic Motor coach version: 36 passengers

Maximum group size - Small group: 16 passengers

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

Activity Level/Difficulty: 1 out of 5 (Very Easy)

Excellent locally-based guides who know and are passionate about Iceland

Accommodation:
This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally quality three star hotels.

This tour is also available without accommodation in Reykjavík. For further information please contact us.

Payment:

A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.

Solo traveler: On the following dates, with dbl sharing upon request and availability or 15% discount on sgl room price: Jun 18, Jul 2, Aug 13. To book this please contact us.

Children rate:

Child 6-11 years sharing a double room with 2 adults will receive a 25% discount from the listed package price.

Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.


Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers´ name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

Travel Insurance:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.
Find out more how we use cookies