(2 days/1 night) Tour Code: WG216
£540 per person (maximum 18 people, minimum age 8)
The Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, on the edge of the Vatnajökull National Park (Europe’s largest), is one of the most spectacular sights in Iceland and was a setting for two James Bond films – A View To A Kill and Die Another Day. It can be reached in a long day-trip from , but visiting it as part of a two or three-day excursion allows you to spend more time exploring the dramatic scenery of the south coast en route.
After a pick-up (09:00 – 09:30) from your accommodation in the capital, you head eastwards, passing the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the eruption of which shut down much of Europe’s air space for a few days in 2010. Your first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, which plunges 60m over a cliff into a shallow pool. If you don’t mind getting wet, and the conditions are suitable, you can take the trail that goes behind the waterfall. Then it’s on to the village of Vik, with its black sand beach and remarkable basalt columns and sea stacks, en route visiting Skogafoss, considered to be one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. After a break for refreshments, you continue eastwards across a giant lava field, formed from the largest lava flow from a single eruption in recorded history. Finally, following a short stop in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you reach Jökulsárlón with its floating blue icebergs, calved from the Vatnajokull Glacier. Your overnight stop is at a country hotel (simple rooms with en suite facilities) neaby. If conditions are favourable, you will be watching for the Northern Lights.
Day 2 begins with an expedition into an ice cave (safety helmet provided but be sure to wear water-resistant hiking boots) with an expert guide, who will decide which of several possible caves to visit depending on weather and other conditions. In spring, the caves begin to buckle and melt and, in autumn, the glacier guides set out in search of new chambers to explore. After a ride in a Super Jeep to your destination, you will remain in the cave for at least 45 minutes, marvelling at the intense blue colour of the ice. Before heading back to , you will make another short stop at Jökulsárlón lagoon, where you may be lucky enough to see some seals. You then have the choice of being taken directly to your accommodation (arriving between 20:00 and 21:00) or setting out to search for the Northern Lights. This expedition is free-of-charge and includes a stop at a restaurant where you can buy dinner or light refreshments. Afterwards, the drop off at your accommodation is likely to be between 00:00 and 01:00.
Please note: Iceland’s ever-changing weather conditions mean that a degree of flexibility has been built into this tour and your guide will decide on each trip exactly how the itinerary will operate. The price includes breakfast but no other meals.
Departures: November – March (daily)