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Skógafoss
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Skógafoss

Strokkur
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Strokkur

Northern Lights
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir

Northern Lights

Reynisfjara
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Reynisfjara

Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir
Our guide was a superb guide. She was not only friendly and knowledgeable, but also as enthusiastic and excited about our adventure as we were. The glacier walk and glacier lagoon were probably my favorite sights/activities. The entire south coast is stunning!

- Amanda, Germany -

Tour type: Winter short break with Ice Cave, Glacier Walk and Northern Lights

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Adult: 99900

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What's included: Guide, accommodation, breakfast, Ice Cave tour and a Glacier Walk

Departures: November to March

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Accommodation: Confortable hotel with private facilities, breakfast included.

Pick up: Pick up between 8:15 and 8:45 and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavik

Group size: Maximum 16

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 2-4 hours total (often divided into multiple shorter hikes)

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  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Ice Cave tour and a Glacier Walk
    • Northern Lights
    • Waterfalls,spouting hot springs, and black beaches
    • Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach

    This three day south coast adventure tour embraces the highlights of the South of Iceland. It includes the historical and geological Thingvellir National Park, the majestic Golden waterfall Gullfoss, the world famous Geysir hot spring, the renowned Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón, as well as the immense black sand beaches and beautiful waterfalls of the south coast.

    On top of these unique natural wonders, the tour includes exciting activities like a Glacier Walk and a tour of the Ice Cave (from November). We spend two nights at Fosshotel Núpar which is, if the conditions are favorable, a perfect place to see Northern Lights. 

    Included: Qualified driver guide for 3 days, vehicle transportation for 3 days, hotel accommodation in Fosshotel Núpar with private bathroom, including breakfast  (price is based on double room, single passengers and groups with odd numbers must pay a single supplement to have a single room during the tour). Glacier Walk, Ice Cave tour (from November – March)

    Not included: Lunch and dinner

    Minimum age: 10 years

    Note: Our expert guides may adjust the program depending on weather and conditions. The aim will always be to give the best and safest possible experience!

    The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore can sightings not be guaranteed.

    Single travellers must choose the single supplement option during the booking process.

    Add accommodation in Reykjavík for the perfect short break in Iceland.

    Need more help with planning your tour to Iceland? Contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Geology, history, Geysers and Waterfalls.
    Pick up between 8:15 and 8:45 by your guide and driver at your accommodation. We leave the capital towards the National Park of Thingvellir. There we walk along the faults and fissures of the area that make evident the rifting of the earth's crust and hear about the major historic events that have taken place at this UNESCO world heritage site. We continue towards Geysir geothermal area and witness the spouting spring Strokkur that erupts up to 30 meters high and close by the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. From there we drive along the scenic south coast for overnight at Fosshótel Núpar, located in one of Iceland's most glorious landscapes.Surrounded by lava fields, it offers a spectacular view of Vatnajökull, the world‘s largest glacier outside the Arctic. Northern lights hunting in the evening if the weather permits.

    Day 2:  Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach and Ice Cave Exploration
    Today we head further east along Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull. Our first stop will be at the renowned Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón filled with huge floating icebergs. A short walk away there's a chance to see the Diamond Beach where icebergs appear as diamonds on the black sand. The afternoon will be adventurous and includes a tour into the majestic ice caves. Afterwards we return to our hotel. The hotel offers a wake up call if the Northern Lights are to be seen. 

    Day 3: Black beaches, Waterfalls and glacier walking
    On our journey back to Reykjavík we take time to stop and enjoy the picturesque landscape of the South Coast and we stroll along the black beaches of Vík and Reynisfjara, being aware of the big and powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean. We will experience exciting glacier walk on Glacier Sólheimajökull and we will take a close look at the beautiful waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss before returning to Reykjavik in late afternoon.

    Please note that the itinerary might change due to weather conditions.

  • Equipment List

    Equipment list – Short Breaks

    Equipment list for Short Breaks

    Equipment list for Short breaks

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Light hiking boots.
    • Thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants.
    • Hiking pants.
    • Gloves.
    • Warm socks.
    • Warm hat.
    • Extra warm jacket / parka for cold days (winter).

    Other gear:

    • Small backpack for clothes and items used during the day – 20L (1200 cu in).
    • Sunglasses and sun protection (summer & spring). 
    • Water bottle. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
    • Swim suit (depends on tour).

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s). 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.

     

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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