Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers - ILR33

Geysir, Gullfoss, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón and the Laki Volcano!

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Adult: 249.900

Duration: 5  days

Pick up: Pickup from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik from 08:30 in the morning

Group size: 6-16 participants

  • Description:

    Discover the Most Beautiful Landscape of South and South-East Iceland.

    This is an outstanding trip to one of Iceland’s most attractive areas, including the famous Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall, the Skaftafell part of Vatnajökull National Park, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the famous Laki volcano. On this tour you will be hiking through stunning volcanic sceneries with breathtaking panoramic views over glaciers and spectacular mountain peaks. Whether it is the glacier lagoon and its amazing icebergs, the incredible volcanic landscapes of the Laki area or Skaftafell that impresses you the most, you can be certain to have an outstanding adventure. And maybe, if weather conditions permit we might enjoy the dramatic and phenomenal midnight sun decorating Vatnajökull icecap. The evenings and nights will be spent at a nice and comfortable countryside hotel in the close vicinity of the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the southeast. Transport in comfortable 4 wheel drive vehicles.

    Included in price: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation for 5 days, breakfast and dinner for 4 days (lunch not included but can be added), accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in double/twin rooms (single supplement is 42.500 ISK per person).

    Not included in price: Lunch - can be added for 12.500 ISK, optional 2 - 3 hour walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided) - special rate: 8.125 ISK pr. person.

    Minimum age: 14 years

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  • Itinerary:

    Day 1: Gullfoss – Geysir - Hotel Pickup from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik from 08:30 in the morning.
    First on our program for the day is a visit to the Great Geysir geothermal area. There we will take a look at the areas namesake and its neighbor, Strokkur a feisty geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes. Close by we find Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls; in two giant steps the water falls 32 meters into a deep gorge. We continue east through one of the largest agriculture areas. Passing by two very impressive glaciers, a huge sand desert and one of Iceland’s biggest lava fields we reach our hotel where we stay for the next 4 nights.
    Driving: 6 hrs total    Walking: 2-3 hrs total

    Day 2: Vatnajökull National Park-Skaftafell
    Vatnajökull National Park is Europe’s biggest National Park.The southeast part of this park is the area of Skaftafell which is composed of natural forest growing between glacial tongues, reaching down almost to sea level - a unique place to visit. We walk through a birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall, which is famous for its black basalt columns. On the way we will get fantastic views of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull and Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m), its highest peak. In the afternoon a 2-3 hour inspiring walk on the glacier is optional. You will be provided with all the necessary gear (crampons and ice axes) to discover the amazing blue world of ice and explore its ridges and crevasses ! Return to the hotel.
    Driving: 2 hrs total    Walking: 4-5 hrs total

    Day 3: Volcano Laki
    Today we head for the craters of Laki. In 1783 a 25 km long fissure opened and lava flew out of 130 craters of Laki, devastating huge pasture fields. Clouds of poisonous gases killed over 50% of the livestock on Iceland. This led to a great famine which soon killed about 20% of the population. This was the second greatest eruption in Iceland since the original settlement and naturally had a deep impact on the Icelandic population. However, today these craters are mostly covered with green moss which makes a huge contrast to the black and red color of the underlying lava. In good weather we will climb to the top of the the Laki mountain. From there we have a splendid view over all the craters and the ice cap of Vatnajökull. On our way to Laki we will see Fagrifoss which is a magnificent waterfall in Geirlandsá river and certainly lives up to its name, the beautiful waterfall. Return to the same hotel.
    Driving: 4-5 hrs total    Walking: 3-4 hrs total

    Day 4: Jökulsárlón 
    Today we head east along the Öræfajökull glacier which covers one of the country’s greatest volcanoes and its highest summit. We then cross great flatlands in front of the huge Breiðamerkurjökull glacier before arriving to Jökulsárlón lagoon with its picturesque floating icebergs. This place has provided the backdrop for many Hollywood films - for example the James Bond movie “Die another Day”. We discover a great variety of icebergs of different forms and shapes and the wide range of blue and white colours in the ice. In the afternoon on our way back, we will take a walk at the foot of the Öræfajökull glacier, with fantastic views over the vast sand plains of the river Skeiðará. In 1996 the great glacier outflow from under the Vatnajökull icecap destroyed the longest bridge in Iceland. A huge mass of ice (3000 billion liters) melted and the water reached a flow rate of 55,000 cubic meters per second and covered these huge plains with water. Return to the same hotel.
    Driving: 3-4 hrs total    Walking: 4-5 hrs total

    Day 5: Vík – Hot springs of Ölkelduháls – Reykjavik
    On our return to Reykjavik we pass by the village of Vík (Vík í Mýrdal) where we can enjoy a walk on the black beach. The pinnacles of Reynisdrangar are to be seen just offshore. According to legend, the pinnacles were left standing there after two trolls tried to pull a three master ship past the headland, but were caught and petrified by the first rays of sunshine. North of the village Hveragerði, famous for its greenhouses, we enjoy our last walk over to the geothermal area of Reykjadalur where we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream before returning to the hectic life of Iceland’s capital.
    Driving: 4 hrs total    Walking: 3-4 hrs total

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  • Equipment list:

    Equipment list - Touring Adventure

    Equipment list for Touring Adventures

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking Boots – The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust. Gore-Tex or alternative waterproof membrane is a preferable extra. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Rain Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Preferably waterproof and breathable material (Gore-Tex or equivalents). 
    • Hiking pants.
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Liner Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester). 
    • Mittens – Wool or synthetic (optionally waterproof) (two pairs if no Liner Gloves). 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Hat or Balaclava – Wool or synthetic. 


    Other gear:

    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. Size :30-50 litres. 
    • A travel sack for your baggage 
    • Towel – A light weight and packable one. 
    • Toothbrush. 
    • Sunglasses – Big enough to cover the eyes and with sufficient UV-protection. 
    • Sun protection. 
    • Water container – Pet plastic bottle. 


    Optional gear:

    • Walking poles. 
    • Gaiters – Calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breakes). 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.

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  • FAQ:

    FAQ for IMG33 Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers

    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation for 5 days, breakfast and dinner for 5 days, accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in double/twin rooms. Single room during the tour (supplement) is 32.800 ISK per person
    • Not included: Lunch – can be added, optional 2-3 hour glacier walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier can be added as well. Both can be booked and paid for on the tour.

    What are my options if I do not book the lunch package through you?

    • You can buy food for the tour before it starts or buy food at small shops/gas stations that are along the way on the tour.

    What is included in the lunch package?

    • On day 1 of the tour, we stop at Café Gullfoss and have an authentic Icelandic meat soup.
    • The usual lunch from the hotel includes a sandwich, yoghurt/Icelandic Skyr, piece of cake or biscuits, tea/coffee and a piece of fruit.


    Is pick-up and drop off included? What time is the pick up?

    • Yes, pick-up and drop off is included. Passengers are picked up between 8:30 and 9:00 am
    • from their accommodation in Reykjavík.


    Do I need a sleeping bag for this tour?

    • No, a sleeping bag is not required for this trip since hotel accommodation is included.


    Is this a Super Jeep tour?

    • No, this is not a Super Jeep tour. A 4x4 vehicle is needed but it will not be a Super Jeep.


    I am a single traveler. Will I have to share a room if I don‘t book the single supplement?

    • If you do not book the single supplement, you will have to share a room with another single traveler of the same sex. If there is no other single traveler on the tour, you will stay in a single room for no extra charge.


    Is there free WIFI at the hotel?

    • Yes, free WIFI is included at the hotel.

    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • The hotel provides both breakfast and dinner and can accommodate such requirements.
    • Please let us know beforehand about such requirements.


    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while I’m on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the tour then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • You can also store luggage at the Icelandic Travel Market downtown. Remember to label your bags carefully with your name and when you will pick it up.


    What is the accommodation like on the tour?

    • Accommodation is in a comfortoble country hotel


    What will we have to carry on the daily hikes?

    • Only a day backpack with some extra clothes, food for the day and water.


    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.


    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at
    incoming@mountainguides.is

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