South Coast Glaciers and Waterfalls

Six days

Day 1, Arrival to Iceland


Welcome to Iceland. We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your downtown Reykjavík hotel. Spend the day at leisure with recommendations from your guide.


Day 2, Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss and Snowmobiles


We start off with an early hotel pick-up in the morning and drive over to UNESCO designated cultural site, Thingvellir National Park, a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and Icelands parliament was founded in 930 by the Viking settlers. We continue to the Geysir hot springs, the area hosts an impressive collection of bubbling mud pools, colorful clear hot-water springs and the erupting Strokkur hotspring, spewing boiling water tens of meters into the air every 10 minutes or so. On to great Gullfoss waterfall. The 3-tiered waterfall is one of the most powerful in Europe. After lunch at Gullfoss we continue with our 4×4 superjeep to Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier where we go for a thrilling snowmobile tour. Overnight in the countryside.

Þingvellir, birthplace of Viking democracy, the Althing

Day 3, South Coast Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches


Today we explore the dramatic scenery of the southern lowlands. We’ll see waterfalls and majestic sea-cliffs, home to the charismatic puffin. We explore the unique black sand beaches and see great views of glaciers and volcanoes. We’ll visit the unique waterfall of Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascading water among the magical ferns and the powerful Skógafoss waterfall framed by the infamous volcano of Eyjafjallajökull. Dinner and overnight in the area.


Day 4, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


We continue along to the east through the vast sandy alluvial south where braided glacial rivers meander through the landscape. We stop at Skaftafell nature reserve, an oasis of green in the vast black flood plains. In Skaftafell we have can hike into the lush birch forest to see Svartifoss cascade with its beautiful basalt formations. After lunch we continue eastward beneath the highest peak of Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur at 2110m, and along to the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull slides into a vast lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Dinner and overnight in the area.

Black sand beaches and columnar basalt at Reynisfjara

Day 5, Thorsmörk


Today we turn back west towards the capital and along the way we visit the inland wilderness area of Thorsmörk. Here we see some of the most dramatic scenery Iceland has to offer such as the fissure cut glacier of Gígjökull that grinds down over black basalt rock. In the heart of the area we can explore birch- and angelica-filled gullies and endless trickling streams of water. Explore the possibilities with your guide according to your wishes and weather conditions. We end the day in Reykjavík with dinner at on of the best restaurants in town suggested by your guide. Overnight in Reykjavík.


Day 6, Departure


On this, the last day of your visit we pick you up from your hotel three hours before your flight departure and bring you to Keflavík International Airport in time for your check-in.

Thorsmörk, Thors plains, vast sheltered area dominated by ice and water and lush birch forests

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