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Sensational Iceland – Winter

Sensational Iceland – Winter

Explore the South Coast of Iceland, go glacier hiking, see amazing waterfalls, visit a black sand beach and then hunt for the Northern Lights if possible.

Depart from Reykjavik for a day packed with activity and beautiful sites. So gear yourself up in warm clothes and good shoes - and don't forget your camera! Along the route you will pass a geothermal power plant and plenty of steaming boreholes, giving the area a mystic atmosphere filled with the 'sweet' smell of sulphur. Continuing down the mountain by the town Hveragerdi where the tour makes the first stop in the geothermal areas in and around Hveragerdi. Driving through this area you can see Icelandic horses in the fields. The next stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, unique because it is one of the few waterfalls where you can walk behind the falling water. Enjoy the 60 meter high waterfall from the other side.

Glacier hiking & the South Coast

After the running water of Seljalandsfoss you should be ready for some frozen environment - the glacier. You are geared up with crampons and recieve a safety briefing before you set foot on the glacier. Sólheimajökull glacier is a part of Myrdalsjökull, Iceland‘s fourth largest glacier that covers the infamous volcano Katla. The one hour hike is fairly easy and should be suitable for all over the age of ten that are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.

Reynisfjara, the black sand beach is where the tour takes you after the hiking. Beware of the powerful waves that can sweep you of your feet if you go too close to the ocean. In Reynisfjara you encounter beautiful basalt columns and the sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. The south coast of Iceland has so many attractions that you will have plenty to look at on the way back as well! Before dinner a stop is maed at Skógafoss Waterfall with water running from Eyjafjallajökull. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. Legend says that a treasure is buried behind it and in spite of someone finding the chest they could not take it with them before it disappeared again.

Northern Lights Hunting

Understandably, there is no promise of viewing the auroras. Everybody will hope for the best and be prepared if luck is at hand. But not on an empty stomach. A stop is made for dinner (not included), as tour members are on the lookout. A little time is provided to reload, if there's no aurora activity yet. Tour members take another look at the cloud cover and the aurora forecast. With such information at hand, your guide will decide whether there are chances of seeing the northern lights tonight, and if so, where to go. The Aurora Borealis are usually neon green, though white, red and purple colors may also appear. To watch the northern lights surrounded by the magical Icelandic nature is like walking into a storybook full of mystical beings and locations.

The tour is operated by DaytripFactory Partner.

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Location: The tour starts and ends with pick up and drop off at your hotel / guest house in Reykjavik area

Duration: 11 - 12 hours

Transportation: Mini bus

Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, guided glacier hike for 1 hour, glacier gear such as crampons, ice axes and helmets.

What to bring: Warm water proof clothing, sturdy shoes, gloves.

Departures: Pick up 10:00 am

Food: Buy at frequent stops, dinner at one stop (not included).

Available: winter

Operator: DaytripFactory Partner