Get close to Iceland’s glaciers on this adventurous and exiting tour. See the remarks from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 as well as the Grímsvötn eruption in 2011 on a spectacular glacier expidition. You will explore many of Vatnajökull glacier’s wonders. There is a sharp contrast between the geothermal heat and volcanic eruptions below and the cold ice-desert above.
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Travel Season: November - April
- 6 nights including breakfast, there of 3 nights in sleeping bag accommodation in a highland hut and 3 nights in a room category according to the wishes of the group.
- Lodging tax.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day seven.
- Professional driver guide.
- Airport transfers.
- Transportation in a Super-Jeep for four days.
- Blue Lagoon incl. towel.
Day 1: Arrival
Transfer from Keflavík International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík.
Day 2: Þórsmörk – the Valley of the Gods
After a short information meeting, we travel along the south coast of Iceland to the Valley of Þórsmörk (Valley of the Gods). On our way there, we’ll visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the foothills of Gígjökull glacier. If the path behind Seljalandsfoss is not too full of ice, you’ll be able to walk behind it for an unusual view. At Gígjökull, you’ll see remarks from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010.
Þórsmörk is a place in a beautiful valley surrounded by glaciers on three sides. The valley is only accessible by large vehicles, such as our “super-jeep”, which is a modified 4x4 truck. We’ll drive along rugged roads and cross several unbridged rivers. Once in Þórsmörk, we’ll do a hike or two depending on the snow and weather conditions of the day. Overnight in a hut in Þórsmörk.
Days 3, 4 and 5: Vatnajökull Glacier – Europe’s Largest Glacier
We leave Þórsmörk and head east to Grímsfjall Mountain far into the Vatnajökull glacier. Vatnajökull – Europe’s largest glacier – is in places 900 metres thick and covers 8,300 km². Grímsfjall Mountain is next to Grímsvötn Lakes, one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. The last eruption there took place in 2011. Every precaution is taken to ensure a safe journey.
During your stay on Vatnajökull glacier, you will explore many of the glacier’s wonders. There is a sharp contrast between the geothermal heat and volcanic eruptions below and the cold ice-desert above.
You’ll have the unique opportunity to stay at the rustic but comfortable mountain hut on Grímsfjall Mountain – the perfect retreat for scientists and the more adventurous
traveller. In the evening, you get to relax in a steam bath and gaze at the northern lights when conditions allow. Hearty dinners are prepared by your driver/guide, and you’re welcome to help.
Return to Reykjavík and overnight.
Day 6: The Blue Lagoon
Today, you’ll be picked up by a bus and transferred to the Blue Lagoon – Iceland’s most famous man-made attraction. The lagoon is surrounded by a lava field which came up in a volcanic eruption in 1225. The therapeutic water originates from 2,000 metres below the surface. The temperature in the lagoon is, on the average, 38°C. The lagoon is full of minerals such as salts and silica. The silica is responsible for the name of the lagoon, as it reflects the blue colour of the sky. A bath in the lagoon is a great way to relax after an adventures tour.
Day 7: Departure
Transfer from your accommodation to Keflavík International Airport.