Ice Caves and Icebergs

from £992
excluding flights *
4 nights Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec
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Overview

This 4-night small group holiday packs the most incredible punch, with four days crammed with dramatic landscapes and unforgettable experiences focusing on Iceland's majestic icecap. Hike on glaciers and explore the inside of an ice cave as well as visiting the iceberg lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Take a tour of the Golden Circle and some time to enjoy the South coast's beautiful waterfalls and immense black-sand beaches. Spending a couple of nights in a country hotel bodes well for northern lights hunting!

Highlights

  • Take an expert-guided tour inside one of the crystal-like ice caves of the Vatnajokull Icecap
  • Join a glacier walk through the spectacular frozen ice-scape of Solheimajokull
  • Marvel at the iceberg-filled lagoon of Jokulsarlon
  • Feel the spray from mighty waterfalls like Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss
  • Walk along black-sand beaches and tour the natural wonders of the Golden Circle
  • Stay in a rural hotel, far from light pollution, for the best chance to see the aurora

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Vatnajokull ice cave tour and glacier walk

Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull smothers entire mountains, its ancient ice reaching depths of up to 950m. On day three of this South Iceland adventure you will have a rare opportunity to venture inside the frozen giant on an unforgettable ice cave tour. Led by professional guides, you'll explore a surreal realm of blue ice, carved by summertime meltwater into weird and wonderful shapes and textures. The following day, a glacier walk on Solheimajokull (one of the glaciers flowing from the Myrdalsjokull icecap) provides a totally different perspective – hiking through a crystal maze of ice ridges and crevasses with spectacular views across black-sand plains towards the South Coast.

Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and other South Coast highlights

Fans of James Bond movies may recognise Jokulsarlon – the iconic glacial lagoon appears in scenes from both A View to a Kill and Die Another Day. The real stars of this extraordinary natural wonder, however, are icebergs – hundreds of them drifting serenely across the coastal lake at the foot of Vatnajokull, or washed up as delicate ice sculptures on a nearby black-sand beach. Other photogenic gems that you will visit along the South Coast include the horsetail-plume Seljalandsfoss and mighty Skogafoss – both waterfalls offer spray-kissed, close-up encounters.

The Golden Circle and aurora hunting

Winter adds a certain magic to the Golden Circle – Southwest Iceland's famous trio of highlights. Steam from Geysir's hot springs glows in low, golden sunlight; Strokkur erupting in a 20m-tall fountain of scalding water every 8-10 minutes. At Gullfoss, the twin cascades switchback through gorges encrusted with ice, while at Thingvellir the rugged landscape of gorges and pools (marking the rift between Eurasian and North American plates) can look particularly beautiful dusted in snow. Winter, of course, is also the time for aurora hunting. This trip includes two nights at a country hotel in the Skaftafell area, far from city light pollution that could spoil your chances of a sighting.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £120 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

These are starting prices in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Start Duration Twin Price Single Price
Wednesdays - 02, 16, 23 & 30 Oct 2019 4 nights £992 £1,207
Saturdays - 12, 19 & 26 Oct 2019 4 nights £992 £1,207
Wednesdays - 06, 13, 20 & 27 Nov 2019 4 nights £992 £1,207
Saturdays - 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 Nov 2019 4 nights £992 £1,207
Wednesdays - 04, 11 & 18 Dec 2019 4 nights £992 £1,207
Saturdays - 07 & 14 Dec 2019 4 nights £992 £1,207
Festive departures - Sat 21 Dec 2019, Wed 25 Dec 2019 & Sat 28 Dec 0219 4 nights £1,083 £1,332
Wednesdays - 01, 22 & 29 Jan 2020 4 nights £992 £1,207
Saturdays - 04, 11, 18 & 25 Jan 2020 4 nights £992 £1,207
Wednesdays - 05, 12, 19 Feb 2020 4 nights £992 £1,207
Saturdays - 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 Feb 2020 4 nights £992 £1,207
Wednesdays - 04 & 25 Mar 2020 4 nights £992 £1,207
Saturdays - 14 & 21 Mar 2020 4 nights £992 £1,207

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik on breakfast basis, 2 nights in the countryside on breakfast basis
  • All breakfasts
  • Return airport transfers
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide (except time in Reykjavik)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 16.

Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details.

Private departures

Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: arrive in Iceland

Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, visit the Blue Lagoon (optional) for a rejuvenating dip in the mineral-rich, geothermally-heated waters. Transfer to Reykjavik. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 2: Golden Circle & South Coast

Meet your guide in the morning and set off on a tour of the Golden Circle, visiting the World Heritage Site of Thingvellir, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. Your expert guide will reveal the fascinating geology and history of these iconic sites. Later, drive along the spectacular South Coast, the road squeezed onto a narrow plain between volcanic ridges and the Atlantic. Dinner and overnight at Fosshotel Nupar near Kirkjubaejarklauster, followed by northern lights hunting if the weather permits.

Day 3: Jokulsarlon & Vatnajokull ice cave

Continue east along the South Coast, enjoying mesmerising views of the Vatnajokull Icecap. Visit the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon filled with a slow procession of giant icebergs. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour into one of Vatnajokull’s extraordinary ice caves before returning to Fosshotel Nupar for another potential chance to witness the northern lights.

Day 4: Glacier Walk & South Coast

Heading slowly back to Reykjavik, take time to admire the impressive scenery of the South Coast, perhaps taking a stroll along the surf-strafed, black-sand beaches of Vik and Reynisfjara. Take a guided walk on the Solheimajokull Glacier – an easy, non-technical hike during which you will be kitted out with crampons, ice axe and helmet. Visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss before returning to the capital. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 5: depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik airport for your flight home. Depending on your departure time, there may be an opportunity to explore the city’s museums, galleries and shops beforehand.

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for guests looking for simple yet comfortable accommodation.

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Fosshotel Nupar

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located a short distance west of Skaftafell, this 3 star hotel has 60 rooms set in the intriguing southeast.

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