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Sensational Iceland - Waterfalls, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights

South Coast Waterfalls, Glacier and Northern Lights combo tour

Two great waterfalls, the best south coast sights, a fabulous glacier hike and (hopefully) the magic of the northern lights.

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Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, views of iconic volcanoes, the black sand beach at Reynisfjara the stunning Reynisdrangar peaks and an easy hike on a glistening glacier. Hopefully, when darkness falls you will see the glorious northern lights. You get time in Reykjavík to have supper before the northern lights tour.

  • Availability

    15th September to 15th April

  • Duration

    16 hours

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    1:18 day tour only

  • Price from

    24.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Glacier hike on Solheimajokull
Black sand beach at Reynisfjara
Reynisdrangar peaks and cliffs
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier/volcano*
Views of Hekla volcano*
Northern Lights hunting*
Included
Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes and Waterfalls tour
Visit to all highlights
Guidance throughout
Glacier walk on Sólheimajökull
Certified Glacier Guide
Glacier hiking equipment
Evening northern lights tour

Pick up is at 8:00 AM from our available Reykjavik pick-up points. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready at 8:00 AM.

Don’t know where you will be staying?  No worries, just choose “To Be Announced” for pick-up location and get back to us when you have further details.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

You are driven through the scenic countryside to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. A pathway leads behind the falls, from this angle you can feel the full force of the cascade and get a unique photo opportunity – rainwear is recommended! Traveling onwards through stunning scenery you will arrive at Sólheimajökull glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier walk. Your certified glacier guide will issue you with crampons and other glacier equipment. You will even hear the ancient ice cracking when it moves, as you explore you will learn about the glacier, its movement, crevasses and formation. Next up is the black sand beach at Reynisfjara to see the dramatic basalt columns and cave, the Reynisdrangar cliffs and the basalt rock stacks that rise above the Atlantic waves. An icelandic legend says these were trolls which were turned into rock when they faced the rising sun. Finally, you will come to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall, a pathway with 527 steps leads up the side of the waterfall, giving a grandstand view of the falls and the rainbows which appear on sunny days. This waterfall is also the location of a famous Icelandic legend. It is said that Þrasi Þórólfsson, the first Viking settler in the area, buried a chest of treasure in a cave behind Skógafoss.

This is volcano country, on a clear day you will get views of Eyjafjallajökull, Hekla and even the volcanoes around the Westman Islands, just off the coast. This trip has an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Our guides always welcome your questions! You are dropped off at the City Hall in Reykjavík at around 19:00, really close to the restaurants so you can get something to eat.

We pick you up for your northern lights minibus tour at the City Hall at 20:30. You will be taken to the best places in the countryside to see aurora. The moment when you spot the first whisper of their glimmering colors is always spellbinding. Green, yellow, white and sometimes blue or purple northern lights are usually seen. Red auroras, from deep red to rose and vivid violet are more common in Iceland than elsewhere in the world, but still quite rare. We can never promise you will see the lights but we do our very best.

The tour returns to Reykjavík around midnight / 01:00 – as always the weather can influence schedules. You are dropped off where we picked you up in the morning.

What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, scarves, water bottle, snacks and a small backpack is always useful. Strong hiking shoes are absolutely essential, ice crampons are provided for your glacier walk, it is not possible to fit them to any other kind of footwear.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from locations, it must be ordered in advance.

Please note

*Volcano and glacier views will only be seen in good visibility.

*The evening tour could have up to 28 participants.

This is a combination tour which blends together two immensely popular tours, Magical Auroras Northern Lights and Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes and Waterfalls tours.

You have time to get supper from a café/restaurant in Reykjavík, food and beverages are NOT included

*The northern lights are a natural phenomena, we CANNOT promise you will see them. The success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel this part of the tour until 18:15 on the day of departure. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer you the chance to join another evening´s departure free of charge upon availability. Note: you must contact us at info@adventures.is to re-book.

Where do you offer pick up’s from in Reykjavík?

We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.

How is it best to be ready for a pick up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.

Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection off of the glacier.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 the latest. If the canceled you will receive an email telling you so.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the light

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour gets cancelled?

If we cancel the tour it’s because in our opinion there is no chance of seeing the lights and we don’t want to bring you out for nothing.

Then your options are:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

In all cases you will need to contact our sales desk via email (info@adventures.is) or phone +354-562-7000.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  but if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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