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4 Day Northern Lights, Snaefellsnes and Glacier Lagoon

Two days in the west and two on the south coast combined in a grand four-day tour in Iceland. This is a great option for those that want to make the most of their stay in Iceland.

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Two days in the west and two on the south coast combined in a grand four-day tour in Iceland. This is a great option for those that want to make the most of their stay in Iceland. Please note that this tour is a combination tour of the popular 2 Day Snaefellsnes & Northern Lights tour and the 2 Day South Coast, Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon tour.

  • Availability
    November 1st - March 31st
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Level
    Easy
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    10 years
  • Ratio
    1:16
  • Price
    119.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Natural Ice Cave
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Glacier hike on Vatnajökull glacier
Hraunfossar waterfalls
Snæfellsnes peninsula
Northern lights
Included
Pick up from Reykjavík accommodation
Guided tour in minibus
Hotelroom with bathroom for 3 nights
Breakfast at hotel for 3 mornings

The Reykjavík pick up starts at 8 am, please be ready at you pick up location by then. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

We start our adventures in the west of Iceland where we visit hot springs and waterfalls. Our first night is spent at Snæfellsnes peninsula. On the second day, we will explore Djúpalónssandur beach, Vatnshellir cave, Mt. Kirkjufell and more. We spend this night in the Reykjavík area and take off towards the east on day three. Among the highlights of this day are the magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and Reynisfjara black sand beach. The night will be spent in the Vatnajökull area. Our last day will be used to go for a glacier hike and take in the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. We will hunt for the northern lights on all nights of the tour.


What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

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

Day 1: West Iceland

You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík in the morning. We will drive along the scenic west coast of Iceland to West Iceland (Vesturland). Our fist stop of the day is at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. It provides 180 l/sec of 100°C hot water and it’s used for heating all the neighboring towns. Next, we stop at the historic site of Reykholt where a pool dating back to the medieval period is sill preserved unchanged. The waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are our third stop on this day. There you can see how the water flows from underneath the lava fields and hear the story about Barnafoss waterfall. Now we leave Borgarfjörður behind and set course towards Snæfellsnes peninsula. We will stop at the unique Gerðuberg basalt columns before we reach our accommodation place, usually Hotel Rjukandi.
In the evening you will have the opportunity to see the northern lights from the country hotel.

 

*Please note that due to weather we might have to change the itinerary and start with the South Coast instead of Snæfellsnes.

Day Highlights
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Reykholt
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
Snæfellsnes peninsula
Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Guided tour to all the highlights of the day
One night in hotel room

Day 2: Snæfellsnes peninsula

After breakfast, we drive west from the hotel along the coastline of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The first stop of the day is at the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, where we walk around the surrounding area. From there we go underground, to the Vatnshellir cave which is located inside the Snæfellsnes National Park. The cave is about 8000 years old lava tube tunnel. This experience is as close you will get to the Jules Verne story, A Journey to the Center of Earth.

Next, we have a stop at Hellnar for lunch before we continue to the beautiful Djúpalónssandur beach. Here we will have a short hike on the pebbles stone beach and explore the remains of the ship wreckage. On the beach, you may also find the lifting stones, where you can test your strength like the fishermen used to do in the old days.
From Djúpalónssandur, we continue our journey around Snæfellsnes peninsula and our next stop is at the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, a favorite spot for many photographers. On our way back to Reykjavík, where you will be spending the night, we will try to spot some northern lights.

Day Highlights
Arnarstapi Fishing Village
Snæefellsnes National Park
Vatnshellir Cave
Djúpalónssandur beach
Mt. Kirkjufell,
Northern Lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
Breakfast at Hotel
Guided tour in minibus to all highlights of the day
Guided caving tour
Certified caving guide
All neccecary caving equipment
Night at hotel room in Reykjavik

Day 3: The Grand South Coast

In the morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Reykajvík area. Thundering waterfalls, endless rolling valleys, beautiful black beaches, extraordinary glaciers and small villages with unique landscapes in between. This is exactly what you can expect as you venture your way down the south coast of Iceland. On the drive down ring road no. 1, you have the chance to explore two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. On a clear day, you will have the opportunity to see the two surrounding glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Continuing on, the drive takes us to the coastal village of Vik where you will find Reynisfjara, the black sand beach, with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar peaks. Throughout the entire day, you can expect to see breathtaking landscape consisting of vast lava fields, waterfalls, black sands and glacier tongues.

After enjoying the south coast marvels, we’ll head deeper into the countryside to our accommodation place, usually Hotel Skaftafell or similar. Here we will enjoy a relaxing evening and recharge for the upcoming day. During the night you have a chance to see the northern lights, if the conditions are right. The countryside, away from the city lights, is normally perfect for spotting this natural phenomenon.

Day Highlights
Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
Coastal village of Vik
Reynisfjara Black Beach
Northern lights hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
Breakfast at hotel in reykjavik
Pick up at hotel in reykjavik
Guided tour in minibus to all highlights of the day
One night at hotel room

Day 4: Ice cave and Glacier lagoon

The last day of the tour is sure to unravel the excitement of glacier exploration on more than one level. We will head off early in the morning to the renown Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, home of the massive floating icebergs and the location for several blockbuster movies like Batman Begins and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to name a few.
Next, we head to the ice cave where our certified guides will assure a safe and exciting experience. Ice caves are only found during the wintertime when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes. New ice caves are formed in different locations each year. Ice Caves give you unparalleled photographic opportunity where you can capture the blue light passing through the glacier ice.

After visiting the ice cave, we start making our way back to Reykjavik. Before we leave this magnificent area behind we will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a part of Vatnajokull National Park. Surrounded by amazing jagged mountains and glacier-topped peaks, the scenery consists of indistinguishable features making it a definite highlight of the tour. On the drive back, after the night falls, we will make sure to look for the northern lights.

Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.

Day Highlights
Vatnajokull Glacier
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Natural Ice Cave
Skaftafell Nature Reserve
Included
Breakfast at hotel in Skaftafell
Guided glacier hike
Guided Ice cave tour
Certified glacier guide
All neccesary glacier and ice cave equipment
Drop off in Reykavik
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 and we have also gladly refunded our guests that had booked well in advance of finding out the happy news. 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.

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.

The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.

You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Nice hotel rooms with private bathrooms which includes breakfast. For the south coast we usually go for Hotel Dyrhólaey and Hotel Skaftafell, on Snæfellsnes peninsula we usually book Hotel Rjúkandi. If they aren’t available we book very similar ones.

Does the 3 Day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave tour include glacier hiking?

Yes, the tour includes a glacier hike on Falljökull glacier in Skaftafell – Vatnajökull national park.

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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