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Hvannadalshnúkur Summit and South Coast

4-day Trekking and Sightseeing Adventure

Summit the highest peak in Iceland. Hike to Svartifoss Waterfall from Skaftafell, see legendary glaciers and the waterfalls and natural wonders of the south coast. This tour is sure to challenge and excite you!

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Hike to the summit of Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest peak in Iceland. See great glaciers, thundering waterfalls, and the spellbinding icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on this 4-day hiking Iceland adventure tour. A fabulous blend of exploring, great waterfalls, glaciers, majestic natural jewels and challenging trekking.

  • Availability
    May 7th to June 2018
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Level
    Challenging
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    18 years
  • Ratio
    12:1
  • Price from
    169.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Hike to the Hvannadalshnúkur Summit
Vatnajökull glacier views
Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park
Hike to Svartifoss Waterfall
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon)
South coast scenery
Black beach at Reynisfjara
Glacier Hiking on Svínajökull Glacier
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Small group experience
Included
Transport
Professional Guide/Certified Glacier Guide
Glacier hiking equipment
3 nights at a country hotel
3 hotel breakfasts
3 hotel evening meals
Lunch on days 2 and 3

This challenging and exciting 4 day adventure tour has it all including sensational glaciers and the best sights of the south coast:

Pick up time: 8:00 from the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or one of our other *meeting points.

This tour will challenge and tantalize you, leaving you with stunning memories to treasure for a lifetime. The glittering highlight of this hiking tour is the highest point in Iceland, the summit of Hvannadalshnúkur, which soars to 2110 m (6923 ft). Your ascent is sure to bring you an amazing feeling of achievement, on a clear day, you will also be rewarded with absolutely spellbinding views in all directions.

This tour will show you the greatest sights and waterfalls of the south coast. At Reynisfjara, an extraordinary black beach with an incredible black basalt column cave, you will see the troll-like Reynisdrangar peaks rising high above the Atlantic Ocean. We will visit Vík, a charming little town with a picturesque church on the hillside, and also two famous waterfalls: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, which is a very unusual waterfall with a pathway leading behind the cascade. On the journey to Skaftafell you will see great views of Sólheimajökull glacier on a clear day.  

Hiking on Svínajökull glacier you will discover some incredible sights and learn some amazing facts about this great white wilderness. You will be astonished by the corridors of winding crevasses tracing their pathways through the glacier, moulins delving deep within the ice and sharp jagged ice ridges. Your specialist glacier guide will keep you safe and share some really fascinating facts about this stunning glacier tongue, stretching out like a long talon from Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. The glacier is a great vibrant force of nature which is always changing and moving. If you stand still you will feel the peace but you will also hear creaks and cracks as the ice moves!   

You will visit Jökulsárlón Glacial lagoon to see the huge glacial lake filled with stunning icebergs of all shapes and sizes, these shimmering Arctic beauties often come to rest on the nearby Diamond Beach where they glisten like diamonds on the black beach. There is an optional boat trip on the lagoon (*extra fee payable when booking). Being in the midst of these ice monoliths is awe-inspiring and humbling. Another highlight is a hike from Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss, a scintillating waterfall framed by a natural crescent of black basalt columns.

You will be accommodated for three nights at Hof 1 Adventure Hotel, near Skaftafell.

Remember to bring: Warm layers and undergarments (fleece/wool, not cotton), headwear, gloves, sturdy waterproof hiking shoes are absolutely essential, waterproof trousers and jacket.

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 when you book your tour. We do not rent gear from the locations, it must be booked in advance.

*Meeting points and times:
8:00 a.m. – Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
8:00 a.m. – Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut
8:15 a.m. – Hallgrímskirkja Church
8:30 a.m. – Reykjavik Campsite

Please note

Spectacular views from the summit of Hvannadalshnúkur and other locations will only be seen if the weather conditions provide good visibility.

Views of Vatnajökull and Sólheimajökull glaciers will only be seen in conditions of good visibility.

Day 1: SOUTH COAST HIGHLIGHTS

You meet us at your chosen pick up point in Reykjavík, we introduce ourselves and get on our way – there is so much to see! We travel through the farmlands of the south, passing small towns and villages along the journey to Seljalandsfoss, a really unique waterfall. You can walk behind the elegantly falling cascade for some really unusual photo opportunities and views. You will see another really stunning waterfall, Skógafoss, the falls drop from the former sea cliffs, which can be seen extending for many kilometers. Above the falls there is a trail which passes between Eyjafjallajökull and another great volcano mountain glacier, Mýrdalsjökull.

We will visit the black beach at Reynisfjara to see the wild and powerful Atlantic waves roaring onto the black volcanic beach. Do not stand too close – those waves deserve your respect! There is also a black basalt column cave to explore and the atmospheric Reynisdrangar peaks, rising like great trolls above the ocean. Another stop will be made at Vík í Mýrdal, the southernmost settlement in Iceland. We will also see Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.

Your accommodation will be at Hof 1 Adventure Hotel, close to Skaftafell.   

Day Highlights
Sólheimajökull - glacier views
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
The little town of Vík í Mýrdal
Included
Pick up in Reykjavík
Professional guiding
Visits to the south shore highlights
1 night at a hotel
Evening meal at hotel

Day 2: JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON - GLACIER HIKING

Today the magic of the glaciers awaits you! We will go to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon at the perimeter of Breiðamerkurjökull, a wide outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. You will be amazed by the icebergs which fill the enormous lagoon, jostling one another as they float in a mystical procession to meet their destinies in the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these icy beauties are washed ashore at the nearby Diamond Beach, when their white glimmering forms contrast starkly against the coal-blackness of the sand, some display amazingly deep shades of jewel blue. These blue tones are created by ice compression, they are also sometimes intensified by algae. You will feel as though you are in a film, and in a way you will be – famous movie footage, including James Bond, has been shot at Jökulsárlón. An optional boat trip on the lagoon, sailing between icebergs of all shapes and sizes, some bigger than large houses, is an unforgettable experience (*extra fee payable when booking).

Strap on your ice crampons for a stunning glacier hike across Svínajökull glacier! Our certified glacier guide will take you safely over the ice showing you some breathtaking ice features. Learn all about the mysterious labyrinths of crevasses which riddle through the glacier, deep moulins and ice ridges and incredible ice falls. The glacier is a moving, living and dynamic place, its movement is powerful enough to shape the land beneath it. Learn how global warming is causing ever-increasing rates of glacial change. Our guides welcome questions, so please don´t be shy!  

Your accommodation will be at Hof 1 Adventure Hotel.

Day Highlights
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon)
The Diamond Beach
Optional boat trip (*extra fee when booking)
Glacier Hiking on Svinafellsjökull Glacier
Included
Hotel breakfast
Transport
Professional Guide/Glacier Guide
Lunch
Evening meal at hotel
1 night at a hotel

Day 3: HVANNADALSHNÚKUR - THE HIGHEST SUMMIT OF ICELAND

Now for the glittering pinnacle of your Icelandic hiking tour!

The challenging trek to the summit begins quite early, today´s endeavors will take around 14 hours. Your trek will take you across exciting ice bridges and up through some very steep sections on your ascent to the summit. This hike is mentally and physically challenging but it is also wonderfully rewarding. If visibility is good you will get stupendous views of stunning volcano mountains and great glaciers, in every direction the scenery is magnificent and totally spellbinding. If the going gets tough on the way up just remember that views of this magnitude come with some serious effort! We look forward to celebrating your achievement. Just remember the Icelandic word for cheers, Skál!

Mountain hiking: 24 km (14.9 mi). Trekking time: 12-14 hrs total. Ascent: 2000 m (6,500 ft)

Your accommodation will be at Hof 1 Adventure Hotel.   

Day Highlights
Hvannadalshnúkur Summit
Stunning views (on a clear day)
Included
Hotel breakfast
Transport
Hike to Hvannadalshnúkur Summit
Professional Guide
Lunch
Evening meal at hotel
1 night at a hotel

Day 4: SKAFTAFELL-SVARTIFOSS WATERFALL-REYKJAVIK

The final day of your multi-day hike tour will take you on another magnificent hike with great glaciers towering high above you. We will hike from Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss, a black basalt column waterfall which has to be seen to be believed. Svartifoss means ´Black Falls´ and there are few sights more incredible than the crescent shaped black basalt column ‘cliff’ embracing the glimmering and elegantly falling white cascade.

Our journey back to Reykjavík will take us back along the south coast, we will make a stop or two along the way.

Drop off is offered at: Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. Taxis and local bus services are available from these points.

Day Highlights
Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park
Hike to Svartifoss Waterfall
Scenic return journey to Reykjavík
Included
Hotel breakfast
Guided hike to Svartifoss Waterfall
Return transport to Reykjavík
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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