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From Reykjavik: South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

1. From Reykjavik: South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Follow the south coast of Iceland to the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and learn about the incredible landscapes from your guide. Depart from Reykjavik in an air-conditioned bus and pass charming villages as well as Skaftafell National Park on your way to the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls. Look out for Iceland’s biggest volcano, Öræfajökull glacier. After arriving at the lagoon, enjoy some time to view this stunning area. Take a walk along the shore and admire the icebergs. During the summer season, amphibian boat tours on the lagoon are available at an extra cost (payable onsite). Jökulsárlón started to form in the early nineteen twenties and is getting bigger every year. You will see many amazing blocks of ice that have broken off Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, as they sail slowly towards the ocean which is only a kilometer away. The tour returns to Reykjavik in the evening.

From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

2. From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

Spend 4, 5, 6 or 7 days on a road trip around the land of Ice and Fire. Explore and see the best attractions of Iceland and experience an adventure without having to worry about getting around. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which creates a more personal and enjoyable experience. Day 1 – South Coast of Iceland Departing from Reykjavík, see the Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Glubrabui waterfalls and admire the black-sand shores of Reynisfjara Beach. Finish the day at Skaftafell National Park where you can admire panoramic views on a glacier hike. Day 2 – Adventure in the East Start the day in style with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. From May throughout October, a boat tour among icebergs is included, while from November to March you can go ice caving. Later, visit Vestrahorn, Studlagil Canyon (April-October), and drive along the dramatic east coast which boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks. At the end of the day, you will soak in Vök Geoathermal Floating Pools Day 3 – Lake Mývatn and waterfalls Today, discover the unique natural volcanic environment of Lake Mývatn. Encounter geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming blue waters, imposing rock formations, unique birdlife, and fauna. Explore highlights such as the magnificent Dettifoss (Apr-Oct), which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Góðafoss - the waterfall of Gods. Relax at the end of the day with a visit to Mývatn Natural Geothermal Spa and plunge into silky, blue waters rich in skin-healing minerals. Day 4 – Northern Iceland Start your day at Akureyri, the capital of the North. Here you will enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town and take part in whale-watching boat tour. While driving through the North Coast towards Reykjavik you will have a moment to enjoy the Hvítserkur and Kolugjufur Canyon (April-October). Day 5 (optional) – Borgarfjörður and Lava Caving Admire the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of almost 300 ft. Afterwards, see the majestic Barnafoss waterfall and Reykholt Historic Site. Later, head inside the biggest lava cave in Iceland, Viðgelmir, before finishing the day at Deildartunguhver, the highest flowing hot spring in Europe. Day 6 (optional) – Snæfellsnes National Park Spend the day exploring Snæfellsnes National Park. This park has often been referred to as "Iceland in miniature", due to its many varieties of geology. Don't miss a visit here if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island. Day 7 (optional) – Golden Circle Finish your time in Iceland with a journey along Iceland's most popular route. Spot Geysers, The Golden Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and Kerið Volcano, all of which are must-sees for visitors. You may also choose to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon to your tour today.

From Reykjavík: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Private Tour

3. From Reykjavík: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Private Tour

Discover the natural beauty of Glacier lagoon in Jokulsarlon in Vatnajökull national park. Experience the raw power of nature that is evident in these stunning landscapes. Admire the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and perhaps a lesser-known waterfall as well. Get up close to a few glaciers, and see others towering over the coastline. Arrive at glacier lagoon in Jökulsárlón and take a boat to one of the lagoons along the base of the glacier. Stop at Diamond beach where icebergs bounce like giant diamonds on the waves at the black sand beach.

Hvannadalshnjúkur: Hike the Highest Summit in Iceland

4. Hvannadalshnjúkur: Hike the Highest Summit in Iceland

Take an exciting expedition up to the highest summit in Iceland on the biggest glacier in Europe, called Hvannadalshnjúkur. Hike 10 to 14 hours up to the peak for a lightly challenging but rewarding experience surrounded by the glacial beauty of Iceland.   Meet up with your mountain guides the day before the hike for a pre-departure briefing. Your guides will go over with you what the day will be like, how the gear works, and talk to you about your experience. You can also set a flexible departure time based on everyone’s experience, with the goal of being at the summit by 1:00 PM.   Start your trip early in the morning the next day at Skaftafell information center. Start to head up the mountain, covering gravel, rocks and snow. At various locations, you’ll stop for snacks, lunch, and water. At the reef, you’ll put on harnesses and rope up for the hills ahead. On a clear day, the views can be beautiful, so be sure to bring your camera.   After lunch, you’ll reach the plateau to the summit itself, before which you’ll put on crampons and make the final push to the summit. From the top, get views of Hrútfellstindar, Þumall, and part of the Vatnajökull ice cap.   Once you’ve taken everything in, you’ll hike back down, which will not take as long as the ascent.

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What people are saying about Vatnajökull National Park

Our guide Anna was fantastic; she was friendly and very knowledgeable about a range of different aspects of the tour including the volcanos, the trees, the Icelandic horses, etc. It was fabulous to see the ever changing landscape of this beautiful island. Although the tour was long there was plenty of stops that had various places to eat or grab a coffee. I’d definitely recommended this tour to anyone visiting Iceland.

What an amazing time we had as a group with David leading the way! We got to see so much in such a short time and got lifetime images will never forget. Only thing that would have been better would have been having time to go down to the Studagil Canyon.

It's a very long day, but worth it ro see the spectacular Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The boast ride on the lagoon is not included, but I would highly recommend adding it to this trip.

It was such a great tour with incredible spots. We were blessed with good weather and enjoyed the beautiful sight on the glacier lagoon. It is a long trip but it was worth it!

I'm impressed. Beautiful place. Everything well planned. I' very please.