You want to know why Iceland is called the "Land of Fire and Ice"? Join us on this unique three-day tour to learn all about Iceland's volcanoes and glaciers.
Day 1: The Westman Islands
We leave the capital area behind and we will soon reach the countryside. Along the way, we can see Hellisheiðarvirkjun, the geothermal power plant for Reykjavik. It is located in Hengill, a high-temperature area that provides the capital area with hot water and electricity. Steam is billowing up everywhere.
As we venture south, we will drive through the typical lowlands of this area. In the distance, we can already see the mountains and the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. We hop on a ferry that brings us to the main island of Vestmannaeyjar, called Heimaey. The archipelago consists of 15 islands, from which Heimaey is the only one populated.
Throughout the years the inhabitants have seen several volcanic eruptions. The first to mention is Helgafell, then Surtsey (which was formed during this volcanic eruption, and, in 1963, became the youngest island in the world), and last, but not least, the notorious volcano Eldfell. We will take a two hour RIB Speedboat Safari around the Islands. We will start by checking out the small islands that are closest to Heimaey. Then we head off further out and get to check out the other islands that are included in our archipelago. In good sea condition, we even ail to Súlnasker which is known to be the most magnificent island in Westman Islands. You will see the elephant rock, a lot of wildlife, nature, islands and sea caves.
Day 2: Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and Viking Sagas
We take the ferry back to the mainland and our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall lays underneath the well known Eyfjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in 2010. If conditions allow, we take a walk behind the waterfall’s curtain before paying a visit to its nearby cousin Gljúfrabúi, found hidden from view in the mountainside. After a short ride, we arrive at Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss was featured in "Game of Thrones" and it is said that one of the first settlers has buried a treasure chest behind it. Next up is Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach was once rated as one of the 10 most beautiful places worldwide. In the summertime, hundreds of Puffins are nesting here and the rock stacks called Reynisdrangar are standing picturesque in the ocean next to the beach. Reynisfjara is also the perfect place to grab something to eat. On our way to our overnight accommodation, we pass the Skaftafell national park and Iceland's biggest glacier called Vatnajökull. Your guide will also make a stop next to the lava fields that were created during an eruption of the Volcano Laki in 1783/84. The eruption was so severe, that around 25% of the Icelandic population died.
Day 3: Glacier Lagoon and Glacier hike / Ice cave tour
After breakfast, it is time for some action. During the winter months (November - March) we take you on an ice cave tour. During summer (April - October) an exciting glacier walk is waiting for us.
Ice Cave Tour: We hop onto a 4x4 Super Jeep and drive up the glacier. We put on our safety gear and off we go to explore one of the beautiful ice caves on the glacier. The caves are naturally formed during the summer and they can change very quickly. It is truly an experience of a lifetime since the cave could be gone after the next summer.
Glacier hike: We will start with a short drive from our meeting point to Falljökull glacier, which is a neighboring outlet glacier descending from the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. After a quick walk to the edge of the glacier, you will learn to put on crampons and have a small safety briefing. With an ice axe in hand, we will then embark on a guided excursion of the glacier.
Both glacier tours can be booked as a private experience. Just select the private option during the booking process.
After our glacier tour, we head to one of the most popular locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the man glacier and they are then floating around in the lagoon that is situated in front of the glacier. After some time, the icebergs melted enough to float out to the ocean. Waves bring back the crystal clear ice to the black beach next to the lagoon, creating a special place called the Diamond Beach. Now it is time to head back in the direction of Reykjavik. On the way back, Our next stop is at Hofskirkja, an old church with a roof covered with turf. It's one of six turf churches that are left in the country. A great place to learn more about Iceland's history. Next up will be the well-known canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur (please note: the canyon is only accessible from April to October). The canyon is about 2km long and the cliffs can be high as 100m. Definitely, the perfect place to witness the power of mother nature.