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Join us on a glacial mission and sail in-between the icebergs on our Glacier Lagoon tour including the sailing experience.
This 14 hours tour takes you straight from the capital to Iceland's icy treasure and allows you to explore the ever changing glacial landscape, colours and forms. The Glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón leaves no one untouched with its stunning beauty and the exploration by boat, in between the icebergs truly adds to the experience. Part of the glacial wonders, and not to be missed, is the black volcanic and ice speckled, Diamond Beach. You will also visit the nearby Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon.
The scenic landscape along the South Coast screams out for a couple of mandatory stops. We'll enjoy optional dinner and beach time at Vík Village where Reynisdrangar seastacks and petrified trolls run the scene. Seljalandsfoss waterfall that welcomes us with it's mighty drop, fresh water and a quick adventure behind the falls when conditions are good, before we head back to civilisation.
Jökulsárlón, known colloquially as the Glacier lagoon, is a true wonder of nature at the foot of big Vatnajökull glacier. It formed naturally from melted water of the nearby outlet glacier, Breidamerkurjökull, and is constantly growing while big blocks of ice break of the edge of the ever shrinking glacier. The lagoon is therefor decorated with icebergs in all form, shapes and colours. The icebergs break from the glacier into the lagoon, slowly melt and drift towards the sea. Lots of wildlife can be spotted around the lagoon including seals that are often seen swimming in the lagoon or relaxing on top of a floating iceberg.
The Diamond Beach is a strip of black basalt sand located next to Glacier Lagoon. The name comes from sparkling icebergs and pieces of ice that have washed on the sand from the glacier lagoon. The contrast of the crystal ice and black sand is breathtaking and attracted photographers and nature lovers all year around.
The boat tour on Glacier Lagoon is a 30-40 min excursion that takes you amongst and in-between the icebergs. The excursion allows you to fully explore the breathtaking scenery of the Glacier Lagoon and feel the size of the elements. An English speaking guide gives you and insight into the geology and formation of the site and gives you a taste of the 1000 year old ice. You might even sail past seals sunbathing on some of the icebergs.
Vík í Mýrdal is a small fishing village and is in fact the most southerly village on the island. The town only houses 300 inhabitants but despite this there are plenty of great places here for you to rest up and refuel.
This is also a great location for you to get gifts for the people waiting for you back home as there are plenty of people here selling amazing homemade gifts.
Seljalandsfoss is a fascinating waterfall and perhaps one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland. Its popularity is well deserved as the Seljalandsfoss waterfall houses a very special surprise, you are able to walk behind the cascade and get a tremendous view of the waterfall from behind.
The water that feeds this 60m tall waterfall originates from the (in)famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier capped volcano. just make sure to be careful as you walk along this path as it can get slippery!
After pick-up the bus starts from here on the journey.
Pick-up from accommodations and special Tour Bus Stops in central Reykjavik is between 07:00 and 07:30. Then the buses meet at 10-11 Kringlan and the tour departs from there at 07:30.
A small breakfast stop is made at a gas station in Hvolsvöllur.
This stop is aimed to get a small breakfast if needed and to use the bathroom before heading to the first attraction of the tour.
Gaze the Skaftafell surroundings and get lunch if you're hungry!
Freysnes is surrounded by mountains, glaciers and rests of glacier bursts. On this stop you can either enjoy the fantastic views or get some food in the restaurant.
So much ice is waiting to be explored on the boat tour!
Glacier Lagoon is the largest and the deepest glacier lagoon in Iceland, located in the south east part of Iceland. The lagoon branches from Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajokull glacier the largest glacier in Europe. You will be going on a 30 minutes boat ride on the lagoon.
Diamond Beach displays the contrast between black sand and chunks of ice which get washed up from the Glacier Lagoon.
Welcome to the lovely village of Vík!
With only just about 320 inhabitants does Vík have a lot to offer. You can either have some dinner in one of the restaurants or in summer when it's still bright at this time of day, take a short walk to the beach to have a look at the famous Reynisdrangar.
Did you ever stand behind a waterfall? Give it a try at Seljalandsfoss!
This magnificent waterfall is 66 meters high and let's you even walk around it. But be careful: You might be soaked afterwards. On a good day you will also be seeing the Westman Islands or Vestmannaeyjar from here.
The tour ends with drop-off in Reykjavik.
After drop-off we will head to our headquarter at Skógarhlíð 10.
Jökulsárlón (commonly called the Glacier Lagoon), is an interesting body of water. It connects the nearby Vatnajökull glacier with the North Atlantic Ocean. This area became a popular destination, due to the ice breaking away from the glacier and drifting out to the ocean creating a constantly changing piece of art.
Our day tour will begin with our fast and efficient pick up service. We will come to collect you from either, one of the hotels in the centre of Reykjavik or from one of the many pick up spots dotted across the city. When all our guests are aboard we will begin our drive along the southern coast of Iceland. You will pass by views of the black sand beaches, glaciers and lava fields that make up the dramatic landscape of the area.
Our first destination is the Glacier lagoon. When here you will have an opportunity to board a small boat and travel across the waters of the lagoon to see it up close and personal. Afterwards you may decide to take a walk down to the diamond beach and witness the contrast between the massive chunks of Ice and the black sands. For those who want to learn a little more about the area there is also a fantastic visitors centre that will give you all the information about the lagoon and the surrounding areas.
When our time at the lagoon comes to an end we will head back along the south coast again, but our exploration doesn’t end. There is also the village of Vik to see, a small fishing village with only 300 inhabitants. Also the amazing waterfall of Seljalandsfoss.
The duration of the tour is 14 hours
There is no food included on this tour but there will be stops where you are able to purchase food.
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If you sign up for this sublime tour (which was long, prolific, and transfixing from sun up to sun down) do your best to get on board with "Tommy" and the Magic Bus - I couldn't have imagined a better team. Aside from the amazing sight seeing, Tommy embodies a salty modern man of the Icelandic landscape and tradition; a wry and hilarious entertainer with a wealth of diverse experiences from blacksmith, electrician, to blues musician and proud father, he made this journey far more profound than I would have expected. His tour provides a unique and very engaged look through the prism of Icelandic culture at its incredible landscape with contemporary philosophical anecdotes, historic clarification, a brilliant dose of sarcasm, friendly inclusion and genuine curiosity, as well as refreshing lack of pretension. He dispelled myths and inspired others, and shared his personal narrative with steady stream of knowledge you likely wouldn't get from a tour book. I cannot recommend Tommy's roll enough. The tour itself is gorgeous and mindblowing, but Tommy's voice throughout truly made this experience a deeply insightful one. The bus driver "Magic" is also top notch, accommodating, very safe, patient, and is a true marathon man. This would be my team for any future tour in Iceland!
We had a fantastic experience on this tour. Our guide was impressively knowledgeable in geology, birding, and culture and history of Iceland. He kept up an engaging commentary throughout a 14 hour tour and ensured the comfort of all. The glacial lagoon, beaches and waterfalls should not be missed. Hjörtur Howser is nothing short of a rockstar.
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