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Our private Glacier Lagoon Day Tour is a long (14 hours) but wonderful way to experience some of the most popular sights Iceland has to offer. This tour gives the flexibility to make this journey just as you like it. Our private tours are perfect for groups, families & friends to create that special & exclusive experience here in Iceland.
The whole southern part of Iceland is a true geological wonderland, it is the home of waterfalls, lava fields, glaciers, volcanos, rivers, ice lakes and black sand beaches. We will whisk you off on this magical journey and share with you all our stories, tales & fun facts along the way.
The whole route of the South Coast is a real treat for the eye. We'll make well selected locations our highlights; Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Diamond beach and Vík village with it's majestic petrified trolls, Reynisdrangar.
For nature lovers, families, friends, groups & film enthusiasts this not a tour to miss!
Please note the tour price is per vehicle, not per passenger.
The tour to Glacier Lagoon begins in Reykjavík with a smooth pick up of your group at your location of choice. One of our experienced guides takes your team on a true adventure and makes sure you'll have an unforgettable experience. The journey is long but very worth it and shows you Iceland in a nutshell with extremely variated landscape. The 14 hrs day covers extremely scenic and surprising landscape well wrapped in storytelling, explanations and fun entertaining facts by our best guides.
We head straight out to the tours major highlight; Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon it self. The drive is long but very scenic and surprising. As we get closer to Vatnajökull icecap and national park the landscape dramatically changes. We head into glacial landscapes marked by Iceland biggest Ice cap, Vatnajökull and all it's outlet glaciers stretching far down to the lowland. The icy massive covers around 8000 km2 and 8 % of the country, making it the largest ice cap in Europe by volume. The ice cap covers many subglacial volcanos and geothermal fields resulting in impressive amount of powerful glacier rivers, black deserts and frequent glacial bursts called Jökulhlaup.
The Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón á Breiðarmerkursandi, is a unique nature pearl. Formed when the Breiðarmerkurjökull outlet glacier started to retreat early last century. Now it covers an are of about 20 km2 and is constantly being fed by icebergs getting broken of from the edge of the calving glacier. The icebergs have various size, shape, form and colours and are ever changing as they break apart and turn over in the lagoon. Once small enough to be taken by the current during low tight, the ice washes out to sea. It's a spectacular thing to watch. The lagoon attracts additionally people due to it's rich wildlife. Many pieces of birds feed in the lagoon and seals are often seen drying off at one of the icebergs, chasing fish in the lagoon or playing in the surf at the outwash.
Onsite operator offers boat tours on the lagoon where guests can fully explore the phenomenon up close and sail in between the ever changing sculptures of ice. Please note that boat tours (5900 ISK pp) depend on availability and need to be booked in advance. If you are interested let us know when you book the tour and we'll take care of it for you.
Forming the black stretch of sand on both sides of the outwash from the lagoon is the so-called Diamond Beach. It's only a 5-10 minuets walk from the lagoon and a big part of the Jökulsárlón experience. The black basalt sand, decorated with pieces of ice from the lagoon has gained enormous intention for it's beauty and contrasts. The well polished ice fragments scattered around the black sand unavoidably reminds you of glittering diamonds. A peaceful walk along the beach added with fresh air from the Atlantic Ocean and the soft sound of the waves coming in, is just to top the day.
As we start to head back west, we pass again impressive fluvial planes and mossy covered lava fields. Once midway back to Reykjavík we arrive at the charming countryside town called Vík. Vík is sitting right at the seafront and surrounded by green mountains and sea cliffs. Volcano Katla lures under ice only a few km away, keeping habitants in suspense. The area where the village has built up has not always existed. It was formed when volcanic material added to the land in a glacial burst followed by one of Katla's eruption. The volcano has kept quiet since 1918 but is far from being extinct.
A beautiful black basalt beach covers the small area from the towns end and to the ocean. Majestic and beautifully sculpted sea-stacks over look the town a few km from the coast. The picturesque rock formation is believed by many to be petrified trolls with their sailing boat. Our guide will not miss letting you in on the troll's legend.
After a reasonable time in Vík to admire the surroundings and refuel , we drive past Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, followed by the foot of famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano until we arrive at stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Throwing itself some 60 m down from the foot of the volcanic mountain mass, Seljalandsfoss is absolutely stunning waterfall. Not only is it beautiful but it also allows for an exploration all around it. When conditions are safe, visitors are able to take a path and walk behind the water drop, really feeling the power from it. Don't forget to fill your water bottles with the fresh waters from the waterfall. We can guaranty it being the best you've ever tasted!
When our last stop is over we had straight back to Reykjavík. Count on good 2 hrs drive trough the soft countryside before we return your team right where you started.
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