Today is filled with incredible experiences, everything from Reynisfjara black sand beach, the expansive Eldhraun lava field, glacier hiking from Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, and the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - this is a day of incredible diversity and magnificent natural wonders. You will spend your night in Höfn. In summer, we switch the ice cave for a glacier hike.
First up is a visit to the black beach at Reynisfjara, where you will see the stunning cave formed from incredibly imposing angular basalt columns. Walking along the beach, you will get views of the famous Reynisdrangar peaks. These crazily shaped and troll-like basalt forms stand above the ocean just off-shore. Not surprisingly, they have given rise to some troll folklore!
On the way to Skaftafell, we cross the Eldhraun lava field, the first of the lunar-like landscapes we will show you over the next few days. Sensational views of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, home to Katla, one of the most erratic volcanoes of all time, and Eyjafjallajökull, another infamous volcano mountain glacier, loom high on the horizon to your left along the way. Approaching Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, you will see abundant vegetation and birch trees. Under the jagged mountain peaks and glaciers, the area is sheltered by a gentler climate than the surrounding area. The scenery is majestic and dramatically contrasting.
One of our expert glacier guides will escort you on a magical three-hour glacier hike on the tongue of Vatnajökull, the mightiest glacier in all of Europe (During winter (October 11 - April), we switch out the glacier hike for a visit to a naturally formed ice cave). Your guide will ensure you are safe when hiking and climbing and ensure the experience is enjoyable and fascinating. The glacier is stunning, but there is more to this blue/white ice wonderland than meets the eye! You will learn some incredible glacier facts and see sights that will be treasured memories forever.
From November to April, we replace the glacier hike with an exciting guided journey through Vatnajökull's crystal ice caves. Each winter, the inside of the glacier melts to form winding blue-and-white caves. Your guide will lead you through these caves to explore the magic of glaciers from the inside!
Now for the serene beauty and crystal clear sapphire water of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the black sands of the mesmerizing Diamond Beach. This coal-black volcanic beach is lapped by the Atlantic waves, which bring quite a few blue/white icebergs ashore. These luminous ice forms sitting on the dark, dramatic sand give this place a truly mystical feel. This site will surely make your spine tingle! Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon contains some of the most famous vistas in Iceland. Action scenes from a couple of James Bond and other movies were filmed at this ice lagoon, so you might recognize some of the stunning scenery. Most people are astounded by the incredible shapes, blue tones, and the large size of many of the icebergs. The lagoon, beneath the majesty of Vatnajökull's icecap, is vast. Your camera really will work overtime here!
After a day of magic, we will make our way to our accommodation. In winter, if conditions will be right we slip away from the hotel to chase the Northern Lights.