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Eastern Region, Iceland

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Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

1. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills on this guided tour in Skaftafell. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap, and lead you up to the cave. On a clear day, be sure to look out for Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.

Vök Baths: East Iceland Geothermal Baths Entry

2. Vök Baths: East Iceland Geothermal Baths Entry

Vök Baths is a geothermal destination on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn in East Iceland. Located only 5 minutes from Egilsstaðir, the largest settlement in the East, Vök Baths is an essential stop on any visit to this part of the country. Vök Baths harnesses the geothermal power of the region to create a unique bathing experience with amazing views of the rest of the lake and the surrounding area. Fully immerse yourself in Iceland’s unique and untouched landscape and become one with nature at the country’s first series of geothermal floating pools. An Icelandic hot spring destination like no other, the hot water is so pure, it’s certified as drinkable. Compared to the rest of the country, there are relatively few hot springs in East Iceland, making Vök Baths an attraction you won’t want to miss during your exploration of the East. During winter it is so wonderful to soak and watch the stars and if we are lucky our beautiful northern lights.

Iceland: Complete Self-Guided Audio Guide of the Island

3. Iceland: Complete Self-Guided Audio Guide of the Island

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! With the Iceland complete audio guide, you get all the information that a tour guide would otherwise give you. Using GPS, the app recognizes where you are on your round trip and provides you with exciting information in the right places. So nothing stands in the way of your individual rental car tour. Your digital Iceland travel guide for the whole island of fire and ice! This audio guide offers more than 340 stations (7.5 hours of playing time) with information about the country, people, and sights in all parts of the country. It includes not only the Ring Road and the Golden Circle but also the Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes Peninsulas, the Westman Islands, the East and West Fjords, and the wild Icelandic Highlands.

From Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon Small Group Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon Small Group Tour

Tour Iceland's southern coast and see natural wonders, including Jökulsárlón and the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Learn about the area from your guide as you visit quaint villages and black sand beaches. Begin with a visit to the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a must-see attraction for trips down the coast. Then, stop at the southernmost village of Iceland, Vík í Mýrdal before riding east. Watch the scenery transform from lush farmlands to darkened plains and black deserts. If the conditions allow, pay a visit to the stunning river canyon of Fjadrargljufur. Finally, arrive at Jökulsárlón, and be struck by its ethereal ambiance and glittering icebergs. Keep an eye out for curious seals and dive-bombing Arctic Skuas. Walk between the icebergs on the “Diamond” Beach, known for its black sand near the glacier lagoon. On the way back, stop to see an old turf church and note its striking resemblance to "hobbit holes." Learn more about this and the region from your guide.

From Jökulsárlón: Ice Cave and Glacier Exploration Tour

5. From Jökulsárlón: Ice Cave and Glacier Exploration Tour

Feel the thrill of riding in a custom-made super-jeep on this guided tour from Jökulsárlón. Discover some of Iceland’s most beautiful natural treasures with this winter wonderland hike on the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier with high-quality helmets, harnesses, and crampons. Meet your guide at the Glacier Lagoon Cafe in Jökulsárlón and hop aboard a big white super-jeep to being your glacier adventure. Relax on the scenic transfer to Breiðamerkurjökull, which overlooks the Glacier lagoon and is the glacier outlet of the larger and better-known Vatnajökull. Be introduced to all the safety equipment necessary for the tour and listen to an informational briefing before you step foot on the glacier. Spend around 5 hours uncovering the glacier's breathtaking landscapes with an experienced guide. See crevasses, moulins, and deep ice caves, as your guide shares their local knowledge of the area and Icelandic culture. Tackle medium to hard terrain over a distance of 4-6 kilometers (depending on the group). Admire to see different compositions of the glacier and visit to the season’s biggest ice cave. Bring your camera to capture incredible shots of features that are constantly melting and reforming into fantastical formations. Return to your meeting point in Jökulsárlón with unforgettable memories at the end of your tour.

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

6. Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

Take a walking tour of the Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in Europe, with a certified guide. Head with your group to the ice fall on a scenic and exhilarating walk and enjoy artful ice sculptures formed by the frozen waters of Falljokul Glacier along the way. Follow your guide on a scenic walk, during which you can appreciate the dramatic landscape carved by the glacier. Once at the tongue of the glacier, put crampons on, undergo a safety briefing, and then make your way to the real adventure. Head up towards the incredible ice fall (from which Falljokull derives its name), where you will explore a dramatic terrain, full of frozen ice formations and ice sculptures. Get plenty of photo opportunities while witnessing the rugged and majestic ice fall. Learn how the glacier was formed and how it keeps changing its shape day after day from your guide.

Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

7. Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

Experience the beauty of southern Iceland on this 3-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Explore the Golden Circle, sleep in Hveragerði Village, and marvel at the power of Geysir Strokkur. Watch the waves crash against Reynisfjara black sand beach and relax with an optional cruise on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Day 1:Start your tour by visiting the highlights of the Golden Circle. Visit Thingvellir National Park where you can stand with one foot in Europe and one in America. Next, see Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, and marvel at the Geysir Strokkur as it erupts every 5-10 minutes. Discover the Mars-like landscape of Kerið, a magical crater lake of brilliant blue-green water surrounded by bright red soil. Spend the night in Hveragerði Village before starting the next day on the south coast. Visit the geothermal park and try bread baked in the hot ground, boil eggs, or simply relax in the mud baths. Day 2: Visit the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss, as well as the lesser-known waterfall of Glufrabui. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap where you'll can enjoy an optional glacier hike. Finish your second day at the iconic Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes on the black sands. Admire the great, hexagonal basalt columns and black rock sea stacks. Rest at an overnight stay in the remote Suðursveit County. Day 3: Spend time gazing at majestic glaciers and lagoons before heading to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Immerse yourself in the scenery with an optional boat tour and have the chance to see seals swimming around the huge icebergs. Finally, the last stop is at Fjáðrárgljúfur River Canyon. At the end of your tour experience, head back to Reykjavik with an estimated arrival time of 9:15 PM.

Reykjavík: 2-Day Tour with Icebergs, Glaciers & Waterfalls

8. Reykjavík: 2-Day Tour with Icebergs, Glaciers & Waterfalls

Explore Iceland's South Coast on a 2-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Experience stunning views of Solheimajokull glacier and listen to the waves crashing into Reynisfjara black sand beach. Spot seals swimming in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and admire Fjadrargljufur River Canyon. Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfall of Glufrabui. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you can take part in an optional glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. Admire the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. After overnighting in an Icelandic countryside accommodation, take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. Choose to enhance your experience with a 1.5-2 hour-long guided glacier hike. Pick this option and have with all the necessary safety equipment to enjoy the stunning blue ice. Visit the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and take an optional amphibious boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. See the huge chunks of ice crack off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float slowly out to sea. See icebergs lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin. Spot seals swimming around the huge icebergs before visiting the turf-roofed church Hofskirkja and Fjadrargljufur River Canyon. The canyon was formed a few thousand years ago during a glacial period, leaving a snaking river behind when the ice sheet retreated.

Vatnajökull: Half-Day Falljökull Glacier Discovery Hike

9. Vatnajökull: Half-Day Falljökull Glacier Discovery Hike

Discover the natural beauty of Iceland on a thrilling hike that takes you through crevices and icefalls of the Falljökull glaciers located inside the Vatnajökull National Park. Meet your guides, hop on the 4X4 Super Jeep, and start your journey through picturesque landscapes and up to the base of Falljökull, one of the outlet glaciers of the vast Vatnajökull ice cap.  Get a unique perspective of the glacier as you drive into the glacier valley. Once inside, you will learn how to use crampons and have a short safety briefing before embarking up onto the ice. Spend the next 3 hours hiking through the stunning icefall, which Falljökull is famous for. Look closely and be amazed by the fascinating features of the ice. Learn about the geology, geography, and history of the local area as you are led to the highest point to marvel at the unforgettable views of the glacier valley. This tour is perfect for those who have been on a glacier before or those who enjoy long hikes, but novices looking for a bit of adventure are also welcomed on the tour.

Djúpivogur: Jökulsárlón, Stokksnes and Höfn Shore Excursion

10. Djúpivogur: Jökulsárlón, Stokksnes and Höfn Shore Excursion

Embark on a shore excursion for cruise ship passengers from Djúpivogur. Explore Iceland's southern coastline and discover its highlights including Stokksnes, the Glacial Lagoon and Diamonds Beach of Jökulsárlón, and the fishing village of Höfn. Meet your guide at the port in Djúpivogur. Board the minibus and set off on your adventure along Iceland's South Coast. First explore Stokksnes, a picturesque peninsula renowned for its dramatic landscapes and striking vistas. Admire the views of towering mountains, including the iconic Vestrahorn. Head next to Jökulsárlón and enjoy a picnic lunch of a traditional Icelandic sandwich and drink by the Glacial Lagoon. Admire this beautiful natural marvel filled with icebergs, fed by the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap. Continue to the nearby Diamonds Beach, famed for its glittering black sand juxtaposed against shimmering icebergs calved from the nearby glacier, resembling glistening diamonds strewn along the shoreline. Visit the fishing village of Höfn, known for its rich maritime heritage and breathtaking coastal vistas. Get a glimpse into traditional Icelandic life, with colorful boats bobbing in the harbor and bustling fish markets containing the day’s catch, before heading back to the port in Djúpivogur.

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4.6
(903 reviews)

What a wonderful tour! Ian our driver and guide was great and provided lots of fascinating information about Iceland and what we saw all throughout the day. We knew there would be a lot of driving involved but it never felt too much of a drag. We stopped off at numerous spots including going back to Vik on the way back as on the way it snowed too heavily. Stops didn’t feel rushed either. Loved the small group of around 16 as opposed to a big coach as there was no hanging around waiting for people to get back on the bus. Glacier lagoon was amazing as was the secret or hidden waterfall. I’d 190% recommend this tour.

Mixed opinion... there were 4 of us and we were expecting a real hike on the glacier. In reality we had to spend 30 minutes there and we stopped at the start of the glacier. The team was disorganized when we arrived. Photo breaks every 5 minutes instead of moving forward (we paid to see as many landscapes as possible after all). The ride was nice but given the price and the initially planned duration of the excursion we found it a bit misleading. However, we have done other excursions with troll expedition and were not disappointed.

Breathtakingly beautiful, exciting, educational, and humbling is how I would describe this tour! Our guides, Javier and Marcos, are absolutely wonderful! They are personable, knowledgeable, and truly excited about what they do and sharing it with others. Thanks, guys! One of the best experiences of my life!

Mega good! Our guide Ian was really great! We received a lot of information and had enough time for photos and to enjoy nature! We even had really bad weather at times and Ian drove so well and safely! Great! Can only recommend it!!!

Glad we downloaded this app on our drive to south coast and Jokulrason glacier. It included several spots as well as information animals and the landscapes.