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Eastern Region, Iceland

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Vök Baths: East Iceland Geothermal Baths Entry

1. Vök Baths: East Iceland Geothermal Baths Entry

Vök Baths is a geothermal destination on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn in East Iceland. Located only 3.1 miles northwest of 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.

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

2. Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

Take a tour with a certified guide of the Vatnajökull Glacier — the largest in Europe. Head with your group to the ice fall, a scenic and exhilarating walk that requires crampons and a safety briefing. Along the way enjoy artful ice sculptures formed by nature. Your certified guide will take you 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, have 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 soon be exploring a dramatic terrain, full of frozen ice formations and ice sculptures. Get plenty of photo opportunities while witnessing the rugged and majestic ice fall. Your guide will explain how the glacier was formed and how it keeps changing its shape day after day.

From Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon Small Group Tour

3. 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 Reykjavík: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Private Tour

4. From Reykjavík: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Private Tour

Discover the natural beauty of Glacier lagoon in Jokulsarlon in Vatnajökull national park. Experience the raw power of nature that is evident in these stunning landscapes. Admire the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and perhaps a lesser-known waterfall as well. Get up close to a few glaciers, and see others towering over the coastline. Arrive at glacier lagoon in Jökulsárlón and take a boat to one of the lagoons along the base of the glacier. Stop at Diamond beach where icebergs bounce like giant diamonds on the waves at the black sand beach.

Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

5. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

Explore one of the amazing, naturally formed ice caves on Falljökull glacier, which are only accessible in the winter time, when the meltwater from the dynamic outlet glacier freezes over and leaves behind giant ice tunnels. Begin the tour in Skaftafell, a nature reserve in Vatnajökull National Park. Meet your highly trained and certified glacier guide, who will provide the necessary glacier gear for this expedition — an ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmet. Step aboard the glacier bus, which will take you to the glacier terminal face. Listen to a safety briefing and learn how to use the necessary equipment. Follow the guide as you step onto the glacier and navigate through a labyrinth of deep crevasses, beautiful ice formations, and high ridges before you reach the highlight of the day, the deep blue ice cave. Take in the beauty of the cave and capture the memory as a perfect photograph. Listen to how and why these ice caves are formed. After exploring the cave, return to surface and head back over the glacier to the bus before returning to Skaftafell where your tour began.

Iceland 6-Day Ring Road Adventure

6. Iceland 6-Day Ring Road Adventure

Day 1: Golden Circle and South Coast The adventure begins with a pickup in Reykjavik then visit the popular Golden Circle attractions of Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Experience spouting geysers, historical and geological wonders, and the beautiful golden falls of Gullfoss. Then make your way to the impressive South Coast where you will be greeted by the magnificent waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before reaching your accommodation for the night. Day 2: Vik, Skaftafell, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon After breakfast at your hotel, journey further south towards the charming village of Vik. Make a stop at the unique and photogenic black sand beach of Reynisfjara. After visiting Vik, make your way to the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with its floating icebergs. The nearby Diamond beach is also on today's agenda. See icebergs that have washed ashore glistening like diamonds on the black sand beach, leaving you feeling like you just stepped into a movie scene. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Hofn area, known for delicious lobster. Day 3: East Fjords Today is all about exploring the East Fjords of Iceland. Driving along the coastline is an experience like no other. It is characterized by narrow roads and remote peninsulas. Before reaching Egilsstadir town, where you will be spending the night, visit Djupivogur fishing village. Take a hike to Hengifoss waterfall and stop by the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall. Day 4: Dettifoss, Myvatn, and Akureyri Drive through the wilderness of Modrudalur to make your way to the capital of the North, Akureyri. Today's highlights include a visit to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Then Lake Myvatn, where you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the hot spring pools of Myvatn Nature Baths. Finally, see the dreamy Godafoss waterfall. Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel near Akureyri.  Day 5: Whale Watching, Siglufjordur, and Trollaskagi The day starts with a drive through the charming town of Akureyri towards Dalvik for a whale-watching adventure. Humpback and minke whales are a common sight and sometimes you might even be able to spot a majestic blue whale. After your adventure at sea, try out your sea angling skills then enjoy a team barbeque with your catch of the day. Make your way to your accommodation for the night in the Bifrost area. Drive through the fishing village of Siglufjordur, which is a charming village rich in history, and the Trollaskagi peninsula, with some of the best ocean scenery you will see.  Day 6: Visit the West Iceland region The day begins with a short hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, (the Children´s Waterfall), and the Hraunfossar cascade. You'll also visit Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet, and the author of some Icelandic Sagas. On the way back to Reykjavik you'll drive around the scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord).

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

7. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on a 4x4 Super Jeep that is specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want within a 12-hour period.  Have the option to go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands. Be picked by the spacious all-terrain vehicle in the morning and head off to your desired destination. Ride in the Super Jeep to see more sights than you can reach on a standard bus. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private transportation service.  Get help crafting the perfect itinerary from your guide, or choose to have your guide create a tour the most popular places. Have the option to pick a trip to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see.

Vatnajökull: Half-Day Falljökull Glacier Discovery Hike

8. 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.

Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Discovery Group Tour

9. Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Discovery Group Tour

Meet at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, from where you kick-start your ice cave journey to Iceland's biggest glacier: Vatnajökull. Travel by jeep to get up close to this massive glacier. Make your way through glacial moraines, gravel, and glacial ice. Experience all the beautiful glacial features of different ice caves. Follow your expert guide into the cave and take in the surreal soft blue and glistening ice in the cave. Snap plenty of photos of this other-worldly environment. Get the best adventure possible on the glacier with a local guide who understands the ever-changing nature of the caves, and can fine tune the tour to suit the needs of the day. Know that your guide has scouted for the most picturesque caves. Bask in the splendor of caves ranging from 30-100 meters in length. Visit a spot that changes each season. Hike this natural wonder for 2-3 hours.

From Reykjavik: Winter 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

10. From Reykjavik: Winter 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

Your Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik and heads out along the Golden Circle. Marvel at the natural landmarks of Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir and Þingvellir National Park, admire hot water spouting from the earth, and learn about the history of Iceland while you travel. Spend your first night at a cozy hotel on the South Coast. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the cascades for a truly breathtaking experience. From here you'll embark on a hiking tour to a nearby ancient glacier before heading back to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Spend the night in the small village of Vík, and enjoy free time in the evening to explore the local area or mingle with your fellow travelers. On day 3, discover Skaftafell National Park, where glistening white sheets of ice contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, take a tour of a stunning ice cave and see huge blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Spend the evening looking for the world-famous Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Day 4 takes you on a wildlife exploration through the East Fjords in search of wild reindeer and other native animals. Next, learn about the culture and way of life of nearby local villages then pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live! Marvel at the forests of Hallormsstaðaskógur before spending the night at a sleepy village. Explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn on day 5 and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Continue to the Námaskarð Pass to gaze at the earth boiling and bubbling before your eyes, then spend the night in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. Finally, on day 6, wander along the breathtaking fjord of Eyjafjörður and visit Kaffi Kú to get to meet local farmers. You'll stop by Hauganes for a whale watching tour, included in this adventurous getaway. At the end of a busy and exciting 6-day trip, travel back to Reykjavik where your adventure comes to an end.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 142 reviews

Spectacular experience and well worth every penny. We did the 5.5 hr hike which allows you to go higher up on the glacier. When you arrive, follow signs for visit parking. Follow the path to the tee- meeting point is to left and visitor center to right. Our tour guide was amazing and worked very hard to make our experience what it was. The tour company provides crampons, a harness, an ice pick, and a helmet. More than likely you’ll need to rent their boots. It was about 700isk per pair. The sole of your boots have to be stiff enough to keep the crampons from falling off, so they inspect your boots in the beginning and let you know if you need to rent or not. The views were incredible. You’re hiking for probably every bit of almost five hours. You stop along the way for photos. Bring snacks and water. If the weather is nice, you’ll likely get warm once you start hiking and want to ditch layers, so having a bookbag for that is good. Can not recommend enough. This is a must do for sure!

The hike was absolutely awesome. Our guide was experienced and professional. He led us well up the icefall in a manner that was efficient and fun. The hike was challenging but we stopped at appropriate times and the guide made sure we were all comfortable before moving forward. I would highly recommend this hike. The glacier is getting smaller by the year and this hike may eventually not be possible.

This was my second visit to Iceland. This tour was the best one I have been on between the two trips. Our guide Valthor was amazing. Great driver, knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend!

We did this activity as a family and it was excellent fun. We all felt we had the opportunity to explore the glacier with our guide Barbara.

An amazing experience! Our guide, Max was simply the best. This was our most favorite adventure while in Iceland. Highly recommend!