Vikings & Volcanoes
Vik stay with guided glacier hike, 2-Day Tour - Iceland
Iceland has one of the most active volcanic landscapes in the world. White peaks on the horizon, impressive lava plains and deep craters set the scene. On this trip, you will visit two of Iceland's most photogenic waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and if you're travelling in the winter you'll hike up the Sólheimajökull glacier. We'll arrange for you to spend the night in a charming guesthouse that is perfectly located for you to access all the nearby highlights.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- 1 x breakfast
- Winter excursion: guided glacier hike
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Your day-by-day itinerary
The volcano route to Vik
Leaving Reykjavik or the geyser area behind you, you’ll be on your way to the coastal village of Vik. On the way, stop off at Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla. During an eruption some 900 years ago, the entire valley was buried under rubble. Here you can view the ruins of an old Viking farm that was only excavated in 1900 and also see its replica. Make sure to also stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two incredibly photogenic waterfalls. The area flourishes with green flora and at Seljalandsfoss you can actually walk behind the waterfall for a truly magical experience. With the Hekla summit to your left, continue your drive slowly eastwards.
Another large cone shape will begin to emerge from the ground: the Eyjafjallajökul volcano. Drive further down the ring road for a visit to the film exhibition of this mighty volcano, which shut down all European air traffic in 2010. In the evening you will arrive at the coastal village of Vík, where you will sleep in a cosy guesthouse. Nearby are Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach, known for their black lava beaches and the angular basalt rocks that rise from the water. With a bit of luck you can also see puffins at Cape Dyrhólaey from the historic lighthouse there.
Winter excursion: Sólheimajökull glacier hike
Get ready for an active day today as you venture to the Sólheimajökull glacier. At the meeting point you will meet your experienced guide and fellow adventurers for a good run through about how things work (because walking on a glacier is not entirely without danger) and then the irons go down. Hike along caverns meters deep and search for ice sculptures. You will see a thousand shades of grey, white, blue and of course transparent ice and if you look closely at the different layers in the ice, chances are you’re even looking at the ash from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökul volcanic eruption.
Back in the car, turn on the heating and warm yourself up for your next Iceland experience. Make a final stop at the black lava beaches of Vik, where the basalt rocks protrude high into the sky from the sea and look almost handmade due to their symmetrical shapes. If your Iceland trip is almost over, travel back to Keflavik and end your day in the steamy pools of the Blue Lagoon. Do you have the time and want to see more of Iceland? Then drive on to the Skaftafell Nature Park where you can explore one the many hiking trails.
Summer excursion: Free time & departure from Vik
After breakfast this morning, check out and continue your journey east. If you are up early enough, take a drive to Eldhraun first, where you will find a lava field covered by moss that makes a very bizarre sight. After all the earth, wind and fire of the past few days, a completely different type of Icelandic landscape is now waiting for you. On to some cooling! At the foot of the largest glacier in Europe, head to the glacier at Skaftafell National Park.
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