From USD 790
Incl. accommodation and dinner / all-inclusive tour!
Prices from 790,-USD in DBL / please note that we only have DBL rooms, so a single room is a DBL used by 1 and therefore more expensive.
No stuffed puffins, no masses, no big bus tours. Just blue ice caves, majestic glaciers, breath-taking waterfalls and endless lava fields – and with a bit of luck you will see the northern lights dance the night away. If you have already been to Iceland and done the touristy stuff, then this is the tour for you! Just 2 days of pure Icelandic nature, traveling in a small group, making new friends, enjoying good food, and relaxing in a Nordic atmosphere.
We have included everything from icebergs to accommodation, so all you have to do is lean back and enjoy the tour.
Departure: November – April
Departure days: Sundays
Duration: 2 days, 1 nights.
Adults: 790,- USD per person. in a double bedroom with private WC.
Adults: 1.150,- USD per person. in a single bedroom with private WC.
Minimum age: 13 years. If you travel with children under 13 years, please contact us directly for other options firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour type: For anyone who wants to see best of Iceland in one wonderful winter tour.
Group size: Min 6 guests, Max 16 guests.
Guide for 2 days, vehicle transportation for 2 days, accommodation, and breakfast
Ice cave tour, Jökulsarlon/Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Beach, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, South Shore, Northern Lights.
Highlights of the Tour: Ice caving, northern lights, outdoor hot tub bathing at our lodge.
Accommodation: Guesthouse in “The Middle of Nowhere”
Pick up: We meet at the Goecco office in Reykjavik, on Bankastræti 10. Meeting time is at 7:45 AM, and departure is at 8:00 AM sharp. The enterance is on the left side of the building, across the street from Prikið.
Walking per day: 1-3 hours total – often on icy or uneven ground. This tour is not for people with weak knees, backs or other injuries…
What to wear: We are in the arctic and the weather can be windy and brutal in the winter. Therefore it is very important to dress well. Bring good hiking boots and warm socks, windproof and rainproof outer layer, light and warm inner layer, such as wool, fleece or thermal. Also remember a scarf and gloves. NO trainers, NO city boots.
What to bring:
Clothing for 2 days
Water + snacks
Camera and tripod.
Big smiles – you’ll be an active part of the tour and conversation.
Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic.
Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material.
Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material.
Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks – Wool or synthetic.
Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
Casual clothes / change of clothes.
Prescription medication and other personal health items.
Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo etc.
Camera, spare batteries, and a memory card or films.
Aperitif, 1 glass of white and red wine is included in the Viking dinner package, you can still bring or other heart-warming spirits.
Other gear: Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres.
Sunglasses and sun protection.
Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.
Day 1 – South Shore Expedition
From Reykjavík, we start the adventure right away by exploring Iceland from the inside. We then travel along the brutal South Shore via Vík and stop at all the famous sights. You’ll see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colorful, rough scenery.
First stop is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “Secret Elf Waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical. After a short drive, we arrive at the beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!
Next stop is the most stunning and powerful black pebble beach in Iceland: Reynisfjara Beach with its basalt formations and columns. Beware that the waves at Reynisfjara are strong and unpredictable and have caused death several times, so it is vital to listen to the guide’s instructions about keeping a distance to the sea and not climb on the rocks.
After Vík, we leave civilization behind and drive through the biggest lava field on the planet towards our guesthouse.
Relax at Goecco Guesthouse
We stay the night at our cozy pop-up Goecco Guesthouse, which is situated in a lava field in the middle nowhere with no neighbors and no light pollution. This makes it a perfect spot for northern lights spotting and star-gazing.
All rooms have private toilets. Shower facilities are shared. Sit and watch the stars or maybe even the northern lights, which are often seen right above the guesthouse. Then it’s time to rest before the next day of ice caving adventure.
Day 2 – Ice cave expedition
We rise and shine early to enjoy the breakfast and a morning brief. Then we hit the road, ready for a day full of adventure. Today we’ll explore the mysterious and stunning Vatnajökull glacier inside out! Europe’s largest glacier – with its gigantic blocks of ice, layers of volcanic dust capsule within the ice and its breathtaking blue ice caves of Skaftafell National Park. And of course the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon with its ever-changing icebergs and seals playing in the cold water.
To get to Vatnajökull we have to cross the huge wastelands, rivers and black desert of Skeidarasandur. You’ll then see what it’s like to live in a country with up to 200 earthquakes a day, 150 active volcanoes and clear signs of climate change.
First stop is the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon and a famous film location for Hollywood movies, for example, James Bond (Die Another Day and A View to Kill). Here you see the ever-changing icebergs in white and blue in the ice cold lagoon – on most days we see seals and birds playing in the water. We will also go to the glacier beach, which we think is actually cooler than the lagoon. Here you can touch the ancient icebergs and shoot amazing up-close photographs.
And if you bring whiskey we have ice!
Please note that sailing at the lagoon is not included in the tour and is only possible till the lagoon freezes over.
As we turn off the main road onto a very bumpy “road” up to the ice cave area. Our 4×4 truck will work hard through the lunar landscape and chew its way through rocks, ice, and snow to get us there. This is where it will make sense to you why we don’t recommend self-driving in Iceland!
Depending on the conditions on the day and how far we can drive we will do a short hike up to the ice cave. All our guides are specially trained to listen carefully to their safety instructions and always wear your helmet.
Once you enter the ice cave you’ll see that it’s simply a once in a lifetime experience in one of the wonders of the world. It’s like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral with tones of white, blue.
The ice caves are natural structures come and go with the seasons. They are being born in the Summer from the massive pressure of glacial melt-water and can only be accessed in the winter when they empty. That is why the caves are never the same. The first famous cave we found, also known as The Crystal Ice Cave in Skaftafell National Park collapsed years ago. We find new ice caves in Vatnajökull Glacier each season with our local team of experts.
Most famous glacier in Hollywood
Next stop is Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue known for its spectacular blue color and formations. You will probably already have seen this glacier in movies like Interstellar, Batman Begins, and if you are a fan of Game of Thrones you will be thrilled to know that you are now north of the Wall with White Walkers and wildlings lurking around…
From there we start heading back to Reykjavik and back to civilization. We will, of course, keep a look out for the northern lights on the way and make toilet stops. We should be back in town around 20-21:00 depending on weather and road conditions.