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Jökulsárlón: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Guided Tour

Jökulsárlón: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Guided Tour

Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, about 40 minutes east of Skaftafell, for the start of a unique winter activity and look at an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Go inside some of the ice caves that form after water runs beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier during the summer. Every fall, local guides hunt for new ice caves, as their location can change each year. The structure and condition can also vary from year to year, but rest assured your guide will decide which is the best cave to visit, depending on the safety and weather conditions. Drive for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the ice cave chosen by your guide, and then walk for 5 to 15 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Upon arrival, enjoy between 1 and 1.5 hours to look inside at the miraculous blue ice of the cave, and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

Embark on a whale-watching cruise in Húsavík with live commentary. Marvel at the natural beauty of Skjálfandi Bay and get up close to whales, dolphins, and sea birds. Cruise by the north coast of Iceland on a traditional oak boat with light refreshments and warm overalls included. Observe the large diversity of marine animals in Skjálfandi. Enjoy a smooth, safe sailing adventure in an Icelandic oak ship and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and some cinnamon buns on the return trip. This round-trip tour is an authentic wildlife activity operated by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland. With informative commentary from your guide, learn why Húsavík has turned into Iceland’s whale-watching capital.

Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of the Eyjafjord's humpback whales and other marine life in their natural habitat on a cruise trip from Akureyri. Listen to your guide's commentary and discover how the warmth of the summer sun brings vibrant life and plenty of food for the larger-than-life mammals.  Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. Listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales and answer any questions you may have. Journey aboard the only specially-modified, high-speed whale watching ship in Iceland. Capable of carrying 200 people, it provides spectacular views from its cinema-style viewing platforms. Relax aboard the boat and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor seating. Purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. Experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at speed, and share your adventure live on social media with free Wi-Fi.

Mývatn: Myvatn Nature Baths Admission Ticket

Mývatn: Myvatn Nature Baths Admission Ticket

Explore Myvatn Nature Baths, a traditionally designed complex with an admission ticket. Relax in the warm waters of the geothermal pools, have a light meal, enjoy a drink in the swim-up bar, and soak in the views of the surroundings. You can take a relaxing bath in the waters of a geothermal area where the sulfur steam rises up through holes in the floor. Explore the water of the Myvatn Nature Baths, drawn from a borehole that goes 2,500 meters into the ground.  Before or after bathing you can enjoy a light meal and drinks at a cafe in a beautiful setting with views of the stunning natural surroundings. You can also make use of the swim-up bar in the baths and enjoy a beer, wine, cider, soda, or glass of sparkling wine in the water. Spend a soothing day in the water which has a high concentration of minerals, is basic in nature, and is well suited for bathing.

Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Guided Trip

Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Guided Trip

Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour by bus. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, leaning about its history and formation from your local guide. Following a pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will visit the Diamond beach with black sand, and there will be an additional stop in Iceland's southernmost village at Vík for dinner.

Skaftafell National Park: Glacier Hike

Skaftafell National Park: Glacier Hike

Discover what it feels like to walk on impacted ice on an amazing hike across the outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Get breathtaking views of the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell National Park in the epic wilderness of Iceland. Meet your guide at the meeting point to pick up your crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. Then, drive by bus to the start of your hike and put on your crampons and steel frames tied to your hiking boots for the amazing adventure ahead. Spend around 60 to 90 minutes on the ice to see crevasses and deep cracks on the surface. Learn about the vertical shafts known as moulins, formed when melting water finds its way into the fissures and cracks. Look into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice in the winter. Learn the history of the glacier from your English-speaking guide.

Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

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.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Embark on a guided tour from Reykjavik to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Witness the mighty Hvannadalshnjúkur mountain and black sand desert that sprawls between Skaftafell National Park and the lagoon.  Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascades to reach the other side. Continue to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall and admire the impressive 60-meter drop. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and stroll along the shores of the lake. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the area as 1,000- to 1,500-year-old ice breaks away from the Vatnajökull glacier and floats silently on the water. Recognize locations from some of the many movies that have been filmed in the area, such as Batman Begins and Tomb Raider. Stop at the spectacular Diamond Beach and admire the strand of black sand speckled with clumps of ice, giving an appearance of shimmering diamonds. In the warmer months, enjoy an added boat ride around the lagoon and witness the floating icebergs up-close.

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat and experience a traditional whale watching tour from Europe's whale watching capital at Húsavík. Keep warm and dry with the use of high-quality overalls and raincoats. Sail out into the bay and prepare to be captivated by the work of Mother Nature. Your specialized guide will give a safety demonstration on board the boat and then feed you live commentary on all the sights you will encounter. Skjálfandi Bay is known for its rich wildlife, including numerous types, shapes and sizes of whale. Keep a look out for the acrobatic humpback whales and giant blue whales. This is wild nature and therefore unpredictable, but your chances of seeing whales in their natural environment is very high. Sail back to Húsavík harbor and enjoy the stunning scenery.

From Isafjordur: Dynjandi Waterfall Guided Day Trip by Bus

From Isafjordur: Dynjandi Waterfall Guided Day Trip by Bus

Admire the Jewel of the Westfjords on this day tour from Isafjordur to the Dynjandi waterfall. Stop for 90 minutes to appreciate this 100-meter waterfall and the five other waterfalls of Háifoss, Úðafoss, Göngufoss, Hundafoss, and Bæjarfoss that grace the landscape below it.  Climb aboard a bus that has plenty of legroom and relax on the scenic drive along coastal roads. Pass through mountain tunnels and rugged Icelandic terrain until you reach the Dynjandi waterfall. Learn more about this unique region with the help of your guide. Spend 1.5-hours soaking up the beauty of the Dynjandi waterfall and of its lower falls. Capture pictures to share with your friends on social media before returning to your meeting point in Isafjordur.

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4.6
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Amazing tour and guide. Inga provided so much information of the history of Iceland, the people and their culture. She had a great sense of humor. The waterfall was mesmerizing. The Christmas house was enjoyable as well as the thatched homes. A real insight into how people lived with the weather elements in Iceland. My husband and I highly recommend this tour. Fantastic job Inga!

This was an excellent full day tour of various dramatic northern Iceland landscapes and natural features. Our guide, Unnur, was really informative, bringing the places and Icelandic life alive for us. She also handled a delay caused by a bus issue professionally and fairly, maintaining the full itinerary for our enjoyment.

Liked the o wall steam bath and pool area. Renting and towels service etc was easy. Wish the slight sulfur vapor smell similar to Hevrir area was not there. Area is expanding and they are a timely working to make it better.

One blue whale + couple of humpback whales. On top of that the guide has showed and given infos about puffins too. Price performance top 100!

We really enjoyed the activity with our guide Hold. He was amazing and told us so many things. Thanks so much!