3 Day Private Ice Cave & Glacier Lagoon & Golden Circle Tour
Prices from 5200,-USD
It may be the darkest time of the year, but also the most magical. This tour is for everyone who wants to experience, see, feel and taste the real Iceland in 3 days.
This adventure is not just a journey to the absolute best Iceland has to offer in winter; but also an opportunity to explore our planet and powerful forces of nature. You will see hot steaming geysers, breath-taking waterfalls, endless lava fields, hear the ancient song of the glacier, touch blue ice, feel the arctic wind on your face, and dance with the northern lights. We promise that you will return home with your camera and memory loaded with beautiful scenery that will stay with you for a long, long time…
Photographs from this tour
Private Tours Available: All year
Price in winter: (Oct. – April)
Price for 2 pax: USD 5.400,- total
Price for 4 pax: USD 6.300,- total
Accommodation at a 4* hotel for 2 nights
Breakfast for day 2 & 3
Private Super Jeep and driver-guide for 3 days
For anyone who wants to see best of Iceland in one wonderful winter tour.
Glacier hiking, Land Rover Defender ice cave tour, lava caving, Jökulsarlon/Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Beach, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, South Shore, Golden Circle, Northern Lights, accommodation, breakfast.
Highlights of the Tour:
Ice caving, glacier hiking, northern lights..
3 days, 2 nights.
From most hotels and guesthouses.
Walking per day:
1-3 hours total – often on icy or uneven ground. The Glacier hiking requires flexibility and reasonable fitness level, although it will be at beginners level, it can still be tough. This tour is not for people with weak knees, backs or other injuries…
Guide for 3 days, vehicle transportation for 3 days, accommodation and 2 x breakfast. All glacier safety equipment: helmet, crampons, ice spikes, ice axe.
Dinner and lunch is not included.
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 3 days
Water + snacks
Camera and tripod.
Big smiles – you’ll be an active part of the tour and conversation.
Boots and Clothing:
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.
Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres.
Sunglasses and sun protection.
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.
The plan for the day depends on the weather, here is a rough idea.
DAY 1 – Golden Circle
Our first stop is the famous and beautiful Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO Heritage site. The scenery here is amazing no matter the weather! We’ll get a close look at how the tectonic plates work as we follow the footsteps of Game of Thrones into the rift valley between the North American and the Eurasian plate. Thingvellir is also where the first settlers of Iceland founded the world’s oldest parliament Althingi in the year 930. So this place has a special meaning to all Icelanders.
Next stop is Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest fall in Europe and some of our guests even say that it’s more amazing than the Niagara falls! Judge for yourself whilst you enjoy the midst of glacial water on your face.
Then we continue to the geysers area with the Geysir after which all other geysers are named. Here we’ll see the lively geyser Strokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes reaching a height of up to 30 meters. And we’ll also have a look at the other geothermal features around it: mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits, and other mini-geysers. It’s a unique place to see and hear how Mother Earth is alive!
Relax in 4 stars luxury
When you tour with us accommodation is also part of the experience. This year we have hand-picked a new 4 star boutique hotel Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon for our private tour guests.
The hotel is located in spectacular surroundings right between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions. You will stay in a mordern, clean nordic atmosphere that fits the roughness of the surrounding nature. A perfedt place to relax after a day of adventure.
Every evening we’ll explore the cold winter night and if the conditions are good we will watch out for the Northern Lights, which are often seen right above this area. But it is always up to Mother Nature and the Pagan Gods if they want to put up a show for us…
Then it’s time to rest before the next day of glacier and ice caving adventure.
Day 2 – Ice caving and glacier hiking
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.
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 so 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. Our ice cave guides find new ice caves in Vatnajökull Glacier and other glaciers each season.
We also stop the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon and a famous film location for Hollywood movies fx 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 whisky 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.
Set foot on the largest glacier in Europe
We’ll put on our ice spikes, helmets and grab an axe to do a short glacier walk, which is a mind-blowing experience. You’ll really feel the forces of nature when you walk on the ancient ice, look into deep crevasses, and listen to the sounds of the glacier.
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones you will like this part of the tour, as this part of the glacier was used in the HBO TV-show Game of Thrones. You will now find yourself beyond the Wall with White Walkers and Wildlings lurking around…
We do an easy hike that everyone can take part in just to get a feel of the glacier. Again listen to the guide, listen to nature and listen carefully to the safety instructions.
Day 3 – South Shore Expedition
Then it is time to head back to Reykjavik along the brutal South Shore via the town of Vik. Today you will see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colourful, rough scenery.
Before Vík, we cross the black desert of Skeidarasandur, and then Laki Lava Field – the biggest one on the planet. You’ll see what it’s like to live in a country with 200 earthquakes a day, 150 active volcanoes and clear signs of climate change.
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 a short drive, we arrive at the beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!
And we have more waterfalls for you: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “secret elf waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical.
Our last stop is a famous lava cave – a magical world underneath the rugged lava field. Once again it is time for us to put on our helmets and headlights and explore the inside of mother earth. The cave is just stunning, which is probaby also why it has been used as a film location in famous movies like fx Noah.
And then we just have a short ride left before we are back in civilization also known as Reykjavik, but 3 days of adventure richer…