Eyjafjallajökull & Þórsmörk

TOUR ID: AT-21

This is one of the most popular tours in Iceland and the setting for the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in 2010.

During the eruption millions of liters of melted ice from Eyjafjallajokull came bursting down the mountainside causing massive destructive floods on its way to the Atlantic and changed the scenery for years to come.

The first stop of the day is at one of Iceland’s loveliest waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. Here the sure-footed can walk behind the thundering cascade but be careful as the trails is narrow and a bit slippery. Extra caution is especially needed during the winter and good footwear is recommended. This is one of the most photographed places in Iceland and for good reason. During the winter, the waterfall is lit up so you can enjoy it’s magic all year round.

Then it’s on to a spectacular hidden canyon rich with unique flora, green moss and a beautiful waterfall. Depending on conditions, we will either be making a stop at Gljúfrabúi or Nauthúsagil. Now it’s time for more action as we head to Gigjökull glacier tongue. The driver will deflate the tires for some serious jeep action, including splashing through glacier rivers, so fasten your seatbelts and keep your windows closed and experience the fun! Before we leave for the black sands we enjoy a light lunch that’s included in the tour price. This is a good opportunity to try the Icelandic meat soup made with lamb, rice and vegetables. This traditional soup is a hearty and popular meal that’s kept Icelanders warm and energetic through the centuries when food was scarce.

After lunch, the tour takes you for a fun action drive to the black volcano beaches of the south, where you have panoramic views in all directions with the Atlantic Ocean beating the shore on one side and glaciers and volcanos on the other. Our last stop of the day is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, the impressive Skógafoss. It brings water from the 2 glaciers surrounding it, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Due to the amount of spray rainbows are usually visible on sunny days but the spray means you’re likely to get wet if you get up close.

But you should definitely take the extra steps as it’s quite empowering standing close to it. The Skógafoss area is also the starting point for those that wish to hike over Fimmvörðuháls over to Þórsmörk, one of the most popular hiking routes in Iceland.

Gígjökull

Gígjökull is an outlet glacier that runs north into Þórsmörk from Eyjafjallajökull glacier. In front of Gígjökull was a rather large glacier lagoon that was washed away during the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull on April 14th 2010. Today it is possible to drive up to the glacier and have a look into a small ice cave.

Nauthúsagil

Nauthúsagil is a beautiful and deep canyon close to Seljalandsfoss. It is possible to walk all the way to the end where there is a waterfall and a basin that many like to jump in and brave the freezing water. Don't forget to look up at the canyon walls to see the moss and trees that enclose this beautiful site and be prepared to get your feet a little bit wet.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is a 62 metre high waterfall that is considered very picturesque. An absolute must is to walk behind the waterfall and feel the mist coming from it. It is considered one of the must-sees in South Iceland.

Sólheimasandur

Sólheimasandur is one of Iceland's black basalt beaches. This is home to a US Navy airplane wreck that that crashed there on Nov. 24 1973. The beach can be slightly dangerous though and caution should be taken when getting close to the shore. The waves are unpredictable and rip currents are strong. Falling rocks are also a hazard but rare.

Skógafoss

Skógafoss is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. It is about 60 m high and 25 m wide. It is easily accessible and on sunny days it often produces a rainbow-yielding mist. Along the cliffs are stairs that take you to the top of the waterfall and is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail.

SEASON: ALL YEAR

DURATION: 8-10 HOURS

LEVEL: EASY

PICK UP: 08:30 - 09:00

MINIMUM: 2 PERS.

DEPART FROM: REYKJAVIK

WHAT TO BRING

Warm clothes

Warm gloves & hat

Waterproof/warm coat

Suitable footwear

SERVICE INCLUDED

English Speaking Driver Guide

Light lunch

SERVICE NOT INCLUDED

Refreshments

Toilet Fee

Entrance Fee

PLEASE NOTE

In Iceland all itineraries are designed to be flexible taking weather conditions into account. We reserve the right to change your itinerary or cancel it with your safety in mind. At Amazing tours your safety is our priority. All glacier and adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Participants must be aware that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk and are undertaken entirely at their own risk. Amazing Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.

WHAT TO WEAR

Dress according to the weather. Please wear/bring warm, comfortable clothing and waterproof outer layer, sturdy hiking boots, gloves and wool/fleece hat.

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