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For the adventurous traveller this trip takes in Iceland like no other!
From exploring Reykjavik to a quick tour on the Golden circle to kick things off you will then get to hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier. This is a unique experience and one you will never forget. Then it’s on to a day’s hiking through Reykjadalur valley and the Geothermal Mountain baths.
Fly into Keflavick airport early to make the most of this short break.
The Gullfoss & Geysir Direct afternoon tour takes you to see the world-famous Geysir geothermal field and Gullfoss, the queen of Icelandic waterfalls. The Geysir geothermal field has spouting springs of various sizes and formations, bubbling hot water and exploding geysers. Strokkur, the Great Geysir’s little brother, is spouting to a height of about 25 meters (82 ft) and erupts at about 5-7 minute intervals.
At Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching its enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. The mighty Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) is perhaps the most beautiful in the country. We walk around Gullfoss Falls, where the river Hvitá tumbles 32 meters (105 ft) in a double cascade. When the sun is shining, you’re likely to see a rainbow through the massive spray that forms.
To reach Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring the tour starts with the highland plateau of Hellisheiði, an area with large lava fields and steaming valleys. We pass the greenhouse town of Hveragerði and one of Iceland’s most fertile farmland. Spend your time encountering a cross-section of Iceland’s natural wonders and geological phenomena as we stop at Thingvellir National Park, an area of historical and geological significance.
This is your chance to visit a glacier and not just any glacier, this trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue that is Sólheimajökull.
It is a magnificent phenomenon, a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. We will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges accompanied by an experienced glacier guide. Along the way we will find an ice wall on the glacier and try our hand at ice climbing.
You will be provided with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines, making sure you are very safe as you brave the heights.
On the way back to Reykjavik we stop at the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall. On this trip you get to see and do what most of the population will only dream about and very few ever try. Why not be adventurous and explore the amazing crawling glacier?
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head wear and gloves. Good hiking shoes with ankle support are recommended! No knowledge of the sport required.
What kind of clothing is needed for glacier hikes?
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, warm head wear and good water proof winter gloves. Good hiking shoes with ankle support are strongly recommended, if you do not have hiking shoes then you can rent them from us. Just remember to book your shoes beforehand so you can be sure we will bring them along for you.
What is the minimum age of participants on the Blue Ice tour?
There is actually no minimum age for the Blue Ice, but there is a minimum shoe size. Our crampons can only fit European shoe sizes from 35 and upwards. So the minimum European shoe size of participants on the Blue Ice is 35.
What equipment do we provide?
We provide crampons, ice axes, helmet and climbing harness, all included in the tour price.
What are crampons?
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Trip difficulty: ranges from 2 – 3 out of 5 possible / Rating: Easy
This tour suits everyone that is reasonably fit and is one of Iceland’s most popular day hiking tours. The main purpose of this tour is to take a bath in a geothermal river and enjoy the magnificent nature. You will witness huge geothermal springs while hiking through Reykjadalur valley, which is known for beautiful and rough nature.
Departure: all year, every day, depending on weather
Duration of trip: about 7 hours
Level of difficulty: rather easy for everyone that is reasonably fit
Hiking time: 5-6 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 7 km
Elevation: about 500 meters, mostly downhills, since we drive up the mountain and hike down the valley
You bring: Good hiking boots, rain & wind proof clothing, hat gloves, towel, swimwear, extra socks and backpack
Your short break has come to an end and it is time to return home after a wonderful experience in Iceland. If flight time permit and you can spend the morning at the Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport! Otherwise, enjoy breakfast in one of the city’s great cafes!
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