This is a truly magnificent day devoted to the wonders of Icelands south shore, including the awesome glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon
. Travel by 4WD on a superjeep excursion following the picturesque southern coastline passing the villages of Selfoss
and Kirkjubaejarklaustur as well as the iconic waterfall at Skogafoss
and beautiful Skaftafell
Continue through the vast desert of Skeidararsandur
, an area which can be prone to sand storms. Many of Icelands biggest glacial rivers run into the Atlantic Ocean off the south shore and each year they carry millions of tons of black volcanic sand, constantly altering the shape of the coastline and creating vast black deserts. Just before reaching the lagoon, drive pass Oraefajokull
glacier, home to the islands highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur, at 2119 m. Jokulsarlon
is a stunning glacial lagoon that is constantly changing as the massive glacier tongue retreats. Icebergs of all shapes, sizes and in many hues of blue, turquoise and white, break off from the glacier and float around the lagoon. You will have time to walk the shores of the lagoon as youll. be very busy with your camera, photographing the surreal shapes and wonderful, mirror-like reflections. For an even closer view take the cruise aboard an amphibious vessel and sail amongst the oddly-shaped ice formations. Jokulsarlon
is a natural wonder that has to be seen to be believed. This may be one of the longest ReykjaVik
day tours but it is also one of the most highly recommended.
Note the itinerary is subject to weather and road conditions. Warm clothes and sturdy shoes recommended as the terrain can be rough underfoot.