Experience Iceland’s magnificent landscapes from a unique aerial viewpoint. Take a scenic helicopter tour to two different glaciers where you’ll have the rare opportunity to hike across a glacier. Plus, explore the world’s only manmade ice cave and go deep underground to see the brilliant blue ice that’s been forming over centuries.
Disembark the ship and drive inland towards Iceland’s southwestern region of Húsafell. Our first stop will be Cave Víðgelmir, the mightiest of Iceland’s lava tubes. We’ll put on our hard hats and walk down into the interior of the cave, which features amazing colors and unique lava formations that our geologist guide will explain along the way. After lunch at the Hotel Húsafell bistro, we’ll then make our way to the Klaki basecamp on Langjökull glacier. Prepare to drive onto the glacier by way of specially modified glacier jeeps, which bring you to the entrance of a man-made ice cave. Walk deep inside the Langjökull ice tunnels, seeing the beautiful blue ice at the heart of an ice cap glacier. End the day with a delicious dinner and overnight at Hotel Húsafell. (L,D)
After breakfast, a helicopter awaits us outside the hotel’s gates for a day of heli-hiking. Depart Húsafell and enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight as we make our way towards Kerlingarfjöll, a mountainous geothermal area. We’ll be dropped off here for a 2-hour hike amidst steaming geothermal vents, melting ice packs, and twisting rivers. Enjoy a picnic lunch in nature. We’ll then fly towards Iceland’s southern coastline, taking in aerial views of thundering waterfalls and colorful mountain ranges en route. Our afternoon destination is Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where we’ll strap on our crampons and walk up the glacier to an impressive ice fall. Our helicopter will be on standby to pick us up and return us to Hotel Húsafell in time to enjoy the hotel’s hot spring pools before dinner. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Húsafell. (B,L,D)
Wake up and enjoy a final leisurely morning at Hotel Húsafell. After breakfast, we’ll start making our way back towards Reykjavík, stopping at Troll Waterfall along the way. Upon arrival in Reykjavík, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before ending at the airport for your flight home. (B,L)
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