Iceland Snowshoe Adventure
Snowshoeing, glacier and cave exploration, Northern Lights and the best of southern Iceland in winter – a great time to visit this fascinating and unique island. The dates have been chosen when the moon is less visible to maximise our chances of seeing the Northern lights, which could be seen any night – particularly out in the rural areas.
The trip starts with a visit to the geothermal spa The Blue Lagoon before heading further afield to discover a land unlike any other, with time at the Glacial Lagoon, hot springs and in the Blue Mountains. This lunar-like landscape is even more intriguing in the winter, when the white snow contrasts with the black volcanic rock and we snowshoe to some great viewpoints to take in Iceland’s beguiling landscape.
Winter in Iceland has so many facets and we don’t settle for just snowshoeing. We also head out onto a glacier to explore the ice caves and try out ice axes and crampons, and set off to see the mighty Seljalandsfoss and Gulfoss Waterfalls where the water and ice are locked in their winter-long struggle.
The regular eruptions at Geysir that hurl boiling water into the air are also a must, and we end with time in Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly national capital city and a lively place to be.
Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Reykjavik, visit Blue Lagoon.
Day 2 Drive along south coast to Glacial Lagoon
Day 3 Snowshoeing around Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon filled with glorious blue icebergs
Day 4 Visit to Skaftafell National Park and head out onto the glacier.
Day 5 We see Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss waterfalls before travelling to Geysir and Thingvellir; afternoon snowshoeing in the Nesfavellir Rift Valley on Mt Hengil.
Day 6 After a visit to the Krisuvik hot spring area we venture into the Blue Mountains for snowshoeing where we will also encounter old lava flows and lava tube.
Day 7 Free day in Reykjavik for optional excursions such as snowmobiling or exploring the city.
Day 8 Transfer to Reykjavik fly to Heathrow
Departures in 2013 are on 3 and 10 February or 10 March and are priced from £1,549 per person including flights.