Welcome to East Iceland

As far as you can get (some 650km) from Reykjavík, Iceland’s impressively varied and sparsely populated east doesn’t announce itself as loudly as other parts of the country, preferring subtle charms over big-ticket attractions. The Eastfjords is the area’s most wondrous destination – the scenery is particularly spectacular around the northern fjord villages, backed by sheer-sided mountains etched with waterfalls. If... Read More

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$170 Day Trips & Excursions

Ice Cave Tour of Europe's Largest Glacier

In the morning or afternoon, meet your guide at Jökulsárlón and, together with your small group, make the 5-mile (9-kilometer) drive to Vatnajökull National Park.Hike through an otherworldy landscape to Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. Along the way listen as your guide offers information about the geological history of the area. Upon arrival, explore the ice cave from the inside for about 30 to 40 minutes. Don't miss this opportunity to photograph the blue crystal colors of the ice. The tour can take 2.5 to five hours in total depending on location and weather. All the ice caves are naturally made so it is nature that decides how they are shaped and where they are located. Rest assured that safety is a priority and that only the best ice caves are chosen for each trip. Your tour concludes with a drive back to the departure point.

$166.84 Outdoor Activities

Ice Cave Adventure from Hali

In this tour you will experience a unique ice cave in the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. The tour is intended for those who want to visit an ice cave, get great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience. The tour can take between 2,5 – 5 hours. The meeting point is at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón. The tour, guided by a local guide, will take you through the region’s history from settlement until today.Each autumn, we go for an ice cave hunt to use for adventures during the coming winter. Ice caves are formed by Mother Nature and therefore weather dependent. Some caves have to have temperature below zero, or no rainy days before our visit.In this tour we visit one ice cave and we always choose the best cave available according to safety and weather condition. This will affect both driving and walking time of the tour. Driving to the location can take 25-45 minutes and the walk to the ice cave can take from 5 to 60 minutes. You should have in mind that the walking is always in the pure Icelandic nature on gravel and rough terrain.

$115 Outdoor Activities

Aurora Hunting Guided Tour near Vatnajokull Glacier from Hofn

The tour begins when a professional, English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel or guest house in Höfn and takes you by car to the south side of the Vatnajökull glacier. Assuming conditions are good, the famous northern lights will brighten up the sky, magnified further by the proximity of the glacier. Sit back and watch the show or explore the surrounding natural area. In addition to viewing the northern lights, this tour also offers the opportunity to explore the south coast on the road to Höfn, visit with native reindeer, dine at a delicious lobster restaurant, and take in a panoramic view of the Vatnajökull glacier.

$365.98 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Holuhraun and Askja Tour by Super Jeep

Join us on this journey to visit the newest part of Iceland and enjoy relaxing in a warm river heated by Holuhraun.On our way to Holuhraun lava we will travel through moonlike landscape across the Icelandic mountains. We will see how people lived in the beginning of the 20th century and experience the extreme power of glacier river. Just before we come to Holuhraun lava we stop in an area where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin practiced before there moonwalk. When the eruption was at Holuhraun the lava made its way over nearby river where now you can find one of the biggest natural, temporary, hot spring in the world. It’s like sitting in a Jacuzzi, in the warm river. It’s only temporary because it’s heated up by the warmth from the lava. Don’t miss out on this magical opportunity.After the visit to Holuhraun lava we will drive across the biggest dam in Iceland witch is 200 meters high. From there we continue to Laugafell highland hostel were we can have dinner and/or take a bath in one of the famous Icelandic natural hot springs before heading back home.

$145.32 Walking & Biking Tours

Vatnajökull Glacier Walk from Hali

In this glacier walk with a local guide from Hali you experience the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier. Our guide takes you on an unforgettable journey on Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull’s biggest outlet glacier.  The trip starts at Hali Country Hotel reception, where your guide drives you to the glacier area, away from the crowds and off the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh glacier air. The tour can take between 3,5 and 4 hours (1 – 1,5 hour on the glacier), including drive back and forth from our pick up location at Hali reception.  This tour is moderated and can be done by most children and adults. Before we start the drive we need to gear you up. It’s necessary to have the correct footwear for glacier hiking. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such. After the Super Jeep ride to the glacier area we take a short zodiac boat trip and sail a short distance to where the glacier walk starts. (We recommend that people take a proper boat tour at Glacier Lagoon/Jökulsárlón or Fjallsárlón, this one is only for 2 minutes). The glacier walk starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier. We provide ice crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice so that there’s no worry of slipping. Other security items include helmets and ice axes. We walk through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier. We see big sinkholes, called “Moulin”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions, the ash sometimes forms into a pyramid, called “dirt cone”. In this unique tour you will get the chance to learn about the magnificent glacier, how it is formed and how it continues to change and shape every day As we walk in the stunning surroundings of Vatnajökull National Park with plenty of unique picture moments our guide takes you through the regions history from the settlement until our times.  The tour is intended for those who want to spend half a day outside walking, talking and enjoying the unforgettable landscape in the surroundings of Jökulsárlón.

$193.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Ice Climbing Tour on Vatnajökull Glacier from Hali

In this Ice climbing tour with a local guide from Hali you experience the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier. Our guide takes you on an unforgettable journey on Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull’s biggest outlet glacier. The trip starts at Hali Country Hotel reception, where your guide drives you to the glacier area, away from the crowds and off the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air. Before we start the drive we need to gear you up. It’s necessary to have the correct footwear for ice climbing. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such. After the Super Jeep ride to the glacier area we take a short zodiac boat trip and sail a short distance to where the glacier walk starts. (We recommend that people take a proper boat tour at Glacier Lagoon or Fjallsárlón, this one is only for 2 minutes). The glacier walk starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier. We provide glacier crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice so that there’s no worry of slipping. Other security items include helmets, harness and ice axes. We walk to the climbing area through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier. We see big sinkholes, called “Moulin”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions, the ash sometimes forms into a pyramid, called “dirt cone”. This tour has a maximum 4 participants to make sure that everyone can enjoy the climbing part of the trip. The tour is intended for those who want to spend half a day outside walking, climbing the ice, talking and creating unforgettable moments with friends and family. The tour takes approximately 4 to 5 hours (2 – 3 hour on the glacier), including drive back and forth from our pick up location at Hali reception.  This tour is moderated and can be done by most travelers.  You don’t have to have an ice climbing experience for this tour and we can adjust the climbing part to the group ability, from extreme to easy conditions.