We depart from Reykjavik for a day packed with activity and beautiful sites. So gear yourself up in warm clothes and good shoes – and don’t forget your camera!Along the route we pass a geothermal power plant and plenty of steaming boreholes, giving the area a mystic atmosphere filled with the ‘sweet’ smell of sulphur. We continue down the mountain by the town Hveragerdi where we make our first stop at in the geothermal areas in and around Hveragerdi.Driving through this area you can see Icelandic horses in the fields. Our next stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, unique because it is one of the few waterfalls where you can walk behind the falling water. Enjoy the 60 meter high waterfall from the other side.
After the running water of Seljalandsfoss you should be ready for some frozen environment – the glacier. We gear you up with crampons and do a safety briefing before we set foot on the glacier. Sólheimajökull glacier is a part of Myrdalsjökull, Iceland‘s fourth largest glacier that covers the infamous volcano Katla. The one hour hike is fairly easy and should be suitable for all over the age of ten that are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.Reynisfjara, the black sand beach is where we go after the hiking. Beware of the powerful waves that can sweep you of your feet if you go too close. In Reynisfjara you encounter beautiful basalt columns and the sea stacks of Reynisdrangar.The south coast of Iceland has so many attractions that you will have plenty to look at on the way back as well!Before dinner we make stop at Skógafoss Waterfall with water running from Eyjafjallajökull. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. Legend says that a treasure is buried behind it and in spite of someone finding the chest they could not take it with them before it disappeared again.
Understandably, there is no promise of viewing the auroras. We will hope for the best and be prepared if luck smiles on us.But not on an empty stomach. We stop for dinner (not included), as we keep on the lookout. We take a little time to reload, if there’s no aurora activity yet.We take another look at the cloud cover and the aurora forecast. With such information at hand, your guide will decide whether there are chances of seeing the northern lights tonight, and if so, where we should go to.The Aurora Borealis are usually neon green, though white, red and purple colors may also appear. To watch the northern lights surrounded by the magical Icelandic nature is like walking into a storybook full of mystical beings and locations.