Pack your binoculars this morning as we’re looking for 'Lundi', also known as puffin, Iceland’s iconic and beloved bird. As we hike the high sea cliffs of the Ingólfshöfði headland we’ll also catch glimpses of guillemots and skuas. Please note, in September the puffins will have headed back out to sea. However, we will still enjoy the stunning hike. After our hike and a bite to eat we’ll head off to view yet another waterfall, known as Svartifoss, where nearby there are views across Europe’s largest outlet glacier, Skeiðarárjökull.
Optional: Ice Hike (extra fee applies)
An alternative option to the afternoon’s waterfall hike is to strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and hike on the Svínafellsjökull glacier! Led by specialist glacier guides you’ll explore amazing ice formations checking out the crevasses, seracs, tunnels and pools of glacial meltwater - no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice and make sure you make the most of the conditions. The ice hike is popular, so we offer advance reservations with the guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot, if it’s available.
Afterwards, we’ll regroup and head back to the Fosshótel, for another relaxing evening.
Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon, Öraefi (All meals)
1st Hike Distance: 3 kilometres (1.9 miles), 2.5-3 hours
Elevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)
Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)
2nd Hike Distance: 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles), 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: 100 metres (324 feet)
Elevation Loss: 100 metres (324 feet)
Optional Ice hike on Svínafellsjökull Glacier: 1-2 hours on the ice, 2.5-3 hours total time for experience.