between fire and ice
There’s energy everywhere in Iceland that shapes the mountains, fiords and immense deserted spaces and sparkles with the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter. The volcanic formations have been engraved and worn smooth by the glaciers from the ice age and by the waves from the sea, leaving a natural masterpiece that is beyond anyone’s imagination.
12 September - 20 September 2018
22 September - 30 September 2018
A journey around the wild and remote southern Iceland, across deserts of black lava and endless stretches of ice, searching for the magic light of the north, The Aurora Borealis. We’ll walk under waterfalls and on glaciers, on beaches and mountains, among the incredible variety of autumn colours.
This adventure will help us to understand the relationship between Icelanders and glaciers and life with the most active and dangerous Vulcans of the country. The Vatnajökull National Park will be our home for most of the journey, from the sea, along the long tongues of glaciers as far as the mountains that surround them.
We’ll lose ourselves along the paths of the Skaftafell National Park, one of the Icelander’s favourite places for excursions and, in the company of an Alpine guide we’ll walk on a glacier!
This is also the home to the most famous waterfalls in Iceland – Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Systrafoss and Svartifos, not of great capacity but with breathtaking scenery and legends that make us want to dream. The Sandur, black beaches of lava, make a contrast to the icebergs broken away from the glaciers, and the majestic pillars of basalt that surround the area forming immense vertical cathedrals.
Every night will be a good occasion to try to see and photograph the aurora borealis that, thanks to the low level of air pollution in this area, makes southern Iceland one of the best places in the world for observing this incredible phenomenon.
The last day will be the occasion for a well-deserved hot bath in the sulphurous valley of Reykjadalur to sample the emotion of an immersion in a hot, wild Icelandic river.
Min 6 / Max 8 people for each tour.
Book before 30 June 2018
1,890 euro per person
Reservation fee and insurance: 60 euro per person
Reservation by a group of 8 people: 1730 euro per person
Travel expenses to and from Italy have been purposely left out, thus enabling the client to choose the preferred airport and take advantage of the various offers available on line.
We are however at your disposition to help find the best solution.
• 8 nights in hostel
• 1 breakfast in Alex Guesthouse
• 2 breakfasts in Steig farmhouse
• All transfers by minivan( fuel included), as described in the program
• Parking costs for the visits in program
• Guided excursion on the glacier and hire fee for equipment
• Qualified guide always present
• Meals. Min. cost per person : 35 euro per day
• Optional excursions by water transport in the bay of the icebergs, cost starting from 45 euro.
• Tourist and cultural attractions not mentioned in the paragraph “ included in the cost”
• Excursions using local transport not mentioned in the paragraph “ included in the cost”
• Tips and anything not mentioned in the paragraph “ included in the cost”
A peaceful and friendly atmosphere at only two minutes from Keflavik airport. This is the first visible building in Iceland after leaving the busy airport but at the same time only a few minutes on foot away from the town of Keflavik. The building has plenty of bedrooms and a kitchen for the guest’s use. Bathrooms are shared. Breakfast is included. A pickup service is available (not included) to and from the airport
This beautiful farm guesthouse has rooms in a recent construction, with hairdryer in every room. A computer with access to internet is available to all guests. Bathrooms are shared. There is a common living room with TV and a spacious kitchen for guest’s use. An evening meal is available for guests in summer prior to reservation. Breakfast is included in the price. The position is ideal for visiting the local attractions: Dyrhólaey, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Þakgil, Reynisfjara, Hjörleifshöfði and the folk museum Skógar. The nearby farm has sheep, poultry, ducks and dogs.
Road 201 Hvoll Guesthouse
Hvoll Guesthouse is immersed in nature. The position is ideal for those who want to walk in the Skaftafel national park, visit Jökulsárlón, go to Laki or Landmannalaugar. In the area surrounding the guesthouse it’s possible to see many species of birds and there are paths for excursions. The kitchen is very well equipped. Bathrooms are shared. Breakfast isn’t included but is available on payment of a supplement.
N.B. Rooms are reserved ONLY for our group and never shared with strangers.
Hiking boots or strong ,waterproof shoes are neccesary, sweater or fleece ,waterproof jacket , hat backpack, water bottle, thermos flask and depending on type of trousers, gaiters. Camera and binoculars are strongly advised.
Iceland is definitely a cold country because of the latitude, exposed to wind from the North Pole, but warmed by the Gulf Stream and the ocean. Unstable weather is the result, with continuous temperature variation and changes in weather conditions, but with an acceptable climate both day and night and between summer and winter. It’s necessary however to be prepared, because unexpected showers are very common, and sudden drops in temperature, with the possibility of snow, especially in September.
Average price for meals
The cottage kitchen is available for preparing meals, with a supermarket nearby (5 minutes on foot). There are however restaurants and pubs that serve excellent food costing around 15 euro for a single course and drink, not to mention the traditional fish and chips, costing around 8 euro.
Iceland is a sparsely populated Arctic island, with many wild and uncontaminated places, perfect for observing the Aurora Borealis. The ideal conditions are total darkness and a calm sky. During our trip we will try to take advantage of every possible occasion to see this magical spectacle that nature offers us.
A valid passport or identity card is required. Iceland is a member of the European community. Valid identity card or passport is necessary for children.
Anyone taking part in trips organized by Tropico del Camper is protected by insurance cover AXADD3 that guarantees: medical expenses during the trip up to 30,000 euro PAX, withdrawal , 24 hour assistance, patient home transfer, anticipated return, Dispatch of urgent medicine, theft, bag snatching, robbery, luggage damage etc. Please read the clauses in the included leaflet carefully; visible for downloading on our website in the Insurance section.
IT is possible to integrate the policy with the extension “Trip Cancellation “