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Approximately 5¼ Hours
Enjoy this intimate introduction to daily life in Iceland under the watchful eye of Europe's largest glacier -- the majestic Vatnajökull Glacier.
You'll leave the tiny fishing village of Djúpivogur and stop at the town of Höfn. From there, continue through a picturesque mountainous region to the outlet of the Heinabergsjökull Glacier. Heinabergsjökull Glacier was at its largest around 1890, and for the next 50 years it reached all the way to the moraine ridge that now envelops the lake in front of the glacier. Back then, trucks were driven up to this ridge and filled with ice, which they transported to the town of Höfn. The ice was used for chilling fish, both at sea aboard fishing boats and on shore. Due to climate changes, Heinabergsjökull Glacier has now retreated a considerable distance, leaving a deep glacial lagoon in its wake. The area around the glacier is the habitat of several rare Icelandic plants and a great variety of birds. Take advantage of a 30-minute stop among these tranquil surroundings to explore on your own.
Next, head to a local horse farm. A refreshment of Icelandic pastries will be served and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the farm's residents -- pure-bred Icelandic horses and a variety of domestic farm animals.
Bird sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. The birds start migrating away around mid-August. There are some inclined surfaces to negotiate and rough grass/mud/gravel paths. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Suitable for guests with mobility limitations with a companion to assist. Some sights can be viewed from the coach parking area; all walking is optional. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and
participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Wear sturdy, non-skid walking shoes. Parents traveling with children under the age of 3 must rent a child's car seat from the tour operator; please see the Shore Excursions team on board. You cannot use your child's car seat from home in Iceland.