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Approximatlely 5 Hours
Meals not included
Southeast Iceland is famous for its glacial landscapes, scenic mountains and coastal areas. The main emphasis of this outing is on geology, glaciology and climate change.
The drive from Djúpivogur to Höfn takes you through areas where the diverse, dynamic and unusual geology of Southeast Iceland is readily apparent.
You will stop at Heinabergsjökull Glacier, which is part of the larger Vatnajökull Glacier and Vatnajökull National Park. This is both scenic and educational -- the view of the glacier and its pro-glacial lake is breathtaking and it offers a textbook example of how glaciers in Iceland and, indeed, all over the world, have been affected by global climate change in the last century or so.
Next up is a short visit to the charming fishing village of Höfn, surrounded by glaciers, beautiful mountains and the ocean.
We will take a short stop at the Ósland bird sanctuary where you can see the majestic Arctic Tern, a small beautiful bird that travels the world and defends it’s nest vigorously. From Ósland you can also see the passage into the fjord which is considered among the most perilous in Iceland. After a brief comfort stop we will drive back the scenic route to Djúpivogur.
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.