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We Tried It: Eyjafjallajökull Exclusive

Imagine starting the day hoisting yourself into a jeep taller than any private vehicle has any business being. You're the king of the road, riding in comfort from Reykjavík to a dazzling hidden waterfall, off the beaten path parts of Iceland that few others have the chance to see firsthand and the startling impact that the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull left on the country's landscape.

Hrafnhildur and Katrín from Nordic Visitor's Reykjavík office didn't have to imagine, because they got to do just that when trying out the Eyjafjallajökull Exclusive volcano-themed day tour. 

This is We tried It. Hrafnildur tells us more below about this amazing experience.


So, how was the Eyjafjallajökull Exclusive day tour?

We really liked the tour. The guide was very intelligent and funny at the same time. I liked his stories, especially about elves and trolls.

We stopped at Urriðafoss waterfall, the Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Information Centre at Þorvaldseyri, Skógafoss waterfall, the plane wreck at Sólheimasandur, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Gljúfrabúi waterfall and Sólheimajökull glacier.

The wreck of a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 on Sólheimasandur is a startling site to behold.
The wreck of a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 on Sólheimasandur is a startling site to behold.
 

What were the highlights of the day?

We LOVED Gljúfrabúi Waterfall! It‘s without a doubt one of Iceland‘s most beautiful hidden gems!

Also, I had never been to the Sólheimasandur plane wreck before and I really liked it. There is something so mysterious about it.

Iceland's hidden waterfall, Gljúfrabúi, is nestled in a mossy crevasse and a magical find for those who visit.
Iceland's hidden waterfall, Gljúfrabúi, is nestled in a mossy crevasse and a magical find for those who visit.
 

What was it like riding in a super jeep?

It was an amazing experience! Especially when we drove on the black sand beach and we were all hopping and "skopping!"

Editor's note: "skopping" is Icelandic for "bouncing" -- feel free to use the term on your next superjeep excursion.

Hrafnhildur and Katrín's ride for the day was a massive and comfortable 4x4 superjeep. Now that's riding in style!
Hrafnhildur and Katrín's ride for the day was a massive and comfortable 4x4 superjeep. Now that's riding in style!
 

Did you learn anything interesting about the famed Eyjafjallajökull?

At the Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Information Centre we watched a very interesting video about the eruption at Eyjafjallajökull. It was beautiful and horrifying at the same time.

Not about Eyjafjallajökull, but I also learned what to do when your car gets stuck in a pond when we stopped to help another vehicle that had gotten into a bit of trouble.

Skogafoss Collage
Hrafnhildur at the bottom of Skógafoss and Katrín enjoying the view from the top.

 

What tips or advice would you give to others interested in embarking on this day tour?

You should definitely see the video at the Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Information Centre. Also, wear good shoes and warm clothes, so you're comfortable and sturdy when exploring the Gljúfrabúi hidden waterfall and protected from the wind on the black sand beach. Iceland can be a wet and windy place!


An experience like this can be added as an optional day tour to any of our Iceland travel packages. Feel free to contact one of our travel experts for more information.

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Post by: Catharine

Catharine Fulton is a Communications Specialist with Nordic Visitor. Though born and raised in Canada, she's found herself stuck in the Nordic region since moving to Finland in 2007 to pursue her MA and then migrating to Reykjavík, Iceland in 2009,  where she lives with her Icelandic husband and tries (albeit unsuccessfully) to master the Icelandic language.

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