Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime when choosing this two-day tour of Iceland’s South Coast, including the incredible Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and a guided glacier hike. Travelers who want to spend two days exploring the best sights in South Iceland should book this small-group tour now.
Your two-day tour starts with pickup in Reykjavik at your hotel or a nearby bus stop. Settle in and enjoy a comfortable ride towards the South Coast, where the passing scenery looks otherworldly.
The day’s first stop is at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can even walk behind the waterfall. From there, you will continue your fantastic first day around the South Coast.
Further stops on day one include Gljufrabui waterfall, Skogafoss waterfall, Dyrholaey rock formation, and the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Your knowledgeable guide will give you information at each stop, and you will end the day with a new appreciation for Iceland’s unparalleled natural beauty.
After a day of exploring this varied region, you will stop for the night at a hotel to rest and refuel in preparation for an exciting day two of the tour. Depending on availability, your hotel will be somewhere between the towns of Vik and Hofn, and you will have plenty of time to explore the area and even hunt for the northern lights, depending on the season.
Now that you’re well-rested and ready to take on another day, the second day of this South Coast tour takes you to see some remarkable natural wonders. After morning stops at Fjadrargljufur canyon and the Skaftafell nature reserve, you’re in for a real treat with a boat tour of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
The Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is considered a must-visit destination for a good reason. The ancient icebergs floating around the bright blue lagoon are an unforgettable sight, and your boat tour here will be a highlight of your trip.
Next, you will visit the famous Diamond Beach, only a short drive from Jokulsarlon. This black sand beach got its name from the numerous chunks of ice scattered across the sand, which sparkle like diamonds when the sunlight hits them.
Your last activity of the tour might be the most exhilarating. It’s time to enjoy a guided hike at the Solheimajokull glacier, a memorable bucket list experience!
The minimum age for participants is eight years. Be sure to pack warm clothing and comfortable shoes to enjoy every aspect of this experience.
Travelers looking to see the best spots in South Iceland and feel the adrenalin of a glacier hike should book this tour today. Check availability now by choosing a date.
The first stop is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the best-loved waterfalls in the country. You’ll be amazed by the water cascading 200 feet (62 meters) down, and you can even walk behind the falls for a unique view. Prepare to get wet!
Just moments from Seljalandsfoss is one of South Iceland’s hidden gems, the Gljufrabui waterfall. Overlooked by many visitors, this stunning waterfall is tucked behind a cliff face and allows visitors to take photographs and enjoy nature amid quiet surroundings.
Your waterfall chasing continues with a visit to Skogafoss waterfall, where the Skoga river drops 197 feet (60 meters) and provides excellent photo opportunities. The impressive spray created by the cascading water means that whenever the sun shines, there are rainbows adorning the falls.
Dyrholaey translates to “door hill island,” which makes sense once you see this unique rock formation jutting out into the sea. A stop here allows you to enjoy views of the rock arch and the abundant birdlife that calls it home.
In summer, puffins nest on Dyrholaey in their thousands.
Your final stop of the day is at the awe-inspiring Reynisfjara black sand beach. As you walk down the black volcanic sand, you will have breathtaking views of the offshore Reynisdrangar sea stacks and the hexagonal-shaped basalt columns along the cliffs.
After a full day of adventure, you will retire to your accommodations located between Vik and Hofn, depending on availability. You will have plenty of time to enjoy a great dinner and explore the area. In the winter, be on the lookout for the elusive northern lights!
Skaftafell Nature Reserve, located in the Vatnajokull National Park, is your next stop. Known for its unique flora and stunning views of the rugged landscape, Skaftafell is a fantastic location for short hikes.
Next, you will make your way to the crown jewel of Iceland, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The lagoon is famed for the ancient icebergs floating around the lake, creating unparalleled views.
At Jokulsarlon, you have the chance to take an exhilarating boat tour through the lagoon. This allows you to get up close to the massive icebergs, as well as allowing you to see some of the lagoon’s wildlife, including seals.
Near Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is the beloved Diamond Beach. Named for the sparkling chunks of ice scattered across the black sand, this is an excellent spot for a stroll down the beach and, of course, lots of pictures!
Visiting the Eldhraun lava fields in the southern highlands will make you feel like you’re on another planet. The lava fields were created in the late 1700s from one of the most significant volcanic eruptions in recorded history and are now an unforgettable destination.
The last activity on this tour, sure to get your adrenaline flowing, is a guided hike at the Solheimajokull glacier. The necessary equipment is provided, and all you have to do is enjoy the walk and views.
After your hike, it is time to head back to Reykjavik, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. The memories from this two-day tour are sure to last a lifetime!