2 Day Blue Ice Cave & South Coast | Glacier Hike, Jokulsarlon & Northern Lights

2 Day Blue Ice Cave & South Coast | Glacier Hike, Jokulsarlon & Northern Lights
2 Day Blue Ice Cave & South Coast | Glacier Hike, Jokulsarlon & Northern Lights
2 Day Blue Ice Cave & South Coast | Glacier Hike, Jokulsarlon & Northern Lights
Skógarfoss waterfall in all it's glory in early autumn.
Hexagonal basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach, near Vík village, South Iceland.
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon  filled with icebergs and chunks form the glacier above.
The Northern Lights high above a country hotel on the south coast of Iceland.
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Come and see the most popular and unique locations in Iceland's South Coast and experience the world's rarest natural phenomenon: a blue ice cave under Vatnajökull - Europe's largest glacier. In this 2-day tour you'll visit all the attractions that make Iceland one of the best travel destinations worldwide: powerful waterfalls, black sand beaches, Jokulsarlón glacier lagoon, and the mighty northern lights.

The adventure begins when you are picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavík. During your trip to the famous South Coast, you will see powerful waterfalls, beaches with black sand, and locations such as Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajökull National Park and the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You'll stay in a nice hotel in Southern Iceland, located in a prime location to observe the Northern Lights.

Furthermore, you'll get to experience activities that are almost unique to Iceland, including glacier hiking and ice caving near Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. The highlight of this tour will definitely be the blue ice cave, which you'll get to enter and explore. The magical thing about this rare natural phenomenon is that each one is unique and incredibly dynamic, they are never the same and constantly changing its fascinating shapes and shades.

Don’t miss your chance to explore the most famous attractions and outdoor activities in the South of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Falljökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up starts at 08:00 and usually takes 30 minutes. Please be at your pick up point in good time for departure. 

Included:
  • Guided 2-Day tour of the South Coast

  • English speaking guide

  • Certified Glacier Guide

  • Small Group (21 persons max)

  • Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board

  • Glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe

  • Accommodation in a comfortable hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom

  • Lunch and dinner


What to bring:
  • Hiking boots (available when booking)

  • Warm clothes (first layer)

  • Waterproof clothing (second layer)


Good to know:

• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.

• The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed by the operator. The hotels are in prime locations to maximize chances of seeing them.

• The limit is 24″ suitcase per person, and no multiple luggage allowed. If there is limited space in the car you might need to leave part of your luggage in our luggage storage, free of charge.

• We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds.

• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.

• You will see the designated pick up locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking.

• You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.

• We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles if you are visiting in the winter. Hiking boots are available at the time of booking.

• Ice caves are a dynamic natural phenomena only accessible during wintertime when temperatures drop. Each year new unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. We visit a naturally formed ice cave during this tour. The photos are from this winter season, but the cave and other formations we visit might have changed due to the nature of formations.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - South Coast, Black Sand Beach & Northern Lights


2 Day Blue Ice Cave & South Coast | Glacier Hike, Jokulsarlon & Northern Lights


After being picked up in your accommodation Reykjavik in the morning, you'll begin this unforgettable adventure exploring the famous destinations of the South Coast of Iceland.

Your first stops will be the glorious Southern waterfalls, located in the vicinity of the volcanic ice cap Eyjafjallajökull. Seljalandsfoss is one of the best-known waterfalls in the area. It is 65 meters tall and has a path that allows you to walk behind it - make sure bring a raincoat!

A few kilometres from it, you'll also visit Skógafoss, another waterfall offering majestic and spectacular views and a golden treasure of nature. Make sure you make it all the way to the top of the hill and see the majestic waterfall from above.

It is not only waterfalls that the South coast has to offer, but your eyes will also behold other natural wonders. The next stop will be Reynisfjara also known as "The Black Sand Beach" by the coastal village Vík.

This beach is located under Reynisfjall mountain. There, you'll also see the famous black basalt columns that have been naturally shaped. Then, standing on the volcanic sand beach, your eyes will meet the mythical troll-shaped sea stacks Reynisdrangar. Make sure to ask your guide all the stories behind it.

After that, you'll be taken further east to your accommodation. Once there, you'll go with your guide on a hunt for the Northern Lights. This stunning beautiful natural phenomenon is a blessing to Icelandic winter skies. The lights cannot be guaranteed, but if the forecast is favourable, it will be an experience you will never forget.


Preferred accommodation by Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Quality

Icelandair Hotel Klaustur is a 3-star hotel centrally located in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur town. Modern private rooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Preferred accommodation by Jökulsárlón and Höfn

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Comfort

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel centrally located in the town Höfn. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The Blue Ice Cave, Glacier Hike & Jokulsarlon the Glacial Lagoon


2 Day Blue Ice Cave & South Coast | Glacier Hike, Jokulsarlon & Northern Lights


On your second day, after having breakfast at your accommodation, you'll leave in the realm of Vatnajökull to explore the great glacier further with a visit to a natural blue ice cave.

You'll visit Jökulsárlón, the one and only glacier lagoon where you'll be amazed by the hundreds of icebergs floating in the pure melted glacial water. The lagoon is also home to many seals that you might spot from a distance.

During high tide, the bergs are taken to nearby shore across the street. This beach has earned the nickname “The Diamond Beach” as it holds icy gems of all sizes and shapes you can imagine

Next stop will be in the heart of the Vatnajökull National Park. You'll be taken to Skaftafell Nature Reserve where you’ll meet a certified glacier guide at the Visitor Centre and be given all the necessary equipment for your next adventure. Make sure to bring in warm clothing as the first layer and waterproof as the second one as you’ll be standing on a glacier in the wintertime.

From there, you'll be taken on a short drive up to the ice cap where you'll hike up until you reach the glorious Ice Cave. Ice caves are one of nature's rarest phenomena, and new ones are found by Vatnajökull glacier each winter.

After having explored one outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, you'll reach the majestic cave. Once you step inside, you’ll feel like you are entering a winter wonderland. The blue ice resonates beauty that words cannot describe and will take your breath away. Your certified and experienced glacier guide will share with you his knowledge about glaciers and ice caves.

The day will be wrapped up as you'll drive via Route 1 to the capital, Reykjavík city. If the forecast is favourable, you might get the change to take a glimpse at the Northern Lights again for one last goodbye and happy ending of this once-in-a-lifetime winter adventure.


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This tour was a great way to see the main sights along the south coast of the island. Our highlight was the glacier hike and ice cave - a fantastic experience and great views. Highly recommended!
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Fantastic experience from start (booking) to finish. Highly recommended.
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Let me start by thanking Guide to Iceland and Troll Expeditions for an amazing 2-day tour. We got a little bit worried because the pickup got delayed for a few minutes, but thanks to our remarkable driver/tour guide Henrik, for taking care of us. We weren't able to do the glacier hike due to limited manpower but he made sure we did the ice caving instead, and it was the bomb! We all felt like we were on a different planet thus, out of this world! South Coast was the highlight of this trip! Thank you Troll Expeditions for taking care of us and making sure it would blow our minds!
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Unfortunately we had some pretty terrible weather for our 2 day tour, but our guide Siggi was great and did everything possible to make sure we still saw/did everything we were supposed to. He changed the itinerary around so on the first day we went to the glacier lagoon and the glacier hike which were amazing, even with grey skies, rain and eventually crazy wind. The hotel was very comfortable with a great buffet breakfast. No chance for us to see the northern lights there but I imagine it would be a perfect spot. The waterfalls on day 2 were beautiful and again Siggi made sure we got everything in (longer daylight hours by end of Feb helped). Overall a fantastic tour with so many great varied stops which could only be so much more stunning in better weather!
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Our 2-day South coast tour was full of adventures but thanks to guide "Ice-Hiking-Cowboy-Chief" David we were totally in safe till returning to Reykjavík. Despite windy and rainy weather, the stories about icelanders, the country and environment made me forgetting worries (the original vehicle had some problems so we had to change that on day 2). David was so flexible that space in the minibus was not an issue for him and we could take every luggage on the trip. Also he helped to get familiar with ice hiking gears and technique and all of this in a delightful atmosphere. Our 1 night accommodation was cozy and clean and they offered wide range of dinner variety as well. We visited a lot of landscapes and top rated nature spots however time schedule should be stricter in winter. Probably we could have more buffer time to reach places in daylight, we were in a hurry sometimes. The sample photos show exactly the same experience as you get during the tour. All in all, I recommend taking part in such an adventure.
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We had an awesome time exploring the south coast with our guide David! He got us there and back safely despite the crazy Iceland weather. My favorite part was the beautiful glacier hike and ice cave exploration! We could tell David was very experienced with the glacier and made sure we knew how to use our gear properly to stay safe on the ice and in the beautiful ice cave. It was definitely an adventure we will not soon forget! You definitely need to bring a waterproof outer layer - that was key. But pack light, as storage on the minivan can get tight!
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I don’t know where to begin! Was a fantastic 2 days for a great price in comparison to other offers you will see on this website! The accommodation was great and very comfortable with amazing views of the Northern lights at night!! Breakfast had a great selection of food too. We were thoroughly amazed on this trip! And the restaurant we were taken to for the evening dinner was amazing! The lobster pasta was to kill for! Definitely a ‘Joey Tribbiani doesn’t share food’ moment! And of course we couldn’t do it without our amazing guide! Ólafur Ólafsson was fantastic! (Find him on Instagram!! Great blog!!) Very knowledgable, drove very safely and he called himself ‘granny’ due to his careful driving and safety (despite the fact that he is into extreme dangerous sports ahahaha!) We saw a couple of car accidents on the way due to icy roads! So his ‘granny’ attitude goes a long way! Rest assured that he will take care of you! He even stopped in a safe location whilst driving to let us watch the Northern lights!! His lovely friend who assisted us on the Glacier was really great and funny! Laughed a lot on this trip! The only negative which has nothing to do with the trip is that due to the short days in winter which can’t be helped there has to be a strict-ish time limit for each location visited. But we saw it all in good time and more! The mini bus is great and comfy with usb charging points! We loved the Icelandic music that Ólafur played in the mini bus! All in all was fantastic and all four of us were really glad we booked this trip! Really worth it! All the best to Ólafur and his minions! Hahaha!
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We booked the tour after doing lots of research. It offered the most variety and activity for the money and we weren’t disappointed. We had a brilliant 2 days exploring the South Coast. Our tour guide “Ricky” was quiet but this made for a very relaxing 2 days. He was very keen to ensure everyone was OK. The sights and stops were beautiful and followed the itinerary. We stayed in a guest house which was really comfortable and the setting was incredible. We tried to see the Northern Lights which didn’t make an appearance but it was still awesome standing on a lakeside looking up at the stars! Day 2 was fabulous .. Ice lagoon at sunrise, diamond beach and the glacier hike. This was really great fun but don’t expect it to be a hike, it’s not very challenging if you’re fit as you don’t go very far. It’s more of a taster, but still worth it. The ice cave is small but beautiful but you only spend 15 minutes there-it’s on the glacier hike. The only down side, if I have to say anything is Day 2 .. make sure you take snacks and drinks as meal times are not factored in and people were starving by the time we stopped for lunch at 4pm! There’s lots of travelling-probably more than you realise. Also it was a late return at 9pm... which may not be a negative as activity during daylight was maximised but we didn’t expect to be so late back. All in all, great value for money, packed with activities and a professional company. Would recommend.
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This trip is Awesome!! Our guide was Bennie as none of us could pronounce his full name. After all the pick ups we had to stop back at Troll offices to drop off lots of luggage as many folks didn't read the ask by the tour. After that stop it was great we were able to see the waterfalls, black sand beach where the ocean is just crazy, the glacier lagoon, and also diamond beach before stopping for the night at the cutest country hotel which makes fantastic ice cream too. The next morning we had a very nice buffet breakfast then off to the Glacier Hike. Troll has allot of guides on the glacier and are very knowledgeable with lots of facts which made the hike very interesting. The ice cave was super cool and the hike was amazing, a bit weird to get used to crampons, but the glacier was so beautiful and serene. After the hike we found out the road was closed so we all went on a hike up the mountain there to see more waterfalls and just beautiful views everywhere you looked. The little trees that hug to the side of that mountain are very unique. When we got back from that hike the road was open so we started back to Reykjavik, all of us tired for sure. What a great time that we will never forget :)
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