2 day Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon Tour with Glacier Hiking | Small Group

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Experience the full force of Icelandic nature on this excursion of Iceland's south coast. Visit Iceland's most iconic waterfalls and a raven black beach; travel through immense sand expanses and rugged lava fields before reaching the sky-blue Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where countless titanic icebergs tranquilly float towards the open sea.

This tour is tailored to adventure-seekers who want travel in small groups and immerse themselves in Iceland's beautiful vistas and thrilling landscapes, ultimately allowing you to stand on top of a glacier and enjoy the spectacular views for which Iceland is famous.

Your journey begins in Reykjavík, where you will board a mini-bus heading to the south coast. Travelling in a small group will give you an experience that the big buses simply can't match; you’ll travel with comfort and ease, accompanied by an English speaking guide who will share with you his vast knowledge of the land.

You'll journey through the desolate black desert sands of Sólheimasandur and past the Skaftafell Nature Preserve; you'll take in the dramatic panoramic views at Dyrhólaey lighthouse, where you'll see the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the north, the Reynisdrangar lava columns in the east and the coastline in the west; you’ll visit the iconic waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and see blue-and-white icebergs floating peacefully on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Iceland is known as ‘the land of fire and ice’, and you will get a chance to see why as you journey onto Sólheimajökull glacier, where jet-black ash from volcanic eruptions taints the white ice cap. An expert guide will take you through the icy plains and to the glacier's ashy peaks, where you'll have plenty of time to experience the mysterious silence of these vast, empty surroundings.

Lace up your boots and get ready for an amazing time traversing Iceland’s south coast. Visit iconic attractions and hike a mighty glacier on this thrilling two-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Sólheimajökull, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Vík i Mýrdal, Gljufrabui, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, South Coast, Skaftafell | Vatnajökull National Park
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:00

Included:
  • Professional and fun English speaking guide

  • Glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull

  • Minibus Transfer

  • One night of accommodation in a Hotel (breakfast included)

  • Boat ride on Jökulsárlón

  • Lunch & Dinner


What to bring:
  • Hiking shoes

  • Outdoor clothes


Good to know:

You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks. You can also bring some favorite snacks and beverages.

No single rooms available.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - South Coast and Glacier Lagoon




After being picked up in Reykjavík, you’ll be on your way south to visit some of Iceland's most famous attractions. You'll be driven through the raven black sands of Sólheimasandur on your way to your first stop: the lighthouse at Dyrhólaey peninsula—a stretch of rugged land that is home to one of Iceland's largest puffin colonies—where the view is mesmerising. You will see both mountains and glaciers, but the most stunning sight is an enormous lava arch that reaches far out into the sea.

From Dyrhólaey you’ll head on up to Reynisfjara beach, famous for iconic cliff formations and treacherous waves. With its high cliffs formed of basalt columns and volcanic rocks, smoothed by erosion, this beach is one of the most iconic places in Iceland. You will hear the thundering noise of waves crashing into the rocks as you look out to the spectacular Reynisdrangar rock formations, rising from the waters.

Afterwards, you will stop for a bite at the nearby village of Vík before you are off again to the next main attraction of the day, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. On your way, you’ll notice the contrasting Icelandic landscapes as you drive through both green valleys and lava fields. You’ll pass the luscious birch tree area in Skaftafell national reserve before arriving at the glacier lagoon.

Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Floating on the lagoon are enormous icebergs, moving with the waves towards the river mouth. The white and blue icebergs give off a calming crackling sound as they float around in the lagoon.

You will have plenty of time to take in the views from shore, or to catch an optional boat ride onto the lagoon for an up close encounter with the icebergs and the seals that swim around them. This is the last stop before you head to your hotel.


Day 2 - Glacier Expedition and waterfalls




You’ll start the second day by putting on warm clothes and boots and heading towards Sólheimajökull glacier. This rugged glacier is riddled with ever-changing ice formations, jagged ridges and blue crevices. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you’ll hike up the glacier tongue where you’ll spend around 90 minutes in the uncanny silence and isolation and take in the views.

After the glacier hike, you’ll be paying a visit to some of Iceland’s legendary waterfalls. Skógafoss waterfall is one of the biggest cascades in the country and according to legend, the first Viking settler in the south buried a great treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. If you are not afraid of heights, you can take the staircases which lead to the top of a hill where you can look down at this mighty waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss is a 60-metre tall waterfall and is accessible from all sides as there is a small cave behind the falling water where you can stop for a whole new viewpoint of the scenery. But bring a raincoat because you will get wet from the drizzle.

Gljúfrabúi waterfall is a hidden gem, not quite as famous as its brothers Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. It is partially hidden by a large cliff, and due to its secret location, not many people visit it. Before you head back to Reykjavík, you will visit another hidden gem, a secluded cave not known by many. You will get back to Reykjavík in the evening after these two exciting days of adventure.


Reviews

I had a great time on this comprehensive tour around the south coast. I was looking for a tour that included many of Icelands highlights and was not disappointed - at all! The guide was super cool and i really appreciate the small group which gave it a much more personal touch. The highlight for me was going on top of the glacier, which has been a life long dream of mine. Definitely recommend this tour if you want a comprehensive and affordable adventure in Iceland.

Me and my wife went on this 2 day tour along the south coast and we couldn't be happier with the trip. The guides were so full of knowledge and always kept us safe and entertained. The highlight would be the glacier hike wich was executed in a very professional yet fun way. Highly recommended!

I loved this tour! It was, simply put, amazing :) We got picked up to our hotel early in the morning and we had an action packed tour until we got to our hotel again. What a ride it was and I can honestly say that it was the highlight of our time in Iceland. Highly recommended and we give it 6 stars out of 5 available :)

What an amazing tour! I really didn't want to drive myself on the south coast since I'm not familiar with the road. I decided to book this tour and Oh my do I NOT regret that! The guide was absolutely amazing. She had so much knowledge about all the places we stopped at and told really funny stories about trolls and elves. I really have never enjoyed a tour as much in the bus as outside of it. We stopped at all the popular places on the south coast and the guide even had a few surprise ones! Sss....I can't tell you which ones! I got to see everything that I wanted to see and more. For me the best part of the tour was the Glacier lagoon, the glacier hike and Gljúfrabúi waterfall which is so so amazing, most beautiful waterfall I've ever seen! You are crazy not to book this tour with Troll Expeditions!

This was the highlight of our time in Iceland. We normally do not choose to travel in groups but decided to give this tour a try. We were not disappointed, this tour covered the best parts of the Icelandic South Coast. We even went on a glacier walk with this amazing American guide name Mike. The tour was very well organized, we had good time at each stop. Got to take some fantastic pictures. I would recommend this tour to all of my friends.

I went on this expedition with 2 friends. It was a spontaneous plan booked at short notice on a whim with little knowledge of what the excursion included. We made our booking online. Tickets cost 471 usd per person. The following day, we got picked up very close to our accommodation in the centre of Reykjavik. There was only 10 other persons on the tour which we loved. We visited a couple of waterfalls near Seljalandsfoss and the one at Skogafoss. All three, worth seeing. We then drove to the Solheimajokull glacier. Lastly we visited the black sand beach Reynisfjara. This is a very comprehensive tour that takes you to most of the highlights of Iceland Nature and when you have a guide that is so knowledgeable and humorous you really feel you learned something from this tour. Highly recommend Tröll Expeditions

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