2 day Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon Tour with Glacier Hiking | Small Group
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.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 2 days
- Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Icelandic
Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. Conveniently located in the southeast by Route 1, about halfway between the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Höfn, it is a popular stop for those travelling along the South Coast or around the circular ring road of the country.
It stands out, however, due to the fact that it also fills with icebergs breaking from the glacier, some of which tower several stories high.
These icebergs, other than their scale, are notable for their colouration. Although they are, as expected, largely white, most are also dyed electric blue in part, with black streaks of ash from eruptions centuries past.
When the icebergs finally make it across the lagoon, they either drift out to sea or wash up on the nearby shore. Because of the way they glisten against the black sands of Breiðamerkursandur, this area has been nicknamed ‘the Diamond Beach’.
In spite of being a rather recent formation, Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake in the country, with depths reaching 248 metres. With a surface area of 18 square kilometres, it is also growing to be one of the largest.
Jökulsárlón has not been around since Iceland’s settlement; it only formed around 1935. This was due to rapidly rising temperatures in the country from the turn of the twentieth century; since 1920, Breiðamerkurjökull has been shrinking at a dramatic rate, and the lagoon has begun to fill its space.
Today, the expansion of Jökulsárlón is accelerating. As recently as 1975, it was just 8 square kilometres, and now that size has more than doubled.
In the relatively near future, it is expected that the lagoon will continue to grow until it becomes a large, deep fjord.
Though a dark omen for Iceland’s glaciers and ice caps in general, the retreat of Breiðamerkurjökull has resulted in an incredibly beautiful, if temporary, site. This has not been overlooked by Hollywood.
Jökulsárlón has been featured in the James Bond films A View to Kill in 1985 and Die Another Day in 2002, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and 2005’s Batman Begins.
In 2017, Jökulsárlón was enveloped into the Vatnajökull National Park, thus it is now fully protected by Icelandic law.
Because of the wealth of herring and capelin that the tides bring into the lagoon, Jökulsárlón is somewhat of a hot-spot for Iceland’s wildlife.
In summer, it is a nesting site for Arctic Terns; stay well away from this area, as these birds are notorious for the fierceness with which they protect their eggs, dive-bombing the heads of any they see as a threat. Skuas also nest on the lake’s shores in this season.
Seals can be reliably spotted here throughout the year, swimming amongst or else hauling out on the icebergs. Jökulsárlón provides them with a safe haven to rest and socialise, especially considering the waters of southeast Iceland are renowned for their population of orcas.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
The 120 meter high promontory Dyrholaey is the southernmost part of the mainland, only a short drive south of the Ring Road. It offers a breathtaking view and features spectacular outcrops and rock formations.
A notable attraction is the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the heartland, giving the island its name (‘dyr’=door’). One daredevil pilot even flew through it!
Dyrholaey has an abundance of birdlife, the most common being puffins and eider ducks. You can also enjoy the black beach, where the waves can provide an impressive sight. As these can be very wild, we do however advise uttermost caution.
Solheimajokull is a beautiful outlet glacier of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.
Solheimajokull is a rugged glacial tounge riddled with crevasses and spectacular ever-changing ice formations, jagged ridges and sinkholes and is popular for hiking and ice climbing.
The glacier river Jokulsa a Solheimasandur has its source at the glacier, flowing over the sand plain of Solheimasandur towards the sea.
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal.
With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
Reynisfjara is found around 180 km from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, and is a popular stop-off for those taking a sightseeing tour along South Coast. Driving to the beach is particularly easy, taking an approximate two and a half hours from the capital.
Upon visiting the beach, travellers will immediately observe rocky sea stacks sitting off the shoreline, known as Reynisdrangar. According to local Icelandic folklore, these large basalt columns were once trolls engaged in trying to pull ships from the ocean. However, as bad luck would have it, the dawn quickly arose, turning the trolls into solid stone.
Another legend tells of a husband whose wife was kidnapped and killed by two trolls. The man followed the trolls down to Reynisfjara where he froze them, ensuring that they would never kill again.
The sea stacks themselves are home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Species that can be found here include Puffins, Fulmars and Guillemots, making it a must-see location for all birdwatchers out there.
Visitors to Reynisfjara must be made well aware of the potential dangers present at the beach. First of all, the rolling, roaring waves of Reynisfjara are particularly violent, often pushing far further up the beach than many would expect.
Visitors are advised to never turn their back on the waves, don't go chasing after them and keep a safe distance of 20-30 metres.
Aside from these sudden and dramatic shifts in tide (known as “sneaker waves”), the currents off the shore are infamous for their strength and ability to drag helpless people out into the freezing cold open ocean. A number of fatal accidents have occurred at Reynisfjara, the last of which occurred in January 2017.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Gljúfrabúi ("Canyon Dweller“) is a beautiful waterfall located at Hamragarðar in South Iceland, close to its better known counterpart, Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
The 40 metre high Gljúfrabúi can be considered somewhat of a hidden gem. It is indeed partially hidden behind a huge cliff that lends much atmosphere to the scenery.
To enjoy a view of the fall you need to wade the Gljúfurá river into a narrow opening in the cliff or follow a steep path up the cliff. Both endeavours are demanding so utmost caution is advised.
As mentioned, this waterfall is less known than its neighbour but as a result may provide for all the greater serenity, in addition to excellent scenery.
The South Coast of Iceland is the country's most visited sightseeing route, along with the Golden Circle.
The famed South Coast shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area and is dotted with natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, volcanoes both active and dormant, black sand beaches and glacier lagoons.
Geography, Nature & Wildlife
Iceland is divided into eight geographical regions. Out of these, the Southern Region is the largest, as it spans over 24.000 square kilometres with its administrative centre in the municipality of Selfoss.
What is known as the South Coast embodies the shoreline of this particular region. The area consists of a lowland that is mostly composed of marshlands, bays and cultivated pastures that are met by a series of black beaches where the estuaries to the east and west of the district close off the coastal body.
Underneath the soil rests a vast lava field, known as Þjórsárhraun. Its edges reach several hundred metres offshore where the ocean waves crash upon them, thereby protecting the lowland from the invasion of the sea. This results in the South Coast being unusually lacking in the deep fjords that so distinctly characterise the rest of Iceland's shore line.
The region boasts vibrant bird life during all seasons. It is not only rich with both marshland birds and seabirds but also migrating birds such as the North Atlantic puffin. Some species stay throughout the harsh Icelandic winter, including the northern diver, the loom and various species of gulls and ducks.
Highlights of the South Coast
The South Coast offers an unprecedented array of natural wonders that draw thousands of visitors each day. When driving the route from Reykjavík City, the highlights in their correct order are:
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Vestmannaeyjar; The Westman Islands
- Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Dyrhólaey Peninsula
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
- Coastal Village Vík í Mýrdal
- Skeiðarársandur Glacial Sand Plain
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
These attractions count for but a fraction of what the South Coast has to offer. The vast sand plains of Sólheimasandur are home to a crashed DC-3 Plane Wreck, and close to Seljavellir by the Skógar Village there's Seljavallalaug, one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland.
- Explore the many wonders of the area on these South Coast Tours
Starting time : 08:00
Professional and fun English speaking guide
Glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull
One night of accommodation in a Hotel (breakfast included)
Boat ride on Jökulsárlón
Lunch & Dinner
What to bring:
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.
*No large luggage pieces (<24") allowed, we are operating in a mini-bus
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.
Guide Oddur is a very nice, helpful person. We really enjoyed the trip. Hope we can come to iceland again. I definitely recommend this trip to everyone. Very nice to meet Oddur in Iceland.
It was a great trip, with beautiful weather, landscape, great hotel (hotel laki, highly recommend its restaurant where we had best dinner and breakfast in iceland) , great glacier walk (our guide was great)and of course our wonderful driver/guide Svein who made Everything right for us.
The tour was great, our guide Svein was fun, I really recommend this tour.
An unbelievable experience - highlights were the Lagoon with the icebergs, the glacier hiking and the black sand beaches. The glacier hiking guide Vincenzo was unbelievably informative - I learnt a lot! Our guide for the whole trip, Pablo, was really friendly and gave us plenty of time at each stop/location, even taking us to extra places along the way. The hostel at Vik was lovely and included breakfast in the price. Overall an unreal experience!!
A great tour. It is best to do it if you have already seen the likes of the Golden Circle. Then you can prepare to enjoy yourself for two days with an overnight stop. The highlight for me was the glacier hiking, the glacier lagoon, and the distinctive lava fields and black sand beaches. We also caught some puffins on the cliffs above the beaches. Our driver (sorry, cannot remember his name, but he did the tour Aug 5-6) was friendly and witty. The overnight accommodation was fine as well.
Fantastic tour! I don't usually take group tours but I cannot recommend this tour enough - it was stunning and we were all given enough space and time at each of the stops to do our own thing. The glacier hike was the highlight for me - incredibly beautiful! Oddur was the perfect guide, informative, calm, entertaining and really interesting to talk to - he even had an Icelandic soundtrack to accompany us in the mini-bus. Exceeded my expectations and was a great final journey in Iceland. Takk fyrir!
I enjoyed the tour very much because of the stunning scenery along the south coast. Oddur was an excellent guide. He not only took us to different scenic spots, but also introduced us some interesting ways to enjoy it. He was superb!
very nice tour, beautiful views and a decent amount of time for each stop!
Best tour I've had in Iceland thanks to our guide Oddur. Such a sweet guy. Always taking care of those who fall behind, showed us not only his knowledge of the sites but his Icelandic humor and music taste, and helped taking photos while we were busy doing all the crazy things. If you're looking for the kind of guide who truly "participates" in the tours, not just "being" in the tours, Oddur is definitely one of them. FYI 1. The one-night accommodation in our case was a cute cabin, cozy yet spacious. 2. The Gljúfrabúi waterfall was magnificent! You get a really close-up look at the hidden beauty of nature. But....it can get you soaked wet. So make sure your outfits, especially the shoes, are waterproof.
Great tour! Oddur, our guide was very accommodating. He makes sure everyone is safe and accompanies us to the site. Doesn't just sit in the van and wait for you.
I really enjoyed this two day tour in Iceland! Oddur is such a lovely guide
I do enjoy this trip. Guide Oddur is really helpful and quite humor. He can answer all the information about Iceland culture. I would recommend this trip to my families and friends in the future.
Glacier lagoon is amazing. Diamond beach is nice. Obdur is helpful
I really enjoyed this two day tour in Iceland! Oddur is such a lovely guide
I really enjoyed the trip. We traveled along lots of exciting locations, including waterfalls, caves, shores and of course glaciers. The view was just stunning. Our guide, Oddur, was very helpful during the trip. He was really helpful, funny, informative, and answered all our questions about Icelandic culture. The hotel that we stayed in was quite neat as well. Highly recommended!
This two day trip is amazing! All the waterfalls and the nature and especially the glacier lagoon was beautiful and the glacier hike was beyond my expectations! The guide was so friendly and funny and he told us a lot of stories and facts about Iceland, that made the trip even better. I highly recommend this trip!
Iceland has treated us so well, and this 2 day tour was absolutely the highlight of our trip. Thanks for Oddur the fantastic and knowledgeable guide, we got to know so much more about this country. And he is always patient and helpful, not to mention his professional photography skill! Overall the trip is beyond our expectation, I am still fascinated by the fact that we've been hiking on the glacier and walking behind a waterfall! Oh and the hotel that we stayed was very good as well. Highly recommended for this tour.
oddur is the best guide I have ever met
Amazing experience! The guide (oddur, troll expeditions) was really fun and helped us take great pictures. The hotel stay was pretty great as well. Really worth the price. Go for it!
I had this wonderful short trips with the local tour guide Oddur on 29th June. We were never get bored not only because the view was awesome and he had a good taste of music. Travelling in a small group did give us more chances to see secret places. Oddur is always taking photo for us for free where you may pay hundreds of dollar for a good photo. I definitely recommend you book a tour with him.
My and my friend visiting Iceland only for 5 days decided to make the most out of our holidays. We joined 10 other adventurous persons seeing all of what the south coast of Iceland has to offer. And I will tell you here that it has many attractions and activities to participate in. Seeing the glacier lagoon is definitely highlight of any trip to Iceland. Going on a boat and sailing between ice bergs is one of the options that we decided to use, the cost was around 50usd but well worth it. The food at the hotel was great and we enjoyed great conversation with Dagur the driver.
Took two tours with Guide to Iceland operated by Troll Expeditions- 2 Day South Coast with David and 1 Day Golden Circle with Dagur. Both were great, small groups that allowed us to take detours and personalize our trips. Both David and Dagur were fun and knowledgable guides. Thanks again for the amazing experience!
David was an awesome guide. He picked us up at our hotel and after finishing the pick up we went on the road. With some really nice stops on the way. The glacier lagoon was my favorite of the first day, the black sand beach was also nice. The hotel was really nice. On the second day the glacier hike was great the nature around the glacier is really special.
Really fun tour that we took with Troll Expedition. The glacier hike was the highlight of our tour, everything was nice. Good guide (sorry for not remember his name) and the hotel was really nice with good staff that helped us settle in. In all very good tour.
This trip was wonderful. I loved the glacier lagoon and the Sun world glacier. The black sand beach was incredible and the waterfalls and the canyon with the complicated name was stunning. I recommend this trip to everyone.
How can you fit all this beautiful nature in to one trip?! I have no idea but Troll Expeditions made it! This tour was amazing! I can't even describe it! From waterfalls, to mountains, to beaches, to glaciers. This was absolutely the best thing I have ever done and seen in my life.
Great tour. Our guide was very nice and our hotel was really good. The nature was beautiful and spectacular. This country is stunning!
This was my favorite trip in Iceland. The waterfalls were amazing and all the hidden gems we saw as well. The black sand beach was really cool but the highlight was the glacier lagoon. That was beautiful! Thank you Troll Expeditions!
Juan Carlos Martinez
Fun tour with fun people. Our guide Oddur was great
Wonderful trip! The best guide ever! Amazing nature! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Really fun tour with Kristjan. He is a real Troll and a fun guide. This was so much fun
Nice tour with David Ingi who is the best guide. He took us through the south coast and we saw some great things on the way. Skaftafell glacier hike was simply amazing and the boat tour we booked was fun.
I had a great time in the South Coast tour with Troll. Everything went so smoothly and the guide Oddur was really nice. The hotel was good quality.
Thank you Troll Expeditions for a great tour and great days in Iceland. I will recommend this tour to all my friends who are going to Iceland and those who are not going I will tell them to go. This was the last tour of my week stay in Iceland and fitted my schedule perfectly. A fun last few days
Great tour with Kristjan and Troll Expedtions. This all went as planned from pick up, all the stops as well as some extra stops. We even got the chance to book a boat tour at Fjallarlon. The hotel was good quality and the glacier hike in Skaftafell was fun. I would recommend this tour for everyone who wants to see the whole South Coast of Iceland
So much fun. I was so lucky that Kristjan was our guide in this tour. He was my guide in the Golden Circle tour. He's the best, knows all the correct places to stop - the best extra stop. He's also full of knowledge about Iceland. The hotel we stayed at was Hotel Glacier which a really nice hotel and the food there was great.
A really nice and fun tour of the Icelandic South Coast. David our guide was really fun and told us many entertaining stories as well as teaching us about this amazing country. Jökulsárlón is one of the most amazing places I've ever seen. I could easily recommend Troll Expedition and Guide to Iceland since they made planing our Iceland trip really easy and everything went smoothly.
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