2 Day Winter Tour on a Budget | South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Blue Ice Cave

2 Day Winter Tour on a Budget | South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Blue Ice Cave
In just two days you can see the South Coast, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and an ice cave.
Icebergs scattered on a black sand beach near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
The green and pink Northern Lights dancing over Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
A winter scene at Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the South Coast.
Pink evening sky over Reynisfjara black sand beach.
Jökulsárlón is a deep lake filled with enormous icebergs.
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Have a frosty adventure on the South Coast and visit an authentic ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park on this 2-day budget winter tour. Travel along the beautiful stretch of coastline, visiting waterfalls, black sand beaches and a glacier lagoon, before exploring the blue world inside a natural ice cave. Those looking for an unforgettable experience in Iceland that doesn’t break the bank need to look no further.

On this winter excursion, you’ll visit some the country’s most popular attractions such as the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon before spending the night in Vatnajökull National Park where you’ll get to gaze up into the evening sky for a chance to spot the Northern Lights.

The highlight of this two-day tour will undoubtedly be a visit to the blue ice cave where you’ll get to explore the naturally formed ice sculptures and vivid colours inside. Ice caves are extremely rare and only accessible in the winter, which makes this experience one you will never forget.

Your accommodation for the night will be in a country hostel, one of the best available in the area. Your stay includes breakfast, as well as transportation with an experienced guide,  all sorted out prior to your arrival, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the adventure.

Explore the beautiful Icelandic nature in winter and do so on a budget with this 2-day ice cave tour. Secure your spot on this great value tour and book now! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Mýrdalsjökull, Sólheimasandur, Höfn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, Breiðamerkurjökull, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00. 08:30,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

Included:
  • Two day guided minibus tour of the South Coast and Vatnajökull National Park

  • One night in a country hostel (dormitory rooms, breakfast included)

  • A visit to a natural ice cave

  • English speaking guide

  • Taxes

  • Lunch and dinner


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Camera


Good to know:

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be advised that there is no specific Northern Lights hunt on this tour, but your guide will notify you if the conditions are favourable and advise you on how to best spot them.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home the same night as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure.

For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small bag or backpack. If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage for your time on this tour. If that is not a possibility, you can take your larger luggage along for a small fee.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Beautiful South Coast


Perhaps you'll see the Northern Lights dancing over Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on this budget winter tour.


Your adventure starts early as you’ll be picked up before sunrise and whisked away to the snow-covered farmlands of the South Coast’s countryside. You’ll head in the directions of Iceland’s most infamous glacier volcano, Eyjafjallajökull.

Underneath the glacier are two stunning waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former falls in a narrow stream over a concave cliff into a small river below. You should be able to spot the Seljalandsfoss from the road, especially if the sun still hasn’t risen, as it is lit up in the winter by two spotlights.

The latter, Skógafoss, is located only a short drive away and has a more classic shape. It plunges down 60-metre cliffs onto a flat land below, making it possible to walk right up to the wall of water and feel the earth vibrate as the water hits the rocks below.

Continuing down the coast, your next stop will be at the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here, the roaring waves of the Atlantic crash upon the shore, hitting both the jet-black sand and the enormous Reynisdrangar sea stack which rise from the ocean like the ruins of an ancient castle.

You’ll travel through eerie sand plains and dark lava fields to your next stop, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon which lies by the foot of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull.

Jökulsárlón is a great, deep lake, filled with enormous icebergs that have broken off the nearby glacier tongue and now float slowly towards the sea. Sometimes during high tide, the bergs wash up on shore at a nearby black sand beach, where they melt away in the sunlight, reminding some of precious gems on a satin blanket. This is why the beach has earned the nickname “Diamond Beach”.

You’ll spend the night at accommodations in the area. Make sure you check out the sky in the evening as you might catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights.


Day 2 - Inside the Glacier


Get the ultimate Icelandic experience and visit a blue ice cave with this budget winter tour.


You’ll wake up at your accommodations in the realm of the great Vatnajökull glacier. Today, after breakfast, it is time to explore that great glacier further with a visit to an authentic ice cave.

Your guide will lead you back to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you’ll exchange the minibus for a modified car, a super jeep, which has been specially designed to handle the rough drive up the glacier.

On top of the glacier, you’ll take a short walk through the snowy landscapes of the ice cap to the cave. Make sure to dress in warm and waterproof clothes as you’ll be standing on top of a glacier in the winter; it will get cold.

Ice caves are a rare phenomenon that forms on top of Vatnajökull glacier each winter but disappear once the spring comes around. Your guide will have scoured the area earlier to find a new ice cave to enter.

Once you step inside, you’ll be stepping inside a world of blue ice straight from the pages of a fantasy novel. The spectacular ice formations and vibrant colours of the walls will surely take your breath away. You will get around forty-five minutes to explore the cave while your informative guide shares expertise and knowledge about glaciers and ice caves.

Once back at Jökulsárlón, you will hop aboard the minibus again and drive along the beautiful stretch of the southern coastline to Reykjavík city. If the conditions are right, make sure to check the sky for sightings of the Northern Lights.

You can expect to arrive in Reykavík in the early evening but it is highly recommended that you do not plan to fly out the same night in case of any delays or bad weather. Once you arrive back down South, why not take a stroll and indulge in Reykjavík’s unique and bubbly nightlife.


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We are enormously greatful for this adventure! We had some of the best days of our lives! The itinerary was spot on, the trip very well planned and our tour guides Almar and Kalli unbeatable. We would totally recommend this tour! Not only were we lucky with the weather, which was sunny most of the time with some nice snow showers, but also with the northern lights. It was a very magical experience! We would like to send a huge virtual hug to Almar for making this excursion mind blowing.
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Our trip was amazing! Orri, our guide was great! Taught us a lot about Iceland, very nice person. The second day there was going to be bad weather and he fixed everything so we wouldn’t miss any part of the tour. The ice cave tour was beautiful! The tour bus was very comfortable and being a small group made it extra enjoyable. We had a delicious meal in a farm restaurant and the budget hotel was super clean and confortable! Every part of this tour was excellent!
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This was the highlight of the trip, hands down specTACULAR tour! I looked at a ton of 2 day excursions and am so so so happy I picked this one. The weather cooperated really well, and the ice caving, glacier lagoon, diamond beach, and black sand beach were breathtaking. Our guide Oli was funny and cool. Breakfast at the hotel was amazing, and even though we shared a room with people at the hostel it worked out fine because it was clean and only one night. Def worth saving money. I highly highly highly recommend this trip as it was the perfect south coast tour and Jokulsarlon is a MUST SEE!
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Highly recommended!! I had a wonderful time in Iceland thanks to this tour. Tour guide was so kind and friendly. Every spots we visited was super beautiful. Also we could see northern lights!! It was amazing!! I want to join this tour again. Thanks for providing me with such a great experiences.
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My girlfriend and I took the 2-day Budget tour with Guide to Iceland and Aurora Hunters. It was just spectacular and we could not have filled the two days ourselves with so many amazing sights. Our guide Thor was the best, filling the time on the rides with stories, jokes and good music. He made quite a few extra stops for us to take nice pictures of the scenery or the random reindeers passing the street. We absolutely loved the dramatic views of Iceland and the Ice Cave. The hostel we stayed in was class as well, we even got a private room. The kitchen facilities were great as well and we cooked our own meal after having stopped at a grocery store during the day. We also managed to see the Northern lights just by going to a quiet field behind the hostel. Great trip, can only recommend!
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I really enjoyed this tour! It was well-organized and everything run successfully. The time control of the schedule was perfect, which allowed us to explore the attractions well and visit lots of places. In addition, our guide Rocky was humour, knowledgeable and friendly. He told us lots of information and stories and I love the music played on the bus as well. Also thanks to our driver Benny, who took us to different spots smoothly and safely. Lastly, it would be much more perfect if those living in the hostel could be notified in advance that there's probably not enough time to stop by a market before dinner and it's better to buy something more at noon or before. Except that, I loved everything and the tour is highly recommended!
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We had a fantastic tour with ‘Arora hunters’ our tour guide Thor was really friendly and gave us a lot of information about the tour on each sight. He took us to all the major sights in our tour and managed with time very well so we had good amount of time at each sight. He took care of girls in our group who had slight problem on the beach , very nicely . He was a gentleman , polite and knew his job well ! Because of him we were able to see some all major things like glacier lagoons and specially ice caves . The waterfalls were amazing and Iceland is so scenic !! We had time of our lives and enjoyed to the full
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We had a fantastic tour with ‘Arora hunters’ our tour guide Thor was really friendly and gave us a lot of information about the tour on each sight. He took us to all the major sights in our tour and managed with time very well so we had good amount of time at each sight. He took care of girls in our group who had slight problem on the beach , very nicely . He was a gentleman , polite and knew his job well ! Because of him we were able to see some all major things like glacier lagoons and specially ice caves . The waterfalls were amazing and Iceland is so scenic !! We had time of our lives and enjoyed to the full
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A most memorable experience! We enjoyed our trip very much. Our tour schedule changed due to weather conditions (storm /rain warning on the first day), so that we would see the Glacier Lagoon and the Ice Cave on the second day in glorious sunny weather. On the way back, we even saw Northern Lights. Kristján, our guide / driver, was fantastic. He told us many interesting things about the locations we visited and stopped at a couple of amazing places that were not on the schedule - places not crammed with other tourists. He never rushed us (apart from one time when we had an appointment at the Ice Cave) and allowed for ample time even on our way back to Reykjavík, so that we could thoroughly enjoy the Northern Lights. Thank you very much for this unforgettable experience! Also, at the Ice Cave, we had an excellent guide, Fannar (hopefully the spelling is correct), who not only made sure that everyone's crampons were correctly fitted but also knowledgeably informed us about the peculiarities of the Ice Cave and the Glacier. He delivered his explanations in a very funny and enthusiastic way, thus making it a wonderful tour. Thank you as well! I would highly recommend this tour.
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The tour itself is amazing and seeing with your own eyes is the best! I am glad to have joined this tour and the hotel we stayed was surprisingly such a good place. Also, weather made me couch so badly that the tour guide kindly offered menthol candies for me even though it probably costed X2 more than the usual price.
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