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.
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.
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.
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 store your luggage at our office 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.
Below you can see our preferred partners for accommodation, HI Hostel Höfn or Stafafell Hostel. If not available, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.
HI Hostel Höfn is located in Höfn township. Dormitory rooms with shared facilities. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.
Stafafell Hostel is an old farmhouse outside of Höfn village. Dormitory rooms with shared facilities. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.