2 Day Tour to Jökulsárlón | Blue Ice Cave, Black Beach & South Coast Waterfalls

2 Day Tour to Jökulsárlón | Blue Ice Cave, Black Beach & South Coast Waterfalls
The sublime Skógafoss, as dramatic as it is beautiful, dancing beneath the gorgeous Northern Lights.
Ice caves form every winter in new, delightful and unexpected ways.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland given the abundance of spots in which to position the camera.
Exploring a blue ice cave requires specialist equipment such as gloves and overalls, a helmet and crampons.
The dramatic, black basalt rock stacks that protrude scenically from the crashing waves of Reynisfjara black sand beach.
Icelandic horses are one of the more common wildlife species that you will see whilst travelling around Iceland.
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Join this two-day tour of the stunning South Coast of Iceland to discover the likes of glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, rivers and cascading waterfalls, as well as the unique and naturally formed Blue Ice Cave. This excursion is for anyone looking to experience the vast wonders of Iceland in only two days. 

Your adventure begins with a pickup from Reykjavík City on the morning of your first day, after which you will pay a visit to two of the country’s most famous and remarkable waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Then, you will be treated to their nearby waterfalls of equal allure; Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss and Írafoss, which are hidden gems of the area that many people miss out on experiencing.

The black pebble beach Reynisfjara and its stunning sea stacks Reynisdrangar will complete this exciting first day of the tour.

After a good night’s rest, your adventure continues, where you will visit the otherworldly nature reserve Skaftafell and take a walk along the Diamond Beach. The beach consists of black velvet sand that’s dotted with glistening icebergs, that are making their way from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. 

The glacier lagoon counts as one of Iceland’s primary attractions, where you can gaze at the huge chunks of ice floating in the azure waters—you might even spot the resident seals that are often curious enough to greet visitors. 

Then it’s time for the highlight of the tour, to visit a natural ice cave within Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland’s largest ice cap. To visit one of these caves is a rarity and a privilege, as they are hunted down by experts each fall and fill with meltwater each spring. Since this is the winter season, there is a good chance the Northern Lights might grace you with their presence each night of your adventure. 

If you want to experience the nature of Iceland to its full extent and witness a true natural phenomenon, then book this tour now; it is in high demand and of limited availability. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skaftafell, Vík í Mýrdal, Gljufrabui, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Reynisdrangar, Svínafellsjökull, Foss a Síðu, South Coast, Kvernufoss
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
  • Accommodation in a double or a twin room with private bathroom

  • Breakfast

  • Necessary safety equipment for the Ice Cave

  • Professional tour guide in English in a minibus

  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik

  • Free Wi-Fi on bus

  • Lunch and Dinner - we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour

What to bring:
  • Warm, wind & waterproof clothes

  • Good hiking shoes are necessary for the Ice Cave. If you do not have appropriate footwear then we offer these for rent.

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 5 around 18:30 / 06:30 pm. If you are a single traveller then a Single Room Supplement of 7.500 ISK is mandatory.

Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible. Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise, you can use luggage lockers that are located in the centre Reykjavík. We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office. Click 'Inquire about this tour for more information.

IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the price difference. We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - South Coast, Five Waterfalls & Black Beach Reynisfjara

Skógafoss waterfall is a particularly beautiful natural feature found in South Iceland, made all the more charming with Northern Lights dancing overhead.

After getting picked up in Reykjavík, you will pass through the small towns and beautiful countryside of Route 1. Your first stop will be the one and only waterfall Seljalandsfoss, located in the shadow of the infamous volcanic ice cap Eyjafjallajökull. Remember to ask your guide all about the colossal 2010 eruption that halted all airline travel across Europe. 

After having visited the close by, but lesser known, waterfall Gljúfrabúi, you will head onto the cascading wonder Skógafoss, a 60-metre drop of raw, cascading power. Up next are two hidden gems of the area, the stunning waterfalls Kvernufoss and Írafoss.

Then it is time to head to the black beach Reynisfjara by the coastal village Vík. The beach nestles under the sea cliff Mt. Reynisfjall, where black basalt columns have been shaped by nature into various rock formations, most notably the eerie Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Be careful on this beach and never turn your back to the sea, since powerful sneaker waves can carry you out in an instant if you don't heed the warning signs. 

At the end of your day, you will retreat to a local accommodation in the area, but not before embarking on a hunt for the Northern Lights that often grace the night sky with their presence during the winter months. The lights can never be guaranteed, but their predictability is meticulously calculated, and your guides will do their very best to find them for you. 

Day 2 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & The Blue Ice Cave

An Icelandic ice cave resembles something from another planet, an otherworldly frozen paradise, deep under the glacier.

On your second day, get ready for a unique experience as the highlight of the tour awaits. After a drive through Vík, you will get off the bus in Skaftafell, a vast nature reserve of amazing landscapes and countless attractions. 

You will then make your way to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a world-renowned sight of icebergs floating lazily in freezing water, creating a serene and otherworldly sight. The ice has broken off from one of Vatnajökull’s many outlet glaciers, Breiðamerkurjökull. Some of the bergs wash up on shore, where they glisten in the sun like gemstones, on the sand strip dubbed the Diamond Beach. 

From this location, your ice cave adventure will begin. A specialised super jeep will take you the rest of the way from the lagoon, through the highlands, to the entrance of the cave. Remember that this winter phenomenon forms each year naturally, when the temperature drops, after which glacial experts hunt for the best caves that are safe to explore. You will have a good hour to explore this winter wonderland of glistening shades of blue ice, so remember to bring your camera for the once in a lifetime photo opportunities. 

After this unforgettable adventure, you will ride the jeep back to Jökulsárlón, where you will jump back on the bus and head to Reykjavík City. After a quick stop at Vík for refreshments, the Northern Lights just might show.

On your way back, you can be rest assured that you just enjoyed some of the most unique and incredible attractions Iceland has to offer. 

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We had a great 2 day tour with Vilte! So much amazing nature to see, and with every stop he made sure we had enough time. He also took us to several extra places that were not in the original itinerary, but some were the highlights of the trip! After doing the Golden Circle tour right after this one, we were so grateful to have done this Southern tour as the sites were really quite unforgettable. This tour really made our Iceland experience amazing!
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This tour was excellent. Covers all of the main spots on the south coast in 2 days. The highlight of the tour however, was the extremely amazing guide- Antonio an driver- Pablo, and the amazing hotel that we stayed at (could see the northern lights right from our bedroom window!!!). Definitely worth it!
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Our experience was absolutely incredible. We had a small tour of only 8 people which allowed it to be a more person interaction while on the tours. Our tour guide Valdi was amazing. He provided us with so much knowledge and fun facts while on the tour. He kept us laughing and intrigued the entire time. Our tour guide knew all the great locations to get the most perfect pictures. He was so patient with us. We asked tons of questions and he was able to answer every single one of them. We were unable to do the ice cave, due to the weather and them being flooded, but he worked his magic and was able to get us in to do a glacier hike instead. I feel that this tour went above and beyond anything I have ever expected. While we were at dinner after our first day, it was nice to interact with everyone and tell our own stories. I feel that getting to know the people that were on our tour made it easier to relate to everyone. The two day tour was definitely worth every penny we spent on this.
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The tour was excellent! We did the 2 day, 1 night tour from Reyjkavik to Jokulsarlon glacier. The trip far exceeded our expectations. The natural beauty of the area was breathtaking. I am so thankful that we took the time to go out to the glacier and see diamond beach, ice caves, and icebergs. Our tour guide David was EXCELLENT! He really went above and beyond for everyone in our tour group and really made the tour extraordinary. We stopped on the way back to the city to see the northern lights. Although we'd already seen them, many in our group REALLY wanted to see them and we saw a spectacular light show. I am so glad we stopped. David then took anyone who wanted a hot dog into the city and stopped at the infamous hot dog stand that Bill Clinton visited as well. It was already late, the tour was over, and he had a family to go home to but he truly wanted us to have a great and full trip, so he made all of us visitors saw/ate everything they wanted.
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I strongly recommend that for multi-day tours in the winter season, you should book with professional tour operators instead of driving yourself. I cannot say enough good things about our tour guide / driver, David. He was very energetic, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable, and made sure we got the most out of our trip. On our first day we visited 4 waterfalls (including one secret one that required a short hike), lunch at the restaurant by Skogafoss waterfall, Eyjafallajokul volcano, rest-stop at Vik, a cliff view, and Reynisfjara black sand beach. We were given enough time to visit each location and David helped us stay on time to see all the important sites. We stayed at Hotel Gierland, which is one of the main reasons we chose this tour over the slightly cheaper one. The hotel provides private bathrooms, and has a fully stocked bar in their restaurant. That night we had the trifecta of 3 factors - a new moon, clear skies, and geomagnetic activity level 4 (of 10), so we were able to view a very good Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) show at around 11pm. Hotel Gierland is a great spot to view the lights. The next day David was informed by his HQ that there was a winter storm headed to Jokulsarlon, so he hustled us to get there in time for the Ice Cave tour, and quick stops for Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach, before we made our escape. FYI we went in mid-November, and the Ice Cave was opened up to 30 meters or so. To go deeper into the cave, visit later in the winter when more of the waters inside have gone down. We escaped Jokulsarlon before the blizzard got worse, and on the way to Vik we experienced very strong winds of 20-25 m/s. I doubt I could have driven a rental car safely in those winds, but David handled the mini-bus like a pro. After our second stop at the Vik rest-stop, the storm had caught up to us and we were in white-out blizzard conditions with winds over 100mph. We saw several cars that had crashed off to the side of the road and had to be rescued. At one point we had to stop in an emergency road-side parking lot with other cars and rescue vehicles, as conditions were impossible to drive and there was a real danger of the mini-bus tipping over due to wind. There was a risk we would have to spend the night in the minibus until the storm passed, but David kept track of weather updates and found an opportune time to make a break for it after about 2 hours. We made it safely back to our Reykjavik hotels around 10pm. I highly doubt I could have seen all the sights and made it back safely if I had driven a rental car, and would likely have crashed the car or missed my flight the next day. David had experience driving tours in these conditions before, and kept us safe, on-time, entertained, and at-ease the whole time.
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This is an awesome tour, our tour guide Tryggvi was very well knowledged and super nice; though the sky was cloudy during our tour, he still tried to find the aurora light for us even until the last minutes. For two days we were able to see all the amazing scenes in Iceland, it was so worth the trip, I will definitely recommend this tour to every of my friends.
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The tour was so amazing. Coming straight over from New Zealand I was blown away by the beauty of iceland. Evo and the driver did such a wonderful job showing us the magical places and bringing that magic to life with their tales of Icelandic legends. Even though we didnt see the northern lights or the larger cave they made up for that with all of the other activities. Black beach and the two petrified trolls will also have a place in my heart.
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It was absolutely amazing !! Evo and the driver (sorry don't remember his name) we're so kind, patient and did an excellent job. First day we saw the falls and in the evening at the hotel while having dinner the northern lights danced all over the sky, beautiful. Second day went to glacier lagoon and glacier cave, Veggi the driver was so funny and gave us more information about Iceland. Really worth it ! Thank you guys for making this trip unforgettable. Angeles & Orlando from Mexico.
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