Join this exploration along Iceland’s south coast to discover the stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes and waterfalls it holds, on this two-day tour perfect for anyone looking to see the finest of which Iceland’s nature has to offer.
You will embark on a boat ride of Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and behold the Diamond Beach on which the icebergs gather to bathe in the sun. You will also ascend a glacier tongue on a guided hike, where you will feel the power of the ice cap from under your feet and enjoy the scenery of a frozen wonderland from above.
Get ready to catch a glimpse of Iceland’s wildlife, as puffins nest in the hills of Reynisfjall, and curious seals swim around the icebergs of Jökulsárlón.
Your tour provider will guide you through these and more leading attractions of the greater Skaftafell National Park, on an unforgettable adventure of summer south coast delights.
This tour is extremely popular so reserve your spot now to not miss out on this incredible opportunity. Check availability by choosing a date.
Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in the south of Vatnajokull national park that is easily reached by the Ring Road.
Covered in thick glacial ice until the 1930’s when the glacier started retreating, the lagoon today measures 7 square miles (20 km2). More than 300 feet of ice still breaks away each year, reshaping the lagoon and filling it with icebergs - causing an alarmingly beautiful sight.
The water is freezing cold and contains a mixture of salt and freshwater giving it a blue-green color. There is plenty of fish and birdlife by the lagoon and the vast sand area of Breiðamerkursandur, and hundreds of seals stay there in winter.
Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe covering 8% of the island of Iceland. Vatnajökull National Park - which encompasses the earlier national parks of Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur - is the largest protected area in Europe and believed by many to be the most beautiful place on earth.
In this area you'll find some of the most stunning and diverse sights in Iceland. Among those are Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, its most active volcano, Grímsvötn, beautiful waterfalls such as Svartifoss by Skaftafell and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, stunning canyons such as Jökulsargljúfur and Ásbyrgi, and the breathtaking Jökulsárlon, an ice-riddled glacier lagoon that is one of the most beautiful attractions in Iceland.
The glacier itself covers a surface area of about 100 km2. The thickness of the ice is generally around 400-600 meters, at its thickest around 950 meters. Under the glacier are valleys, mountains and plateuas as well as active volcanoes, most notably Grimsvotn and Bardarbunga, both the largest and most active of these. Then there are Esjufjoll, a glorious volcanic mountain island, surrounded by the glacier on all sides.
Vatnajokull has over 30 outlets, some of the major ones being Dyngjujokull and Bruarjokull to the north and Breidamerkurjokull, Oraefajokull, Skeidararjokull and Sidujokull towards the south. On the west side from the north are smaller glaciers Eyjabakkajokull, Hofsjokull, Flaajokull Heinabergsjokull and Skalafellsjokull.
The highest peak of Iceland then lies to the south, Hvannadalshnjukur in the Oraefajokull outlet, reaching 2109 m, according to latest measurements.
Many rivers have their sources at Vatnajokull, including some of the greatest glacier rivers in the country. To the North are Jokulsa a Fjollum and Skjalfandafljot, to the Northeast are Jokulsa a Bru, and Jokulsa i Fljotsdal and to the south are Jokulsa i Loni, Hornafjardarfljot, Jokulsa a Breidamerkursandi, Skeidara, Nupsvotn, Hverfisfljot and Skafta.
The area around the glacier is highly varied. The highland plateu to the north is divided by glacier rivers which see massive floods in the summer. This is a highly volcanic region, where the volcanoes Askja, Herdubreid, Kverkfjoll and Snaefell tower over the scene. In this area is also the Jokulsargljufur preservation area with its magnificent canyon and the mighty glacier ricer Jokulsa a Fjollum where you'll find stunning waterfalls such as Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Further north are the Hljodaklettar echoing caves and the horse shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon, among other incredible sights.
Broad wetlands lie near the glacier and in the vicinity of Snaefell, further east. Particularly notable is the Eyjabakkar oasis, one of the largest nesting places for pink feeted geese in the world and located north of the Eyjabakkajokull outlet. To the east is also the stunning Jokulsarlon.
South of Vatnajokull, majestic mountain ridges characterise the scene, with outlet glaciers lying between them and reaching onto the lowlands. The Skaftafell preservation area is located there, with its rich flora and home to the beautiful waterfalls Hundafoss and Skogafoss, the latter famed for its with its magnificent columnar basalt formations.
To the south lies the vast sand desert Skeidararsandur, reaching all the way to the sea. The glacier river Skeidara runs through it and the sand was indeed created by great glacier bursts from Skeidara, with its origins in volcanic activity at Grimsvotn.
To the west of Vatnajokull there is strong volcanic activity as well. Some of the world's greatest fissure and lava eruptions happened there, at the Eldgja volcanic chasm and the Lakagigar craters in the 18th century. Vonarskard pass, to the northwest is also worth checking out, a highly colourful geothermal area that connects the North and South of Iceland.
Fans of the James Bond films might recognize the glacier from A View to a Kill and the stunning Jokulsarlon from Die Another Day, though the events of the former were supposed to take place in Siberia.
Scenes by the Wall in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones were also shot by Vatnajokull and further scenes were shot at lake Myvatn, another Iceland's major attractions.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
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.
Starting time : 09:00
Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
Minibus tour for maximum 15 passengers
Guided hiking tour & gear
Accommodation for one night incl. breakfast
Boat tour on a glacier lagoon
Free Wi-Fi on the bus
Warm, wind & waterproof clothes
Good hiking shoes (available for rental upon request)
Meals other than breakfast are not included but we do make lunch and dinner stops where guests can buy meals.
The maximum number of passengers are 15 which gives a better atmosphere while travelling
A Single Room supplement of 7.500 ISK is mandatory for single travleres.
IMPORTANT: It can happen that the glacier hike is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible or make a partial refund.
Setting out from Reykjavík City, your transportation will begin by taking you to behold the various waterfalls of the south coast.
First up are Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting their smaller and lesser-known counterparts Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss and Írafoss.
After a quick lunch stop, get ready to embark on your glacial adventure, as you will drive past the volcanic Eyjafjallajökull ice cap. Remember to ask your tour guide all about the colossal eruption back in 2010.
Then it is on to Mýrdallsjökull, a neighbour of Eyjafjallajökull that covers the famous and active volcano Katla. Gear up and get ready to ascend one of the glacial tongues called Sólheimajökull, where your guide will lead you on a hike of frozen scenic wonders, as you’ll explore the different crevasses and ice-sculptures found on your trail.
After descending from the glacier, it is on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall - seasonal home to numerous puffins that dive from its cliffs out to sea.
Your accommodation awaits in Seljaland, a beautiful area that boasts of Seljalandsfoss waterfall, that you are free to visit before turning in for the night.
Today, get ready to take a closer look at the glacial wonders of the south coast. After stopping in the village of Vík, you will head on east, where you’ll visit the waterfall Foss á Síðu. Then, it is on to Skaftafell National Park for lunch.
Central to this vast and dazzling preservation area is Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Iceland and the second largest in all of Europe. One of its outlet glaciers, Breiðamerkurjökull, leads into Jökulsár glacial lagoon, one of the most visited sights of the entire country and the location for your next adventure.
Jump aboard for the incredible opportunity of a boat ride in the lagoon itself, where you will glide past the ever-changing scenery of icebergs afloat in the freezing waters. Seals also reside within the lake, so keep a look out for one of these curious creatures, as they pop their heads above the surface to catch a glimpse of these odd visitors to their home.
The icebergs of the lagoon either float out to sea or gather at the nearby Diamond Beach, where you can observe them melting in the summer sun.
After such satisfying couple of days of incredible sights and adventurous exploits, your transportation will take you back to Reykjavík City in the afternoon. Don’t hesitate to book this tour now for your unforgettable south coast experience.
It is a very nice trip!Our guide,David take us to visit wonderful sight. He is a friendly guy and very knowledgable.I highly suggest this tour to my friends who will visit Iceland in near future.
It was a wonderful two days that we were able to enjoy the southern part. Our guide Robert taught us a lot about Iceland and kindly answered our questions. Thanks to his guide, our journey has become even more wonderful. I am pleased that I met a wonderful guide.
Our two day trip to south area was awesome!! Our tour guide, Robert has a lot of knowledge to share us, and he arranged best schedule to enjoy all activities, wonderful views of Iceland for us! We enjoyed glacier hiking under bright sunny weather, it is worth visiting area! Bus driving and accommodation was very comfortable as well. Thanks to Robert, we fully enjoyed short trip and I highly suggest this tour to my friends who will visit Iceland in near future.
Great tour with Nicetravel! We had David as our guide. Such an awesome guy and very knowledgable. The secret waterfall brought by Nicetravel is the best! Hope to book with Nicetravel in the future
Wonderful views with comfortable bus and accommodation ! We were lucky to have Antonio as our guide. He was nice, responsable and helpful. He tried the best to share all his knowledge about Iceland and I really learned a lot ! It was rainy and windy the day of glacier viking and he lent his outdoor jacket to me which did me a great favour ! In a word the trip was a lot of fun thanks to our guide and driver, I would highly recommend this trip !
Our two day trip was awesome--I saw so many beautiful sights I do not even think I could pick a favorite! Our tour guide Antonio and our bus driver were great, always making sure we were comfortable and personalizing our trip to fit in what the group wanted to see. Antonio was constantly providing us with facts about the countryside and the places we were visiting and was even our personal photographer. The photos he took of my friend and I at the waterfall inside the cave were worth the price of the trip alone! The hostel was nice, and comfortable and would be the perfect place to view the northern lights on a clear night. This trip is the perfect length and a must do to get out of the city to truly experience all of the beauty Iceland has to offer!
We spent our 2 days experiencing waterfalls with picturesque rainbows, glacier hiking, driving along the beautiful country side, boat riding, and meeting new people. Weather was tricky (as it always is in Iceland), but our tour guide Antonio worked tirelessly to make sure we were constantly entertained. He not only served as our personal tour guide, but also our photographer, comedian, Icelandic historian, and by the end of the trip, friend! The hostile stay was very comfortable, and the trip was a nice length. Overall, I highly suggest this trip to anyone visiting Iceland to get out of Reykjavik and explore the country side.
Unforgettable experience of all the glacier, the hiking and the amazing view. It was rainy and foggy the first day so the horizon is poorly bad. But our guide David try the best to share all his knowledge about the south coast. I learned a lot about the volcano ladies, the puffin and the Viking. We are lucky on the second day that we can see all the perfect view before or after storm, what a great shot! So I really thank nice travel for these two day trip.
I choose this tour cause of the wonders min the south coast.The tour was really nice, we had a cancellation on the first day for glacier walk but nice travel made it sure we could do it on the second day. We stayed at nice travel hostal and it was really nice and confortable . Our tour guide was Antonio , he was super fun and made sure everybody was safe, confortable and having a good time. he is full of knowledge about Iceland and this made my trip much much better and enjoyable Our Drvier was the British man Ian , He was very nice and good driver as well. I will defiantly recommend this tour and surely will miss Antonio.
The glacier hike was unforgettable and the black sand beaches were enchanting. Our tour guides were very friendly and went the extra mile to show us some beautiful hidden waterfalls and let us pet some horses by the roadside. We also got to see the northern lights (!) which our lovely driver alerted us too. We had a wonderful time.
We are impressed with this trip with Nice Travel. We appreciate David's professional, safe,and considerate arrangement.
I was pleased with this tour and definitely thought it was worth the money! Our glacier hike was canceled the day of because of weather but they were able to reschedule to a new glacier the next day. I would remember to be flexible as the weather is so unpredictable. Keep an open mind and you will love he scenery!!!
It was the amazing two days with a very beautiful weather!!! And we saw the northern light!!!!! Our guider David is very kind, hospitality and proferssional! We do enjoy those two days! Thx~ 冰河湖和瀑布都超棒， 还看到了极光！ 我家人都玩得超开心。 还有黑沙滩也很震撼～ 冬天为了 blue cave 还要再去一次！
Excellent tour! The glacier hike was incredible (and well-arranged, kudos to the guides!) Given that it could easily take an hour or more to move from one sight to the next, the tour is a blessing as you could get some shut-eye as the driver negotiates the roads. The hostel for the overnight stay was clean and professionally run.
My wife and I had a great time on this trip. Despite weather canceling our glacier walk planned for the first day, this was a blessing in disguise as we got a much better walk on the second day after the glacial lagoon. Our guide was wonderful, highly informative and attentive throughout. The accommodations were great and additional itinerary stops thanks to great timing were an added treat.
Fantastic tour! Mika was pretty much friendly and patient. The hostel was new, quiet and beautiful. Strongly recommended!
Antonio was a fantastic guide and really went far beyond the call of duty in helping my friend and I get the most from our experience in Iceland. I would highly recommend any tour with him!
The guide Antonio was great and informative. The tour was absolutely amazing. We even got to see the northern lights. Highly recommended!!
Booked this tour last minute and it was the best tour that my friend and I had! We were very fortunate to have Antonio as our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and the best part, he still educates himself more about Iceland. Instead of googling something up, you can ask him and he'll explain everything in details for you. He has a great sense of humor which made the trip so much more fun, especially the amount of hours you have to sit! Iceland is so beautiful and it's so great that Antonio gives us the history on it as well as inform us of spots where some films were made! It was an amazing experience and we would definitely go again! Highly recommended and we've already told many of our friends as well as the people from the hotel that we're staying at, to go to this! Thank you so much again!
This trip is a great experience! We were extremely lucky to have Antonio from Nicetravel as our guide. He is very responsible and helpful in all respects and I believe he knows about the country much more than any average Icelander, he told us really a lot about everything we saw, not only the stop points, and was very nice and friendly. In total the trip was a lot of fun thanks to all participants, the driver and the guide, I definitely recommend this tour!
It was a great experience! I don't need to say how wonderful these sights are. What I want to recommend is the guide David from Nicetravel, he is quite helpful, responsible and professional in the views as well as tasty food. This tour is highly recommended!
This tour definitely is the highlight of our trip to Iceland. I would give it a 5+
This 2-day trip is fantastic and we had precious and great experience during the trip. The glacier hiking and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon are really amazing, and waterfalls is beautiful, what's more, our guide led us to a "private waterfall", making this trip a wonderful experience. We stayed in Nice Hostel, which is a nice:) hostel although we shared the bathroom. The guide and the driver are two cool and nice guys, I appreciate them very much as they kept the clothes I left on the bus, in which I put very important stuff. Anyway I had a great fun and this is a unforgettable trip!
Highly recommended of this tour, our guide David is very nice and lead us found some views which are not in the itinerary, it's a special experience for me. Small group numbers tour is very comfort and easy for us make friends with each other. The vehicle is also clean and comfortable and David is a good driver! This trip is the top one in my recommend list in Iceland!
nice experience！both bus and accomadation are comfortable. amazing view on the way. Thank our tour guide Steinar .he is suan a responsible gentleman！hope to come back in winter to see the aurora
The driver was sooooo nice! He is a happy old man and he even agreed to drive two girls to the airport, which of course he did not have to do. He was very generous to lend me his converter during the first night. That was very much appreciated. The tour guide Lucia, even though she is not an Icelander, knows a lot about Iceland and she was telling us a lot of funny things during the drives. Moreover, she was really caring and passionate. This tour is highly recommended!
Best trip from our 5 days in Iceland. Good program,friendly tour guide,small problems with the acomendation, but still a fun trip. Highly recommend
This is the best tour which I experienced in Iceland. Perfect guide and nice natural beauty. Especially the second day, the whole day was full of ice, how exciting it was!
We joined two day tour, southern coast tour from 9th-10th June with Nicetavel. That was wonderful. it was very unique experience we didn't have before. In particular, our guider David is so nice ,so friendly and professional. He is the best one in our whole month journey. We did enjoyed his thoughtly service and sincerely recommend Nicertravel and David himself. Wish you all the best
Our guide, Antonia, was a highlight in this tour. He is so good at introducing everything, friendly, and very talkative. He made the long time driving not boring at all! He loves travelling, told us he is a photographer and tried to point our the best view points in all sites. All the other attendees in our tour were also kind and nice. It was a great group! However, I am not very happy with the changes the company have made after my booking. When I booked the trip, I got doubled confirmed by email that we would go to the Svartifoss. But we didn't go there as they said it has been taken away without changing the description on website or notifying to the pre-booked customers. This made a huge pity for my mom and made me very dispointed (personally reasons)! Also, they have moved the overnight living place from Hofn village to be somewhere close Sellfoss. You will miss Hofu village. We drove almost all the way back which made the trip not effective at all! Just to emphasize, Antonia is one of the best guides I meet and the best one in this whole Iceland trip!
They adjusted the program according to our whishes. On the second day in the evening -after the checkin in the hotel- the driver took us separately down to a restaurant and drove us back. The second day they have showd us extra places. even though we were already way late compared to the schedule.Mika took an extra stop that we see puffins as well. (we did!). we asked to see as much as possible, so we arrived late 11.30 PM to Reykjavik. even though it was late, they took us not only to the hotel, but to another place before, where we left our luggage. We hava seen fascinating areas. For those who have seen geysirs already I think there in no better 2 day tour than this at the south cost. we had everything: waterfalls, (also those without tourists),glacier - with hike, lagoon with icebergs, authentic earth covered houses, varied vast scenery (huge moren field, top of the montain 360 degree seacost view-glaciers..)
really excited !