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

2 Day South Coast Tour | Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon, Black Beach & Waterfalls
The auroras dance in the skies across Iceland throughout winter.
The view from behind Seljalandsfoss makes it one of the best waterfalls in Iceland.
The Dyrhólaey lighthouse is a feature of Iceland's South Coast.
The sun gleams through the opening of an ice cave in Iceland.
Jökulsárlón is a spectacular lagoon, photographed here under vivid green auroras.
Iceland's winter skies are full of natural wonder.
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Join this two-day tour of the stunning South Coast of Iceland to discover 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 nearby waterfalls of equal beauty; 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, as you visit the otherworldly nature reserve Skaftafell and take a walk along the Diamond Beach. The beach consists of black velvet sands 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. 

This tour is in high demand and of limited availability. Book now if you want to experience the nature of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Attractions: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Öræfajökull, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Reynisdrangar, Svínafellsjökull, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00. 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.

  • Accommodation in a double or a twin room with shared 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:

If you are a single traveller then a Single Room Supplement of 6.000 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

The great waterfall Skógafoss on the South Coast of Iceland is one of the main attractions of the first day of this amazing tour.

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 sneak 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. 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 if conditions are favorable. 

Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & The Blue Ice Cave

The blue ice cave inside Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, is a true wonder of Iceland not many locals have even experienced.

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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This trip ran perfectly smooth. We only had five hours a daylight and It was timed perfectly to give us the opportunity to stop at all the top sites along the south coast. We spent the night in the nice travel hostel which was amazingly clean and comfortable. The host was exceptionally nice and pleasant. The trip to glacier lagoon and the ice caves was the highlight of our trip and worth every penny.
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Very good experience. 1. Driver(Guide) is nice, funny and professional 2. The hostel is way beyond our expectation. It is clean and feel like at home 3. The attractions are also awesome
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Our trip to Iceland was AMAZING, mainly because of this tour! The whole staff was incredibly accommodating to some travel issues we ran into getting to Iceland. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we still had a memorable experience. The sites we saw were breathtaking. I would recommend this tour to anyone and everyone!
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Hi We had an amazing experience!! The tour was well designed and each and every location was spectacular and outstanding ! The tour guide was friendly, extremely knowledgeable and made sure all of us were comfortable. He made some in designated stops which were indeed fabulous. The hostel we stayed for the night was warm, cozy and comfortable. Overall an amazing experience and I highly recommend it as part of everyone’s Iceland Adventure!!
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Our family really enjoyed this tour! Skuli was a great guide and took us to see some additional great views that weren't even on the list. We got beautiful pictures while on this tour and learned a lot.
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We had a very unforgettable experience to the South Coast. Mark is a really helpful and knowledgable guide telling us a lot of stories and history during the trip. Glacier is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, the weather was a little bit bad but we still saw all the amazing sceneries. Guesthouse is pretty good, clean and comfy. Totally worth it!
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It was unforgettable! Two days in contact in a wonderful nature, the weather was awful but who care? I can stand to be there again! Michael was simple perfect as driver, guide and friend. I recommend this tour to all!
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David is an awesome diver. He has given us the best tour. He told us everything about Iceland . We enjoyed a lot.
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We had an enjoyable tour! The blue cave was amazing and the guide was super nice!! The views were so beautiful even the weather was not good enough, must go into the caves again!!
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