3 Day Jokulsarlon Tour with the Golden Circle, Iceland's South Coast, Glacier Hiking & a Boat Ride
Experience the very best Iceland has to offer on this extensive tour of the South Coast and the Golden Circle. Witness lava fields, rift valleys, volcanoes, mighty rivers, powerful waterfalls, grand glaciers and the world-famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
This is a tour not to be missed by anyone looking to experience the vast array of Iceland’s wonders in only three days.
The ever-popular Golden Circle route encompasses the National Park, continental rift valley and UNESCO World Heritage site Þingvellir; the spouting geysers in Haukadalur at the Geysir Geothermal Valley; the king of all waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss; and the additional treat of visiting the ancient volcanic crater lake Kerið.
Once your adventure reaches its second day, prepare to behold the wonders of Iceland’s South Coast. Its many magnificent waterfalls are sure to amaze, as well as the black pebble beach Reynisfjara and the one and only Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon—one of the most sought-after attractions in the country—where icebergs gather to float on a still lake inhabited by seals.
One of the tour's many highlights is an optional boat ride of the lagoon itself, where you can get up close and personal with the massive icebergs. Another adventure included is an exhilarating glacier hike of Sólheimajökull’s blue ice sheet. The scenery from the top is indescribable, so remember to pack your camera for all the exceptional photo opportunities.
You’ll spend two nights in a comfortable local accommodation. This is a minibus tour for no more than 19 passengers, which makes the trip all the more personal and enjoyable.
This is a very popular tour, so reserve your spot now as to not miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness the wonders of two of Iceland’s most traversed routes. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - The Golden Circle with Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake
After getting picked up from Reykjavík City in the morning, you will be whisked away to Iceland’s primary attractions belonging to the Golden Circle route.
First up is the historically and geographically fascinating valley of Þingvellir. This National Park was the site at which Vikings and chieftains of old would gather to declare the law and settle their bloodiest feuds. The park is also located on the continental divide of the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates, creating stunning and clearly visible cracks and fissures between two worlds.
Up next is a trip to Haukadalur geothermal valley, where the mighty geysers Geysir (the very namesake of the phenomenon) and Strokkur (still active and puts on a display every few minutes) call their home amongst bubbling hot pools.
Then, it is on to what granted the Golden Circle its name, the mighty waterfall Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, a dazzling display of unharnessed power plunging down two tiers into a deep gorge. The day concludes with a visit to the crater lake Kerið, where azure water contrasts with different shades of red inside a dormant volcano.
Come nightfall; your minibus will make its way to the start of the South Coast, where you’ll stay in a local accommodation close to the waterfall Seljalandsfoss.
Day 2 - South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike
Welcome to the South Coast. You’ll start by visiting the two greatest waterfalls of the area, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both have a cascade of 60 metres, and their raw power is something incredible to behold.
You’ll also get to visit the lesser known, but equally alluring, waterfalls of Gljúfrabúi and Írafoss. After seeing no less than four waterfalls in one morning, there will be a lunch stop in a charming local village, where the scenery at hand includes the volcanic ice cap Eyjafjallajökull, that last erupted in 2010, infamously putting a halt to international air travels.
Another glacier looming over the area is Mýrdalsjökull, where you will embark on the adventure of hiking across one of its outlet glaciers, Sólheimajökull. There's no better way of grasping a glacier's power than by walking on its icy surface. Your experienced guide will provide you with all the equipment necessary, such as ice crampons and a helmet. The scenery from the top is out of this world, and the air incredibly crisp and restorative.
As you arrive back with both feet on the ground, your journey continues as the bus will take you to the coastal village Vík and its black pebble beach Reynisfjara. Mt. Reynisfjall towers over the beach, seasonal home to nesting puffins. The eerie sea stacks Reynisdrangar nest just offshore, steadfast against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Come nightfall; you will return to your South Coast accommodation to rest for the last day ahead.
Day 3 - The Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon and Skaftafell National Park
On the third and final day, you will make a quick stop in the village of Vík, before heading further along the coastline, reaching the stunning Skaftafell Nature Reserve. The area is part of the greater Vatnajökull National Park, home to the largest ice cap in Europe, as well as countless scenic hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls.
After visiting the waterfall Foss á Síðu and enjoying lunch, your destination is set for Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This incredible site consists of large chunks of ice, broken off of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, that gather to float in still, azure waters.
Some of these icebergs wash up on shore, on a strip of black sand known as the Diamond Beach. To maximize your experience here, you may opt for a boat ride in the lagoon, where you will have the chance to venture so close to the icebergs that you can almost touch them. Remember also to look out for the residents of the water, the adorable and curious seals.
After all of these icy adventures, it is time to head to the city lights of Reykjavík, where you can take in the sceneries en route one more time, with wonderful new memories to bring back with you. Book this adventure now for the ultimate Iceland journey.
What to bring
Good to know
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 19 which gives a better atmosphere while travelling
A Single Room supplement of 15.000 ISK is mandatory for single travelers.
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.