3 Day Jokulsarlon Tour | Boat Ride, Golden Circle, South Coast & Glacier Hike

Based on 39 traveller reviews

Behold the best of which Iceland has to offer on this extensive tour of the South Coast and the Golden Circle, where you’ll 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 in a still lake inhabited by seals.

One of the many highlights of the tour is a boat ride of the lagoon itself, where you can get up close and personal with the massive bergs. Another adventure included is an exhilarating glacier hike on top 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 15 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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jokulsarlon , Vatnajokull , Skógafoss , Seljalandsfoss , Geysir , Skaftafell , Vík i Mýrdal , Kerið , Reynisdrangar , Gullfoss Waterfall , Foss a Sidu , Thingvellir National Park
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:30

Included:
  • Professional English speaking guide

  • Minibus tour for maximum 15 passengers

  • Guided blue ice hiking tour with all necessary safety equipment supplied

  • Accommodation for 2 nights incl. breakfast in a cozy guesthouse in double rooms with shared bathrooms

  • Boat tour on a glacier lagoon

  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus

  • Entrance fee for Kerid Volcanic Crater

  • Lunch and dinner


What to bring:
  • Warm, wind & waterproof clothes

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

  • Camera


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 15 which gives a better atmosphere while travelling

A Single Room supplement of 15.000 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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle with Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake


3 Day Jokulsarlon Tour | Boat Ride, Golden Circle, South Coast & Glacier Hike


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


3 Day Jokulsarlon Tour | Boat Ride, Golden Circle, South Coast & 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, Kvernufoss and Írafoss. After seeing no less than five 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


3 Day Jokulsarlon Tour | Boat Ride, Golden Circle, South Coast & Glacier Hike


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. A boat ride in the lagoon is included, where you will 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. 


Reviews

Average rating 4.8 / Number of reviews 39

Wonderful Trip. Very glad I took the 3 day package and went farther to the south, out into the countryside. Great accommodations in a lovely guest house for 2 nights with vegan food options as well as a kitchen for guests to cook for themselves. Very knowledgeable guides. I felt safe walking on the glacier with the partner tour company. I loved being in a smaller group with a more flexible schedule. NiceTravel was a great company to go with.

Hi, Many thanks to organisers. It was an interesting trip. Specifically first two days were full of activities starting at 9 am and finishing late at about 9 pm. The last day 3 was also nice but probably not that rich in activities. As we were passing by the Geothermal Exhibition on our way back, I would expect to go in and see how the alternative energy works. I assume this actually must be the main goal of Iceland - to share tgeir experience in alternative energy!

This was a three day highlight of great Icelandic scenery and experience. The first day was Circle Tour and most people on the bus got off after day one. We stayed and another couple joined us the next day. Our hotel was super! The restaurant at the hotel was also top notch with service and food quality. The next 2 days were busy with lots of waterfalls and glaciers. I highly recommend the glacier walk and lagoon on a boat experience. Our guide Robert was friendly and personable and informative. Excellent young man! This 3 day tour is the best for a short visit.

Nice tour, nice tour guide and driver! If you don't have too much time , highly recommend you get the tour , you will enjoy it !!

The first two days trip is amazing and our guide Lucia is very nice and humorous and will you tell you a lot about the local stories and knowledge about history and geography.But at the third day when wo went to the golden circle we changed a guide which makes me feel a little not satisfied because we have already had a good relationship and familiar with Lucia and she also leaded the tour to the golden circle and why we couldn't direct follow her...I think next time the intimacy and relationship shoud be more considered rather than some official arrangement.

We booked the three day tour with Nicetravel. The first day was the Golden Circle with guide Einar, around 17 people total. Despite the expected crowds, the tour was well organized though we felt a little rushed as some people had to make it to the Blue Lagoon by a certain time. The second and third days, we had a blast touring the South Coast/Jokulsarlon with guide Lucia and driver Davide. There were 6 of us total for these two days, which helped create a more relaxed and intimate experience. The locations and views were breathtaking, with some short unexpected stops with almost no other tourists. Lucia and Davide were hands down the best guides we had on our two month trip through Northern Europe - personable, funny, knowledgeable, insightful, and of course very professional (and they know the best places to take pictures!) We stayed at the Nicetravel hostel, which was clean and cozy. Best coffee machine and try the lamb soup, from a nearby farm. Bring waterproof clothing for the waterfalls on day two! Overall, definitely recommend Nicetravel, especially with Lucia and Davide!

We had an AMAZING experience on this tour David on day one was super friendly and helpful. Days 2-3 with Lucia and Davide were so wonderful! They took us to and extra waterfall and gave us great tips. They tools pictures for us and were so super friendly and accommodating. We loved this trip and would recommend it to anyone. -juliane and nick (Richmond, VA, USA)

I had a blast on this tour! David, our guide, was excellent, and squeezed in as many extra stops as he could. Day 1 we had 10 people on the tour and it felt the most "touristy" because the Golden Circle is closest to Reykjavik and has the most big tours going through it, but the two days thereafter were much more intimate - there were only five of us, and the places we went had fewer people. The weather didn't cooperate on day 3 and the boat tour was canceled, but it still felt like I got to experience the "real" Iceland because the weather is unpredictable! My favorite part of the tour was day 2, and wish the glacier hike had been longer! I'd recommend bringing waterproof clothing (between the waterfalls and the rain, you WILL get soaked) and being in as good of shape as you can be - this is not a difficult tour, but it is physical, especially if the weather isn't cooperating. Wish I'd opted for an even longer tour! The hostel we stayed at was welcoming and clean and surprisingly quiet. The soups at dinner were delicious. It also has a great view of a waterfall out back, and a soccer field next door! Just BYOB - there's no bar at the hostel, so if you want alcohol you have to bring your own.

Great experience overall. Stayed at a warm accommodation and met great people along the way. Minor issue at the glacier hiking (had reserved our hiking ahoes, but they didn't have record of it. Nevertheless, leader of the guide took control of the situation and problem fixed. Would have like to squeeze one more activity, maybe gotten close to the sheep or Islandia horses.

This 3-day tour is really great and the schedule is very reasonable. Our guide for the first day was Mika, a very nice guy. He is very patient and responsible. For the next 2 days, we only have 4 people in the group. It was almost a private tour. Big thank you to our guide, Jaka, and our driver, Michal. Both of them are very nice and responsible! Jaka taught us many things about Iceland and also showed us some special views that other tours don't include. The hostel we stayed is very quiet and tidy.We enjoy the tour a lot and we will definitely choose Nicetravle again next time! :)

It was amazing experience! I have really wanted to go Iceland before. It was my dream. With my guide, Antonio, who was really friendly and funny I had 5 tour packages but the best is this 3 days tour! More cheaper price than others and great people. If I visit Iceland again, I'll choose this tours for sure. Really miss that time.

The tour was great. I enjoyed mostly the informations about natural and geological history of Iceland provided by our guide Antonio. Probably nowhere else are natural and social history so connected like in Iceland.

Our guide michael is very nice, patient and knowledgeable. He told us a lot of things about geography and history. We enjoyed the 3 day tour very much and hope to come back again.

This tour was fantastic. The your guide Giuseppe was so friendly and knowledgeable. We had a very small group and we enjoyed the lovely sights of south iceland especially the glacier walk and glacier lagoon. Waterfalls were spectacular. Great pictures. Highly recommend. Hostel was brand new a comfortable. Met people and families from all over the world.

You can see lots of the amazing scenes during this tour... cool!! Great thanks to our 1-day guide David, he gave us the good understanding in every single place, in the meantime, he took care of us very thoughtfully... very highly recommend David, he made our Iceland trip more wonderful!!

This was a very nice tour and we enjoyed it a lot.

The first day -Golden Circle is ok, there are lots of tours for the same route. The next two days were amazing! lots of very nice waterfall and great experience with glacier and iceberg. Our tour for Day 2-3 was a very nice guy, explained a lots of details, and since we only have 3 person for day 2-3, he took us to Dyrhólaey on the way back. Highly recommended, especial for Day2 &3!

Beautiful, beautiful, and beatiful. So many waterfalls but they all have different charateristics and are all really, marvelous and beautiful. Very cold during the summer, so prepare warm clothes like fall-winter!

This tour was really great, we had enough the time to visit all these beautiful places and the glacier hiking was amazing!

We visited some place all at once. the Golden circle ,Geysers, The Golden waterfall, Iceland's south coast, volcanoes, waterfalls, black beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Vatnajokull... The scenery was magnificent. And, Paolo and Robert our guides were very accommodating and cheerful. Paolo and Robert , Thank you so much. This is the best tour I have ever attended.

My friends and I had much fun in Iceland thanks to Davide!!! He gave us quite a bit of insights of the historical facts of Iceland and had been awfully helpful with our requests and enquiries. The mood of the entire trip was also relaxing and fun with Davide's entertaining narration. We will definitely return to Iceland for the Northern lights and ice caves as recommended by Davide!

It was a wonderful experience. The four of us only had 3.5 days in Iceland. The tour cover almost everything we want to see. The arrangement is very good, we were able to spend time on those magnificent views. David our guide is super cool, he is very accommodating and most of all very humorous. We had a very good time. He especially help us to arrange transportation on the return trip as we've booked a hotel near the airport, i.e. quite far from Reykjavik. If we have the chance to come again. we will surely join again for other parts of Iceland.

The tour was good, but I was disappointed by our guide who never lived in Iceland and came there just a few weeks before us.

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