Glacial Lagoon & South Coast | Private 2 Day Tour

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Explore the beautiful south coast and visit the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with your favourite people on this private two-day tour. See stunning waterfalls, a black sand beach and majestic glaciers on your way to the icy lagoon. This tour is ideal for those who want to get an exclusive and private experience as they travel the country.

Your journey starts in Reykjavík in the morning, where you will be picked up by either a 4x4 Jeep or a minibus, depending on the size of your group. You will then be driven out of the city along Route 1, towards Europe’s largest glacier; Vatnajökull, where you find the famous glacier lagoon.

Along the way, you’ll visit some of the country’s most popular places such as the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach and Skaftafell nature preserve. You will also get a chance to get off the beaten path to some lesser known attractions, such as Fjallsárlón Glacier lagoon and Þorvaldseyri farm.

You will have the chance to add some extra activities to your journey. When you book, you can opt for a glacier hike at Skaftafell or a boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. If that doesn’t satisfy your needs, you can always ask your expert guide for tips on where to find other adventures.

Enjoy everything the stunning south coast has to offer on this immersive two-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Super Jeep, Ice Climbing, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Bird watching, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skaftafell, Vík i Mýrdal, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:30

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.
Included:
  • Pick up from Reykjavík

  • English speaking guide

  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast

  • Northern light hunting in the winter

  • Photography guide

  • Meals and refreshments

  • Glacier hike

  • Boat ride on glacier lagoon


What to bring:
  • Backpack

  • Warm clothes

  • Rain clothes

  • Hiking shoes



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The South Coast


Glacial Lagoon & South Coast | Private 2 Day Tour


Your day starts in Reykjavík where you will be picked up and whisked away to the beautiful south coast for two days of adventure, sightseeing and fun. 

Your first stop will be the town of Hveragerði, a hub for Icelandic horticulture and geothermal energy. As you approach the town, you’ll notice white pillars of steam rise in the air. The steam comes from volcanic hot springs that are used to heat Hveragerði's many greenhouses. Nearby is Hellisheiði, the third largest geothermal power station in the world. 

From Hveragerði you’ll move on to two stunning waterfalls. The first one is Seljalandsfoss; a unique waterfall where a pathway leads you in a cave located behind the cascading water. There you can view the surrounding landscape through a veil of falling springwater.

Next up is Skógafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. With an astounding width of 25 metres and a 60-metre drop, this gorgeous cascade is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland. Nearby is Skógasafn, a Museum of Icelandic culture and history, which you can visit if time allows. 

You will then continue your journey east, heading to the village of Vík where you can stop, refuel on snacks and drinks and see the nearby Reynisfjara beach.

The beach is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. You will hear the roaring waves when they crash into the enormous basalt rock cliffs that edge in this black sand beach. Out in the ocean rise the majestic 66-metre high Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

You will then head on out to your accommodation in the Vatnajökull National Park area, where you will arrive in time for dinner. 


Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


Glacial Lagoon & South Coast | Private 2 Day Tour


Today you’ll get to explore not one, but two glacier lagoons! First, you’ll visit the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where enormous icebergs float peacefully before they drift off to the ocean. The freezing water in the Jökulsárlón is a mixture of fresh and saltwater, which gives it a beautiful blue-green colour. You can opt for a boat ride on the lagoon for a better look at the enormous blue and white iceberg.

A stone’s throw away is the stunning black sand Diamond Beach, where ice chunks from the lagoon have washed up on shore, resembling the precious stones on black satin as they glisten in the sunlight.

You will then visit one of Iceland’s hidden treasure; Fjallsárlón Glacier lagoon, an isolated lagoon in the realm of Vatnajökull glacier. The lagoon’s solitude and the magnificent landscape make Fjallsárlón one of the most unique places in Iceland. It is a dream coming true for any keen photographer.

Next up is the beautiful Skaftafell nature preserve. It is a hiker’s paradise as there are numerous trails around this stunning area. If you haven’t had enough of glacier ice, you can opt for a glacier hike at Skaftafell. You can also follow a short and easy trail up to the dramatic Svartifoss waterfall.

This picturesque waterfall cascades down cliffs of dark hexagonal basalt columns. These cliffs were the inspiration for the famous Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík.

From Skaftafell you’ll visit Dyrhólaey peninsula, where you’ll get great panoramic views of the surrounding area. You’ll see the mighty Reynisdrangar lava rock formations in the east, the coastline towards Selfoss in the west and the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull in the north. 

Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre is a farm located under the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. The same one that halted all air traffic in Europe in 2010. If you wish, you can stop there to learn about life under an active volcano. 

Before you get back to the city, you’ll stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall for another final look at this incredible cascade. 


Reviews

We booked this 2-day tour at last minute and felt grateful that Daytrips made it possible for us to visit South Coast and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Our guide/driver, Hjalmar, is a grandpa-like Icelandic and is familiar with the travel route as well as attractions along the way. We saw stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, lava fields, and glaciers; due to time limit, we did not have a chance to visit the Icelandic history museum. Hjalmar has much local knowledge and was willing to share it with us. We communicated in English; even though all of us are non-native speakers and we had some difficulty understanding each other, both sides have tried our very best... Iceland’s weather in winter is quite unpredictable. We were lucky to have nice sunshine and clear sky most of the time, but we also encountered a big blizzard on our way to Jokulsarlon. Since the road was covered by snow, for safety reason we did not reach the black beach with icebergs. The next morning we joined an ice cave tour at Skaftafell (not include in the 2-day tour, ISK 19.900 per person, operated by another travel company). The weather conditions were nice and our glacier guide was very informative and helpful. We spent about 3 hours walking on the glacier and exploring ice caves. It was an extraordinary experience and was definitely the best part of our trip to the south! After the ice cave tour, Hjalmar drove us back to Reykjavik. On the way we stopped by a black beach for 15 minutes. We arrived at Reykjavik at 18:30pm.

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