South Coast Adventure | 2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with Glacier Hike & Winter Ice Cave

Join this two-day tour to see the beautiful Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and hike on an outlet glacier of an enormous icecap. You will explore the entire outlet glacier, coming across many amazing features, including an incredibly blue ice cave in winter and the magnificent ice fall. This tour is a great option if you want to escape the city and explore the entire south coast of Iceland. The south eastern corner of the country has some of the most stunning sights, including Iceland’s largest glacier and highest mountains.

The two day tour gives you the time to take in the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, as well as the black sand beach and basalt columns at Reynisfjara. You get up close and personal to the astonishingly beautiful ice formations of an outlet glacier of the enormous Vatnajökull Icecap and be mesmerised by the giant icebergs floating around the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You will be able to spot some curious seals swimming around the lagoon, as well as large crystals of ice from the same lagoon washed up on the nearby Diamond Beach, sparkling on the black sand. You will also be able to explore endless moss covered lava fields from the devastating Laki eruption and be in awe of the incredible Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge.

During winter months there’s a chance you’ll be able to see the northern lights dancing across the sky, whilst the summer lets you experience the endless sun filled nights in the countryside.

This tour includes accommodation and a delicious buffet breakfast at the comfortable Lilja Guesthouse, which has modern rooms and private bathrooms. You will rest easy, all ready for another day exploring this amazing part of Iceland.

The south-east of Iceland is one of our favourite areas. Book now to find out why!

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Eldhraun, Fjaðrárgljúfur
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:30

  • Glacier hike with all the glacier gear you need (crampons, helmets, harness and axe)

  • Accommodation in a country guesthouse which includes private bathroom and buffet breakfast

  • Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavík

  • English speaking guide.

  • Lunch and dinner

What to bring:
  • Waterproof jackets and Pants.

  • Strong, waterproof hiking boots that go above your ankle. These are needed on the glacier to wear with crampons (spikes).

Good to know:

Dinner (not included) can be ordered from the guesthouse's delicious menu. Menu provided during the tour to make the order.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The South Coast

South Coast Adventure | 2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with Glacier Hike & Winter Ice Cave

After being picked up in Reykjavík, you will be driven straight to the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. This beautiful cascade has an unusual feature; you can walk behind the falling springwater for the ultimate view of the surrounding countryside. 

The waterfalls do not stop there; next up, is the powerful Skógafoss waterfall and the nearby, and much more secluded, Kvernufoss waterfall. These are sites you will not forget.

From here we drive onto Reynisfjara where we get to marvel at the amazing black sand beach and basalt columns. This is also a great stop for lunch. 

From there, the journey continues east with a stop at Fjaðrárgljúfur. You'll surely be impressed by the forces of nature that have eroded this spectacular gorge. Further east, we drive past the mighty Vatnajökull icecap where we are dwarfed by the size of this glacier which covers whole mountains.

You'll spend the night at an incredibly comfortable country guesthouse, resting up for another action-packed day. All the rooms are fitted with modern furniture and private bathrooms. Dinner from the kitchen is always a delight, with the chefs taking advantage of the fresh, local Icelandic produce. 

With favourable conditions in winter, we will hunt for the magical northern lights.

Day 2 - Glacier Adventure

South Coast Adventure | 2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with Glacier Hike & Winter Ice Cave

Today starts with a visit to one of the most popular attractions in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You'll surely be mesmerised by the incredible sight of giant icebergs floating around in the icy water and the crackling sound they make when they break.

You can walk a short distance to the Diamond Beach, where washed-up icebergs from the lagoon, glisten like crystals on the black sand.

From there, you'll head toward Skaftafell, getting snacks on the way to keep you going for the next big adventure of the trip. You'll make your way to Falljökull, an outlet glacier that flows off of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier. 

You'll have the chance to explore the glacier with a hike across the vast ice cap of Falljökull, past beautiful blue ice formations and deep crevasses, getting an amazing view of the spectacular icefall. In winter we will go within the blue ice of Falljökull, going inside one of the ice caves that has formed over the summer. This is always a highlight of any trip to Iceland.

On your way back to Reykjavík, you'll stop to explore the moss-covered lava fields from the devastating Laki eruption which took place in 1782. Your guide will tell you everything about Iceland's explosive past and answer any question you'll have. 

Further stops will be made on the way back to Reykjavík to have food, before arriving back in town in the evening.

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