South Coast Tour | Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Boat Tour

South Coast Tour | Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Boat Tour
Evening sun on a chunk of ice on South Iceland's Diamond Beach.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall at sunset, South Iceland.
Clumps of glacial ice rest on the black sands of the Diamond Beach, South Iceland.
Ice shards on the banks of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
Diamond Beach at sunset, seen through a block of glacier ice, South Iceland.
Jökusárlón Glacier Lagoon seen from behind shattered ice burgs, South Iceland.
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Hop on the bus to journey to one of the most breathtaking natural sights in Iceland - the highly popular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This tour is for anyone who would like to spend time absorbing themselves in the unique and picturesque landscapes of the south coast.

You’ll be picked up in the morning from your designated pickup location in central Reykjavik and spirited down the south coast. Whether it is sunwashed or wreathed in mist, the south coast is a treasure trove of beautiful sights. You’ll pass grassy fields dotted with sheep and horses, cascading waterfalls and waves of purple lupine covering crags of black rock. You will stop at the small village of Vík, a lovely place to stop for a cup of coffee, browse for souvenirs and take a short walk to stretch your legs.

Next, you’ll pass by the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull, as you make your way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The lagoon is a favorite amongst nature lovers and photography enthusiasts who flock to Iceland each year to catch the icebergs in all their glory. The ice here is white on one side, bleached from the UV rays of the sun, but a brilliant crystalline blue on the bottom, where oxygen bubbles have been crushed into the layers of ice over time. The lagoon’s size increases slightly every year, as climate change increases the amount of meltwater pouring down to the coast.

While the lagoon is not very wide, it is the deepest lake in Iceland at 250 m (280 ft) deep. Boat tours of the lagoon are a popular pastime for visitors, and you will enjoy a spin around the water for a close-up view of the magical ice and happy seals, playing in the water.

You can also take lunch at the Lagoon Service Center, or walk to nearby Diamond Beach to admire the chunks of ice which have washed up on the black sand shores. On the return to Reykjavik, you’ll also visit the waterfall Seljalandsfoss.

Bookings for the most popular attractions in Iceland fill up quickly, so don’t miss your chance! Hurry now and reserve your seat to see some of the beautiful highlights Iceland has to offer. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Children under 8 years old cannot join the tour as it is 14 hour long and tiring.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Oct.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Seljalandsfoss, Vík í Mýrdal, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:00.

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. Please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to reach your pick up point.

  • Bus fare

  • English-speaking guide

  • Amphibian Boat tour of the Glacier Lagoon (approx. 30 minutes)

  • Lunch and dinner

What to bring:
  • Clothing and outerwear suited to chilly or rainy weather

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

Good to know:

The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.

Children under 8 years old cannot join the tour as it is 14 hour long and tiring.

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This tour of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of different facts about Iceland and the glacier lagoon. Luckily we had perfect visibility to observe the magnificent scenery of the Icelandic landscape. Highly recommended
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Great service was and nice trip.
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The trip was memorable with beautiful views along the way. The landscape changes so much that you cannot stop taking pictures. Claudia, our guide, was fantastic, always a story to tell about a place, Icelandic culture, foods and experiences. It is a long tour so having the right guide makes all the difference. Several stops along the way very well planned which makes the journey so enjoyable. You cannot leave Iceland without doing this tour.
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I had a wonderful time in Iceland in May.. I was traveling solo for the first time and couldn’t have picked a better place.. The landscape is surreal and people are wonderful.. The history and culture is powerful and unique.. I used Guide to Iceland for 2 trips- Glacier Lagoon and the peninsula trip.. Both were spectacular.. The tour guides especially the guide on the Peninsula tour was wonderful.. Highly recommended ❤️
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This tour was amazing !! It is a long tour but really worth it ! You have to take the boat as well dont miss it... The guide was really great , talkative and funny which made our tour really a great experience , if ur coming to iceland i’d recommend to get this tour in ur list!
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I would highly recommend this tour. The day was perfectly broken up into manageable driving chunks. Driving through incredible moss covered lava fields, open farm land, rivers and small towns and villages. All while skirting along beneath the towering volcanic mountains and glaciers. Arriving at the Jökulsárlón glacier, the beauty of the glacier rolling into the lake was mezmorizing! The lake was filled with icebergs that had broken of and we're slowly melting, some fresh and blue while others were strafed with black volcanic ash from past eruptions. They gathered at the lakes mouth, where it meet the sea. The black beach, covered in diamond like ice chunks was other worldly to see, and seeing so many seals was an added bonus, as was the great weather! Also our guide was great, so knowledgable about not only the glaciers and lava fields but all of Iceland. Hearing old folk tales and mystical stories from the past created a great atmosphere. I will be doing this tour again for sure!
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Nice, and service is good
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Really amazing experience, thanks to our extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide Halla who amused us all through the journey.Though the trip took around 15 hours, it didn't feel that exhausting because of the surreal natural sights that kept us awed all through the day.Fabulous experience and we absolutely loved it!!!
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