Ice Cave & Northern Lights | Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Ice Cave & Northern Lights | Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
In Vatnajökull National Park, you can take a tour where you'll visit a beautiful ice cave.
See enormous icebergs float on a glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón.
Search for the dancing Aurora Borealis on a Northern Lights tour.
See sparkling icebergs that have washed up on shore near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Step inside an authentic ice cave on a tour to Vatnajökull National Park.
Both large and small icebergs wash up on shore at the Diamond beach near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
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Get the ultimate icy experience with this Ice Cave and Northern lights tour. Travel the South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you’ll be taken up Vatnajökull glacier to an authentic ice cave, then spend the evening hunting for the Northern Lights.

After being picked up in the morning, you will board a large but comfortable jeep or a minibus and head to Iceland's South Coast. You’ll travel past white glaciers and black sand deserts on your way to the first stop, Jökulslárlón glacier lagoon.

Giant icebergs that have broken off a nearby glacier float serenely on the freezing water before drifting off to sea. Make sure you keep an eye out for seals, as they can sometimes be spotted swimming in the lagoon or lounging on the bergs.

Close by is a black sand beach where smaller icebergs have washed up on shore. As they glisten in the sunlight, they are reminiscent of gemstones on black satin. The scene has thus earned the beach the nickname, The Diamond Beach.

After marvelling at this spectacular sight, you’ll be driven through the rugged glacier terrain to the Ice Cave. There, a local guide will provide you will all safety gear, such as crampons, helmet and lights, before you enter the ice cave itself.

After enjoying the dazzling blue ice cave, you’ll board the bus again and head back to the city. Before reaching Reykjavík, you will, however, make the last scheduled stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. During the winter months, the cascade is lit with strong floodlights which give it a mystical aura and provides excellent photo opportunities.

As you are travelling in the winter, there is always a chance the elusive Northern Lights will make an appearance. If the dancing Aurora’s haven’t shown up during the tour, and if conditions are right, you will take a little detour on the way back to Reykjavík to search for these beautiful lights.

After a long day of sightseeing and adventure, you will be dropped off in Reykjavík shortly after midnight.

Discover Iceland’s frosty attractions on this immersive day tour. Book now to secure your place on this fascinating Ice Cave and Northern Lights excursion. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Apr.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Jökulsárlón, Seljalandsfoss, Northern Lights, Breiðamerkurjökull, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:30.

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. Pickup may take as long as 30 minutes depending on the number of pickup locations.

  • A long day trip in a luxury mini-bus or jeep

  • A visit to an ice cave

  • A northern light search on the way back to the city

  • Safety gear and head lights for the ice cave

  • English speaking guide

  • Meals and refreshments (can be purchased during the tour)

What to bring:
  • Warm, comfortable clothing

  • Waterproof outer layer

  • Sturdy hiking boots

  • Gloves and wool/fleece hat

Good to know:

As your safety is our number one concern we will make every effort to find the best suited and safest ice caves at each time but as the conditions around and in the glacier are constantly changing and being shaped by the elements it's not possible to guarantee entrance to the ice caves. If such unfortunate situations arise we will make every effort to make other stops, such as a glacier hike, to make your experience more enjoyable. If we are unable to visit the ice cave, there will be a partial refund.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows

You can expect the tour to take 14-16 hours, so we recommend bringing snacks for the ride, but you can also purchase something along the way as the driver will be making short stops during the tour at service stations.

Make sure you’re dressed well as it‘s going to be a long and cold day, we recommend hiking boots and multi-layers of clothing. You can expect to be back in Reykjavík city shortly after midnight.

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Excellent, unique experience, our tour guide obviously knows the journey very well!
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This ice cave tour was a great experience. It was certainly a long day, but very worth it. Our guide Binni was very nice, unfortunately, his microphone was broken but he still tried to keep everyone on the trip well informed. When we got to the lagoon, Siggi was our guide for the ice caves, super awesome and friendly guy. He drove us onto the glacier, and the ice caves that we went to were amazing. We also felt totally safe with Siggi as he was very attentive to everyone and explained to us exactly what to expect beforehand. Unfortunately the day we took this trip was very rainy and cloudy so we didn't catch the northern lights, but the rain did not take away from the rest of this tour one bit. Anyone thinking about booking this tour should not hesitate at all!
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The tour was awesome. We did the day long excursion that took us to the South Coast, ice cave, and northern lights. The bus that picked us up so so clean. The drive was awesome. He was super knowledgable and made the tour even more fun.
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It was a great experience, our driver/tour guide told us about icelandic traditions and costumes while driving us to the places we were going to visit. He also tried his best to show us the northern lights (successfully!!), withthe beautiful panorama of the mighty seljalandsfoss. The only thing I would say is that despite being a beautiful sight to see the aurora and the cascade together, being night time you could not fully see the seljandsfoss, I know that the guides might do this due to time restraints, but would be really nice to see the waterfall during the day. The ice caving was superb and our guide Sigurđur was also very experienced, knowledgeable and funny. I absolutely loved the tour, it is a very long day but worth every penny, specially if you are only in iceland for a few days and just staying in Reykjavik. Worth every penny, thank you! 5* guys
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This was amazing! The diamond beach and glacier lagoon were pretty, but actually driving onto the glacier and going in n the ice caves was unbelievable. And don't miss going behind the waterfall on the way back if you can, as it's fantastic. Very glad I went, and I was quite impressed with both Johanna and Siggi, our guides.
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The tour was amazing. Our guide was really nice and taught us a lot about Icelandic traditions (even showed us some Icelandic songs). We had enough time to enjoy each spot and the ice caves were fantastic. Would totally recommend it!
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We ended up booking this tour after our 2-day South Coast / Ice Cave tour was cancelled last minute due to weather conditions. Because we were the only group that ended up booked this, we basically had a private tour, which was amazing. Our driver (Helgi?) was a super nice and knowledgeable guy who's clearly been doing this for years, and much more personable than any of the more cookie-cutter tourbus companies. Our schedule was flexible and we had the opportunity to stop at places which the big tours wouldn't go to. It's definitely a long day, but most of that is the drive to and from Reykjavik, where you can just sleep anyway. If you don't have the time to do a 2-day tour, would highly suggest this tour as an alternative.
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