2 Day Ice Cave Tour | South Coast Waterfalls & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Based on 84 traveller reviews

Step right up to join this fully guided tour of the most popular and unique sites along the south coast of Iceland, along with one of the rarest experiences of all - exploring an ice cave under Vatnajökull glacier! This tour is for anyone looking to make their time in Iceland extra special, while still visiting all the attractions which have made Iceland one of the most famous travel destinations in the world.

You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik and driven down the picture-worthy south coast. All around, you can see somber cliffs and mountains rising over the land, craggy lava rock being overtaken by a soft blanket of moss.

Over the next two days, you’ll explore the coast, particularly waterfalls, black sand beaches, and Skaftafell Nature Reserve, all the way to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You have a chance overnight to spend time in the evening looking high above for signs of the Northern Lights, which delight all those who see them.

For the next big adventure, you’ll make your way to an ice cave near Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. There is extremely limited availability to see these rare, naturally occurring structures, so book your place now to ensure that you will be able to see it this year.

Each season, as the weather cools, specialists begin to explore the area around the glacier, searching for ice caves large enough and safe enough to explore inside. Each one is unique, filled with rock structures painted with frost, sheets of transparent ice the color of a tropical sea, and ice sculptures in strange and fascinating shapes. The weather may warm suddenly at any time, in which case melting begins and it is gone forever.

Don’t miss your chance to explore the heart of the glacier! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skaftafell, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Vík i Mýrdal, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 09:00

Included:
  • Professional driver and guide

  • Minibus transfer

  • One night of accommodation in Hotel Höfn (breakfast included)

  • Ice cave tour

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Camera


Good to know:

Safety comes first, so in cases of extreme weather, your itinerary may be adjusted or the tour may be cancelled. If the tour is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The South Coast




After the lights of the city have faded behind you, you’ll zoom through the countryside, heading toward the famous volcano under a glacier, Eyjafjallajökull, which made headlines around the world when it last erupted in 2010. Seljalandsfoss waterfall is found at the foot of this glacier, and features a walking path which will take you into the cliff so that you can look out over the valley through a veil of water.

Next, you’ll see Skógafoss waterfall, 18 stories high, plunging down from cliffs which used to mark the coastline of Iceland during the last Ice Age.

Continuing down the coast, you’ll see the awesome power of the Atlantic Ocean as it pummels the black sands at Reynisfjara Beach. Black basalt carves strange column shapes in the cliffs and forms columns out in the sea.

Be careful when approaching the water at this beach. Because there is no landmass between Iceland and Antarctica, the ocean has plenty of space to gather astonishing power. The unwary can be swept out to sea in seconds.

After stopping for some refreshments, you’ll continue through green pastures and imposing sand plains and lava fields, passing by Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a forested area of birch trees and many hiking trails.

The highlight of this day will be Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a deep lake filled with huge chunks of glacial ice. Seals play among the blue-and-white ice while seabirds fly overhead.

For your evening accommodation, you will stay at Hotel Höfn, arriving around dinner time - just in time to try the lobster in a town that is famous for langoustine! You’ll spend the evening looking for the Northern Lights if the Aurora forecast and cloud cover is right.

During holiday seasons (e.g. Christmas and New Year), accommodation might be arranged at other locations in the southeast. Please refer to the accommodation section for more details.  


Day 2 - Ice Caving




Today's journey will be dominated by the excitement of ice cave exploration. Good hiking shoes are essential, as it will take a few minutes' hike to reach the cave. You'll need to wear waterproof hiking shoes that cover your ankles to prevent your feet getting wet if there is a little meltwater.

It is important when spending time in an ice cave to proceed with caution and heed the advice of your guide. Glaciers are truly spectacular, but it is not possible to visit without a specialized guide and the necessary equipment.

You'll have at least 45 minutes to explore, if not more. At this point, you'll be glad that you have dressed warmly, for the chill can seep into the very bones of visitors here. Be sure that your winter hat is not so bulky that it won't fit under your caving helmet. Safety first!

Your guide will share with you his expertise and knowledge about the ice caves, allowing you to truly appreciate this amazing natural phenomena.

At the end of the day, you’ll return to Reykjavik late in the evening. If atmospheric conditions are right, you may have another opportunity to look for the Northern Lights on the way home.


Accommodation

We've picked the best available accommodation in the scarcely populated southeast Iceland for this trip. All rooms have a private bathroom and breakfast is included. You'll be staying in the comfortable Hótel Höfn. In Höfn you can choose to dine at one of the town's famous lobster restaurants. During holiday season (e.g. Christmas and New Year), we also choose to stay at comfortable and cozy hotels/guesthouses in the southeast, for example the charming country hotel Smyrlabjörg, in a convenient location close to the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón.

Hótel Höfn

Standard rooms with a private bathroom in a three star hotel in the charming town Höfn in southeast Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Smyrlabjörg

Standard rooms with a private bathroom in a country hotel situated in southeast Iceland. Breakfast is included.


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Reviews

There were 5 of us aged 10 - 69 years. We all had an amazing time. When we went we weren't able to enter the caves in which the pictures suggest (flooded) but nonetheless the tour was amazing. I would definitely recommend!!

The tour was a really great experience and a very good way to see the main highlights of the South Coast in a very short period of time. Unfortunately the ice caves were flooded, so we could not go in, but that did not make the glacier trip any less interesting. Our glacier guide, Svenni, was very happy and social and clearly loved his job, meaning that he was very excited to share anabundance of interesting facts about the area, as well as being very open to questions and creating little photo shoots for his guests. The main guide, Helgi, and our driver, Einar, were awesome people too, who clearly also loved what they were doing. It was great talking to both and we particularly enjoyed the friendly banter towards us two Danes on the tour. :-) Helgi even gave us a surprise visit to his family's farm, which was a nice close to an amazing trip. Would definitely recommend this trip to others.

this is a fantastic tour i have been guide Hal is a good tour with good knowledge about Iceland. He send us to a good place for photo and always give us the best suggestion he know about the meal, haha. the first day sign seeing in South Coast is absolutely perfect, for the second day is complicated to say, because of the global warming , the ice cave can't really get inside , the ice is melting and half of the ice cave become a river....

Fantastic tour, the guide was lovely and we even stopped at some extra places on the way home. We didnt get to do the ice cave as it was flooded, but the glacier walking etc was amazing anyway. Great trip, plenty of time at all locations, and would recommend to anyone wanting to see the south of Iceland!

This trip is good, but I do not get the fortune to see the aurora. The ice cave was flooded but we went to a black one as bonus, also the guide show us another ice cave without roof.

This trip is amazing even through we can't enter the cave during the ice cave is flooding when i was there. But overall is pretty good, and the tour guide I have name Loftur and the driver name Haukur they both are very nice, I will highly recommend to join this tour if you wish to have a wonderful time in Iceland.

The tour guide is nice, you can see many waterfall and lagoon in this tour. But we cannot enter the ice cave, as global warming is affected the inside of the cave. The ice cave is flooding when i was there. We just walked on the top and take some photos. Beside of that, i still high recommend to join this tour if you have enough time in Iceland!

My best friend and I booked this trip and were incredibly happy with our guide Valla and our driver who provided us with great information throughout. They picked us up on time and provided all sorts of facts about Iceland, the towns we drove through and the sites we visited! They gave us plenty of time at all the sites and even added in bonus sites like the Diamond Beach. Our driver was a true professional, particularly as we had terrible winds on the second day that he navigated seamlessly! We highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Iceland--it is worth every penny!

This trip was amazing. We had originally booked a car and planned to do the entire trip ourselves, but then cancelled at the last minute and booked this tour instead-fearing that we wouldn't be able to handle driving in any unpredictable weather. Boy were we right! Iceland suddenly got a crazy wind storm with 100MPH winds, and we were so glad to be with our great tour guide who knew the roads and the warnings. Our guide was wonderful, very friendly, and spent a lot of time talking with us. We were able to see so much more than if we had been fumbling with driving in a new country. The daylight hours are so short in Iceland's winter, but we were able to see so much! We really enjoyed ourselves

Good value for the money. In the short winter days, the driver and guide maximized the daylight hours perfectly. The glaciers and the Lagoons were amazing to see. The ice cave experience was also very cool. I was thinking about renting a car and doing the same trip but in the end I was much happier to do this tour and have the tour company do all the work so I can enjoy my self.

The tour covered a great distance over the two days, allowing us to take in some of the wonders of the south coast of Iceland. The waterfalls and black sand beach were a highlight on the first day, despite the weather. The main highlights occurred on the second day when we walked on the glacier, and visited the glacial lakes. Our friendly guide Rose kept us entertained throughout the trip. I would highly recommend this tour.

Incredible 2-day trip to the south coast of Iceland with our guide David Kristjan and our super driver (sorry for forgetting his name...) who were just terrific. The weather in Iceland was changeable but we were able to see everything promised and had some amazing surprises the second day, thanks to the weather gods and a brilliant guide. I can't give all details about the trip so you'd better experience it yourselves. Thanks again for this awesome experience. We will be back again.

What an amazing and life changing experience! The south coast of Iceland is beautiful, and I believe you have truly not experienced Iceland unless you step afoot inside a magical ice cave. Our tour guide Thor was absolutely amazing and made the trip even more magical. He was friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about the country; we will be back to explore what Iceland has to offer in the summer and will be requesting Thor again to guide us! While expensive, the 2 day tour is absolutely worth every penny!

We had such an incredible time touring the south coast of Iceland with Margaret (our tour guide) and Doddi (our driver). They were professional but fun and were really well-educated on everything we saw. When time allowed for it, they took us off the beaten path to see parts of Iceland not outlined on the itinerary. I would highly recommend this tour to any of my friends traveling to Iceland and I would 100% try to get them to tour with Margaret and Doddi. They really made the trip even better than imagined. Thanks for this incredible experience. We will be back in the summer to see what else Iceland has to offer that the winter wouldn't allow for. And we will certainly be touring with you again. THANK YOU.

This tour was truly amazing and more than worth the money. Our tour guide was Lydia and our driver was Joi and I couldn't have asked for anyone better. Our tour started early in the morning and they were very communicative about the schedule for the day, we stopped at several places and since there were lots of long drives, we stopped at gas stations frequently for bathroom breaks and snacks. While we were always given a time frame for these stops and tourist attractions, I never felt rushed by our tour guide and sometimes would have extra time. Luckily, we had good weather the entire trip and were able to see all the tourist attractions (including the Volcano that erupted in 2010 and others not on the itinerary) and even the northern lights. Both Lydia and Joi were able to provide interesting facts about the towns we were visiting and were very fun to talk with during our journey. During the first day, one of my friends had tonsilitis and Lydia brought her to the clinic in Vik while Joi took us to another Black Sand Beach, just past Reynisfjara, which had a memorial for a German Ship to pass the time. Although not on the itinerary, Lydia had us stop at Jokulsarlon during the night time (before our visit there during the day) and the next day we also stopped at Diamond Beach across from the Lagoon. While we were at Diamond Beach, the Game of Thrones filming trucks were there and Lydia decided to make a pitstop for us at the Glacier where they were filming. I believe the translation of the name was 'Pig Glacier'. I learned a lot about Iceland during this trip, felt safe even when driving in intense wind (also because Joi is an EMT as well) and was entertained the entire time. I truly never wanted this tour to end and highly recommend booking this trip with Guide to Iceland.

Great trip. The weather was a little wet the first day. I was very glad to have someone else driving. The roads were icy. The ice cave, glacier lagoon and diamond beach were amazing. I had the lobster feat at the hotel in Hofn. It was one of the best meals I've ever had!

i had an awesome time in this tour and our tour guide rocky was not only funny and informative but also had the best road trip music! We stopped and saw horses, waterfalls, amaxing views of mountains, beaches, iceberg lagoons and ice caves. He also gave tips on best places to go hiking on the summer in which i plan to come back and do. The price is worth it. Took away the stress of driving in winter time with icy roads, blizzard, rain and snow..

The weather was poor the first day, but we still enjoyed seeing the waterfalls. Mike and Sigga were good guides teaching us about Icelandic culture. The sites the second day were unbelievable, I was glad to be on a tour since driving on your own could be tricky with the changeable weather. Every day we saw a car or 2 that had driven off the road stuck on the side in the snow. Unless you come from a place with very harsh winters, don't rent a car and take the bus, Its expensive but worth it. Also bring snacks. You are there to tour and not waste time eating food so lunches are late. Its a place for exquisite scenery and not a foodie vacation. Enjoy!

I cannot say enough good things about this tour! Our guide Rocky was absolutely fantastic, really personable, fun and knew his stuff. He was a joy! The sights we saw were mind blowing. We could have done the drive ourselves but we would have missed all the information you get with a guide. Worth every penny you pay, and great to sit back and enjoy the scenery between places. The stay overnight in Höfn was good, nice hotel, good food and a chance to see the northern lights. The hotel staff, was fantastic, even helping me tweak my camera settings to help me getting better photos of the lights! Do not hesitate to book this tour!

Amazing experience. Our guide Rocky was very funny and his DJing skills were ON POINT. While the trip is relatively expensive, it was absolutely worth it considering the amount of ground covered in the two days.

A must do! Amazing trip! Our guide was David K and our driver was Benny. They are both wonderful, very knowledgeable and just fun to be with. Our super jeep driver/guide was Gisli. He was just as good, very knowledgeable and a fun guy to be around. All three men definitely make the trip that much better! The ice caves were amazing! We were the first tour there that morning and was even able to get a picture of the opening with no one in it. This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you David K, Benny and Gisli!

Absolutely incredible experience!! Could not recommend this trip any more - the views are amazing and my tour guide David Ingi was the same! I know it's a lot of money but I promise that it's worth every single bit! :)

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon was for us an amazing experience of Iceland Winter Wonderland <3 We have chance to see another planet of landscapes! Breathtaking landscapes of mountain glaciers, ice caves, black sand diamond beach with ice-cube crystals from glaciers and trip on white roads with big car :) Absolutely stunning and breathtaking experience! Thanks a lot to our wonderful and fantastic guides: Sveinbjörn and Anna <3 Very informative, friendly and helpful! They gave us many hints & recommendation for our further trip on Iceland! Highly recommend this tour and our guides! It`s definitely worth seeing*****

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon was for us an amazing experience of Iceland Winter Wonderland ❤ We have chance to see another planet of landscapes! Breathtaking landscapes of mountain glaciers, ice caves, black sand diamond beach with ice-cube crystals from glaciers and trip on white roads with big car

Fabulous! Our guide, Hakon was terrific. We had 2 great days - thanks to the weather Gods and we were able to see the Norhtern lights, ice caves, glacier walk, glacier lagoon, black beach, the volcanoes, diamond beach and 4 spectacular waterfalls. Guide to Iceland (Olafur) organized this last-minute trip (we decided on Iceland 3 days before the start of the trip) and everything went off without a hitch.

Very lucky to have Antonio as our tour guide, his humorous makes us a lot fun. He told us a lot about Iceland, we learnt a lot from him not only about this country but also about life. Blue Ice cave is beautiful, we are fortunate to see the aurora on our way back to city. Antonio also promptly let the driver parked so that we can take pictures, especially he took his camera to help us shoot, thank you Antonio. The only pity is we arrived to black sand beach too late, the sun goes down, we can see nothing. But it might be a good excuse for me to go back to this amazing country.

Overall a fantastic tour around the Xmas time! Although we experience a big storm on the first day of the journey, we are too lucky to see the glacier lagoon, the ice cave under the sunshine! I would like to thank our guide Lizzle (? sorry for any wrong spelling) . She is a super nice and patient girl! A big hug to you also!

Best idea I had was signing up for this tour. So much to see and do over the course of a couple days. This is definitely a great way to see as much as you can. The tour guide, Helgy, did an awesome job, and we were able to see several additional hidden gems along the way. The hotel (Hofn) was great and the food was amazing. You'll definitely want to eat breakfast there. Word of advice-make sure to wear waterproof clothes. If it rains and you're near one of the waterfalls, you'll get drenched. Hiking on the glacier and Jokulsarlon were probably my two favorites. Check out the beach on the other side of the bridge from Jokulsarlon. Definitely a good place to take pictures. Also, shrimp sandwiches from the rest stops are delicious.

It is my first trip in Iceland and it was a great experience ! The guide Pall and the driver have made the trip very amicable and we have seen all that we want to see!

Ice cave was one of my favourite site that I must go to and planning for a long time. I did much searching for it cos a two day tour to ice cave is super expensive and finally chose the 2 Day Crystal Ice Cave and South Coast Experience From Reykjavik. The tour guide Matthias Bjarnason was really nice and introduced lots of information and interesting things of Iceland. He documented photos and videos for everyone so we can get great personal and group memories. The weather at the first day was not very good cos it was raining and windy all the day, but we were super lucky that we saw the northern light at night, but it was a pity that we only have 5 minutes to take photos cos we need to run to the hotel befor the check in time. The second day we started at 7.30 in order to be the first one to get to the ice cave, but unfortunately we couldn't see the big crystal ice cave cos it was full of water, and we went to the small one, but it was still super amazing! Then we had enough time to stay at the Jokulsarlon and Diamond Beach, the weather was great at this day. We were back to Reykjavik around 8pm. This tour was my happiest memory in Iceland, I met nice friends, guide, driver, although it's expensive.

It's amazing! Our guide, David, and the driver (sorry that couldn't recall her name, but she has a cute nick name, google plus) are very passionate to guide you the best view of Iceland. They are also very knowledgeable, share tips on how to capture the northern light in your camera or cell phone.

The tour was fantastic! David Ingi was extremely knowledgeable and vibrant! We saw gorgeous sites with great people! I would highly recommend this tour and if you can request David Ingi you should!!

We're from Indonesia. It was great, went with this tour called aurora hunter with my sister. It cover a lot of beautiful places. And at night we're staying at hotel that can see northern light. It was fun the driver and our tour guide makes some jokes. And they're really friendly. I'm definitely go with them again if I'm going to Iceland next time.

My sister and I joined this 2 day tour as part of our Iceland trip and we loved it! The tour company was called Aurora Hunt and they provided excellent service for the whole trip! They were punctual and extremely professional at their jobs. The tour guides were very talkactive,entertaining and thoughtful, so we learnt a lot of interesting stories and local customs about Iceland. We could tell that they were extremely passionate about their culture and very proud of being an Icelanders, which makes them do a fantastic work for their jobs. Overall we enjoyed the experience with Aurora Hunt and the lovely tour guides and the driver in Iceland. Also Guide to Iceland is very effective in finding the perfect tours for the trip as well. Thank you.

Thanks for the driver and tour guide, Charlie. They are very informative, helpful and interesting. Provided us with local knowledge and stories that filled our journey with much fun. Good recommendation of adorable scenery both at the visit and along the drive. Plenty of time for us to stop by and take photos all the way. With music played, we enjoyed the road trip very much.

The tour was great! Our guide and driver were very nice and had a lot of experience and knowledge. We got to do everything in the schedule and some more! Sadly the weather was not very good but still we managed to see everything in the itinerary. The Hotel in Hofn was great and the food was really good! The experience Ice Caving was amazing and something I would recommend to anyone at least once in a lifetime. I will be back next year and will definitely book my tours with the same company!

Amazing trip, definitely worth doing it. Our guide was a nice guy who took us to all the sites mentioned in the description plus a big bonus as a surprise, and we met the same driver Sigthor who took us to catch the northern night, what a small world!

Incredible experience with some great people. Hotel was good and the food served at the restaurant was not bad. The ice cave was incredible and our group was overall very happy. Thank you for making this a fun tour!

Nice guide and view.

Great tour and by far the most fun thing we did in Iceland. The ice cave is AMAZING and it felt so special being inside a glacier. I joined this as part of a larger trip that we booked with Guide to Iceland and honestly say that everything was perfect. Thank you Unnur for making everything great for us. You are the best travel agent I have ever met!

Fun and exciting. Not one minute that was boring. We got a great group of people and had a lot of fun together. The ice cave was the highlight of the trip and did not disappoint. The only problem was the internet on the bus which broke down on the way to the glacier lagoon but was fixed on the way back.

Incredible tour with some amazing guides. The ice cave was clearly the highlight of this trip and can recommend this tour if just for that. But the guides were great (there were two, one driver and one telling stories) and the accommodation was good with private bathrooms and good internet. Can say this tour is worth every penny.

I joined this tour and it was great. The ice cave was a little bit crowded when we got there but our guide was patient and waited for the other group to leave so we had enough time and space to enjoy this magnificent wonder. I got some really great pictures. Wish I could give this 4,5 stars, but I can not, so I will give it 5 stars instead.

Guide and driver were lovely and the tour really well organized. But the big bad point is that we haven't been ice caving and for the price of this tour I am truly disapointed.

The tour the guide and the driver were great but my only disappointment is that we have not been ice caving... and for the price of the tour well it's really a bad point.

We 3 people joined the 2 days tour which costs 585 USD per person on 11 December 2016. Visiting the Ice Cave was the main purpose of the tour. A few days before 11/12, the Ice Cave was flooded, and no one could visit the Ice Cave. I knew this because my friends joined the Ice Cave tour and their tour got cancelled at the last minute, full refund was given. Knowing this situation, I immediately asked them if the tour would be canceled and alternatives to be arranged. They emailed me back on 10/12 saying that they would continue the tour, given that I already expressed my concern the Ice Cave was flooded by recent storms and it is not safe to visit. On 12/12/2016, we in the tour, were guided to the door of the Ice Cave. The tour guides stated that it is not safe to continue the tour because it was flooded. So we went to the entrance of the Ice Cave, and being told not able to go inside. I appreciate the hard work of the front line staff, but this whole event could have been arranged in a much better manner. On 13/12/2016, I emailed them to ask for a partial refund of the tour. Given the fact that they knew about this situation, but insisted to continue for something impossible to see. One Ice Cave tour only costs 191 USD per person, and we demand a refund of 191 USD of 585 USD per person of what we have paid. Sadly, they are only willing to refund half of the Ice Cave part of the tour, which is 88 USD. We think it is very not fair for how we purchased something wasn’t delivered. Also their term of services written clearly that, “Cancellation due to weather If we cancel your tour due to weather conditions or any other circumstances you will always receive a full refund. If a volcanic eruption stops you from getting to Iceland you will also receive a full refund on tours and car rentals. Note: Flights are non-refundable.” And of course we think the term of service they stated in the website wasn’t fulfilled. Ladies and Gentlemen, I strongly advise you to join the tour with caution and know what risk you are taking.

This was such a disappointment. The guide was really lazy and didn't tell us anything, quite literally ! The tour was meant to start at 8.45, but at 8.50 they emailed to say the trip was delayed because of the weather. They said they would decide if the tour would go ahead at 11.00. At 11.20 we had an email saying it was on, but they didn't pick us up until 1.15. Then we stopped for fuel , then the van broke so we swapped vans. We eventually left Reykjavik at 2.15.We saw nothing that day except one small waterfall not listed in the itinerary. We did stop 3 times for food ! We arrived at the hotel , the tour company had booked 7 rooms too few ! Thankfully we were accommodated. The next day we had to get up very early to make up some of what we had missed the day before. We saw the Blue Lagoon, then went to the ice cave tour. We waited for 45 minutes for the guide to turn up. Afterwards we all got drinks and food, the guide said we were having dinner in 40 minutes, we had a five hour journey back to Reykjavik, so we asked if we could stop later, but were told we couldn't this was the only place to stop. It turned out the guide got cheap food at that place ! The guide was not remotely interested and told us nothing of what we were seeing. We were really disappointed.

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