2 Day Guided Tour | South Coast to Jokulsarlon in a Small Group

2 Day Guided Tour | South Coast to Jokulsarlon in a Small Group
The massive Skógafoss waterfall crashes on the black pebbles below the cliffs, forming a rainbow in the summer sun.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall garbed in green in the height of summer.
A midnight sun gently caressing the ocean and the black beach of the south coast.
Dyrhólaey headland is the home of one of Iceland's largest puffin colony,
Seljalandsfoss at sunset, garbed in gold.
The green fields surrounding Seljalandsfoss, showing off the bright colours of the Nordic summer.
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Experience all the best the Icelandic summer has to offer on this 2-day guided tour of the South Coast. This is the perfect chance for those looking to explore the country's incredible attractions such as the gorgeous waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the great glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, the stunning Reynisfjara black sand beach and, of course, the breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. 

On this two day adventure, you will travel with a small group in a cosy and comfortable minibus, making this both a cosy and personal experience. You will also always be in the company of an experienced guide, giving you the time to relax and enjoy, rather than worry about driving or planning. Your guide will assist you throughout your journey and share with you both stories and legends as you travel.

At the end of your first day, you will retire to the best available accommodation in the countryside. This will give you a chance to reflect on your incredible day and recharge before taking in more adventure. Your comfortable overnight stop will be at the best available accommodation giving you a peaceful end to the day before heading out for more adventure.

To add to your great excursion, you can join in on incredible activities during your trip. You could try your hand at glacier hiking, and head up onto the white ice caps of those primordial giants. From May, you could also take a boat ride between the massive floating icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, sailing amidst an icy wonderland.

Come along on an adventure to the great gems of the South Coast. Book now to reserve your seat on this extremely popular tour. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Dyrhólaey, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Gljufrabui, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Please note that free pick up and drop off is offered from hotels within Reykjavik. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest bus stop. If you do not require a hotel pick up, you can start the tour from our base at Fiskislóð 45M, 101 Reykjavik. Please notify the tour operator directly if you intend to use this option and arrive before 08:20. Pick up takes place between 08:30 - 09:00, so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location. 
Included:
  • Fully guided tour of the South Coast with a professional guide

  • Minibus transfer with a driver

  • One night of accommodation in a three star hotel (Private bathroom, breakfast included)

  • Additional excursions

  • Dinner & Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm wind- and waterproof clothing

  • Good outdoor shoes

  • Camera


Good to know:

Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

Please note that only pick-up and drop-off from designated pick-up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small bag or backpack. If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage for your time on this tour. If that is not a possibility, you can pay a small fee per luggage and we will make sure we have space for it on the tour bus or in a special luggage trailer.

You will arrive back in Reykjavík in the evening. It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home the same night as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure. Please note that the boat tours on Jökulsárlón are only available from May to October.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Waterfalls, Black Beaches and White Glaciers


2 Day Guided Tour | South Coast to Jokulsarlon in a Small Group


You'll be picked up in the morning by your friendly, local guide in a small but comfortable minibus. You will then be whisked out of the city where the countryside will greet you with mountains and wide open plains, as you travel east towards your destination.

Your first stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Falling from 60 metres, it flows over a cave in the cliff face, creating a wide space between the cascade and the rock which allows visitors to walk behind the watery veil of the falls. It is recommended popping on a raincoat before venturing back there to enjoy the unique view of the South Coast.

Travelling under the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier, you continue your journey to Skógafoss waterfall. A wider, more powerful cousin of Seljalandsfoss, this large sheet of water crashes down upon the black rocks below with a loud roar, painting an impressive scene for all who visit it.

After a quick stop for lunch, it’s time for adventure! You’ll head to the roots of the glacier Sólheimajökull, where you can roam around and explore this incredible area. A thrilling choice awaits: head up onto the glacier on a guided glacier hike, and get to know the basic of how to travel on those frozen, ancient giants, all in the company of a professional mountaineer with deep knowledge of the glacier and its secrets. Please note that this activity is not suitable for children below 8 years old.

After experiencing the frozen, jagged landscape of the great glaciers, it is time to visit one of the most beloved sites in the country: the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. This ink-black stretch of sand, walled in by imposing, hexagonal basalt column cliffs, gives a sharp contrast between land and sea. Be careful not to go to close to the water, the area is notorious for sneaker waves that can suddenly rush upon the land.

At the end of the day, you will head further east, where you will reach your accommodation for the evening, near tomorrow’s highlight: the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.


Accommodation

Due to increased demand for travel services in Iceland and low availability, travel companies in Iceland can not guarantee specific accommodations. However, we can always provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking. Below you can see our preferred partners for accommodation, Hótel Vatnajökull and Hótel Höfn. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Hótel Höfn

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel in the largest town in south-east Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Vatnajökull

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel close to Höfn. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and return to Reykjavik


2 Day Guided Tour | South Coast to Jokulsarlon in a Small Group


The day begins with a breakfast before you head out to visit the sometimes called Crown Jewel of Iceland: The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

This broad draining lake of deep blue glacial water offers the incredible sight of massive icebergs in great number floating all around, lazily turning and spinning in the dark waters. Crashing down from the glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull, the icebergs linger there before floating out to the sea and breaking in the violent surf just a short walk from the lagoon.

The results of this are the many scattered pieces of ice that wash up on the nearby coast, earning it the name the Diamon Beach, as the blocks resemble precious stones where they wash upon the ink black sands.

As if standing on the shores of this lagoon isn’t enough, you’ll be given a chance to see it up close on an amphibian boat tour. You'll head out onto the waters, sailing between the massive blocks of ice, that range in colour from stark white to iridescent blue.

As you sail, you might see some of the lagoon’s inhabitants; seals, birds, and even occasionally small whales make this place their home. Seals are naturally curious and tend to approach the boats if something catches their interest, so you might be in luck and get to see them up close in their natural habitat as you glide between the gargantuan icebergs, following them to the sea.

After this amazing experience, it is time to board the bus again and start the journey back to the city. During your drive, you will pass beautiful locations, and make stops at hidden gems along the way, which your guide will pick out each time to best suit both weather and seasons. There is near endlessness of beautiful sites to behold, so you will not be bored on your return trip.

You will reach Reykjavík Central in the early evening. It is not recommended that you do not make plans to fly home the same night as bad weather and delays could affect your journey. Have a stroll in the city and get to know Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.


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Hi we had a great trip … in this trip we had two guides ...David was superb in 1st day … and in 2nd day Christina was awesome …. both of them entertained us in the whole trip … they shared a lot of information about Iceland with us . Christina delighted us with many extra spots which were amazing including a breathtaking canyon view … … weather was stormy but we had visited all the places as per the plan and we were awestruck with the natural beauty of Iceland. Our night stay was at Hotel Anna which was in a lonely place . View from the Hotel was amazing .. we loved the peace and clam atmosphere over there. Apartment was cozy with all necessary amenities present. Food was also good. overall we had a great experience . Thanks a lot Christina and David for making it more interesting and entertaining for us. Thumbs up …
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What a trip!! Mind boggling locations, super scenic and beautiful sites and views. No words can complete. Especially Hofn was like paradise. Iceland truly is Amazing !! The trip was superbly organised with an experienced, humble guide- very informative. Will highly recommend.
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We had a fabulous time of the 2 day guided tour to Jokulsarlon. Our guide was Sven and he was great! The hotel in Vik was very comfortable. We made a lot of stops to see waterfalls, black sand beaches all on the first day. The 2nd day was a fabulous time at the glacier lagoon. The amphibian boat tour was super fun. The south part of the country is just beautiful. I do wish we could've spent a little more time at the waterfalls but we packed a lot in. I highly recommend this tour and if Sven is your guide, you'll have a great time!
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The two days guided tour was the highlight of our time in Iceland! The weather and the scenery were breathtaking, we had 3 required stops which we had ample time to enjoy and admire, and our tour guide Fannar organized additional stops on the way which were also well worth viewing, he provided plenty of laughs and information during the drive along the south coast and we never felt rushed whilst on the tour, we could definitely go at our own pace., which we like.
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This two-day drive along the south coast of Iceland was our first activity of an 8-day vacation, and it set the bar really high. Our guide Fannar was simply terrific: personable, kind, funny, informative, and genuinely thrilled to show us around. He made the tour feel more like driving around the countryside with a buddy. The sights are magnificent and well worth the long hours in the van (which, save for the last stretch from Reynisfjara to Hofn, aren't that long). I'd suggest packing as light as you can, which for a trip such as this is admittedly tricky: you're going to get wet (waterfall mist), you're going to get cold (glaciers and icebergs), you're going to get a little sweaty (hiking in Skaftafell). And that's all if it's GOOD weather! Highly recommended!
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Thor was an excellent guide and friend. He played a huge role in making our trip to south coast the most memorable one! The hotel which was arranged for the night stay was at a beautiful location and had the perfect service. Overall me, my wife and our 12yrs daughter are very very happy. Thank you Thor and Thank you Guide to Iceland!
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We really enjoyed this two day trip. We chose this one because compared to other one day south coast trip depart from Reykjavik, this one reached as far as the Jokulsarlon and the diamond beach. Both the activities of glacier hiking and boat trips were proved to be worth it. My friend and I were both happy to have such an intimate experience with glaciers. We stayed at Hotel Hofn, which was clean and comfortable. Our guide also showed us a few awesome viewpoints that not many tourists would go. Quite an unforgettable experience.
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I had an unbelievably wonderful trip. Our guide, Geir, was excellent -- extremely knowledgeable, laid back, and professional. I learned more about Iceland than I ever expected! I found the glacier hike breathtaking and extremely affecting (in part based on learning about the impact of climate change). The glacial lagoon was the real highlight. I couldn't peel my eyes away. Everything about the tour was top-notch, including the accommodation.
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We wanted to see this part of the country, but it was a bit far to drive ourselves. I am not one for group bus tours, but with this being a small group I took a chance. This was the best way to see the area in a short amount of time. We got great highlights, including waterfalls, Vick, diamond beach, the glacier lagoon and lots of beautiful scenery. We did the glacier hike as an add in. It was fun, but harder then expected. I saw other groups that looked like they may have had a better glacier leader, which may have been our issue. That was the only small negative. We also did the amphibian boats in the lagoon which was perfect. Our hotel was comfortable and clean and the restaurant there was great. The scenery at the hotel, right in the ocean, was wonderful. Our bus driver/guide for our trip really made the experience. He shared so much about Iceland and it brought the trip alive.
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