Guided 2 Day Small Group Tour of Iceland’s South Coast to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Experience the best of Iceland in summer with this 2-day guided tour of the South Coast. You’ll get to visit and explore waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and the famously breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This is the perfect tour for those looking to maximise their time by exploring Iceland’s most incredible attractions under the longer daylight hours of the midnight sun.
Your journey will take you all along Iceland’s wondrous South Coast through a variety rugged terrains; rolling hills, towering mountains, magnificent glaciers and even a couple of volcanos. Some of the highlights will include 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 a very 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. Keep your questions prepped as your knowledgeable guide will be more than happy to answer them throughout your trip.
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. For instance, 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 giant floating icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, sailing amidst an icy wonderland.
You can bring one small piece of hand luggage on this tour and store larger pieces in Reykjavik for a small fee.
Come along on an adventure to the great gems of the South Coast. Book now to reserve your seat on this top-rated tour. Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
Day 1 - Waterfalls, Black Beaches and White Glaciers
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.
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.
Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and return to Reykjavik
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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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, you can check it for a small fee in Reykjavik.
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.