Thrilling 14-Hour Private Glacier Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik with South Coast Attractions

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Reykjavík, Iceland
14 hours
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Visit one of Iceland's most captivating regions en route to an iconic glacier lagoon on this thrilling private tour. This 14-hour, small-group adventure takes you to various incredible sites in South Iceland until you reach the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

The tour begins when a private driver-guide picks you up from your hotel or designated bus stop in Reykjavik. You'll be picked up in a comfortable car to ensure a hassle-free journey. Moreover, you'll have a knowledgeable guide who'll gladly share valuable information about the places you'll visit, so don't hesitate to ask questions.

Your first stop is the town of Hveragerdi, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) from Reykjavik. The place is known for its geothermal features. As a result, it's nicknamed "the Earthquake Town" or "the Hot Spring Town."

From Hveragerdi, you'll head to the valley of Reykjadalur. Here, you can bathe in one of the local geothermal swimming pools. You'll also visit Hveragardurinn, a park with several fumaroles and hot springs.

Next, you'll visit Selfoss, one of the biggest towns in South Iceland. Selfoss is also a cultural hub and home of the Bobby Fischer Center, a museum dedicated to the chess legend.

You'll then be taken to Seljalandsfoss, a breathtaking waterfall with a drop of 197 feet (60 meters), fronting a rocky enclave. Visiting the waterfall during summer lets you walk behind and fully encircle it.

After spending time at Seljalandsfoss, you'll head 0.62 miles (one kilometer) to another waterfall: Gljufrabui. Interestingly, this waterfall is hidden from the road by a canyon. You'll have to walk into it to see this small but beautiful attraction.

For your last waterfall stop of the tour, you'll visit Skogafoss, around 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Gljufrabui. Unlike the first two waterfalls, Skogafoss is much bigger. It cascades from 197 feet (60 meters) and measures up to 82 feet (25 meters) wide, making it one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland.

You'll continue your journey toward the Dyrholaey bird cliff. It's a massive arch rock that offers excellent views of the Myrdalsjokull glacier.

Nearby is Reynisfjara, an expansive black sand beach known for its beauty, powerful waves, and the twin sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. Folklore says that the rock stacks formed when the sun caught two trolls pulling a ship to shore.

Next, you'll visit three interesting stops with lots of stories to tell: Vik, Fjadrargljufur, and Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Vik is the southernmost village on mainland Iceland with only around 300 residents. Because of its proximity to the Dyrholaey cliffs, Vik has abundant birdlife with occasional sightings of whales and dolphins.

Your guide will then take you to see the Fjadrargljufur canyon. It measures 1.2 miles (two kilometers) long and 328 feet (100 meters) deep. Be sure to check out the area's sheer walls and different waterfalls.

Your penultimate stop is Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a small town famous for its Benedictine convent. It's also rich in folklore, with attractions like Sister's Rock. It's believed to be the burial site of two nuns executed for selling souls to the devil.

As you reach your final stop, you'll marvel at the beauty of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. It has become Iceland's deepest lake, with a depth of 932 feet (284 meters). It also covers an area of about 6.9 square miles (18 square kilometers).

The lagoon boasts a rich animal life, with seals swimming in the waters or playing on the icebergs. Meanwhile, near the lagoon is Diamond Beach, an impressive black sand strip connecting to the Breidamerkursandur glacier plain. 

Here, you'll see melting icebergs scattered around the sand, creating a sparkling effect. While in the area, you can do extra activities like kayaking or joining a boat ride on Jokulsarlon.

After a full day of discovering the beauty of South Iceland, your guide will take you back to your initial pick-up point in Reykjavik. During the drive back home, you can marvel at the majestic views or take the time to rest and sleep.

Grab this chance to see an incredible glacier lagoon and some of the finest attractions in South Iceland by booking this private bespoke tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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