Private 2-Day South Coast Sightseeing Tour with Departure from Reykjavik

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Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
2 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Jan. - Sept.
Minimum age
10 years old

Description

Discover the breathtaking waterfalls, beaches, and villages of Iceland’s South Coast, plus the awe-inspiring Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon on this two-day private tour. Travelers keen to explore numerous natural treasures in one of the country’s most scenic regions should book this tour now.

Your exciting two-day adventure begins with a pick-up from your Reykjavik accommodation at 9 a.m. Because this is a private tour, you’ll head straight out to explore Iceland’s natural wonders, maximizing your available time.

Private tours also ensure a tailored experience, with an excellent service level from your guide. You can take things at your preferred pace to suit your travel style.

On day one, you’ll visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two of the South Coast’s most picturesque and well-known waterfalls. You can walk behind Seljalandsfoss for a unique perspective, while the relatively flat terrain at the base of Skogafoss allows you to admire its power and beauty up close.

Continuing further along the South Coast, you’ll visit Reynisfjara, voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful non-tropical beaches. As you stroll along its jet-black sands, you can admire the dramatic sea stacks rising from the ocean.

Your guide will take you to the charming Vik village before heading to your accommodation a bit further east, near Kirkjubaejarklaustur. You’ll stay in a comfortable hotel or guesthouse with a private bathroom and breakfast included.

After breakfast on day two, you’ll visit the stunning Skaftafell National Park. Summer travelers can hike to Svartifoss waterfall and admire its impressive hexagonal basalt columns. You’ll also see the vast icy expanse of the Skaftafell glacier. 

Further east, you’ll reach Jokulsarlon, the “Crown Jewel of Iceland” and the highlight attraction for many visitors to Iceland. Massive icebergs break from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier and float gracefully through the lagoon, creating a majestic sight.

Nearby at Diamond beach, giant ice chunks wash ashore and glitter like diamonds against the jet-black sand. The contrast is unbeatable, so ensure your camera is ready to capture this mesmerizing scene.

Winter travelers will visit natural ice caves in the Jokulsarlon area, an unforgettable excursion. An expert guide will lead you into a captivating ice-filled world of vibrant colors and fascinating formations, an experience you’ll remember for years.

After a fantastic two days of exploring the natural treasures of the South Coast, your driver will take you back to Reykjavik. They’ll drop you at your accommodation around 9 p.m. with memories to last a lifetime.

Don’t miss this magnificent two-day adventure exploring the hot spots of Iceland’s South Coast, including the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Professional English-speaking guide
Transportation in a comfortable vehicle with free Wi-Fi
Pick-up and drop-off at your Reykjavik accommodation
Hotel or guesthouse room with a private bathroom and breakfast included
Entrance for all sights and activities (except extras)
Private tour experience

Activities

Hiking
Sightseeing
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Seljalandsfoss is one of the South Coast's most beautiful waterfalls and has a path encircling it.

Day 1 - South Coast Waterfalls, Beaches, and Villages

The first day of your sightseeing tour begins when your private driver-guide picks you up from your Reykjavik accommodation at 9 AM. You’ll head straight out to enjoy the wonders of the South Coast.

First up is Seljalandsfoss, a 200-foot (60-meter) waterfall with a path encircling it. Wear waterproof clothing if you want to walk behind the waterfall because you will get wet!

Nearby is Gljufrabui waterfall, a hidden gem cascading into a narrow canyon. The beauty of private tours like these is that you can head a little off the beaten track and see the lesser-visited but equally beautiful attractions like Gljufrabui.

Then, you’ll visit Skogafoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Skogafoss falls from a similar height to Seljalandsfoss, but it’s 82 feet (25 meters) wide and boasts tremendous power.

Skogafoss features a staircase you can walk up during summer to enjoy superb vistas. You can get close to its beauty at any time of the year, as the terrain at its base is relatively flat.

After Skogafoss, your driver will take you to Solheimajokull, one of Iceland’s most accessible glaciers. From the car park, you’ll walk past a lagoon dotted with icebergs resulting from a rapidly-retreating glacier. Marvel at the black, blue, and white icebergs and walk to the glacier’s edge to appreciate the vast icy expanse.

Reynisfjara is the day’s next stop, a world-famous black-sand beach. It features the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, reported as former trolls trying to drag a ship ashore that turned to stone at daybreak.

Reynisfjara is one of the country’s most photographed locations, and it’s easy to see why. Aside from its dramatic sea stacks, it’s also known for its strong waves and striking basalt columns lining the shore. Be careful of sneaker waves at the shore, and never get too close to the ocean.

You’ll have time to stop at the idyllic Vik village, Iceland’s southernmost mainland settlement, before heading to your accommodation near Kirkjubaejarklaustur for the night.

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Day 2
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon looks extra magical under a dark cloudy sky with vibrant shades of red lighting the sky and water.

Day 2 - Jokulsarlon and Diamond Beach with Ice Caves or Hiking

On day two, you'll start your morning with a delicious breakfast before heading off to discover the spectacular sights of Southeast Iceland.

This tour offers something different for summer and winter travelers. Both will enjoy the splendor of the Vatnajokull National Park, which features magnificent glaciers, glacier lagoons, and black-sand beaches.

Summer travelers will explore the Skaftafell nature reserve, a favorite filming location for several TV shows and movies. At Skaftafell, you can enjoy one of the area's favorite hikes to the Svartifoss waterfall. Hexagonal basalt columns frame this gorgeous cascade and create a picture-perfect setting.

If you're traveling in summer, you'll also visit the Skaftafellsjokull glacier. This picturesque tongue of the Vatnajokull glacier is a beautiful sight and worth the stop.

Winter travelers will visit stunning blue ice caves in the area. You'll feel like you've stepped into another world as you admire an ice cave's incredible shapes and colors. Ice caves change and reform in different areas every year, so you're guaranteed a unique experience.

No matter what time of year you travel, you'll visit the awe-inspiring Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the "Crown Jewel of Iceland." Massive icebergs break off the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, an outlet of Vatnajokull, where they float majestically in the lagoon.

The towering icebergs are breathtaking, so you'll understand why this is a bucket list attraction for many travelers to Iceland. The lagoon is 656 feet (200 meters) deep, and its icebergs range from white to royal blue and black, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle. Watch for seals basking on the icebergs or swimming in the lagoon.

You'll also visit Diamond Beach, where Jokulsarlon meets the ocean. Huge ice chunks wash ashore and glisten like diamonds against the jet-black sand of the beach. It's an unbeatable contrast and presents a fantastic photo opportunity.

After your memorable two-day adventure, your driver will take you back along the beautiful South Coast to your Reykjavik accommodation.

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What to bring

Personal belongings for two day of travel
Warm and waterproof clothes, gloves, headwear, and good walking shoes, preferably hiking boots
Camera

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