2 Day South Coast to Jokulsarlon Lagoon with Glacier Hiking

Glacier hiking is an incredibly popular past time in Iceland, with guests from around the world travelling here to explore the ice caps.
Icebergs floating in the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is instantly recognisable in Iceland for its lush surroundings and cascading display.
Coastlines along the South of Iceland are famous for their incredible natural beauty.
Hikers on the glacier will need to wear helmets, wind/rainproof overalls and crampons on their boots.
Glacier Hiking is an activity for those explorers brave enough to tackle the ice cap.
Based on 58 traveller reviews

Experience the exquisite beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with this fantastic two-day tour exploring the many highlights of Iceland's south coast. This is the perfect tour opportunity for those visitors looking for a fun and accessible guided experience; just the right mix of adventure, stunning scenery and education.

Thanks to the tour’s duration, it leaves you plenty of time to take in the many wonderful features that make Iceland unique, be it the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black sand beach Reynisfjara, or the forever sublime Skaftafell Nature Reserve.

On this tour, you will also take the time to stop at the mighty Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that shut down European air traffic back in 2010. Thankfully, the volcano is now quiet, making it an intriguing point of interest at the beginning of the tour.

After a number of stops, you will arrive at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful places in the whole country. Here, the icebergs heave and float on the sky-blue surface whilst seals play happily beside them. Just a short walk away is the Diamond Beach, a black stretch of sand dotted with melting icebergs.

Overnight, you will be staying in accommodation at either Country Hotel Gerði or Hali; both are cosy lodgings with an included breakfast, the only way to build up your strength for the coming day’s misadventures!

Your second day is all about the glacier hike! You will travel to Skaftafell National Park to walk the ice-wreathed glacier tongue, equipped with your trusty hiking boots, poles and crampons. You will discover the sheer and dramatic crevasses, carved deep into the ice-cap, as well as natural sculptures that defy the imagination. Upon finishing your hike, you will return by Minibus to Reykjavík.

So don’t delay! Charge ahead with this brilliant two-day package tour exploring the best lagoons, waterfalls and glaciers the South Coast has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Sep.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

  • Hotel Pick Up

  • Transportation (Minibus)

  • English speaking guide

  • Accommodation with breakfast.

  • Glacier hiking (1 hour), plus all hiking equipment.

  • Lunch and Dinner

  • Hiking Shoes

What to bring:
  • Good, warm and waterproof clothing

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Your camera

  • A sense of adventure.

Good to know:

If you are travelling alone please choose a single room to add on in the booking process.

This is mandatory for those who are travelling alone.

You will have the option to buy dinners while travelling.

Please also be aware that glacier hiking may be cancelled due to weather/safety conditions.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The South Coast of Iceland

An observer walking right up to the cascading water at Skogafoss.

You will drive through South Iceland to Jökulsárlón, the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. The lagoon itself can be located at the end of Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull.

Before that, however, you will be making a number of stops. First, you will visit two cascading waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before travelling to the small coastal village of Vik. Thankfully, Vik is within easy access to the black sand back Reynsifjara, a truly great spot for sightseeing and checking out the strange, basalt stacks built naturally into the rock face.

From there, it's all the way to Jökulsárlón, one of the most incredible spots in the whole country. Here, icebergs break away from Breiðamerkurjökull, falling into the lagoon and creating a stunning vista. There can be no better way to relax than sitting yourself beside the lagoon and listening to the satisfying, heaving groans of the icebergs rocking against one another. You might even witness the resident seals playing in the water.

After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation at a nearby place where we will enjoy dinner and relax in the evening.

Day 2 - Jökulsárlón Lagoon & Glacier Hiking

Sundown over the crown jewel of the Iceland.

After breakfast and a good's night sleep, we spend more time at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. As an added bonus to this trip, why not enjoy an optional 40-minute boat ride, sailing amongst the icebergs for a closer and more intimate look. You can also walk five minutes from the lagoon to the black shores of Diamond Beach. Here, the icebergs float out of the lagoon to the sea, creating a truly majestic atmosphere.

You will then head west back to the capital, Reykjavík. The trip's not over yet, however. Next up is a one hour's glacier hike, the perfect opportunity for a little adventure and sightseeing. You will be transfixed by this icy, nordic paradise; enthralled by the deep glacier moulins, ice sculptures and sweeping panoramas.

After your hike, you will make the return journey to Reykjavík to enjoy the rest of your holiday stay.



The scene is beautiful and worth to join the tour, but the arrangement should be better if we can have lunch before going to glacier hiking in rainy day at the first day, we took the lunch at 4pm after exhausted journey! It was appreciated that the accommodation in Höfn was cozy and comfortable; we took an enjoyable dinner with good service at the hotel. On the second day, we had not joined the boat ride at the Jokulsarlon Lagoon due to strong wind despite of petty sunshine weather that told by the guide. Overall, the scene was amazing but recommended to join large group better than our group of five.

This was an amazing tour. Highly recommend all to take this tour. South coast on the first day had lovely waterfalls to see. Glacier hiking was a wonderful experience on the second day. And of course, the glacier lagoon and the diamond beach at Jokulsarlon were spectacular to visit. The boat ride too at the glacier lagoon was fun.

This two-day trip was truly remarkable. I can think of no better way to be given an introduction to the spectacular scenery of Iceland. The bus was extremely comfortable and our guide made frequent stops to let us get out to enjoy the various aspects of the landscape and experience it first hand. Full of interesting facts, he explained the geography, geology, volcanoes, the flora and fauna, the farming, and also related historical anecdotes as we went along and was happy to answer our many questions. Our accommodation at the end of the first day was very comfortable, and the food on offer was delicious and local. The Jokusarlon glacial lagoon has to be seen to be believed. What tranquility and majestic beauty! And the black beach where all the ice "diamonds" sparkle in the light. The glacier walk was also a unique experience for me. Hard to imagine how old the ice in those glaciers is, and the power glaciers have to shape and carve out the landscape. The ever-changing environment of the vast fields of lava and volcanic ash, cut through by glacial rivers, was awe-inspiring too. And then there were the lupins - a sea of purple as far as the eye could see. This was a trip I shall remember always.

First of all, our guide, Alvaro, was great at giving us little pointers on how to enjoy each site. The WIFI on the bus was great for the long drives, there were plenty of stops to stretch your legs, and it was unfortunate that each stop was so short (i.e. 30 mins at each site), but that's how we were able to visit so many places in such a short amount of time. The accommodations and dinner were great, the activities (boat tour, glacier hiking) were amazing, and I would come back to Iceland to do them again. You should bring the right clothes/equipment to enjoy Iceland in any weather. Taking into account the expense of food and lodging in Iceland, I think this is an acceptable price for the trip. Highly recommend this trip!

We really enjoyed our two day trip. It was expensive, but worth it. We had 11 in our group and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Even our youngest, who is 8 years old. We recommend it!

This was the best tour I could get!!! A bit expensive but overall great!! You don't want to miss walking in the biggest glaciar in Iceland!! Awsome experience and beautiful landscapes

This two day trip is fantastic with extraordinary landscape of south coast and excellent guide. The guide is a nice/knowledgeable lady who gave detailed explanation and introduction of every site on the road and she guided an amazing glacier walk the 2nd day. The minibus is wifi-accessible and the hostel on the 1st day is clean and nice, which made our trip very comfortable. Highly recommend!

Highly recommend! We joined the tour late March and it covered lots of attractions in south Iceland. The glacier hiking experience was so great, our guide has shown us different spots on the glacier and explained to us how it is formed. The guide is so knowledgeable and gave us so much information about the country and our journey. Definitely worth the money!

highly recommend!The tour was great,we saw the northern light in the first day! The guide was nice!

Had the the most amazing 2 days! Highly recommend this tour, money well spent!!

The guide was very nice. She provided us with lots of details of every spot. The glacier hiking was the best part of the trip. The view was stunning. The travel agency provided us with all the required equipments we needed for hiking. The hotel we stayed for the night was very good and clean with free wifi.

I prefer the tour in the 2nd day, the glacier and the beach are so amazing. It rained hard the whole day in the 1st day, so I did't have many chances to take photos with those waterfalls. And due to the terrible weather, I did not meet the Northern lights. Really feel pitiful~

Our guide is so GREAT, sorry i cannot spell his name.... The 2 day tour is very nice, i enjoy every second in these 2 days' trip. Lucky enough we saw the northern light in the first night. No doubt i will visit Iceland again!

This 2 days trip take by our tourguide David is Absolutely fantastic n astonishing!!!

Everything was great, highly recommended !

We really enjoyed this tour, you get to see a lot of beautiful scenery, the glacier lagoon is phenomenal and the glacier hike was great fun with some amazing views. Our guide Hawk was great, very friendly and knowledgeable. The accommodation was nice as well. All in all it was a great adventure and felt like you really got away from the rest of the world. Definitely would recommend this tour :)

Excellent tour, really amazing scenery - especially the huge lava fields and glaciers. Great guidance by Ingo. Perfect itinerary for two days.

The south coast is very impressing and worth visiting. Our guide Ingle is a outgoing and enthusiastic guide!

The tour was great and we had a great guide. Definitely must see the south coast and jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Small group of 11 people and we all got along very well. Accomodation was great and food also really good. We also got to see the northern lights on the way back which was really cool and our guide took us to some places that were not very touristy. Only negative was i really wanted to see the Skaftafell waterfalls and had requested to the guide while we were near glacier hiking base but could not see and was slightly disappointed. Great trip otherwise.

This tour was amazing and worth every penny. It's on a smaller bus of around 18 people. Ragnar (the third) was an amazing bus driver and guide! Road conditions were nerve racking and icy in the middle of winter but I always felt like he was a safe and effective driver. He talked about relevant and interesting things and was not annoying as tour guides can be. The glacier lagoon was so peaceful and amazing. The glacier hike was incredible. The only complaint I would have is that the bus felt small when you are all bundled up in your snow clothes and the upper storage area was small so it was hard to put your backpack up there. But would still rather that then be on a big bus with 100 ppl. This tour MADE the trip! Highly recommend.

I would like first to thank our guide Ragnar because he was very kind and took all the time good decisions to make us the best programm possible according to weather conditions (end of october 2015). His sense of humour was part of the travel ! Glacier Lagoon, waterfalls and above all, hiking on the glacier was the most amazing things I discovered in Iceland. Of course, I'd like to do the same trip again, but in 15 days !! This tour is a must !

The two day trip was AMAZING!!! I had a blast in the two-day trip. It's a must have tour in Iceland!

The trip is just wonderful with all kinds of exploring the nature. The guide is caring and plan the itinerary very well according to the weather and road condition, also enable us to experience some easily missed landscape during the drive. Excellent experience and I think one day I will back to Iceland for the rest of its marvolous scene of nature! Thanks!

The most impressive trip in Iceland! We all love Mr. Didi and his professional and funny guide :) STRONGLY recommended!

Absolutely amazing experience! The trip was very well-planned and our guide Titi was very caring and helpful. The first day was mainly about waterfall and some spots on the way to the lagoon. We lived in a cozy hotel next to a big lake and the dinner was very nice. We were lucky to see the breathtaking northern light and the splendid milky way. The second was the best part. We went to the beautiful lagoon (there's a cute seal swimming in the lake) and did some hiking on the glacier. It was walking on the second planet in Nolan's movie! Iceland is a magical place. Will definitely come back =))

I saw the northern light and the beautiful lagoon on the way, and the waterfall is superb.

Fantastic trip with a very nice and caring guide. The glacier lagoon is indeed impressive. Well organized route and nice hotels.

An excellent variety of sightseeing including waterfalls, beaches, and of course the Jokulsarlon Lagoon (two visits) and glacier hiking. The accommodations were lovely while the food along the way was agreeable and not that expensive comparatively. I felt that I received excellent value for money, especially given how much of Iceland's beauty and wonder I was able to experience in the full and fabulous two-day tour.

Amazing! The most beautiful Place of my trip. The guide is very kind and helpful.We did not only went to the Jokulsarlon Lagoon and the ice glacier. We have also see many other great views,such as great fall and the northern lights. The hotels is also very nice and clean. The food in the hotel is also very delicious. A unforgettable trip!!!

We were quite unlucky because for the two days, the weather was really bad so we couldnt see much and even struggled to walk. But Jokusarlon was nice even in such weather, can imagine its stunning beauty when the sky is clear. Glacier hike was the highlight of the trip, it was superbly scary but fun experience as the guide was really great in guiding.

Excellent view and very helpful guide! Definitely a 5-Star tour!!!!!!


The glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth. Don´t miss it if you have a chance to go there. We got to experience it to the fullest on this great trip and the guide was a lot of fun. The group was small so we didn´t have to rush like on the big bus tours. I have recommend this tour to all my friends and want to recommend it to you too!

Top service. Top view. Top experience!

Very fulfilling two-day experience. Even it's the second time or third time for me to visited some of the places but I still enjoyed it immensely because there's always new things to discover. Glacier hiking is an unforgettable experience! And we saw the milky way with our naked eyes when we were waiting for the northern lights. Definitely recommend this.

I absolutely loved this trip. The south of Iceland is beautiful and the glacier hike was a lot of fun. Make sure to bring warm clothes as it can get pretty cold :) The guide was great and he even loaned me his gloves when I felt my fingers were freezing off! I can recommend this tour to anyone visiting Iceland!

The ice beach is awesome!!!! Our tour guide is so nice and lovely, I like him so much! Thanks for giving us an unforgettable trip. I think I will come back in summer!

We took a 8-day tour plan and we enjoyed the travel plan arranged by Guide-to-Iceland. We would highly recommend this service to our friends in the future. However, there are a few discrepancies in the 2 Day Tour to Jökulsárlón. First, the itinerary your company sent me for the 3rd and 4th day are as follows. “3rd day: The day ends by the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where monstrous icebergs float about. New icebergs constantly break away from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue, the edge of Vatnajökull glacier. You will spend the night in Vatnajokull National Park. 4th day: You'll start your day by the glacier lagoon.” In reality, we ended our day 3 hours away from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. We spent the night not in the Vatnajokull National Park, but in a house owned by Nice Travel Company in Seljalandsskóli. So in the morning of day 4 we still had to take a very long bus ride to the glacier lagoon. Second, we did not spend enough time in the very charming glacier lagoon. We had about only 1 hour, including the boat ride. This is partly because in both day 3 and day 4 we were brought to the same shopping place for half an hour each. (I saw both the driver and the tour guide got some merchandise for free from the store owner.) Third, about the Sólheimajökull glacier walk, the itinerary your company sent us says, “After you have mastered the art of hiking on crampons (which we supply, no worries), you'll have the chance to arm yourself with an ice axe and spikes and try your hand at ice climbing.” In reality, we are never given the chance of trying ice climbing at all. We just walked on the glacier for two hours. Lastly, one more feedback. We spent days 3 and 4 with Nice Travel. The tour guide (Andrea) is okay, but not very professional. A majority of the time, after each stop, we did not know where we were going and how long would the bus ride be. A professional tour guide will give full and timely information to the passengers.

To have more time to play outside, we don't have lunch in the restaurant but choose to take out food (fries & sandwich). However, our guide don't allow us to eat food in car! He says it will have bad smell and insists that we can only eat our lunch outside the car. The weather in October is cold and windy. It's difficult for us to finish the food outside! If we can't eat food in the car, why he don't remind us it when the beginning of the trip. Ridiculously, all people in the car are always eating snacks and someone drinks coffee in the car! The second day, even though we ask the guide if he could drive us to the beach covering with iceberg, he refused us!!! I can't remember the guide's name but his nickname is holy man and his age is about 65. I really hate him!!!!

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