2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Lagoon with Glacier Hiking

Based on 48 traveller reviews

This overnight tour takes us through South Iceland to the extraordinary glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon. It is situated at the south end of glacier Vatnajokull between Skaftafell preservation area in Vatnajokull National Park, and the town of Hofn.

A glacier hike is included in this two day trip. We explore many wonders along the South Coast of Iceland before reaching all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in the East of Iceland.

Don't miss this tour of some of the best attractions in Iceland. This tour is very popular, so please try to reserve in advance. During winter time we will also search for the northern lights on the first night. 

You will be arriving back in Reykjavik at 19.00 the day after and if you didn't catch the lights you can still go on our Magical Auroras tour departing at 21.00. Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Skaftafell, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Svínafellsjökull, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 09:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
Included:
  • hotel pick up, transportation in a mini-bus, English speaking guide, accommodation with breakfast, glacier hiking for 1 hour (crampons included), aurora hunt during the winter season

  • hiking shoes nor meals (other than 1x breakfast)


What to bring:
  • Good, warm and waterproof clothing

  • Good hiking shoes


Good to know:

If you are traveling alone please choose single room add on in the booking process. This is mandatory for those who are traveling alone. You will have the options to buy dinners while traveling.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The South Coast of Iceland




We drive through South Iceland to Jokulsarlon, which is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. It is located at the end of Breidamerkujokull, an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest national park in Europe.

The depth of the lagoon is about 250 metres and its size is 18 square kilometres. Due to glacial retreat, huge pieces of ice break loose from the glaciers and end up floating in the Jokulsarlon lagoon.

On the way we will see many beautiful sights. Waterfalls, black sand beaches, volcanoes, glaciers and much more.

In winter time we will search for the northern lights in the evening.

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




After breakfast, on day 2, we spend some time at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and when the lagoon is not frozen it is possible to enjoy an optional 40 minute boat ride where one can sail amongst icebergs of all shapes and sizes.

We will also take a walk alongside the lake and on the black sand shores and look out for the seals which can often be spotted in the lagoon. Then we start our journey west towards Reykjavik. But the trip is far from over.

We pull out the crampons for one hour long glacier hike - and the views are fabulous all the way back. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes, crampons cannot be fitted onto sneakers or other light walking shoes.

If we have enough time and good enough weather conditions we will visit Dyrholaey, a small but majestic promontory at the southernmost point of the mainland. It is 120 metres high and is home to many breeds of seabirds. Dyrholaey was formed in a sub-aquatic eruption thousands of years ago.

The translation of Dyrholaey could be "Doorway Island" but the name is drawn from the hole the ocean has carved into the cliff. Don't miss this great trip through South Iceland to the glacier lagoon. We move back towards Reykjavik and stop at a country restaurant where you can enjoy dinner buffet (not included) or eat your own food. From there we drive away from all light pollution and hope to catch the northern lights.


Reviews

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

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!!!!!!

Amazing!

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 them places but I still enjoyed it immensely because there's always new things to discover. There are also some less well known places that the guide took us to, which I didn't know when doing a self-drive tour to the first time I came to Iceland. 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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