2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

By Skaftafell National Park there is the elusive and wonderful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
The unique appeal of Jökulsárlón rests in its ever changing scenery of icebergs from Iceland's largest glacier Vatnajökull.
This waterfall Gljúfrabúi is one of the hidden gems of the South Coast of Iceland.
The Diamond Beach is so named because of the glistening icebergs that dot its black sand on the South Coast of Iceland.
Local legend in Iceland has it that the Reynisdrangar sea stacks by the village Vík were once trolls who then turned to stone.
Basalt rock formations can be found all over Iceland during your travels.
Based on 20 traveller reviews

Join this exciting two-day tour for the chance of exploring the attractions of Iceland's South Coast. You will behold stunning glaciers, vast lava fields, active volcanoes and powerful waterfalls, as you embark on the Arctic adventure of a lifetime.

The stunning Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is one of the highlights of the tour, as well as being one of the most visited sights of the entire country. Belonging to the greater Vatnajökull National Park, the lagoon boasts of an ever-changing scenery of icebergs floating in the freezing water.

The tour will not only let you witness the living phenomena of a glacier but feel it under your very feet, as it includes a hike up the Sólheimajökull glacial tongue. Your expert tour guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment, as you ascend the ice amongst its many sculptures and crevasses.

This tour operates all year round, but should you join it in the winter season, every possible measure will be taken to hunt and locate the possible appearance of the Northern Lights, a celestial wonder of Iceland’s night sky. Accommodation for the night is also provided for, on this immensely popular tour of the South Coast.

The availability of this tour is limited, so don’t hesitate to reserve your spot now for a chance of beholding all of these unique and natural wonders. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Gljufrabui, Foss a Síðu, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location. 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.

  • Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavík

  • English guide

  • Accommodation

  • Breakfast

  • Hiking gear (crampons, ax, helmet)

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

If you want to stay in a single room than there is an extra fee of 7.500 ISK

Although your guide will provide you with ice crampons to attach to your shoes, you must be wearing your own hiking boots that are closed and sturdy.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - South Coast Waterfalls & Glacier Hike

Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the South Coast of Iceland can be walked behind during the summer season.

After meeting your transportation in Reykjavík, your adventure begins with a visit to the two great waterfalls of the South Coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

You will also be treated to visiting the smaller and lesser-known waterfalls Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss and Írafoss, all of which are equal in beauty to their larger and more frequently visited counterparts.

As your journey continues, your drive will take you to the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano that so memorably erupted back in 2010. Its neighbour is Mýrdalsjökull, where you will embark on your glacial hike adventure, up one of its outlet glacial tongues Sólheimajökull.

Next up is Reynisfjara, a black sand beach on which the ocean waves crash with great power. Visible just offshore are the basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar - the rocky remains of two trolls dragging a three-masted ship to shore, according to legend.

At the end of your first day, your accommodation awaits you in the area, and hopefully, be it the season, you will be treated by the Northern Lights appearing in all their colourful glory.

Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Skaftafell National park

The glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón is the favourite site of many visitors to Iceland.

On your second day, you will be visiting Vík in Mýrdalur, the southernmost village in Iceland, with Mt. Reynisfjall looking over it. Next up is an excursion to the waterfall Foss á Síðu, about 10 km east of the town Kirkjubæjarklaustur. From there you will head on to Skaftafell National Park for a lunch stop. 

The park is truly a sight to behold, boasting endless scenic hiking trails, rumbling brooks and stunning waterfalls, surrounded by glorious glaciers and dramatic mountains. 

Then it is time to head to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, the photo opportunity of a lifetime. The icebergs drifting in the lagoon have broken off from Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull’s over 30 outlet glaciers. Vatnajökull itself is the largest ice-cap in the country and the second largest in all of Europe.

Some of those icebergs wash on shore, at a beach rightly dubbed Diamond Beach, where they sparkle like gemstones in the sun. No visitor to Iceland should miss out on these icy sights. 

As your adventure concludes, you will be taken back to the city of Reykjavík in the afternoon, with your head full of memories and your memory card full of photos. Go ahead and book your Arctic adventure now.


Average rating 4.8 / Number of reviews 20

Great!! Beautiful nature, amazing landscapes and enough time to visit all the highlights. Well organised and very friendly and informative guide and driver.

Really nice two days tour with guide Jaka and David! Both guys are funny and easy going and helped a lot when I was on glacier hiking due to my problem with downhill.

Nice tour, wonderful itinerary and good restaurant, a very traditional tour. Around 15 persons in a group, I would prefer a smaller group. Anyway, the guide and also driver David did a very good job, he well arranged everything and took care everyone's need.

We joined the two days tour with nice traval. The tour guide (Jaka) and (Mihal) were so nice and funny. Providing the informative tour and safe journey to us. Also, wifi included in the bus! We four had a great time with nice travel!

Except for some bad weather, the tour was amazing. Specially our guide David was fun to be with, gave us some really good insight into Icelands geography and history. He also took us off route in between to some beautiful locations and also to good restaurants where possible. The stay at the Nice Hostel was also a beautiful location and comfortable stay.

This was the best part of my week in Iceland. The trip was really well planned- we had time do and see everything even though light is so limited in Iceland in November. Our tour guide Antonio was filled with information and could answer every question. Our tour guide in training, Ivar (from Iceland) was also wonderful to have on our trip, and I think he will make a fantastic solo guide! Our trip got stuck in the south for an extra night because horrible weather conditions closed the roads. NICE & Antonio were very communicative and handled the difficult situation well. NICE covered the extra night in the hotel, which I appreciated. If you're coming to Iceland, you have to go to the south, and I firmly believe that NICE is the perfect way to do it. When I come back (and eventually I will!), I will book more trips with this company.

This 2 day tour was the highlight of our 7 days in Iceland. Our driver and tour guide were friendly and both spoke English very well. It was evident that they are passionate about this country and enjoyed sharing its natural beauty with us. Our tour included us, two Americans, and another couple, so in total, only 6 of us in the bus that seats around 14, so it was a very comfortable ride. On the first day of the tour we saw too many waterfalls to count while driving through the scenic southern part of Iceland. We stopped at the big waterfalls to hike around them, behind them, above them, and into them in some cases and took some great pictures, and had lunch at a place with many options for food, coffee, etc. in the afternoon we went on a glacier hike which was incredible. We then went to the black sand beach to see the salt columns. We grabbed dinner and ended the day at the company's guest house/hostel which was very comfortable. The guest house had nice showers and bathrooms and private rooms - it was actually the biggest room we had our whole stay in Iceland! We did not see the northern lights due to Hurricane Nicole but the guest house is in a perfect location to see them on a clear night. Day 2 included more waterfalls, and a drive to the glacier lagoon, which was absolutely breathtaking. We also went to the Ice Beach and saw a seal! Although the drive back to Reykjavik is long, it was completely worth it to see the beautiful southern part of Iceland. As I said, our guide was amazing giving us history on the country and made us feel very comfortable. They lock the van every time you get out and usually the driver stays in or close to it so your valuables are safe. There are stops whenever needed for restrooms, snacks, souvenirs, and meals. I cannot tell you how much we truly enjoyed this excursion. We did several other things during our time in Iceland (blue lagoon, snorkeling Silfra, golden circle, etc.) but again, this 2 day tour was the highlight by a landslide. I highly recommend it! -Andrew & Sarah Chicago, IL, USA

Great memory! Very nice driver and guide! There's only 10 people in our tour and we can communicate better in a small tour. The hostel of nicetravel is so nice with delicious breakfast. The driver and guide are very easygoing person and they helped me a lot. I really like iceland and hope to come back again!

+ the diver and guide are very friendly - car is too small that make me uncomfortable. The guide barely introduce attractions

Everything is wonderful in this trip. The group is small (5 people in total). I would definitely come back again for this trip.

Tour in small group, a nice tour guide. Let us have more geography knowledge of Iceland! A remarkable trip!

We had a great time and saw lots of Ice and waterfalls, the scenery was well worth the trip , the weather was great and the people were very helpful and friendly and very proud of their soccer team. We needed at least 10 days not 5

Very wonderful trip! Nice tour guide, nice restaurants, and interesting Glacier hiking...etc.

small-group trip, very nice tour guide and personalized trip expereince! highly recommended!

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