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

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.
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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 April - Oct, so you will have plenty of daylight to enjoy all the amazing sights that you will visit during this amazing adventure. 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: Sep. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 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 for one night with breakfast

  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus

  • Guided glacier hiking tour & gear

  • Minibus tour for maximum 19 passengers

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

Meals other than breakfast are not included but we do make lunch and dinner stops where guests can buy meals.

The maximum number of passengers are 19 which gives a better atmosphere while travelling

If you are a single traveller then a Single Room Supplement of 7.500 ISK is mandatory.

Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible. Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise, you can use luggage lockers that are located in the centre Reykjavík. We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office. Click 'Inquire about this tour for more information.

IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the price difference. We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

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.

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WE LOVE VALDI! We had an incredible two day tour with our guide named Valdí! We traveled as a group of 3 girls in college and were incredibly impressed with the tour itinerary, accommodations, and specifically our guide. The first day, we traveled with one other couple, and the second day we were lucky enough to have our own private tour. Because of our small group size, Valdí not only gave us extensive information and history about each place we visited on the itinerary, but he also took us to many lesser known places not listed on the agenda that he thought would enrich our experience on the South Coast. He was extremely knowledgeable and made our two-day tour absolutely unforgettable and better than we could have ever expected! Would highly recommend.
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My family (4 adults) had a super time on the 2 day trip with Nicetravel. Our tour guide and bus driver David was fabulous; funny, engaging, telling us all sorts of interesting things about Iceland and always making sure that everyone was safe and having a good time. My group were unable to do the ice cave hike due to strong winds and rain which was unfortunate, but Nicetravel instead arranged for the group to go to LAVA Centre (admission paid for). Communication between David and tour company was seamless throughout the trip, which meant there were no long delays or time wasted in waiting for responses on whether activities were going ahead or not. At night, you stay at the tour company's hostel 'Nicehostel' in Seljaland. Rooms are simply furnished, but clean and comfortable for a good night's sleep. Toilet and shower facilities are shared, but there are plenty and kept very clean. There is also a communal kitchen and space for guests to use. My only regret was not joining a longer tour with Nicetravel - the company plans the tour so your time is maximised and you get to see as much as possible. Iceland has so much to offer and the longer you can stay, the better! Iceland is an absolutely magical place.
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My wife had not been to Iceland before, and I was hopeful of finding a tour that would be as good as the one I enjoyed 5 years ago. It worked! We were fortunate enough to book with Nice, and to enjoy the services and company of tour guide David. He is a smart, competent young man who is honest, attentive, timely and accommodating. He is engaged and knowledgeable of the Island and the sites. He enjoys his job, and it shows. And, also important, he is a responsible and competent driver. He gets the job done, has fun doing it, and he cares. Five stars!
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We were so lucky to have Lu and Davide as our guides!! The best trip we have had in Iceland!! The guides are responsible, humorous, considerate, and willing to share so much interesting knowledge with us. The schedule is very good, not too tight and so we have enough time for every spots. Amazing lanscape and amazing tour <3
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Great!! Beautiful nature, amazing landscapes and enough time to visit all the highlights. Well organised and very friendly and informative guide and driver.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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