2 Day South Coast Adventure | Ice cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon

2 Day South Coast Adventure | Ice cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon
Iceland's ice caves often appear like vistas from an entirely different planet.
Skógafoss, located on the South Coast, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.
From Jökulsárlón Lagoon, ice bergs drift toward the Atlantic Ocean, finally gathering at the Diamond Beach.
The Northern Lights make night time driving in Iceland an absolute pleasure.
The distinctive rock stacks protruding from the ocean at the black sand beach, Reynisfjara, found on the South Coast of Iceland.
You'll be dazzled by the beautiful shades of blue inside Iceland's ice caves.
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Don't hesitate to join this fantastic two-day tour discovering and exploring the very best winter scenery that the South Coast of Iceland to offer. This is the perfect opportunity for visitors looking to see such attractions as Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, as well as trying such thrilling activities as ice caving and Northern Lights hunting.

On the first day of your tour, you will explore the famous waterfalls of the south coast, Seljandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as the dark, basalt columns Reynisdrangar and the black sand beaches that characterise the South Coast. You will spend your first night at accommodation in the region, from where you will hunt down the elusive Northern Lights when night has fallen. 

On the second day of your adventure, you will be visiting Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, as well as facing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore an authentic and natural ice cave. This second day also provides a wealth of dramatic scenery, as well as another opportunity to see the aurora dancing above.

So don't delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can join this exciting two-day tour exploring the many beautiful attractions of Iceland's South Coast. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Shore, South Iceland, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Hvolsvöllur, Eldhraun, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

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. Drop off will be between 21:00-23:00 the following day.

  • Pick-up & drop-off to/from downtown Reykjavík

  • Accommodation with private bathroom and breakfast

  • Guided tour in a minibus

  • Entrance to an Ice Cave in Vatnajökull

  • Certified glacier guide

  • Northern Lights hunt

  • Food & drinks, except breakfast on day 2

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing

  • Waterproof jacket & pants

  • Head-wear & gloves

  • Good hiking shoes are highly recommended

  • Camera

Good to know:

Due to weather, accessibility and conditions, it can happen that the ice caving part of the tour will be cancelled due to extreme weather and/or safety reasons. If that happens, your guide will try to find other activities to participate in when possible and refund the price difference.

Please be aware that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can never be guaranteed to appear on any given night.

The right is reserved to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Grand South Coast and Northern Lights.

The green and elusive Northern Lights dancing over Jökulsárlón Lagoon.

Your first day will see you exploring the South Coast, where a whole host of natural attractions await you such as gorgeous waterfalls, lush valleys, surreal black beaches, extraordinary glaciers and charming coastal villages.

You will be picked up in Reykjavík City and driven along Route 1, passing the strato-volcano Eyjafjallajökull, infamous for the massive 2010 eruption that halted all air traffic across mainland Europe.

Soon, you will arrive at the breathtakingly beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, but this feature allows visitors to walk behind the cascading water into a hidden cave, gaining an entirely new perspective of the shore. Moving on you will arrive at Skógafoss waterfall, another dramatic feature with views over two majestic glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

Further along Route 1, you'll find the picturesque coastal village Vík. Vík is right by Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with some fantastic sights, such as gorgeous basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

Throughout the entire drive, you can expect to see otherworldly landscapes consisting of vast lava fields covered by delicate moss, surrounding an endless mountain range. After a day along the South Coast, you will head even deeper into the countryside, locating your accommodation, perfect for a relaxed evening.

If the sky is clear and the weather permits, you'll spend your evening hunting for the colourful Northern Lights. Being in the countryside, away from any light pollution, is the perfect location for spotting this natural phenomenon. 

Day 2 - Ice Caving and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The inside of an Icelandic ice cave will truly defy the imagination with its staggering shades of blue.

You will begin your second day travelling to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where massive chunks of ice leisurely float on the water's surface, creating an amazing visual spectacle. Only a stone's throw from the lagoon, visitors can stumble across the glittering Diamond Beach, the point where Jökulsárlón's icebergs float out toward the Atlantic Ocean having washed up on the black velvet sands.

When your time at Jökulsárlón is over, you'll make your way back to the South Coast road, passing a beautiful and dramatic landscape, formed by numerous glacier outlets originating from Europe's largest ice cap Vatnajökull, which will be your next stop.

There, you will meet your friendly and experienced glacier guide who will proceed to brief you on the glacier and its origins, as well a provide you with all of the necessary safety gear for the trip. Then, after a quick lesson on the ice, it's time to take your first steps into the depths of the glacier itself.

Your guide will lead you across the ice cap to one of the country's most gorgeous attractions, a glimmering ice cave. These shining caverns only exist during wintertime, when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes, creating intricate ice sculptures and tunnels. New caves form in different locations each year, providing unparalleled photographic opportunities. 

Once you have had the time to appreciate the glistening cave, you will again proceed back towards Iceland's capital. Before, you will be making a stop at the stunning and sublime Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Here, you will take a short hike through the lush hillsides of Skaftafell, enjoying the panoramic viewpoints and dramatic scenery.

Finally, it's back to the city of Reykjavík. On your return journey, your guide will try to stop at darker areas in the hope of once more locating the Northern Lights in the night sky above. 


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