Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Based on 50 traveller reviews

Join the adventure on this magical South Coast tour to the majestic icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland.

On your journey to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, you will be privy to a plethora of amazing natural sights; countless waterfalls cascade majestically down towering cliff faces, meadows of quintessential farmland sprawl to the shores of the Atlantic, gentle rivers trickle and slice the landscape. From your seat, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a magical fantasy land, a world that almost defies the imagination.

On top of all that, you will traverse the black sand desert of Skeidararsandur, an anomaly in Iceland. You will also pass through the charming fishing village of Vik, see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and even the highly popular Vatnajökull National Park, with its giant of a glacier and unique flora and fauna.

At Jökulsárlón, you will be left speechless and enthralled at the sight of diamond-blue icebergs bobbing and moving gracefully through the water, the glacier tall and mighty in the background. Many of you might recognise the glacier from such films as Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! If not, you’ll certainly recognise the feeling of peace and tranquility that overcomes you on first sight of the icebergs.

The sound of the ice rubbing and scraping against one another creates a satisfying groan, made all the more perfect by happy seals playing together in the water. You can also check out the shoreline, where the icebergs move off into the sea, creating fantastic photo opportunities! This is a holiday location you will never want to forget!

So what are you waiting for? Don’t delay in booking this fantastic day tour across the beautiful landscapes of South Iceland, finally arriving at the tour highlight, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Check availability by choosing a date!

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Shore, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skaftafell, Skeiðarársandur, Öræfajökull, Vík i Mýrdal, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 07:00

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.
  • Pickup from Reykjavík

  • Guided tour

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Rain wear or waterproof outer layers

Good to know:

You will stop at all the main attractions in South Iceland between Seljalandsfoss and the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón


Seeing the glacier lagoon was amazing. If you have the time, doing this trip over two days would be better. Make sure you pack a lunch if you decide to do the one day tour. Overall, it was a fun trip!

Although this was a long day, the tour took about 16 hours, we enjoyed our experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgable. She held everyone to a tight schedule which was appreciated due to the length of driving between stops. The lagoon was by far the best stop. This was a great tour for our last day in Iceland as we were exhausted from the rest of our week's adventures.

The tour was great, every stop was stunning. It took almost 5 hours to Jokulsarlon, so it's a compact tour. We managed to visit the last spot Seljanlandsfoss right before the sunset (it's the end of March), that means we could see each spot under daylight. It'd be better if you can pack your lunch, because the only option for lunch is the buffet which costs you Kr4000. The lunch was delicious, but we only got 45 min for the lunch stop, and it included queuing for paying, taking food, eating, and waiting for the only female toilet. Actually it's a waste of money to eat that lunch buffet. The major downside of the tour was the terrible tour guide. He didn't even bother to introduce his name. He's rude and impatience. Everyone can feel how much he hates his job. At the beginning of the tour, he started reading out the script (probably required by his company) about the facts of Iceland and the places we were going to visit. His tone was flat, boring, and he didn't even care whether we were listening or not. After TWO WHOLE HOURS, he finished the script finally. Everyone of us was relieved. Then for every stop, he kept warning us we must not be late. I'd rather he kept silent so we could enjoy the scenic Iceland peacefully.

This tour is incredible, and stops at so many places. The south coast is expansive, which makes for an incredibly long day, and our 14 hour trip was really much more like 16 hours. With that in mind, make sure to pack snacks, because paying $5 for a small Skyr, although delicious, is not ideal. We loved our tour guide who kept everything running smoothly and was so knowledgeable about everything along the way. Our bus driver was also so kind, and it's clear that the staff really enjoys their jobs. Highly recommend this tour, but make sure you get a good nights rest before!

Although it was an enormous long day everything went quite smoothly . Definitely worth the bus drive. We got one hour and a half at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is the main attraction of this tour. All the other attractions were about 20 minutes stops which was fairly enough for me. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is normally the last stop but not this time. I guess this was due to the weather conditions which were actually quite favourable (just some rain while we were on the bus). On the way back our final stop became Skógafoss waterfall. Right after visiting Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon there was also a nice surprise. We stopped at another glacier lagoon called Fjallsárlón not far away. Smaller and lesser known but just as beautiful. Our guide Helgi was very funny but only a few understood. Highly recommended tour.

If you really want to do the South Coast properly you need to do it in two days. But if you are like me and don’t have two days to spare, this is a perfect way to get a sampling of the highlights of the south coast. While I would have liked more time at each location, at the end of the day I was happy that our guide kept us on a tight schedule. You have enough time to see everything and take lots of pictures. I could go into each of the stops but I will try to keep this review short by saying they were all amazing. The tour length of 14 hours is a bit misleading, expect to gone 16 hours or more if there is a chance to see northern lights. While it is an extremely long day, I liked that we stopped almost once every 90 minutes. I wasn’t too stiff at the end of the day as I was able to get out and stretch my legs. Also our guide was good about giving us interesting tidbits about once every half hour so there was not a point in which you got terribly bored. Something that I really enjoyed but I could see annoying people is that you go to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the way back and at that point it is dark outside. I thought it was amazing to see a waterfall lit up at night and we were the only group there so it was kind of nice to have some breathing room. I think it is pretty common in the winter/early spring/fall that the path behind the falls is closed after dark. If you have your heart set on going behind the falls I would do a shorter south coast tour where you will see it in the daylight. As many other people have mentioned, the lunch stop is expensive. The buffet was about $30 or you could get soup for $18. There was a bar downstairs where you could get sandwiches but thanks to other reviewers warning me, I had packed a lunch so I just walked around outside and did not look at the prices. But I imagine it was also pretty pricey. There is really nothing the tour company can do to fix this because it is such a sparsely populated area that there was no other place to go. So if you are being budget conscious (or just can’t justify spending $30 on a buffet) I would either grab something for lunch at the first stop (bathroom and coffee stop) or pack a lunch to bring with you on the trip. The dinner stop had more options and was priced about the same as most places in Reykjavik. Overall this is a great way to spend a day in Iceland.

We really enjoyed our day trip to Jökulsárlón and the incredible weather made it even more memorable. Even though it's a long day on the road, many stops are planned where you can go to the bathroom or grab a bite. Lunch is pretty expensive so bring your own if you can. The tour guide was very knowledgeable! The only "downside" is that we would have preferred to visit Seljanlandsfoss during the day instead of at night. It was really cold and you can't really get great pictures. We of course would have liked to see the Northern Lights but it got really cloudy :( All in all is was a pretty amazing day!!

should have given us more time at the waterfalls instead of viking village as there is nothing there. nobody eats at the buffet place that we stopped for 45 minutes since it's too expensive. it was a waste of time to stop there, should have gone straight to jokulsarlon where everyone finds a much cheaper meal. we also visited seljalandsfoss after dark when this could be done as our first stop. i would have plan this trip much better and do everything in daylight. the trip back from jokulsarlon would be by 6pm and still have plenty of daylight on the way home.

This was a great day, however I felt very rushed at some of the sights. We only visited viking for 20 minutes and one of the other stops for 15. It was a full bus so quite busy. It was an extremely long day as it turned into a 16 hour trip. Was disappointed that one of the waterfalls visited on the way back was at night, was looking forward to walking behind this particular waterfall and just couldn't because it was dark and we only had 10 minute stop over. We got plenty of time at the jokulsarlon glacier lagoon amd diamond beach which is such a beautiful place and well worth a visit. Overall it was a great trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and informative along the way.

We were in Iceland for 4 days and this was the highlight of our visit! The glacier lagoon was magical. Diamond Beach was truly amazing too. I was speechless! It was a long tour but worth the 5 hour drive from Reykjavik! We stopped at the Waterfalls which were so beautiful on the way to the lagoon. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and kept everything on time. Highly recommend 100%! I can't wait to come back! Thank you so much!!

We did this tour at the end of January so naturally light wasn't in our favour. We still managed to see everything along the way as the route is very well planned with ample stops for toilet breaks etc. Seeing the glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón was amazing, I'd never seen anything like it and was very impressed. We were very fortunate that we had a clear night on the way home so the guide & driver made special allowances to let us see the Northern lights. Our guide also gave fantastic tips on how to make the lights really show up on our camera. The guide was very knowledgeable & I can only assume was some kind of geologist expert. You may be put off by the length of this tour, and you're right, it is a very long day to be on a cramped bus. All I can say it is definitely worth it & you wont regret it. Tips: Sit on the drivers side as that's where all the good views are, and bring a packed lunch/dinner/snacks with you. You'll realize very quick that eating out in Iceland is very expensive so bring a lunch box with you and head to a supermarket.

I love Iceland! Definitely coming back for the summer time. A week was not enough. It showed me how beautiful nature is. Amazing people & amazing attractions. Was lucky enough to see the northern lights from the Seljalandfoss waterfall on our way home. Our tour guide was GREAT & thoughtful for letting us stay later so we can enjoy the once in a lifetime view of the northern lights. The pictures can't describe how great & beautiful this whole experience was!

Great trip overall! We went during the winter time, so the hours of daylight were not in our favor. But, we still got the chance to see all of the attractions. The tour guide was very good on timing it so we would see everything within the limited hours of daylight. He was also very entertaining on the bus, as he told us stories about Iceland and its history. Jökulsárlón was absolutely AMAZING. It should be a wonder of the world. Breathtaking. We even got the chance to see the Northern Lights on the way home, thanks to our bus driver and our tour guide. The best tour I have taken in Iceland by far! Would highly 100% recommend.

For a long trip on a crowded coach, Jökulsárlón was the highlight of my time in Iceland. I've never seen anything like it. The guide was fantastic, the best one we had actually - very funny and knowledgable. Absolutely would recommend!

Just one word: WONDERFULL/FULL OF WONDERS!! This trip was really amazing and we've seen the most beautiful things. The guide shared many stories about the surroundings and the Icelandic culture, so we've seen and learned a lot about Iceland in one day. On our way back home we went on a hunt for the Northern Lights, even when the trip should be over and the time has past, and we have seen them!! Absolutely amazing trip that I recommend everyone to do.

One of my favorite tours in iceland. It lasted most of the day but lots of stops for breaks and food really made the drive bearable. The guide was super informative and even sang some Christmas songs along the way. The views were absolutely beautiful and almost surreal. 10/10 would do again.

We had an amazing trip to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The drive was long and I was advised many times to not try to do it in one day, but with that being our only option due to our time frame we booked anyway and I am glad we did. We stopped several times which helped break up the long drive. The lagoon was beautiful even though when we first arrived it was raining. After about 30 minutes the rain stopped and we were able to enjoy the views of the beautiful glacier ice. We walked down to the black sand beach and had fun taking pictures with the huge chunks of glaciers that had washed up on the beach. The views of the mountains and waterfalls was great. Our guide was good to give us time limits and everyone was good to follow them so we moved from one place to another smoothly. Our guide had a great sense of humor and was knowledgeable about the area as she was from that part of Iceland and knew the area well. She even sang Christmas songs in Icelanic which was awesome. The one negative I have is the price and variety of places to stop to eat. We paid $25 USD for a small bowl of lamb soup and a small dinner salad. It was way too expensive. If I had to do it again, I would take my own food. We did have our own snacks so didn't have to spend a fortune for that. Thank you for a great day.

Fantastic day out! Jökulsárlón is amazing and well worth the long drive. I was lucky enough to go on a beautiful, sunny day. Minibus picked me up from the hostel around 7.20am as I was the last stop before Bsi. At Bsi we boarded the coach, which was very clean and tidy, comfy, had wifi and USB ports to use as chargers. Very nice! I would recommend sitting on the left hand side as this is where all the amazing views of the mountains, waterfalls and lava fields can be seen best. We drove through the most amazing places and landscapes. Breath-taking! We stopped at some lovely sights. The tour was busy but our guide was really great at instructing everyone on time limits and had a lot of knowledge about the various places we saw. She was very friendly and funny which provided a great atmosphere. There were plenty of rest stops and places to buy refreshments, although I took my own snacks as this was cheaper. The prices seem to get higher as we traveled into more remote areas. It was a very long day and lots of people were sleeping on the coach... Which I couldn't understand as I wanted to keep my eyes open the whole time! Everything was so beautiful, I didn't want to miss a thing! Great day out, reasonably priced compared to other tours and a great way to see a lot of Iceland in one day! I was last to be dropped back to my hostel around 10pm ready for bed.. But as it was Saturday night, I went out into Reykjavik anyway! :)

We had a fabulous time in Iceland even though the weather was quiet windy and probably the rainiest day in Iceland we managed to cover most places and well in time

The tour guide was also our driver and he was amazing, very funny, knowledgeable, helpful, everything! As for the lagoon itself.... Oh boy.... truly nature's masterpiece... This is definitely one of my highlights during my trip to Iceland. Mind you, the trip is very long (4-5 hours) but I tell you, it is very well worth it. I'll definitely visit Jökulsárlón again when I come back. I just know I will never get tired of this massive beauty! As for bathroom and food breaks, I assure you it is all well planned into smart stops along the way. This is definitely a trip you must not miss!

The guide is nice. The glacier lagoon is very worth to go although the long travelling time.

Tour guide keep checking the weather for us, introducing all beautiful waterfalls & offering help :) super nice :)

I never saw a landscape alike! I am totally touched when I saw the mountain, the glacier, the spring during the tour. The guilder is a gentle, nice and good at talking.

Excellent! Although it's a long time travel, the glacier was quite worth to have a look!

I went on this tour with two friends in September. The bus was a good size and they didn't try to cram too many people in. The tour guide was not only friendly and professional, but was a wealth of knowledge and did everything he could to make us feel comfortable. Some people on our tour were a bit difficult but our guide handled it wonderfully and they did not disturb the rest of the group. The guide went out of his way to try to avoid rain to the extent that he could. As a result we ended up having blue skies for each stop on the trip - all beautiful/breathtaking. We tried two other tour companies and preferred GeoIceland. Highly recommended.

It was a really long day and the tour guide provided many info. In general the trip was good. Yet in the morning when the minibus picked us from the hotel something unpleasant happened. We were on time (7;00 am) when we went out the hotel but the driver was really grumpy and shouted that he had waited for a long time. Then on the way to picking other passengers he drove extremely fast and applied a lot of emergency brakes, besides that he also shouted to other passengers to "just go and sit inside" when they tried to ask something, which really left an unpleasant start for the tour. I sincerely suggest the company to pay attention to the service since Icelandic people are very nice in general. If it was not the driver in the morning the tour would be great. Also I understood that within one day we have a lot of plans so the time schedule seemed quite tight, but that's the same to all travel companies. If you want to explore the glacier lagoon and had an unique experience on the boat with the wonderful guide on the boat and try the one thousand years old ice, it will be the suitable tour.

many views on the way and the Jökulsárlón is awsome

This was an amazing experience. The seals swimming around the bay were so cute. My luggage was delayed so the nice people at the tour lent me a warm jacket from the lost and found :) Let's prevent global warming and preserve the beautiful Icelandic nature!

The landscape and the boat tour were magic! We came from Costa Rica and the glaciers are not commun in our country. The sense of humour of the guide was a good sample of Icelandic philosophie. We recommend this trip to all visitors! and hold your camera ready to shoot every little detail you could see when the bus are driving.

I never saw a landscape alike! I enjoyed the trip a lot and met nice people on the tour, which is great when traveling solo. One advice: try to pick a seat on the driver's side on the bus. The view is better there ;)

this tour was great, we had limited time in Iceland but really wanted to see the glacier lagoon. this tour took us there in one day, and it was amazing. the most beautiful place i have seen. if you have the chance, go there.

First, this tour is a MUST-DO. It is something of the most beautiful scenery and sights I've ever seen. That being said, I would not recommend booking through this company! Despite booking through 'Guide to Iceland,' (a company I enjoyed using for other tours), this tour was run through Reykjavik Excursions. It thus was conducted on a large, full coach, which--inexplicably--made a point to stay with the other large, full, Reykjavik Excursions coach that was going on the same route. The result was that there was a huge amount of people at every stop, huge lines for everything, and a ton of people in all of the photos. Although having other people there wasn't unexpected, of course, it made absolutely NO sense to try to stay together. Why not stagger the two coaches (even by half an hour) so each coach could enjoy the attractions without the huge lines and with fewer tourists in all of the pictures?? This was particularly striking (and frustrating) at mealtimes. When we stopped for lunch, it was at a small, order-at-the-counter restaurant with the other large coach and at least 4 smaller van tours. The result was a HUGE crush of people, waiting and cutting in line for almost an hour for some pretty mediocre food. There were a ton of restaurants along the route--why would EVERY coach stop at this one at the same exact time?? I've done a million tours in a number of countries, and this was the most illogical, poorly run tour I've ever been on. There just was no need for it, and no identifiable benefit to running it this way! The same thing happened at dinner, just without the smaller coaches. The amount of time it took to get food meant you missed looking around more, shopping in the gift shop, etc. I would recommend picking up something hot to eat at one of the bathroom stops, and not waiting for the lunch restaurant. Finally, this tour was made even more horrible because the driver could not figure out the heat in the back of the bus--resulting in cold air being blown on us the entire time (despite NUMEROUS people asking for it to be adjusted). This was particularly challenging given we had been rained/snowed on and were all quite wet. The front of the bus was very warm, and I think the people up there were a little too hot. Because the bus was fairly full, there was no option to change seats. All in all, given the crowds, long lines for food/bathrooms, freezing coach, and general disorganization, I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND taking a smaller, more personalized tour. We simply tried to avoid Reykjavik Excursions for the rest of our trip.

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