2 day Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon Tour with Glacier Hike | Small Group

Happy travellers capturing photos of an Ice Cave
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is stunning to behold in summer time
The mighty Dyrhólaey stone arch.
The Atlantic Puffin, Iceland's unofficial national bird, nests on the Dyrhólaey stone arch.
Gljúfrabúi waterfall is one of Iceland's many hidden gems.
Beware of the mighty sneaker waves on Reynisfjara black sand beach.

Experience the full force of Icelandic nature on this excursion of Iceland's south coast. Visit Iceland's most iconic waterfalls and a raven black beach; travel through immense sand expanses and rugged lava fields before reaching the sky-blue Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where countless titanic icebergs tranquilly float towards the open sea.

This tour is tailored to adventure-seekers who want travel in small groups and immerse themselves in Iceland's beautiful vistas and thrilling landscapes, ultimately allowing you to stand on top of a glacier and enjoy the spectacular views for which Iceland is famous.

Your journey begins in Reykjavík, where you will board a mini-bus heading to the south coast. Travelling in a small group will give you an experience that the big buses simply can't match; you’ll travel with comfort and ease, accompanied by an English speaking guide who will share with you his vast knowledge of the land.

You'll journey through the desolate black desert sands of Sólheimasandur and past the Skaftafell Nature Preserve; you'll take in the dramatic panoramic views at Dyrhólaey lighthouse, where you'll see the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the north, the Reynisdrangar lava columns in the east and the coastline in the west; you’ll visit the iconic waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and see blue-and-white icebergs floating peacefully on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Iceland is known as ‘the land of fire and ice’, and you will get a chance to see why as you journey onto Sólheimajökull glacier, where jet-black ash from volcanic eruptions taints the white ice cap. An expert guide will take you through the icy plains and to the glacier's ashy peaks, where you'll have plenty of time to experience the mysterious silence of these vast, empty surroundings.

Lace up your boots and get ready for an amazing time traversing Iceland’s south coast. Visit iconic attractions and hike a mighty glacier on this thrilling two-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

  • Professional and fun English speaking guide

  • Glacier Hike

  • Minibus Transfer

  • One night of accommodation in a Hotel (breakfast included)

  • Boat ride on Jökulsárlón

  • Lunch & Dinner

What to bring:
  • Hiking Boots (can be rented)

  • Rain Gear

Good to know:

*You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks.

*You can also bring some favorite snacks and beverages.

*No large luggage pieces (<24") allowed, we are operating in a mini-bus

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - South Coast and Glacier Lagoon

The magnificent Reynisfjara Beach.

After being picked up in Reykjavík, you’ll be on your way south to visit some of Iceland's most famous attractions. Your first stops will be some of Iceland’s legendary waterfalls. Skógafoss waterfall is one of the biggest cascades in the country and according to legend, the first Viking settler in the south buried a great treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. If you are not afraid of heights, you can take the staircases which lead to the top of a hill where you can look down at this mighty waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss is a 60-metre tall waterfall and is accessible from all sides as there is a small cave behind the falling water where you can stop for a whole new viewpoint of the scenery. But bring a raincoat because you will get wet from the drizzle.

Then you’ll head to Reynisfjara beach, famous for iconic cliff formations and treacherous waves. With its high cliffs formed of basalt columns and volcanic rocks, smoothed by erosion, this beach is one of the most iconic places in Iceland. You will hear the thundering noise of waves crashing into the rocks as you look out to the spectacular Reynisdrangar rock formations, rising from the waters.

Afterwards, you will stop for a bite at the nearby village of Vík before you are off again to the next main attraction of the day, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. On your way, you’ll notice the contrasting Icelandic landscapes as you drive through both green valleys and lava fields. You’ll pass the luscious birch tree area in Skaftafell national reserve before arriving at the glacier lagoon.

Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Floating on the lagoon are enormous icebergs, moving with the waves towards the river mouth. The white and blue icebergs give off a calming crackling sound as they float around in the lagoon.

Day 2 - Glacier Expedition and waterfalls

The view from inside an Ice Cave

You’ll start the second day by heading to Jökulsárlón, the famous Glacier Lagoon, watch the floating icebergs and get enchanted by the silent scenery of these spectacular chunks of millennium old ice. You will have plenty of time to take in the views from shore, or to catch an optional boat ride onto the lagoon for an up close encounter with the icebergs and the seals that swim around them.

Then you will drive down to the legendary Diamond Beach where chunks of ice and even whole icebergs are sparkling in the raven black sands, brought there by the high tide. For many visitors the unbeaten highlight of the tour.

After lunch you will drive to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park and go Glacier Hiking on the biggest glacier in Europe. Your guide will provide you with the necessary equipment, harness, crampons, ice axe and helmet, before you hike on the glacier outlet Svínafellsjökull, a location for many movies including James Bond, Game of Thrones and Interstellar. This glacier outlet is surrounded by Iceland´s highest mountains and right next to one of the biggest volcanoes of the country, Öræfajökull.

After a fulfilling day of adventure and sightseeing you will drive back to Reykjavík in the evening.

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