Glacial Lagoon & South Coast | Private 2 Day Tour
Groups private guided tours in a Luxury Van : Minibus : Super jeep.
On the booking page you can choose a Super Jeep in 2 days trip for an extra cost.
Explore the beautiful South Coast and visit the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with your favourite people on this private two-day tour. See stunning waterfalls, a black sand beach and majestic glaciers on your way to the icy lagoon. This tour is ideal for those who want to get an exclusive and private experience as they travel the country.
Your journey starts in Reykjavík in the morning, where you will be picked up by either a 4x4 Jeep or a minibus, according to your wishes. You will then be driven out of the city along Route 1, towards Europe’s largest glacier; Vatnajökull, where you find the famous glacier lagoon.
Along the way, you’ll visit some of the country’s most popular places such as the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach and Skaftafell nature preserve. You will also get a chance to get off the beaten path to some lesser known attractions, such as Fjallsárlón Glacier lagoon and Þorvaldseyri farm.
You will have the chance to add some extra activities to your journey. When you book, you can opt for a glacier hike at Skaftafell or a boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. If that doesn’t satisfy your needs, you can always ask your expert guide for tips on where to find other adventures.
We also offer a range of activities. Which you can book as soon as the trip.
Glacier walk; Snowmobile trip on the glacier; Boat trip on Jökulsarlon.
Dog Sledding trip; Ice cave trip, in Jokulsarlon; Horseback riding
But keep in mind that it's only time for one activity per day
Enjoy everything the stunning South Coast has to offer on this immersive two-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 2 days
- Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Super Jeep, Ice Climbing, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Bird watching, Ice Caving
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Icelandic
- Highlights: Jökulsárlón,
Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. Conveniently located in the southeast by Route 1, about halfway between the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Höfn, it is a popular stop for those travelling along the South Coast or around the circular ring road of the country.
It stands out, however, due to the fact that it also fills with icebergs breaking from the glacier, some of which tower several stories high.
These icebergs, other than their scale, are notable for their colouration. Although they are, as expected, largely white, most are also dyed electric blue in part, with black streaks of ash from eruptions centuries past.
When the icebergs finally make it across the lagoon, they either drift out to sea or wash up on the nearby shore. Because of the way they glisten against the black sands of Breiðamerkursandur, this area has been nicknamed ‘the Diamond Beach’.
In spite of being a rather recent formation, Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake in the country, with depths reaching 248 metres. With a surface area of 18 square kilometres, it is also growing to be one of the largest.
Jökulsárlón has not been around since Iceland’s settlement; it only formed around 1935. This was due to rapidly rising temperatures in the country from the turn of the twentieth century; since 1920, Breiðamerkurjökull has been shrinking at a dramatic rate, and the lagoon has begun to fill its space.
Today, the expansion of Jökulsárlón is accelerating. As recently as 1975, it was just 8 square kilometres, and now that size has more than doubled.
In the relatively near future, it is expected that the lagoon will continue to grow until it becomes a large, deep fjord.
Though a dark omen for Iceland’s glaciers and ice caps in general, the retreat of Breiðamerkurjökull has resulted in an incredibly beautiful, if temporary, site. This has not been overlooked by Hollywood.
Jökulsárlón has been featured in the James Bond films A View to Kill in 1985 and Die Another Day in 2002, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and 2005’s Batman Begins.
In 2017, Jökulsárlón was enveloped into the Vatnajökull National Park, thus it is now fully protected by Icelandic law.
Because of the wealth of herring and capelin that the tides bring into the lagoon, Jökulsárlón is somewhat of a hot-spot for Iceland’s wildlife.
In summer, it is a nesting site for Arctic Terns; stay well away from this area, as these birds are notorious for the fierceness with which they protect their eggs, dive-bombing the heads of any they see as a threat. Skuas also nest on the lake’s shores in this season.
Seals can be reliably spotted here throughout the year, swimming amongst or else hauling out on the icebergs. Jökulsárlón provides them with a safe haven to rest and socialise, especially considering the waters of southeast Iceland are renowned for their population of orcas.Skógafoss,
Skógafoss is one of the country’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 ft) and a drop of 60 meters (197 ft). Due to the amount of spray the cascade produces, a rainbow is present any time the sun emerges from behind the clouds.
Located on the Skógá river, this mighty cascade is clearly visible from Route 1 and is an excellent place to stop and stretch the legs while travelling Iceland’s South Coast. The river below Skógafoss holds a large char and salmon population and is thus a favourite spot for fishermen in the summer.
The land underneath the waterfall is very flat, allowing visitors to walk right up to the wall of water. Keep in mind, however, that this will get you drenched. Skógafoss can also be viewed from the top as a steep staircase leads to an observational platform above the cascade.
Skógafoss is located near the small village of Skógar, south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. There you’ll find the Skógasafn folk museum, an open-air museum with both old wooden houses and turf houses, as well as a regional museum with various artefacts from this area.
A part of the Skógasafn Regional Museum is the Museum of Transportation, which showcases the history and evolution of transportation, communication and technologies in Iceland. There, you can see how this nation evolved from the age of the working horse to the digital communications of the 21st century.
The Skógasafn museum also includes a café and a museum shop, and in the village of Skógar, you will find both a hotel and a restaurant.
At the eastern side of Skógafoss, you will find one of Iceland’s most famed hiking routes; the Fimmvörðuháls pass. The 22 km (14 mi) trail takes you along Skógá river, between two glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, before ending in the beautiful Þórsmörk valley.
A gold ring is on display at the Skógasafn museum. According to legend, the ring is from a chest that was owned by Þrasi Þórólfsson, one of the first Viking settlers in the area. Folklore states that before his death in 900 AD, Þrasi buried a chest filled with gold in a cave behind Skógafoss waterfall.
Many attempts were made to retrieve the chest after Þrasi’s death, and years later, locals managed to grasp a ring on the side of the chest. As they pulled, the ring broke off, and the treasure was lost forever. The ring was then given to the local church before it made its way to the museum.Seljalandsfoss,
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.Skaftafell,
Skaftafell is a nature preserve in Oraefasveit. It used to be a national park of its own but joined the larger Vatnajokull National Park in 2008.
Skaftafell is notable for its rich flora, growing between sands and glaciers, and overall for its amazing and contrasting scenery. You can take short and easy trails to the waterfalls Svartifoss and Hundafoss, as well as Skaftafell glacier, with the mountain Kristinartindar and Morsardalur valley further off.
Skaftafell is also the perfect base camp for those seeking to climb Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur.Vík í Mýrdal,
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.Kirkjubæjarklaustur,
Kirkjubæjarklaustur (referred to locally as ‘Klaustur’) is a village of approximately 120 inhabitants in the Skaftárhreppur municipality of south of Iceland. Situated by the Ring Road, approx. 250 km east of Reykjavík, Klaustur is one of the few villages providing amenities—eg. fuel, post office, bank, supermarket— between Vík í Mýrdal and Höfn.
The history of Kirkjubæjarklaustur differs, in many respects, to the traditional Icelandic settlement. “Papar”, the Icelandic title for travelling Irish monks, were thought to have settled the area long before the Norsemen. In that tradition, it was claimed that pagans of no kind would set foot in Klaustur; this was a strictly Christian area.
Stories have permeated, with one telling of a pagan, Hildir Eysteinsson, who attempted to move there in the 10th Century. Upon setting foot across the border, he fell instantly dead and was buried on the neighbouring hill, Hildishaugur (“Hildir’s Mound.”)
Despite twisting the tongue, the full village name 'Kirkju-bæjar-klaustur' actually tells the story of the area well; 'Kirkju' means church, 'bæjar' means farm and 'klaustur' means convent. The word 'Klaustur' was added to the original name 'Kirkjubær' in 1186 AD when a convent of Benedictine nuns settled there.
In the 364 years leading to the Reformation in 1550 AD, Klaustur did much for the oral history of south Iceland. Systrastapi (Sister’s Rock), the Systrafoss waterfall and lake Systravatn all take their names from the nun’s settlement.
The folklore relating to these sites are rich in tales of religious heresy, superstition and death. Sister’s Rock, for instance, has been said to be the burial site of two nuns executed for sinful behaviour. Selling their soul to the devil, removing communion bread from church, carnal knowledge with men, blasphemy toward the pope; these were just some of the accusations brought against them. Guilty or not, the nuns were swiftly burnt at the stake.
Following the Reformation, one of the nuns was vindicated for her actions, and it is said that flowers soon bloomed on top of her grave. The other’s grave has remained barren, a continuing reminder of the lady’s ethereal disapproval.
Despite its petite size, Klaustur is an important crossroads to the attractions nestled at the centre of the island, namely the Laki Craters in Vatnajokull National Park and the Landmannalaugar hiking trails in the scenic Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Only a few kilometres from the village itself lies the spectacular Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
A short walk east of Kirkjubæjarlaustur will take you to the fascinating Kirkjugólfið “Church Floor”, an 80 square metre flat of basalt columns, shaped and formed naturally by tide and glacial melts.Fjallsárlón,
Fjallsárlón is a glacial lagoon in Iceland, located on the southern end of Vatnajökull glacier. Fjallsárlón can be found off Iceland’s main Ring Road (Road 1), 47 km (29 mi) east of Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
The outlet glacier Fjallsjökull, originating from Vatnajökull, extends all the way to the lagoon’s surface, where large icebergs break away from the ice cap and fall into the water below.
With the many hundreds of icebergs that float atop the lagoon’s surface, Fjallsárlón is considered to be a strong second to the nearby, and more famous, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.
Like Jökulsárlón, Fjallsárlón is characterised by its unique and glittering icebergs. No iceberg is alike, with many hundreds of different shapes and sizes floating lazily atop the water. As these icebergs drift from place to place, they will often collide, exulting a loud groan as the ice rubs against itself.
It is possible to take boat tours on Fjallsárlón, an excellent way of both seeing the icebergs up close and adding a sense of adventure to the lagoon’s serene tranquillity. Those who choose to take a boat ride will be provided warm and protective overalls, as well as receive a safety briefing that will further educate you to the surrounding glaciers and their origins. These tours are undertaken on zodiac boats, meaning that each voyage is personal and fitted to small groups (max. 10 participants). Boat rides on Fjallsárlón will last approximately 45 minutes.
There is also a small bistro at Fjallsárlón, perfect for travellers looking to grab some light snacks and refreshments whilst in the area. Guests can pick from a variety of different meal options, including sandwiches, salads, soups, cakes and sweets. In the summer, the bistro is open from 9.30 AM to 06.00 PM, and in the winter, from 10.00 AM to 05.00 PM.
For those visitors hoping to travel to Fjallsárlón during the summer months, it is important to be aware of the nesting Skuas, a large species of seabird known to protectively dive bomb anyone foolish enough to walk too close to their eggs. Other wildlife in the lagoon includes resident seals who will happily bob in and out of the water, making for a fantastic added extra for all those looking to see as much as Iceland can offer.South Coast
The South Coast of Iceland is the country's most visited sightseeing route, along with the Golden Circle.
The famed South Coast shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area and is dotted with natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, volcanoes both active and dormant, black sand beaches and glacier lagoons.
Geography, Nature & Wildlife
Iceland is divided into eight geographical regions. Out of these, the Southern Region is the largest, as it spans over 24.000 square kilometres with its administrative centre in the municipality of Selfoss.
What is known as the South Coast embodies the shoreline of this particular region. The area consists of a lowland that is mostly composed of marshlands, bays and cultivated pastures that are met by a series of black beaches where the estuaries to the east and west of the district close off the coastal body.
Underneath the soil rests a vast lava field, known as Þjórsárhraun. Its edges reach several hundred metres offshore where the ocean waves crash upon them, thereby protecting the lowland from the invasion of the sea. This results in the South Coast being unusually lacking in the deep fjords that so distinctly characterise the rest of Iceland's shore line.
The region boasts vibrant bird life during all seasons. It is not only rich with both marshland birds and seabirds but also migrating birds such as the North Atlantic puffin. Some species stay throughout the harsh Icelandic winter, including the northern diver, the loom and various species of gulls and ducks.
Highlights of the South Coast
The South Coast offers an unprecedented array of natural wonders that draw thousands of visitors each day. When driving the route from Reykjavík City, the highlights in their correct order are:
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Vestmannaeyjar; The Westman Islands
- Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Dyrhólaey Peninsula
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
- Coastal Village Vík í Mýrdal
- Skeiðarársandur Glacial Sand Plain
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
These attractions count for but a fraction of what the South Coast has to offer. The vast sand plains of Sólheimasandur are home to a crashed DC-3 Plane Wreck, and close to Seljavellir by the Skógar Village there's Seljavallalaug, one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland.
- Explore the many wonders of the area on these South Coast Tours
Pickup time : 08:30
Pick up from Reykjavík
English speaking guide
1 night accommodation with breakfast
Northern light hunting in the winter
Lunch and dinner
Boat ride on glacier lagoon
What to bring:
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We arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon, giving you a good time to relax and enjoy what the place offers
The rooms are very good, clean beds and private rooms with bath for couples and families, while friends in a group sometimes share a room. Once you have booked, we will always find the best accommodation for you.
Day 1 - The South Coast
Your day starts in Reykjavík where you will be picked up and whisked away to the beautiful South Coast for two days of adventure, sightseeing and fun. Groups private guided tours in a Luxury Van : Minibus : Super jeep.
Your first stop will be the town of Hveragerði, a hub for Icelandic horticulture and geothermal energy. As you approach the town, you’ll notice white pillars of steam rise in the air. The steam comes from volcanic hot springs that are used to heat Hveragerði's many greenhouses. Nearby is Hellisheiði, the third largest geothermal power station in the world.
From Hveragerði you’ll move on to two stunning waterfalls. The first one is Seljalandsfoss; a unique waterfall where a pathway leads you in a cave located behind the cascading water. There you can view the surrounding landscape through a veil of falling springwater.
Next up is Skógafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. With an astounding width of 25 metres and a 60-metre drop, this gorgeous cascade is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland. Nearby is Skógasafn, a Museum of Icelandic culture and history, which you can visit if time allows.
You will then continue your journey east, heading to the village of Vík where you can stop, refuel on snacks and drinks and see the nearby Reynisfjara beach.
The beach is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. You will hear the roaring waves when they crash into the enormous basalt rock cliffs that edge in this black sand beach. Out in the ocean rise the majestic 66-metre high Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
Some of these venues are only options governed by a 9-hour day trip.
You will then head on out to your accommodation in the Vatnajökull National Park area, where you will arrive in time for dinner.
Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Today you’ll get to explore not one, but two glacier lagoons! First, you’ll visit the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where enormous icebergs float peacefully before they drift off to the ocean. The freezing water in the Jökulsárlón is a mixture of fresh and saltwater, which gives it a beautiful blue-green colour. You can opt for a boat ride on the lagoon for a better look at the enormous blue and white iceberg.
A stone’s throw away is the stunning black sand Diamond Beach, where ice chunks from the lagoon have washed up on shore, resembling the precious stones on black satin as they glisten in the sunlight.
You will then visit one of Iceland’s hidden treasure; Fjallsárlón Glacier lagoon, an isolated lagoon in the realm of Vatnajökull glacier. The lagoon’s solitude and the magnificent landscape make Fjallsárlón one of the most unique places in Iceland. It is a dream coming true for any keen photographer.
Next up is the beautiful Skaftafell nature preserve. It is a hiker’s paradise as there are numerous trails around this stunning area. If you haven’t had enough of glacier ice, you can opt for a glacier hike at Skaftafell. You can also follow a short and easy trail up to the dramatic Svartifoss waterfall.
This picturesque waterfall cascades down cliffs of dark hexagonal basalt columns. These cliffs were the inspiration for the famous Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík.
From Skaftafell you’ll visit Dyrhólaey peninsula, where you’ll get great panoramic views of the surrounding area. You’ll see the mighty Reynisdrangar lava rock formations in the east, the coastline towards Selfoss in the west and the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull in the north.
Þorvaldseyri Visitor Centre is a farm located under the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. The same one that halted all air traffic in Europe in 2010. If you wish, you can stop there to learn about life under an active volcano.
Before you get back to the city, you’ll stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall for another final look at this incredible cascade.