Join us for this great two-day tour along the south coast and enjoy all the best sites the south has to offer. This tour offers the unique opportunity to see a natural ice cave and a great chance of catching the northern lights!
During the winter, a 2-day tour is the best option to explore the south coast. On this tour you explore all the highlights of the Icelandic south coast and visit a magical ice cave in Vatnajökull Glacier.
We are the official operator for this tour.
November 1st - March 31st
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Natural Ice Cave
- Seljandsfoss Waterfall
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier
- Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Vík - a coastal village
- Reynisfjara - basalt columns & black sand beaches
- Northern Lights (hopefully)
- Small group experience
- Eyjafjallajökull - glacier volcano views*
- Hekla - volcano views*
- Pick up from Reykjavík
- Guided tour in a minibuss
- Visit to all main highlights of the south coast
- Guided Ice Cave tour
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Hotel room with private bathroom - one night
- Hotel breakfast
Pick up at 8:00 from your accommodation or a nearby authorized meeting point in Reykjavík. Please note: the pick up process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 08:00.
This tour will show you the scenery and highlights along the south coast of Iceland and take you into the shimmering blue/white interior of a magical ice cave. The drive along the coast will take you through farmlands and a few small towns on your way to visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, here you can walk behind the cascade to look out through the ‘curtain of water’. Next up, is Skógafoss waterfall, you can also view this waterfall from an unusual point if you wish, a pathway with many stops leads up the eastern side!
We will head on to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, with the dramatic Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks rising off-shore. The basalt column cave and formations here are stunning, just make sure you stand well back from the powerful Atlantic waves when you are exploring. We stop for lunch at the town of Vík, with the picturesque church standing high on the hill.
You are driven onwards through breathtaking lava and volcano mountain landscapes to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, an attractive village with an interesting history, the name means ‘Church Town Monastery’. You will spend the night at a country hotel or guesthouse in the Skaftafell area, arriving early evening. If the forecast is hopeful your guide will show you the best spot to watch out for the northern lights, we can never promise, hopefully, glittering jewel-bright swirls will ripple across the night sky.
After a good breakfast we get on the road, today is centered on Vatnajökull National Park and the majesty of the glaciers. We visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most surreal sights in the world, let alone Iceland. Huge icebergs which were once part of the glacier float on the enormous lagoon as they slowly make their way towards the open sea at the nearby Diamond Beach. Some icebergs float ashore, where they sit glittering like diamond jewels on the black sand. The extraordinary vistas here have been very popular with the makers of famous action movies, including James Bond. You will explore a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe with a qualified glacier guide, with light flooding through blue ice an ice cave is one incredibly photogenic, your guide will tell you how new ice caves are formed each year and the story of the cave you are visiting.
Heading back to Reykjavík a stop is made at Skaftafell National Park, in good visibility there will be fabulous views of jagged-toothed mountains and famous glaciers. Stops are made at a couple of points on the way back and we still keep an eye open for the northern lights. Arrival in Reykjavík is expected between 21:00 and 23:00. The Icelandic weather can sometimes influence schedule a little in winter.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor layers (wool, fleece or synthetic are best, not cotton), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from the locations.
If you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.
Ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.
*Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, Hekla volcano and entrance to the crystal cave are subjected to weather conditions.
Food is NOT included on this tour, except breakfast on day two.
The northern lights are a natural phenomena so we CANNOT guarantee you will see them.
Arctic Adventures reserve the right to alter the itinerary and/or take different routes due to weather and/or road conditions. Also, due to limited availability of accommodations in Iceland, we may need to re-arrange the itinerary. However, our experienced travel planners aim to optimize your experience of the tour and make sure it’s always the best possible.
DAY 1: The Grand South Coast and Northern Lights
Pick up is at 8:00 am from your hotel or the Reykjavík meeting point you have chosen. Please note: picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready and waiting at 8:00 am.
This jewel of Iceland tour packages will take you south before continuing to the east as we whisk you away for two days of amazing adventure sightseeing. We drive towards the slowly rising sun on the way to our first stop, the very unusual Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you can actually walk behind the gracefully falling cascade. It is well worth getting a little damp for such an exciting experience!
Our next highlight is another waterfall, Skógafoss, located at the foot of a very famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. On a clear day, you will also get a great view of another volcano mountain glacier, Mýrdalsjokull. As we continue on, we come to Reynisfjara, a black beach where some fantastic sights, such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar peaks, will greet us. We will drive through the charming small town of Vík on our way to our accommodation. Throughout the entire day, you can expect to see breathtaking landscapes consisting of vast lava fields, waterfalls, black sands and glacier tongues. We will enjoy a relaxing evening, if the conditions are right we will hunt for those northern lights! The countryside close to Vatnajökull glacier, away from the city lights, is perfect for spotting this natural phenomenon. Your hotel will be in the Skaftafell area.
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Beach
- Villages of Vik
- Northern lights hunt (if conditions are right)
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to highlights of the South coast
- One night hotel accommodation
Day 2: Land of Ice
Today you will really get to know the glacier, venturing into the sparkling, blue/white world of an ice cave with a qualified guide, and visiting the extraordinary glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. Getting up close and personal with a vast glacial tongue of the great Vatnajökull glacier does not get any better than this!
The renowned Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, made famous by several blockbuster movies including Batman Begins and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, to name just a couple, is a totally mind-blowing place. Splendid icebergs of amazing shapes, some incredibly large, have calved off the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. They jostle one another in the huge lagoon before gliding on their surreal and stately journeys to the Atlantic ocean. Many of these natural ice sculptures are washed onto the nearby Diamond Beach, you will see them glittering like diamonds, as they rest on the dramatic coal blackness of the beach.
Next, you go into the glacier with a qualified guide! Ice caves are fascinating. New caves are formed each winter by the melt/freeze cycle of the glacier, they are always changing, both from year to year and within each winter. The journey into an ice cave will give photographers the most amazing opportunity to capture the shimmering blue light which passes through the glacial ice. Surprisingly deep shades of jewel blue will surround you, these tones are caused by ice compression, the way we perceive light and color, and the blueness can sometimes be intensified by algae.
After visiting the ice cave we head towards Reykjavík. We stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajokull National Park, a green area in the midst of amazingly jagged mountains and glacier-topped peaks, the splendid scenery of Skaftafell is certain to be a highlight of your tour. As darkness falls we look out for the northern lights.
We return to Reykjavík around 21:00 – 23:00.
Please note that ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomenon, it is, therefore, not possible to say we will visit a specific cave. The choice of ice cave will always be based on upon conditions and safety considerations at the time.
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Natural Ice Cave
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- Diamond Beach
- Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
- Breakfast at hotel in Skaftafell
- Visit to Jokulsarlon
- Guided tour in Ice cave
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Necessary glacier equipment
- Drop off in Reykjavik
Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.
The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.
You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.
Nice hotel rooms with private bathrooms which includes breakfast. For the south coast we usually go for Hotel Dyrhólaey and Hotel Skaftafell, on Snæfellsnes peninsula we usually book Hotel Rjúkandi. If they aren’t available we book very similar ones.
Does the 3 Day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave tour include glacier hiking?
Yes, the tour includes a glacier hike on Falljökull glacier in Skaftafell – Vatnajökull national park.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Price from 64.900 ISK per person.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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“Incredible 2 Day Tour of the South Island!”
Outstanding tour and our guide Erla was excellent. She was bubbly, fun, attentive and drove us to our destinations smoothly and quickly.
This tour showed us waterfalls, black sand beaches, iceberg lagoon, walked a glacier, explored an ice cave, viewed the glaciers and volcanoes from afar, and saw the Northern Lights. It was everything we wanted, packed into 2 full days.
These are busy days, you will have things to do all day and end the evening around midnight (if you want to see Northern Lights) well worth the price.
We stayed the night at a pleasant hotel overlooking the mountains, outstanding dinner and breakfast, very comfortable clean accommodations.
If you want the South Island highlights in a quick couple days this is the tour for you. Not very challenging hiking, moderate on the glacier, my mother is 72 years old and she did it with minor difficulty.
“2 Day - South Coast, Ice Cave, Skaftafell, and Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon”
This was the best part of our trip. The Ice Lagoon is beautiful and awe-inspiring. We had a fantastic guide in Hugrun, she was great and if you are offered the chance at a nighttime glacier hike, take it! With the full moon lighting the way it was something I won’t soon forget.
“2 Day - South Coast, Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon”
This was the highlight of my trip to Iceland in winter! Our guide, Adolf, was amazing and so knowledgable. Every stop was gorgeous and it was so nice to experience more than just Reykjavik and the places nearby. The hotel we stayed in was also very nice and clean. We were able to stay up and watch for northern lights right outside the hotel – the hotel will do a wake up call if they see some action! Overall, I thought it was a little pricey at first, but definitely worth every cent and made my trip a wonderful experience. I suggest everyone go.