Discover Iceland’s South Coast on this ice cave and Northern Lights tour in Iceland. Count the diamond icebergs in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, explore a crystal-blue natural ice cave and go on a Northern Lights hunt!
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Iceland in winter is just as charming as in summer. See it for yourself on this day tour and explore Iceland’s glacial wonderland! First we’ll take you to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a glacial lake dotted with glistening icebergs. Then we’ll stroll down Diamond Beach and enter a beautiful crystal ice cave. To cap off the perfect day, we’ll visit the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and go on a Northern Lights hunt!
Nov. - Apr.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Vatnajokull Glacier
- Crystal Ice Cave
- The Diamond Beach
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Northern Lights
- Mini-bus Tour
- Guided Ice Cave Tour
- Pickup and Drop-off
- Northern Lights Hunt
- Free Wi-Fi on the Bus
Our tour begins when we pick you up from your chosen location in Reykjavik. Pickup starts at 7:30 a.m. and lasts around half an hour. Then we’ll head to our first attraction on the South Coast — Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a vast glacial lake dotted with icebergs. Icebergs break free from Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull. The lagoon’s icebergs float towards Diamond Beach, a famous black sand beach. The beach gets its name from the sparkly icebergs that lie on the coal-black sands and glisten in the sun. Seals are also known to rest and bathe on the sunny beach. See if you can spot them!
After visiting Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach, we’ll take you on our next adventure to a natural ice cave in the South of Iceland. Iceland is home to many glaciers and most of them feature hidden natural ice caves. Most natural ice caves melt and reform after winter, creating brand new ice caves every year. They vary in color from shades of blue to exciting hues of red and violet. Many contain astounding natural ice formations and tunnels.
At the entrance to the ice cave, we’ll provide you with the necessary safety equipment and descend into the icy wonderland. Our certified ice caving guides will tell you all about the formation and features of the ice cave, as well as a bit of the history of Iceland’s polar terrain.
After our ice cave tour, we’ll continue our journey across Iceland’s South Coast and head to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Best known as the waterfall you can walk behind, Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous cascades in Iceland. Panoramic views of Iceland’s South Coast look even better from behind the stunning torrents.
During the winter months, the waterfall is lit up with huge beams of light. When the aurora flares over it, Seljalandsfoss is one of the most breathtaking sights you can witness!
Pick up is at 7:30 – 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
The caves are in a constant change so they might look different from what you see in the picture. Air temperature, sunshine, precipitation, geothermal activity, and many other factors cause significant changes in the formation of the ice caves and this process is exclusively controlled by Mother Nature.
We will visit the best available naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.
Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.
Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.
You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every ice cave tour that we offer.
The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.