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South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach

Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Reynisfjara & Vík Village

Day tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull National Park with stops at all the South Coast highlights and optional boat ride at the glacier lagoon.

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This amazing day tour from Reykjavik is full of splendid views of Iceland’s spectacular nature. Drive along the beautiful south coast with stops at all of Iceland’s must see highlights including the stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The drive brings you diverse visuals while we make our way to the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve and visit the breathtaking Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Add an optional boat tour to complete your day.

This is the ultimate way to make the most of your day in Iceland!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    ~15 Hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    16.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Skaftafell Nature Reserve (Only During Summer)
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks (Only During Summer)
Skogafoss Waterfall (Only During Summer)
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach (Only During Summer)
Vík Village
Hekla Volcano view
Eyjafjallajökull Volcano view
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
English Speaking Tour Guide
Stops at the Highlights of the South Coast
Guided Tour to Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

We start our day in Reykjavik but it’s also possible to be picked up on the way to Skaftafell (see pick up locations for more information). We will drive past Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant and along the south coast. Our first stop is at the stunning and sought after Seljalandsfoss, this is the waterfall you can walk behind and the location is beautiful.

Next, we will stop at the charming area of Skógar where the powerful waterfall Skógafoss is located. The two waterfalls are both 60 meters in height but extremely different in power, flow and surrounding scenery. We recommend walking up the right side of the waterfall to see the troll face that stares at the falls. Urban legend says that the troll forgot time staring at this alluring waterfall and turned into stone when sunrise came.

We will stop at the colorful village of Vík were we will have lunch at this beautiful location with views over the sea.

Now on to the highlight, next up is the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Diamond beach, only a short walk away. Jokulsarlon lagoon is getting to be world famous as it has been featured in Hollywood movies such as James Bond, Batman Begins, and Tomb Raider. From May until September, you have the option of a boat ride in the lagoon to get even closer to the icebergs (the boat ride is not included).

Next up Skaftafell nature reserve.

Skaftafell is located just under Vatnajökull glacier, which is the biggest glacier in Iceland. In Skaftafell we will enjoy a nice meal in this magnificent glacial setting.

Since summer in Iceland means non-stop daylight we still have time on the way back to stop at the wonderful Reynisfjara black sand beach. With its volcanic sand and basalt columns it’s slowly getting to be one of the most popular sights along the South Coast but since we will be there pretty late we are hoping to have it to ourselves.

After a stroll on the Reynisfjara beach, we head back to Reykjavik. You should be home before midnight.


Pick-up Information

Pick-up: Pick up starts at 8:00 am. You will be picked up from your selected pick up location in Reykjavík. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, headwear, and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. This is a long tour so bringing some snacks with you is also a good idea.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.


 

Please note

The boat ride on the glacier lagoon is only available from May-Sept (summer).) If you plan on booking it as an optional extra, it is important to do so beforehand to secure your seat as there is no guarantee there will be availability on site.

This is a long day tour. It takes about 5 hours to drive to the glacier lagoon area. Therefore this tour duration is about 15-16 hours, including all the stops along the way.

That from October 16th - May 14th we will skip the following activities because of the short daylight: Skógafoss and Reynisfjara. The tour is operated by our trusted partner during that time period and might be in a bigger bus, and not a minibus.

Where is Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon located?

Jökulsarlon is situated in the South East of Iceland on the edge of a glacier called Breiðamerkurjökull. It is about a 4.5-hour drive from Reykjavik.

What is Diamond Beach Iceland?

The Diamond Beach is a black sand beach next to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. It is a beach where icebergs have drifted onto the shore creating the illusion of huge diamonds.

Where is the Diamond Beach in Iceland?

Just outside of Vatnajokull national park you will find the Diamond Beach it is about 5 hours outside of Reykjavik.

Are there icebergs in Iceland?

There are a few glacier lakes in Iceland but Jökulsarlon is the largest. Here the icebergs are made up of glacial ice that can be up to 1000 years old.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

Disclaimer
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.

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South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach | Average rating: 4.9/5 based on 12 customer reviews


"Long day, but great" | 5 stars By Heidi 21/07/2018
I enjoyed this tour even though so long. It was great to have two different guides too. Our guide back to Reykjavik was great (Adolph). He made extra stops and gave great information. Our guide to the south coast did not have a lot of information to share . . . we finally asked him to tell us about Iceland as we were driving. I thought the tour was great and the size perfect. One thing that would have been nice to have on this tour or any tour was a map of where we were going and stops . . . sort of a visual to see as we drove around
"Beautiful Iceland!" | 5 stars By Gary Johnson 14/07/2018
We spent three days in your beautiful country. Your tour was the highlight of my day. The tour was 15 hrs and we were expecting 10 hrs. That is a long time for a couple approaching 80 yrs. It was definitely worth it to see that much of your country. Just talked to friends who are going for two weeks in August. It is very expensive. Where ever we will went, English wasn't a problem.
"Southern coast with glacier boat ride" | 4 stars By Chrissie Arico 05/07/2018
Hi... I have to say that Arnar was great! He told us such interesting facts! He was personable. I was sad that he didnt do our return trip from Glacier Lagoon. The next guide barely spoke to us the entire way back. We stopped at a few stops but we didnt really learn anything at any of them with the second guide. He really was pretty mediocre and disappointing.
"Incredible places and beautiful views throughout the whole drive" | 5 stars By Tsvetelina 08/07/2018
This tour took us to some of the most amazing places on the South Coast. We hadn't booked the boat tour in advance, but we really appreciate that our guide helped us do this on site. Even though we had seen pictures of the lagoon and the diamond beach in advance, they were even more incredible to see live. We were lucky to see a seal resting on an icebrg in the lagoon. Both guides we had on the trip were very nice and told us a lot of us interesting things about Iceland while travelling. Although it is a long trip, there are enough stops and we didn't feel that tired at the end of the day.
"Great Experience!!!!" | 5 stars By Andrea 08/07/2018
The tour guy is the best. We have fun since the minute he picked us up from the hotel. The beauty of Iceland was described in detail. I 101% recommended this tour. Great Time! Thanks
"Fantastic tour!" | 5 stars By Fanny 07/07/2018
What an amazing experience! From the moment we were picked up at the hotel to the moment we were dropped off back in Reykjavík, the tour guides made our experience an unforgettable one. Odei (I hope I’m spelling it right) was very professional and showed us little hidden places that we were not expecting to see. He was great! On our way back, we had Arnar (Eagle) and he was very funny and animated. He told us a lot of stories about the Vikings and what is like to grow up in Iceland. He introduced us to Islandic music, food and culture and really united the group. By the end of the tour, we were all a big family and were laughing and eating together. This was my second time in Iceland and it left me wanting more. I truly believe that this tour was so successful because of the amazing guides we had. Thank you Artic Adventures, Arnar and Odei for a truly amazing experience. I hope to see you soon for the 6 day tour. Keep up the good work!
"Favorite tour!" | 5 stars By Clarel 05/07/2018
This was by far my favorite tour! Long day on the bus but worth it. Diamond beach was beautiful and the glacier lagoon even better. The day we went, it was too windy for the boat tour so we missed out on that. Black sand beach was impressive. Highly recommended tour!
"This was a great tour!" | 5 stars By Despoina Filiou 03/07/2018
This was a great tour! We packed loads on one day but it was an amazing experience!
"Long but amazing day!" | 5 stars By Jennifer Bagley 14/06/2018
Fantastic trip - so many stops to view beautiful sites that the long drive didn't feel bad at all. Great tour guides with local knowledgeable and fun stories. Plenty of time to enjoy the stops. Thanks for an unforgettable day!
"Wonderful sights. Great tour guides." | 5 stars By Debbie 13/06/2018
Wonderful sights. Great tour guides.
"Awesome Tour" | 5 stars By Taylor Wilson 11/06/2018
The tour was great, and very good tour guides. Just sit back and relax while you get driven along the south coast, and enjoy the sights.
"Amazing Experience!" | 5 stars By Jess 11/06/2018
We had a wonderful day on this tour. The waterfalls, glacier and beaches were absolutely incredible. The guide talked a lot throughout the long drive providing interesting information about the history of Iceland and different sights. It is a very long day (we left at 8am and returned at 1.30am) so we recommend keeping this in mind when making plans for the following day. The tour could have stopped for a shorter period at a few places on the drive back when it became clear that we would be quite late arriving back and the weather wasn't overly pleasant but it was still a very great experience.
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