Day tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull National Park with stops at all the South Coast highlights and optional boat ride at the glacier lagoon.
This amazing day tour from Reykjavik is full of splendid views of Icelandic nature. Drive along the beautiful south coast with stops at all of the highlight 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 breathtakingly beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Add an optional amphibian boat tour to complete your day. This sightseeing tour is full of Iceland’s spectacular nature!
This is the ultimate best way to make the most of one day in Iceland straight out of Reykjavík. You will be checking of the Icelandic must-see list all day!
15th of May - 30th of September
8am - 11:30pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Skaftafell nature reserve
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond beach
- Skogafoss waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Reynisfjara black sand beach
- Vík Village
- Pick-up from Reykjavik
- Stops at the highlights of the South Coast
- Guided tour to Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
Pick-up: Pick up starts at 8:00 am. You will be picked up from your selected pick up location. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
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.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, headwear, and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.
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.
We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.
Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
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 Elding, has been a favorite 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
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.