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About Tour

This day tour from Reykjavik will take you to the essential highlights of the South Coast, including Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach.

Highlights

  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
  • Jokulsarlon Boat Ride (optional extra)
  • Fjallsárlón Lagoon
  • Vík Village
  • Stjórnarfoss waterfall

This fantastic day tour from Reykjavik is full of splendid views of Iceland’s spectacular nature. Drive along the beautiful south coast with stops at Iceland’s must-see highlights, including the stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Stjórnarfoss. The drive brings you diverse visuals while we make our way to the breathtaking Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach.

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

Availability All Year
Duration 14-16 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Stops at the Highlights of the South Coast
  • Visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket & pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good hiking shoes are recommended
  • Bring some snacks

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Boat ride (optional extra)

Itinerary

Information

Floating Icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

We start our day in Reykjavik at 7 am and drive along Iceland's epic South Coast. We will stop at the most beautiful locations and must-see natural attractions. Due to dramatic daylight differences, the number and the order of our stops may vary between summer and winter.

Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lagoon (and the deepest lake in Iceland) located at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier. As the glacier reaches the lowland areas, it retreats and melts, creating a lagoon. The lagoon is filled with giant icebergs that float slowly towards the ocean from the glacier. The icebergs are pretty varied in size and shape. The biggest ones can be as large as 20 to 30 meters. As the glacier "calves" and new icebergs enter the lagoon, it changes its appearance all the time.

The black sand beach where the icebergs are washed ashore by the waves is called the Diamond beach. Together these two attractions are probably the most photographed natural attractions in Iceland. Jökulsarlon has deserved the nickname "the Crown Jewel of Iceland."

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Diamond beach have become world-famous as they have appeared in Hollywood movies such as James Bond, Batman Begins, and Tomb Raider.

Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. It is very photogenic as it plunges over 60m into a shallow pool. The river that feeds Seljalandsfoss originates at the magnificent volcano glacier, Eyjafjallajokull. But the main reason why this cascade is so unique is that you can walk behind the water flow and see the waterfall and the world from a new perspective. Bring your raincoat as you will get wet from the drizzle! (Please note that the path behind the cascade may be closed during winter as it gets too slippery and dangerous.)

With 300 inhabitants, Iceland's southernmost village, Vík í Mýrdal, is the busiest settlement in a 150-km / 39 mi area on the South Coast. This vibrant little place is a typical Icelandic countryside village, with colorful houses, scenic views, and a teeny-tiny church on the top of a hill.

Fjallsárlón lagoon is renowned for the shimmering icebergs that float in its waters. The vivid colors of the ice range from electric blue to crystal clear. Some of the icebergs are streaked with grey, caused by volcanic eruptions.

The icebergs often collide, releasing shuddering groans as they rub against one another. The acrobatic antics of Great Skua seabirds overhead and playful seals in the water make for an incredible show.

Pick-up:

Pick-up starts at 7:00 am. You will be picked up from Bus Stop #12 (opposite Storm Hotel) or your selected pick-up location in Reykjavík. We will pick you up there within 30 minutes from the departure time. You can find directions to this location here.  

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.

Food and drinks are not included but can be purchased on the way, there is time allocated for lunch.

Boat ride: For the optional 30 minutes boat tour at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a ticket can be purchased on the bus for ISK 5900 per person. The boat trip is only possible during the summer months, from May to September.

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Reviews

4.9
Based on 31 reviews

South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach Day Tour From Reykjavik

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Amazing experience

Reviewed on December 02, 2021 by Freddie Review from Tripadvisor

This was our favourite excursion when we went to Iceland! The glacier hike was particularly incredible, our guides were all very good especially Biggi-he was very funny and knowledgeable. This tour was well worth the money.

Very good day trip

Reviewed on November 16, 2021 by Marcello M Review from Tripadvisor

The whole trip was amazing, the guides in particular were knowledgeable of the history of the regions we passed through, providing valuable insight during the the bus ride.

highly recommend this tour

Reviewed on November 09, 2021 by rv Review from Tripadvisor

We had a great time with our very helpful and knowledgeable tour guides Vgeran and Gilmar.
They made sure that we have great time and safe. We have several stops along the way for toilet and refreshment. They are professional tour guides. Vgeran even offered to take photo of us. I highly recommend this tour and this company. Well done.

Absolutely Incredible!

Reviewed on October 20, 2021 by Nicole R Review from Tripadvisor

We saw some spectacular things in Iceland, but our south coast tour day with Vjeran was absolutely above and beyond.

I’ll start with Vjeran himself, who has a true gift for this. He made the long day pass quickly with an incredible amount of knowledge and many funny anecdotes. He knew every single person’s name within moments and made the entire adventure feel like a personal outing with a dear friend. He is also a wonderful photographer (even willingly laying down on the ground for a better viewpoint) and happily takes photos free of charge. I cannot say enough amazing things about Vjeran. I can’t imagine any trip with him being anything short of absolutely lovely.

Moving on to the trip itself - it was wonderful, but it was also very long (so be prepared)! They make multiple stops for restrooms and refreshments and I never felt like I was sitting to long or anxious about when the next stop was coming. The day started out with unpleasant weather, but that never stopped us and every sight was still breathtaking. The weather cleared by afternoon, thankfully :)

It seems like every stop we went to, I’d say “there’s no getting better than this”, and then our next stop somehow was even more fantastic. The clear stand out of the day was the glacier lagoon, where we got some amazing photos and were allowed some extra time to explore.

Our day finished off with one of the most unbelievable experiences I could imagine - we got to walk behind the illuminated Seljandsfoss waterfall after nightfall. It was crystal clear and a sky full of stars. Vjeran led the way on the path behind the waterfall, and out the other side so that we would complete a full loop (and get a wish!), and Vjeran was quick to assist if anybody got stuck. We came out the other side to a surprise appearance of the Aurora, which was just spectacular. A truly magical, once in a lifetime experience.

We finished up the long ride back to Reykjavik with dim light and relaxing Icelandic music on the bus. I could not have asked for anything more, could not have dreamt of it being as wonderful as it was. I would do this again and again if I could, and recommend it as emphatically as possible. This is the tour you want if you are trying to see the wonders of the south coast.

Professional, fun, reliable

Reviewed on October 20, 2021 by Hum5 Review from Tripadvisor

What a great experience we had with this tour. Thank you to Arctic Adventures, awesome guide Vjeran. Vjeran guide was very knowledgeable friendly, great sense of humor, very patience, and always go out of his way to keep all of us happy with the tour. We would recommend this tour and Arctic Adventures to our family and friends for sure. Thank you for providing us great tour, great guide, great experience 🙏

Great Guides, Wonderful Experience

Reviewed on October 13, 2021 by Kevin M Review from Tripadvisor

Arni and Vjeran were excellent guides throughout our entire trip. They each drove safely, and gave us great insights into both the sights around us, and Icelandic culture as a whole. It’s a long ride, but the destinations are more than worth all the travel. Vjeran offered to take pictures for everyone in our group at each stop, and guided us personally through Seljalandsfoss waterfall. We couldn’t have been happier with our tour, and it was all thanks to Iceland’s natural beauty, and the expert direction of both Arni and Vjeran. Thanks so much to both of you.

Highlights included:
- Head counts in three different languages
- Vjeran laying down in the rocks to take the best photos for everyone
- An eclectic mix of Icelandic music
- Surprise Northern Lights
- History lessons from a different point of view
- Tutelage on volcanology, glaciology, geology, and trolls
- Glacier Lagoon. Absolutely indescribably beautiful.

Amazing guides!

Reviewed on October 09, 2021 by Kayla W Review from Tripadvisor

We took this tour with Vjeran and Peter as guides. They were phenomenal. I cannot recommend anyone more highly. They were kind, knowledgeable, funny, adventurous but safe, good drivers, literally everything you want in a guide. They made an incredible tour even better. This day is my favorite memory of my time in Iceland. The value of the tour was also really good.

Best tour of our Iceland trip

Reviewed on October 05, 2021 by dsbe83 Review from Tripadvisor

Perfect Tour! Our guides, Peter and Vjeran, were wonderful! Waterfalls, black beach, basalt columns, glaciar lagoon, Diamond beach....Vjeran was our expert portrait photographer. They pointed out the history and legends through out the tour of the areas we visited, many volcanoes and glaciars....and noticed Aurura was making an appearance so we made an unscheduled stop for our group to take pics! Awesome (long) day!!

Incredible South Coast Tour

Reviewed on September 09, 2021 by dashakof Review from Tripadvisor

I went with three girl friends (age 24) and we had an amazing experience. The weather was pretty bad (rain) the first half of the day but that didn’t affect our ability to see the glacier lagoon, diamond beach, black sand beach, skogafoss and seljalandfoss for at least 30 min at each. The gloominess actually added to the experience and made for really cool scenery. The tour does specify some other stops but we didn’t get to stop there for an extended period of time (assuming because of the weather), such as in Vik we only stopped for food at a gas station. Weather is very unpredictable so you have to be ready for anything, and although we didn’t stop for pictures at every second we still were able to get a voiceover as we drove through. The tour guides we had were AMAZING (bjork and vjeran) they had a wealth of knowledge and I learned so much that I would’ve never known about Iceland. Although we don’t stop everywhere they give us a lot of information of where we are driving around so you never feel like you’re missing out. Vjeran was clearly very passionate about Iceland, and even more helpful with getting the perfect shot. He was happy to get on the floor for that perfect angle and it was never awkward to ask, if you care to get great pictures definitely take a tour with him. They both had great personalities and were actually interested in getting to know us (memorizing everyone’s names) and making jokes with us throughout the long day. The day ended with the perfect sunset and our tour guides allowed us to take full advantage with two different stops to take in the view. Overall I would 100% recommend this tour if you want a day trip from Reykjavik to see the south coast, we left at 8 am and got back at 11p and we stopped for all three meals. Of course the best way would be to do a road trip on the ring road but being uncomfortable with driving, being a solo traveler and wanting to stay in Reykjavik this is 100% the choice. We went on tours with two other companies and this was our favorite by far, so even if you don’t do this tour Vjeran mentioned he does a glacier hike tour which seems like a once in a lifetime experience! If you go during COVID, the masks are mandatory on the bus at all times and we never had a problem with that and you can take them off when you’re outside. I am not able to upload photos but I can promise they were Instagram worthy.

Incredible South Coast Tour

Reviewed on September 09, 2021 by Dasha K Review from Tripadvisor

I went with three girl friends (age 24) and we had an amazing experience. The weather was pretty bad (rain) the first half of the day but that didn’t affect our ability to see the glacier lagoon, diamond beach, black sand beach, skogafoss and seljalandfoss for at least 30 min at each. The gloominess actually added to the experience and made for really cool scenery. The tour does specify some other stops but we didn’t get to stop there for an extended period of time (assuming because of the weather), such as in Vik we only stopped for food at a gas station. Weather is very unpredictable so you have to be ready for anything, and although we didn’t stop for pictures at every second we still were able to get a voiceover as we drove through. The tour guides we had were AMAZING (bjork and vjeran) they had a wealth of knowledge and I learned so much that I would’ve never known about Iceland. Although we don’t stop everywhere they give us a lot of information of where we are driving around so you never feel like you’re missing out. Vjeran was clearly very passionate about Iceland, and even more helpful with getting the perfect shot. He was happy to get on the floor for that perfect angle and it was never awkward to ask, if you care to get great pictures definitely take a tour with him. They both had great personalities and were actually interested in getting to know us (memorizing everyone’s names) and making jokes with us throughout the long day. The day ended with the perfect sunset and our tour guides allowed us to take full advantage with two different stops to take in the view. Overall I would 100% recommend this tour if you want a day trip from Reykjavik to see the south coast, we left at 8 am and got back at 11p and we stopped for all three meals. Of course the best way would be to do a road trip on the ring road but being uncomfortable with driving, being a solo traveler and wanting to stay in Reykjavik this is 100% the choice. We went on tours with two other companies and this was our favorite by far, so even if you don’t do this tour Vjeran mentioned he does a glacier hike tour which seems like a once in a lifetime experience! If you go during COVID, the masks are mandatory on the bus at all times and we never had a problem with that and you can take them off when you’re outside. I am not able to upload photos but I can promise they were Instagram worthy.

Fantastic guides, amazing places

Reviewed on September 09, 2021 by separkin Review from Tripadvisor

Vjeran and Björk were the perfect guides on this tour: knowledgeable, helpful and really good fun. As for the sights - wow. You'll never regret making the trip.

Outstanding tour

Reviewed on September 06, 2021 by Karen Yapp From our post-trip system

Our tour guide, Vjeran, did a fantastic job of showing us the beautiful and breath taking landscape of the South Coast. He and the driver (Hjortur) helped us in getting the photos taken( they were very happy to take photos for us) and answered all our questions fully. Vjeran genuinely wanted all of us to have a memorable time in Iceland by going the extra mile ....he and Hjortur showed professionalism and provided lots of information about the sights on this tour. Thanks AA !

Epic South Coast

Reviewed on September 01, 2021 by ashleenad2021 Review from Tripadvisor

Absolutely epic, whistle stop tour of the South Coast. Excellent guiding from Vjeran and Hjõrtur brought it all to life. Feel like a glacier expert already! The glacier lagoon, diamond beach, black beach and various waterfalls are all must sees, so it's worth the long day.

Amazing day in Iceland

Reviewed on March 18, 2020 by Nicola Brown From our post-trip system

This was, by far, the best day out. I had been exploring myself as far as Vik on a previous journey but didnt want to drive further myself in a hire car, so I chose this option to see more of this beautiful island. People warned me it would a long day but to be honest, we were so busy seeing sights that I didnt notice. We never drove for more than 90 mins without a break, and some of the sights we stopped at will stay with me forever. Diamond beach is breathtaking as is the glacier lake. Our driver Zhari took us to stops not on the itinerary so we could see more, and was very informative. Our guide on the way back, Maria was also very informative and fun. On the way back around 10pm, Maria made an additional stop at a waterfall where we were lucky enough to see the Northern lights. There is nothing I would change about this day, thank you so much to your guides and company, I have recommended you to others who are visiting.

Full Icelandic experience

Reviewed on March 16, 2020 by Keri From our post-trip system

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, although long was an amazing experience. Once we arrived at Black Sand Beach the weather turned with snow blasts but we loved it! How often would a couple of Aussies experience that! Black Diamond Beach was breathtaking, to be so up close to large ice formations but the glacial lagoon was spectacular with icebergs breaking off from a glacier, and we even saw seals! Waterfall by light was the icing on the cake on way back. Our guide was very informed of the area with safety being a no 1 priority as weather can turn very very quickly in Iceland. Highlyrecommend.

Beautiful sights, fabulous trip!

Reviewed on March 14, 2020 by Klaudia M Review from Tripadvisor

I'd like to thank the guides (Maria and Zachery?) first of all for coping with mine and my friend's singing. :D The tour guides were absolutely amazing! Friendly, kind and funny! Answered all questions, and kept us entertained.
Arctic Adventures provide a fantastic tour around the south coast of Iceland, although I'd appreciate if the trips were to be, a little bit longer. I felt like I had to rush at the destinations.
But for a first timer, I strongly advise to go on this trip, and see the magnificent South Coast of Iceland! It's well worth it! The information given off the guides was not only informative but also entertaining. I hope if you go on this trip you'll get the same fabulous guides as we did!

Thanks again!

Warm wishes from England.

K & P

Bless Bless! :)

South Coast Tour & Jokulsarlon

Reviewed on February 07, 2020 by Bercylito David From our post-trip system

We have a good experience when we took the 14-hr tour for the South Coast and Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon. We were pick-up exactly as the time they mentioned in the invoice. Despite the 5 hour daylight in the winter, we saw the Reynisfijara Black Sand beach, Glacier lagoon, Diamond beach and Seljalandsfoss water falls. Except for the Seljalandsfoss water falls, we saw all the attraction during the daylight. Seljalandsfoss water falls we saw at night but fall is lighted. Our driver Chris (I think) was accommodating on any questions we asked. He will set an ample time to let us go freely on the attractions. He narrates every town and site that we passed by. He drives safely and a timely arrival on every attractions. If you are going specially on tours during the winter, use Arctic Adventures. Driving in Iceland during winter is very unpredictable.

South Coast and Jokusarlon Tour

Reviewed on January 31, 2020 by Jun David Review from Tripadvisor

We have a good experience when we took the 14-hr tour for the South Coast and Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon. We were pick-up exactly as the time they mentioned in the invoice.

Despite the 5 hour daylight in the winter, we saw the Reynisfijara Black Sand beach, Glacier lagoon, Diamond beach and Seljalandsfoss water falls. Except for the Seljalandsfoss water falls, we saw all the attraction during the daylight. Seljalandsfoss water falls we saw at night but fall is lighted.

Our driver Chris (I think) was accommodating on any questions we asked. He will set an ample time to let us go freely on the attractions. He narrates every town and site that we passed by. He drives safely and a timely arrival on every attractions.

If you are going specially on tours during the winter, use Arctic Adventures. Driving in Iceland during winter is very unpredictable.

Awesome

Reviewed on September 09, 2019 by Shilpa S Review from Tripadvisor

Well arranged.. on time.. weather was checked properly at each place and changes done to itinerary accordingly which is highly appreciated... even though it was a long tour.. worth the effort with beautiful Iceland scenery and amazing company of tour guides of Arctic adventure.. keep up the good work

Amazing Day!

Reviewed on August 14, 2019 by howlpat Review from Tripadvisor

This was a VERY long tour - about 17 hours! but totally worth it to see all of the amazing sites on the South Coast. We saw Skogafoss Waterfall, stopped for lunch in Vik, walked on Diamond Beach, took a boat ride (extra but necessary) on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, visited wonderful Reynisfjara black sand beach where we also had dinner, and finally walked behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. We didn't get back until 1 am! Fortunately it stays light very late in July. We liked that the drivers were changed halfway through the trip for safety reasons. The group was smaller than the big bus tours, so that enabled us to see more sites. Bring snacks and things to do on the bus, but the scenery is beautiful! Highly recommend if you only have a few days in Iceland and have already done the Grand Circle Tour.

Long day but totally worth it!

Reviewed on August 14, 2019 by Anne Z Review from Tripadvisor

This was the longest day of any tour day - 8am to midnight - but absolutely our favorite day of touring. The sites of Iceland's south coast are incredible and surpassed all expectations. We had an awesome tour guide going out (Kirsten) who is not a native Icelander but moved to Iceland. Her personal story of how she wound up Iceland is fascinating. She's a wealth of knowledge about geography and European travel. She has a love for Iceland, Icelandic, and the Icelandic culture. We had another wonderful tour guide, Pascal, and as a native Icelandic farmer, she gave us a very in depth view into farm life in Iceland. We loved hearing her stories and insight into everything from geography to tourism to farm life. Both wonderful people, willing to answer any and all questions about Iceland, what we were seeing/touring, and themselves personally. We were in a Sprinter, which is a smaller, comfortable touring bus that holds about 18 people. We liked the smaller group, it gave us a chance to meet and talk to everyone. We felt we had plenty of time in each spot, and Kirsten and Pascal got out with us most times to give us more information on what we were seeing. They also pointed out lots of stuff on the sides of the road while we were going from place to place. We loved this tour and would recommend it to anyone.

SOUTH COAST, JOKULSARLON & DIAMOND BEACH GLACIER LAGOON, DIAMOND BEACH, REYNISFJARA & VÍK VILLAGE

Reviewed on June 23, 2019 by Lisa P Review from Tripadvisor

Trip with my grown son.

1 day
1 bus
2 drivers
8 stops
680k round trip

8am start and returned at 11pm.

So many sights, so many highlights. It was the perfect trip for me. I honestly don’t know where to start.

Our guide was amazing. An older gentleman (sorry I don’t remember his name), knew his stuff, gave us some great facts, and was funny. Comfort stop about an hour in because there is so much time spent on the eoad.

Our first stop was Eyjafjallajökull visitor centre. Everyone remembers this as the volcano that stopped air traffic over Europe in 2010. There are photos, and regeneration (gotta love Mother Nature).

Then onto Skogafoss which is beautiful and majestic. You can walk up as close as you like and you will get wet. If you’re lucky and sun is out, you may get a beautiful rainbow.

Then to Vik village. Vik is our lunch stop. View from the mountain is stunning, the horses up there nibble on your fingers.

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon next with a boat ride in the lagoon. The scenery from place to place is so varied, and this makes Iceland such a delight. First we rock up to the beach with “ice cubes” on it. Shame tourists can’t just leave things alone and admire the beauty. Great guide on our boat. We got to hold a tiny cube and taste glacial ice.

After this, we stop to change drivers. Safety first.

Next stop Reynishverfisvegur (black sand beach which is Dragonstone from Game of Thrones). This is the dinner stop. Stunning beach.

Next stop Seljalandsfoss waterfall. You can walk behind this one and not get too wet. By the end of this, we were all exhausted.

There are enough rest stops as well.

This tour is so well-run. Any overruns are by people being late back to the bus.

Great tour of the best bits of Iceland

Reviewed on May 18, 2019 by volvo_volvo24 Review from Tripadvisor

Tour guide Siggi was friendly and gave some good commentary along the trip. The tour was just under 16 hours but it didn’t feel that long. Lots of stops to see things and breaks for food/toilet breaks. WiFi on the bus, comfortable seats and clean. Waterfalls, glaciers and black beaches were great!

Fabulous Fun Day

Reviewed on May 13, 2019 by Dovecotedweller Review from Tripadvisor

I booked my trip online and everything went very smoothly with the booking and I was able to print off all relevant paperwork with the the barcode clearly displayed.
The night before the trip I received an email from the company to confirm the bus stop and they even sent a photo of the correct one.
I was picked up by a lovely lady unfortunately I cannot remember her name but I think it was Artsy for short.
She gave a great commentary throughout the day and her driving was very safe.
We visited various waterfalls, Vic, Black sands and a glacier.
She was very knowledgeable on the area and considered everyone's ability and came with the group to check all was ok.
I felt that I had a very interesting, well organised day and would like to Thank you.
My only regret is that I did not choose your company for The Golden Circle Tour but will be recommending you to others

Mind blowing

Reviewed on March 27, 2019 by Caz325 Review from Tripadvisor

I was really apprehensive about the glacier hike as I am not a seasoned hiker but all I can say is DO THIS TOUR. It was utterly incredible and you'll experience things you'll never experience again.
Vernon was the most incredible guide - super enthusiastic and passionate about the glacier, its history and its future, and super patient and kind. This was the highlight of our trip to Iceland

Amazing tour

Reviewed on February 07, 2019 by LoveTravel725419 Review from Tripadvisor

Our tour guide was Hirlam ( hope I spelled it right) . We got picked up early morning and Spent a whole day . ( bring snacks!) we got plenty bathroom breaks, lunch/dinner breaks . We went in January although it was cold the tour was so worth it . We learned so much and had extra stops ! Amazing tour and company would definitely come back

Amazing sites just not enough time!

Reviewed on February 06, 2019 by Abby S Review from Tripadvisor

10/10 Experience

Reviewed on October 17, 2018 by justinel234 Review from Tripadvisor

I booked the 2 day south coast, glacier lagoon and ice cave excursion with lodging included. I could go on and on about the positives of my experience:

- The guide (Emily) was absolutely phenomenal. I wish I could have bought her a drink at Kiki’s! She answered about a thousand questions from my friend Janet and I, all while navigating narrow roads and driving through treacherous weather conditions. If it weren’t for her accent, you’d think she was a native since her knowledge was so great.

- The accommodations at the Bed and Breakfast far exceeded my expectations in terms of cleanliness, comfort and convenience.

- The number of stops we made and types of activities we did over the two days were perfectly planned. The first day included more frequent but less active stops. The second day had only two or three main sights, but included more physical exertion at each location. Emily was also able to pivot our schedule seamlessly around an impending storm.

The only mild drawback was the hike in the ice cave. Since I visited in fall, the ice was dirty and not as spectacular as it looks during other times of year. Obviously, that was not the tour company’s fault. However, the hike itself was also very short. I was expecting a longer walk through the ice and I was sad there wasn’t more to see in the tunnel. If you’re looking for an easy hike, this is definitely it. If you’re looking for something intermediate or challenging, don’t be fooled by the helmet and cleat requirements. Those are precautions here and don’t indicate a higher level of difficulty.

Overall, this was one of the best guided tours I’ve ever taken. Thanks again Emily!

Excellent and professional

Reviewed on July 30, 2018 by ldavis32 Review from Tripadvisor

We had an amazing day. We were picked up on time ina very comfortable van. Both our guides to and from were excellent. The breaks and stops were well timed and when we stopped for meal the food was good and there were lots of options even vegetarian. The waterfalls were amazing and the glacier lagoon was a must see. Do include the boat trip when you purchase this tour.
A long but excellent day and well worth the time.

By far the highlight of my trip

Reviewed on June 11, 2018 by Charlotte K Review from Tripadvisor

This was the best tour for jamming in as much as possible in a single day. Indeed we started from Reykjavík at 8 am and returned at 1 am. Thank goodness for the June midnight sun!! The trip included so many scenic stops including waterfall and glacier galore, especially Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon which is Breathtakingly beautiful and not to be missed!!

We had a different guide driver going and returning so that he/she is not too tired from too many hours of driving. Very considerate safety measure.

Fantastic sights

Reviewed on February 27, 2018 by MrsPfromEG Review from Tripadvisor

A great day, magnificent scenery. The beach with the black sand and crashing waves was really impressive. Also the magnificent waterfall. Can't comment on the glacier hike as wasn't well enough to do this on the day unfortunately. A long day, but well worth doing. Very nice driver who was kind and helpful.

FAQ

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

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 super 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.

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.

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.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

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.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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