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.
Iceland is known for colorful 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 to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. 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 reflection off of the glacier.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.
Yes, so happy to be able to tell you yes:
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.
You can bring you 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 each trip glacier tour we offer.
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.