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2 Day South Coast - Glacier hike, Northern Lights & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The Highlights of the Icelandic South Coast

This two-day tour along the beautiful south coast of Iceland offers you the ultimate highlights in a small and friendly group.

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Don’t let winter stop you from traveling further. Our 2 Day South Coast – Glacier hike, Northern Lights & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is the perfect way to capture the essence of Iceland’s natural beauty and diversity of the landscape. Get up close and personal with powerful waterfalls, visit volcanic beaches, stand in a lava field and see the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon. Travel with like minded travelers to some of the most beautiful locations Iceland has to offer.

Click here for the summer version of this tour, with an optional boat ride on the glacier lagoon.

  • Availability

    September 15th - April 15th

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Price from

    49.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach
Village of Vík
Northern Lights
Glacier Hiking
Vatnajökull Glacier
Diamond Beach
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Small Group Experience
Included
Pick up & drop off in Reykjavík
Beautiful natural attractions
Guided glacier hike with our own certified Glacier Guides
Specialized glacier gear
Knowledgeable guide and driver
One night in a country hotel with a private bathroom
Hotel breakfast

Get ready to be amazed!
Right from the start, this tour will take you to the best sights along the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. Walk behind the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, take in the natural energy at the powerful Skógafoss Waterfall and walk along the mystical Reynisfjara black volcanic beach. The stairs of basalt columns stand strong on one side along with an alluring sculpture filled cave and in the ocean, you will find even columns. The view all around is mesmerizing and the waves add to the intensity of the location but they are forceful so stay at a safe distance and enjoy the vista to the fullest!

Our night we will be spent in the countryside to increase our chances of seeing the magical Northern Lights dance in the dark winter sky. The group will join for a dinner to get to know each other better and get in a little relaxation before testing our chances in the evening with the glittering lights. After a hopefully successful Northern Lights hunt in the evening, the group joins in the morning for breakfast (included) at our hotel and fill up our energy for the exciting day ahead. We have a packed day in store for us and the theme is the GLACIER!

The drive is a scenic one with dramatic mountain landscapes and rugged lava but soon the glaciers start getting closer and the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon imposes itself on the horizon. The magic of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is difficult to convey in words but here goes! You will know you have arrived when you see a procession of glistening opalescent icebergs. The natural ice sculptures calve of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which has been receding over the last century, creating the rapidly growing and now enormous glacial lake, this is now the deepest natural lake in Iceland. The multi colored icebergs float across the lake, jostling one another as they go, after their long slow journey they arrive at the nearby Diamond Beach, where you will usually see a few resting on this dramatic black beach. They do, indeed, shimmer like precious diamonds!

But that’s not all! You will also set foot on the glacier with a never-to-be-forgotten glacier hike on an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. This glacier has a vast array of amazing features including sharp crevasses and a stunning icefall, where ice drops hundreds of meters from the mountain. You will be provided with ice crampons and all of the glacier gear you could need to walk on a living and constantly evolving glacier. In a small group and accompanied by a very knowledgeable certified glacier guide you will be in the safest hands possible to go for such an exciting journey.

For more details please see the tour itinerary!

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are essential for the glacier hike, it is not possible to fit ice crampons to any other kind of footwear.

Pick up is at 8:00 am from your hotel or the Reykjavík meeting point you have chosen. Please note: picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready and waiting at 8:00 am.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. Please note, we do not rent any gear from locations, this must be booked in advance.

 

Please note

Arctic Adventures reserve the right to alter the itinerary and/or take different routes due to weather and/or road conditions. Also, due to limited availability of accommodations in Iceland, we may need to re-arrange the itinerary. However, our experienced travel planners aim to optimize your experience of the tour and make sure it’s always the best possible.

If you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.

Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Hekla volcano are always subject to weather conditions and visibility.

Food is NOT included in the tour with the exception of breakfast on the second day.

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena, we CANNOT promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

Day One - South Coast of Iceland

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We head out of the city and drive through the fertile southern farmlands, passing through small villages, before we come to the first highlight of the day: Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here you will have an opportunity to walk behind the spectacular cascade to really feel the force of the water, and get a very unusual vantage point, peeping out through the ‘curtain’ of water. The next stop, Skógafoss waterfall, is not far away, we spend a little time here to take in the spectacular scenery. A pathway at the side of the waterfall leads up many steps, it then continues and connects up with the famous Fimmvörðuháls trail. Great volcano mountain glaciers dominate the dramatic landscapes which rise above Skógafoss.

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After visiting the waterfalls, we go down to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach. There are impressive basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar peaks, unusual rock formations which rise above the ocean just off the coast – this is a truly magical place to visit.

Reynisfjara-South-Coast-Iceland

We stop for lunch at the coastal village of Vík, before making our way further towards the east. On the way to your hotel, you will travel through glacial desert landscapes, the like of which you have probably never seen. At our hotel, we relax and enjoy dinner (food and beverages are not included – only breakfast). If the conditions are favorable, you will get the chance to test your aurora luck with a little northern lights spotting.

Northern Lights hunting in Iceland

Day Highlights
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach
Vík Village
Northern Lights search
Included
Pick up in Reykjavik
Amazing sights
Knowledgeable guide
Accommodation in a country hotel
Private bathroom

Day Two - Glacier day

Today, we will spend most of our time in Vatnajökull National Park, before we heading back to Reykjavik. You might find the landscapes and scenery familiar since it’s been the location for some very famous movie scenes including Batman Begins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Game of Thrones and action scenes in a couple of James Bond movies.

Diamond Beach Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

We start the day at the picturesque Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. We spend some time exploring and enjoying this incredibly stunning and magical place, wandering to the Diamond Beach to see the icebergs which have made their journey from the lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these icy beauties are washed onto the beach where they sit shimmering like opalescent diamonds on the coal-black sand.

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Next up is an exciting glacier hike. We make our way to Svínafellsjökull, a majestic tongue of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. We like to call Svinafellsjokull the Hollywood Glacier since it can be found in lots of famous movies, like Interstellar and Batman Begins. We meet our expert Glacier Guides at our booking office in Skaftafell. Before we set foot on the glacier, our specialist glacier guides will go over all safety features and equipment so that you will feel comfortable once you are on the glacier.

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A glacier hike is always a magical journey, you will see incredible ice formations, the labyrinths of crevasses which wend their way through the ice, and an impressive icefall, where ice drops hundreds of meters from the mountain. Your guide will share a lot of glacier facts with you and answer any questions that you may have. Glaciers are incredibly vibrant, always moving and changing.

After the glacier hike, we begin our journey back to Reykjavik. We will travel the same route as the day before, but there will be a lot of new things to see and enjoy on the way. We drop you off where we picked you up in Reykjavik after two days of exciting adventures.

We will we be returning back to Reykjavík around 9 pm.

Day Highlights
Vatnajökull National Park
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
Glacier hiking with our own certified Glacier Guide
Svínafellsjökull Glacier
Scenic drive to Reykjavík
Included
Breakfast at the hotel
Fantastic Sights in Iceland
Knowledgeable guide
Experienced Glacier Guide
Glacier hiking tour
Drop off in Reykjavík
What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

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.
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.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

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.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

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.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

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).

What are crampons?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.

Should I bring mosquito repellant when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus-side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.

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 is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sounds like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high tech country. We actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.

The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.

You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with private bathrooms.

Breakfast is included.

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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