2 Day South Coast - Glacier Hike, Northern Lights & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
The perfect winter tour in Iceland
This two-day tour along the beautiful south coast of Iceland offers you the ultimate highlights in a small and friendly group.
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.
We also have a summer version of this tour 2 Day South Coast – Glacier hike, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
September 15th - April 15th
Meet on location
- 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
- 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.
Here you can find a detailed list of information about everything you need to know about this tour:
2 Day South Coast Guide
What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are essential for the glacier hike, it is not possible to fit ice crampons to any other kind of footwear.
See the 2 Day South Coast Guide for more information.
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 boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. Please note, we do not rent any gear from locations, this must be booked in advance.
If you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.
Breakfast is included at your hotel restaurant on day 2. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on this tour. We will, however, be making stops where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
Sometimes we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Glacier outlets used on this tour include Svínafellsjökull, Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, all amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful.
Day1 : South Coast of Iceland
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.
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.
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.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Beach
- Vík Village
- Northern Lights search
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Amazing sights
- Knowledgeable guide
- Accommodation in a country hotel
- Private bathroom
Day 2: 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Glacier hiking with our own certified Glacier Guide
- Svínafellsjökull Glacier
- Scenic drive to Reykjavík
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Fantastic Sights in Iceland
- Knowledgeable guide
- Experienced Glacier Guide
- Glacier hiking tour
- Drop off in Reykjavík
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
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.
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 Special Tours, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.
There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures. but if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.
Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.
A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.
Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.
If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in slight star movement.
Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length
Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length
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.
Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency number 112
Medical assistance 1770
Dental Emergency 575-0505
General Information 1819
Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is
Road conditions www.road.is
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.
When booking with Arctic Adventures you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel in one of the most popular parts of Iceland. The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with made-up beds with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.
Hotel breakfast is included!
- The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
- It’s possible to store your luggage in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
- Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
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.
Price from 49.900 ISK per person.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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Best Trip Ever!
My husband and I went on the 2 day south coast tour. Oliver was our amazing tour guide for the two days. We cannot express in words how much fun we had. He seriously took such good care of us, and did everything he could to satisfy all of our requests. He showed us as much as possible and made sure our small group was taken care of everywhere we went! We had an amazing time, and strongly recommend any one to go on this tour when visiting Iceland. Try to get Oliver as your guide as he is the best, and I am sure you will have a blast!
Review of: 2-Day South Iceland from Reykjavik:Highly recommend this tour. We were stunned by the incredible glaciers, glacier lagoon, black sand beaches etc etc. the tour guide tor was informative about the scenery, history and also had some stories to make it even more interesting. We had plenty of time to explore at each of the stops.