This two-day tour gives you a perfect opportunity to travel through the magnificent variety of landscapes of the south coast of Iceland.
This 2 day south coast summer tour is a great option if you want to get out of the city and explore amazing landscape. Admire the waterfalls, the black sands and the moss covered lava fields. Spend the night in a cozy country hotel under the Europe’s biggest glacier. Enjoy endless daylight in an arctic summer in Iceland, explore the ultimate highlights of the south coast and meet like-minded travelers from all over the world.
If you can’t find any available dates on this tour that suit your needs, try having a look at our equally fun winter version.
2-day South Coast – Glacier Hike, Northern Lights & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
April 15th - September 15th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Glacier hike
- Seljandsfoss waterfall
- Skogafoss waterfall
- Skaftafell - Vatnajokull national park
- Jokulsarlon ice lagoon & icebergs
- Diamond Beach
- Vik- a coastal village
- Reynisfjara - black sand beach & basalt columns
- Eyjafjallajokull glacier / volcano view*
- Hekla volcano / volcano view*
- Small group experience
- Pick up from Reykjavík accommodation
- Guided tour in a minibus
- Visit to all the famous attractions on the South Coast
- Glacier hike with certified glacier guide
- Specialized glacier gear
- One night at a hotelroom
- Breakfast at Hotel
In September and October Reykjavik pick up will start at 9:00 am,
From November 1st – April 15th Reykjavik pick up will start at 8:00 am.
Please read your voucher carefully.
Please be ready at your pick up location and be aware that the pick up process can take up to 30 min.
For full details please see the tour itinerary!
What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are required for the glacier hike.
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 gear from locations, this must be booked in advance.
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.
Food is NOT included on this tour, except breakfast on day two.
Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Hekla volcano are subjected to weather conditions.
Day 1: South Coast of Iceland
The south coast of Iceland is the setting for today’s adventures. We leave Reykjavík behind and travel through a fertile agricultural area and couple of small villages before we come to the first highlight of the day; Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here you will have an opportunity to walk behind this spectacular cascade and really experience the force of the water at first hand. Close by we find Skógafoss waterfall where we also stop for a while to take in the scenery. After the waterfalls, we go down to Reynisfjara black sand beach. With its basalt columns and the impressive rock formations, Reynisdrangar, rising from the ocean just off the coast, it is truly a magical place to visit. We stop for lunch at the coastal village of Vík, before we start making our way further east. We will travel through unique landscape before we reach our accommodation place. After dinner, we will enjoy the evening and recharge for the coming day.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Beach
- Village of Vik
- Pick up from Reykjavik
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to all highlights of the day
- Lunchbreak in Vik
- One night in Hotelroom
Day 2: Glacier day
We start the day at the picturesque Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. During the summer, you have the opportunity to take an amphibian boat ride between the icebergs but in other seasons, you can use your time here to take in the scenery and get the greatest photos of your live.
The 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 beautiful black sand beach. They do, indeed, shimmer like precious diamonds!
From the Diamond Beach, we make our way to Vatnajökull glacier where we prepare for the glacier hike. Our skilled guides will go over all safety features and equipment before we set foot on the glacier. Vikisjökull is an outlet glacier Vatnajökull Europes biggest ice cap. On our journey, we will come across incredible ice formations, crevasses and the impressive icefall, where we will see up close how the ancient ice stoically falls hundreds of meters from the mountain top. The Vatnajökull national park area is one of Iceland’s biggest movie star known from Batman Begins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and, of course, The Game of Thrones.
After the glacier hike, we start making our way back to Reykjavik. We will travel the same route as the day before, but don’t worry there will still be a lot of things to see and enjoy on the way. We will drop you off at your accommodation place in Reykjavik after these two days of delight.
We will arrive back to Reykjavik around 20:00 (8:00 pm) on day two.
- Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon
- Diamond Beach
- Optional Boat Ride
- Vatnajokull National park
- Glacier hike
- Breakfast at Hotel
- Guided tour to the highlights of the day
- Guided glacier hike on Vatnajokull
- Certified Glacier guide
- All necessary glacier equipment
- Drop off in Reykjavik
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.
Price from 49.900 ISK per person.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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“Excellent Experience in 2-Day South Coast Tour in Iceland”
Very impressed by the waterfalls, volcanos, glaciers, as well as the overall quality of the tour, including the accommodation, meals, and schedules. Two of the highlights of the tour are the boat tour in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and hiking on the Sólheimajökull glacier (the same spot John Snow and his worriers did in Game of the Thrones!). Yes there was a lot of driving in 2 day’s time, but throughout the tour our guide Maria did an excellent job. She was very personable and friendly, went extra mile to fine tune the schedules and stops to make sure we maximize what we could get out of the experience, and paid attention to details. Thank you Maria!
“2 Day South Coast Tour”
My husband and I went to Iceland at the end of November. We were interested in glacier hike and also the glacier lagoon. Looked around online before we left, and found this tour.
The tour was absolutely awesome! Both Jonas and Aron are very responsible and caring. They are very engaging, our whole group had lots of fun. The scenery was stunning! Definitely worth every penny!
I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to discover Iceland’s best beauty.