2 Day South Coast - Glacier hike, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Summer Tour on the Icelandic South Coast
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
- Small Group Experience
- Glacier hike
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skogafoss waterfall
- Skaftafell - Vatnajokull national park
- Jokulsarlon ice lagoon & icebergs
- Diamond Beach
- Vik (Coastal village)
- Reynisfjara - black sand beach & basalt columns
- Eyjafjallajokull glacier (volcano view)*
- Hekla volcano (volcano view)*
- 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 in a hotel room with a private bathroom
- Breakfast at Hotel
This tour will show you the sensational and varied scenery along the south coast of Iceland and take you into mind-blowing glacial landscapes. See the amazing surreal icebergs gliding serenely across the huge glacial lake at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and enjoy a never to be forgotten glacier hike on an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajökull, the mightiest glacier in Europe. In summer there is even the opportunity to take a boat trip (EXTRA) sailing on the lagoon between the glittering icebergs, many shot through with cool blue ice. One word of warning – the boat trip sells out really fast, book this in the extras section when you arrange your tour! In winter, when the sun is lower in the sky, the light imbues the whole area with a very special magic.
You will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, with the famous pathway leading behind the cascade, and also Skógafoss waterfall, where the Skógá river drops 60 m through the falls. Traveling across amazing glacial dessert plains, formed by the actions of famous volcanoes, great glaciers, and epic glacial floods, known as Jökulhlaups, you will see the kind of vistas most people have never seen. If you want to experience glacial magic and incredible Icelandic landscapes this is the tour for you.
One night accommodation with breakfast is included. You will stay at a country hotel or guesthouse out in the country. In winter, when the conditions are suitable, this is a good place to spot the northern lights.
For fuller details please see the itinerary section!
Pick up & drop off
Pick up is at 08:00 from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots 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 boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. Please note, we do not rent 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 two. 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.
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 a couple of lovely 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 and really experience the force of the water at first hand. We recommend you put on your rainwear because so much tumbling water produces a lot of spray! On a sunny day you will probably see rainbows. We get back on the minibus for the short journey to the next highlight, Skógafoss waterfall, where we stop for a while to take in the stunning scenery.
After the waterfalls we go down to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, with its basalt columns and the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations rising from the ocean just off the coast, this is a truly a magical place to visit. We stop for lunch at the coastal village of Vík, before we start making our way further east.
You will journey through really unique landscapes, crafted by the actions of great volcanoes and glaciers on our way to our accommodation for the night. We settle in and enjoy dinner (food and drink, other than breakfast is NOT included). We relax and enjoy the evening surrounded by the peace of the countryside. In winter, if the conditions are right this is a great place to look out for the northern lights.
- 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. Please book this when you arrange your tour because it gets fully booked. In any season you will be able to explore some of the most spellbinding and surreal scenery in Iceland – you really will take the photos of your life here.
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 a majestic Vatnajökull glacier tongue where we prepare for the glacier hike. Our skilled guides will give you a safety briefing and issue all the equipment you need before you set foot on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe´s biggest ice cap. These outlet glaciers reach out towards the south coast like the talons of a great ice-bird, they are fabulous locations for glacier hiking. On our journey, we will come across incredible ice formations, crevasses and the moulins which drill down through the ice, acting as conduits for meltwater.
A glacier is a powerful place, always changing and moving, your guide will share some fascinating info with you. Any questions, just ask away! Footage of many blockbuster movies has been filmed in Vatnajökull National Park, the area played a star role in Batman Begins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and, of course, The Game of Thrones. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon appeared in not one, but two James Bond movies!
After the glacier hike, we start making our way back to Reykjavik. We will travel the same route as the day before, but there will still be a lot of things to see and enjoy on the return journey. We will drop you off at your accommodation place in Reykjavik after these two days of delight.
We will arrive back to Reykjavik around 21:00 (9:00 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
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 Elding, 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 routesdepending 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.
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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“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.