Join us for this great two-day tour along the south coast and enjoy all the best sites the south has to offer. This tour provides a great chance of catching the northern lights!
During the winter, a 2-day tour is the best option to explore the south coast. This tour gives you the option of exploring all the highlights of the Icelandic south coast and visit an ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier.
November 15th - April 20th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Natural Ice Cave
- Seljandsfoss waterfall
- Skogafoss waterfall
- Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier
- Skaftafell nature reserve
- Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Vík - a coastal village
- Reynisfjara - basalt columns & black sand beaches
- Northern lights
- Small group experience
- Eyjafjallajökull glacier / volcano view*
- Hekla volcano / volcano view*
- Pick up from Reykjavik accommodation
- Guided tour in a minibuss
- Visit to all main highlights of the south coast
- Guided Ice Cave tour
- Certified Glacier guide
- One night at Hotel room with bathroom
- Breakfast at hotel
Reykjavík pick up starts at 8 am. Please be ready at your pick up location and be aware that the pick up process can take up to 30 min.
For more detailed information please see the itinerary for this tour!
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and 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.
If you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.
Ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.
*Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, Hekla volcano and entrance to the crystal cave are subjected to weather conditions.
Food is NOT included on this tour, except breakfast on day two.
Please note that if you are traveling alone and do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.
DAY 1: The Grand South Coast and Northern Lights
We take off from Reykjavík on a dark winter morning and drive towards the slowly rising sun. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall located at the feet of the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Here you will have the chance to explore this beautiful waterfall from both sides, as this in the fall that you are able to walk behind. A little further to the east we come to our next highlight; Skógafoss waterfall. On a clear day, you will have the opportunity to see the two surrounding glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull. As we continue on, we come to Reynisfjara black sand beach where some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar peaks greet us. We will drive through the charming small villages of Vik and Kirkjubæjarklaustur on our way to our accommodation place. Throughout the entire day, you can expect to see breathtaking landscape consisting of vast lava fields, waterfalls, black sands and glacier tongues. We will enjoy a relaxing evening and recharge for the upcoming day. When the conditions are right, you might have the opportunity to see the northern lights. The countryside, away from the city lights, is perfect for spotting this natural phenomenon. The hotel that we usually stay at is Hotel Skaftafell, surrounded by Vatnajökull glacier.
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Beach
- Villages of Vik
- Northern lights hunt (if conditions are right)
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to highlights of the South coast
- One night in Hotel room
Day 2: Land of Ice
This day is devoted to the glacier. We start the day at the renown Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon home of the massive floating icebergs and the location for several blockbuster movies like Batman Begins and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to name a few. From the lagoon, we go to the glacier edge where our certified guides will assure a safe and exciting experience that awaits. Ice caves are only found during the wintertime when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes. New ice caves are formed in different locations each year. Ice caves give you unparalleled photographic opportunity where you can capture the blue light passing through the glacier ice. After visiting the ice cave, we start making our way back to Reykjavik. Before we leave this magnificent area behind we will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a part of Vatnajokull National Park. Surrounded by amazing jagged mountains and glacier-topped peaks, the scenery consists of indistinguishable features making it a definite highlight of the tour. On the drive back, after the night falls, we will make sure to look for the northern lights.
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Natural Ice Cave
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
- Breakfast at hotel in Skaftafell
- Visit to Jokulsarlon
- Guided tour in Ice cave
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Necessary glacier equipment
- Drop off in Reykjavik
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.
Nice hotel rooms with private bathrooms which includes breakfast. For the south coast we usually go for Hotel Dyrhólaey and Hotel Skaftafell, on Snæfellsnes peninsula we usually book Hotel Rjúkandi. If they aren’t available we book very similar ones.
Does the 3 Day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave tour include glacier hiking?
Yes, the tour includes a glacier hike on Falljökull glacier in Skaftafell – Vatnajökull national park.
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 69.990 ISK per person.
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“2 Day - South Coast, Ice Cave, Skaftafell, and Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon”
This was the best part of our trip. The Ice Lagoon is beautiful and awe-inspiring. We had a fantastic guide in Hugrun, she was great and if you are offered the chance at a nighttime glacier hike, take it! With the full moon lighting the way it was something I won’t soon forget.
“2 Day - South Coast, Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon”
This was the highlight of my trip to Iceland in winter! Our guide, Adolf, was amazing and so knowledgable. Every stop was gorgeous and it was so nice to experience more than just Reykjavik and the places nearby. The hotel we stayed in was also very nice and clean. We were able to stay up and watch for northern lights right outside the hotel – the hotel will do a wake up call if they see some action! Overall, I thought it was a little pricey at first, but definitely worth every cent and made my trip a wonderful experience. I suggest everyone go.
“Incredible 2 Day Tour of the South Island!”
Outstanding tour and our guide Erla was excellent. She was bubbly, fun, attentive and drove us to our destinations smoothly and quickly.
This tour showed us waterfalls, black sand beaches, iceberg lagoon, walked a glacier, explored an ice cave, viewed the glaciers and volcanoes from afar, and saw the Northern Lights. It was everything we wanted, packed into 2 full days.
These are busy days, you will have things to do all day and end the evening around midnight (if you want to see Northern Lights) well worth the price.
We stayed the night at a pleasant hotel overlooking the mountains, outstanding dinner and breakfast, very comfortable clean accommodations.
If you want the South Island highlights in a quick couple days this is the tour for you. Not very challenging hiking, moderate on the glacier, my mother is 72 years old and she did it with minor difficulty.