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About Tour

Venture into the otherworldly landscapes along Iceland’s South Coast, and set out on a thrilling chase of the Aurora Borealis!

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Natural Ice Cave (during the winter)
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vík - coastal village
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Northern Lights (conditions permitting)
  • Volcano Views (weather permitting)
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour - optional (May-Oct)

Lace up your hiking boots and join us on this two-day trip for close encounters with the wonders of Icelandic nature. Explore the South Coast with its iconic waterfalls and black sand beaches, and be the first to step into a blue ice cave of Europe’s largest icecap. To top it all off, we’ll have ample moments to hunt the magical, ever-elusive Northern Lights!

Availability All Year
Duration 2 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Accommodation Included
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

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What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Hotel Accommodation with a Private or a Shared Bathroom
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Guided Group Tour in a Minibus
  • Visit to all main highlights of the South Coast
  • Guided Ice Cave Tour (during the winter)
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All Necessary Safety Equipment
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor layers (wool, fleece or synthetic are best, not cotton)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good hiking shoes are highly recommended

Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner

Attractions Map

Explore the top attractions of the tour with our interactive map

Itinerary

Information

South Coast Highlights

On this South Coast adventure, we set out to explore the most visited attractions in the land of fire and ice. For starters, we’ll drive through farmlands and a few cozy little towns to Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most well-known waterfalls. If the weather allows, you can walk behind the graceful cascade that drops 60 m (197 ft) and peek through the crystal wall of water. Next up is Skogafoss Waterfall, which can be marveled both from below and from the top of the falls, after a climb of about 500 steps.

Carrying on with our journey, we’ll head to Reynisfjara, a world-famous black sand beach with dramatic Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacksformed by Iceland’s fascinating volcanic activityrising up from the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll stop for lunch at the town of Vik, soaking in the view of its picturesque church perched high on a hill.

Back on our minibus, we’ll drive through moss-covered lava landscapes to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a village wrapped in legends. Our accommodation for the night will be in the area around Skaftafell. If the forecast is favorable, your guide will show where you can see the Northern Lights in all their glory. We can’t guarantee you’ll definitely see the Aurora, but hopefully, multicolored swirls of light will ripple across the night sky.

Vatnajökull Glacier, Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach

The following part of the tour is centered on Vatnajökull National Park, the largest in Europe. After breakfast, we’ll head to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most surreal sights in the world, let alone Iceland. Floating icebergs dot the enormous lagoon as they slowly make their way towards the open sea. Some blue icebergs run ashore on the famous Diamond Beach, where they glitter like diamond jewels on the black volcanic sand.

The highlight of the trip is stepping into the blueish natural ice cave in Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Led by our expert glacier guide, you’ll be able to safely observe the wondrous ice formations. To satisfy your curiosity, the guide will tell you some intriguing facts about ice cave formation.

Heading back to Reykjavik, we’ll make a stop at Skaftafell National Park, a preservation area with ample hiking trails, fabulous views of ragged-toothed mountains and imposing glaciers. On our way back, we’ll keep a close eye on the Northern Lights and make a short stop if conditions allow for it.

Arrival in Reykjavík is expected around 21:00 (9:00 p.m.). Fluctuating weather in winter can sometimes influence the schedule a little, but don’t worry, our expert travel planners always have a back-up plan – it’s all part of the exciting Iceland experience.

panoramic view of Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Pick up is at 09:00 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 09:00 am.

This jewel of Iceland tour packages will take you south before continuing to the east as we whisk you away for two days of amazing adventure sightseeing. We drive towards the slowly rising sun on the way to our first stop, the very unusual Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you can actually walk behind the gracefully falling cascade. It is well worth getting a little damp for such an exciting experience!

Our next highlight is another waterfall, Skógafoss, located at the foot of a very famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull.  On a clear day, you will also get a great view of another volcano mountain glacier, Mýrdalsjokull. As we continue on, we come to Reynisfjara, a black beach where some fantastic sights, such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar peaks, will greet us. We will drive through the charming small town of Vík on our way to our accommodation. Throughout the entire day, you can expect to see breathtaking landscapes consisting of vast lava fields, waterfalls, black sands and glacier tongues. We will enjoy a relaxing evening, if the conditions are right we will hunt for those northern lights! The countryside close to Vatnajökull glacier, away from the city lights, is perfect for spotting this natural phenomenon. Your hotel will be in Hof.

Day Highlights
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Villages of Vik
  • Northern lights search
Included
  • Pick-up in Reykjavik
  • Guided Tour in Minibus
  • Visit to Highlights of the South Coast
  • One night in a country hotel in the Skaftafell area
  • Private or Shared Bathroom
Accommodation
Adventure Hotel Hof
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon full of icebergs

Today you will really get to know the glacier, venturing into the sparkling, blue/white world of an ice cave with a qualified guide, and visiting the extraordinary glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. Getting up close and personal with a vast glacial tongue of the great Vatnajökull glacier does not get any better than this!

The renowned Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, made famous by several blockbuster movies including Batman Begins and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, to name just a couple, is a totally mind-blowing place. Splendid icebergs of amazing shapes, some incredibly large, have calved off the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. They jostle one another in the huge lagoon before gliding on their surreal and stately journeys to the Atlantic ocean. Many of these natural ice sculptures are washed onto the nearby Diamond Beach, you will see them glittering like diamonds, as they rest on the dramatic coal blackness of the beach.

man in ice cave of Skaftafell glacier

Next, you go into the glacier with a qualified guide! Ice caves are fascinating. New caves are formed each winter by the melt/freeze cycle of the glacier, they are always changing, both from year to year and within each winter. The journey into an ice cave will give photographers the most amazing opportunity to capture the shimmering blue light which passes through the glacial ice. Surprisingly deep shades of jewel blue will surround you, these tones are caused by ice compression, the way we perceive light and color, and the blueness can sometimes be intensified by algae.

After visiting the ice cave we head towards Reykjavík. We stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajokull National Park, a green area in the midst of amazingly jagged mountains and glacier-topped peaks, the splendid scenery of Skaftafell is certain to be a highlight of your tour. We will keep an eye out for the Northern Lights on our way back to the city and will make a short stop if conditions allow for it.

We return to Reykjavík around 21:00 pm.

Day Highlights
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Diamond Beach
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Northern Lights search
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Visit to Jokulsarlon Lagoon
  • Safely guided tour in a natural ice cave
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Necessary glacier equipment
  • Drop off in Reykjavik

Pick up is at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, so your patience is much appreciated.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

This tour is offered year-round, but note that the itinerary may change slightly due to the weather conditions. In the winter, we may have to shorten our time at some stops due to the shorter daylight hours. Also, the Northern Lights are usually only visible during the winter months.

If you’re traveling solo or with an odd number in your group, and you don’t choose the single supplement, you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.

Your safety is our priority and sometimes weather or road conditions mean that access to certain ice caves is unavailable and/or unsafe. Our main ice cave in the winter is the Crystal Ice Cave. However, at times when it’s inaccessible, we’ll visit an alternative ice cave. During the summer months (from April to October), we’ll visit the Ice Cave Under the Volcano. If it’s inaccessible, we’ll do a glacier hike instead.

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

 

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Reviews

4.9
Based on 30 reviews

2 Day South Coast, Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tour

1- of 30 reviews

2 days to hit all the major spots in Winter Iceland - well worth it!

Reviewed on February 08, 2022 by Gill Review from TripAdvisor

I would highly recommend this tour because it is very efficient and operated by a professional and friendly manner.

The tour is well-planned and run attentively by our tour guides so that we managed to visit all the major spectacles with sufficient time left in each stop. Within 2 days, we visited Skogafoss waterfall and others, the black sand beach, the blue ice cave, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the fairytale-like turf church, Hofskirkja, tried lobster soup directly from Hofn, and even saw the aurora. Thanks a million to Arni, our tour guide, who's very accommodating and went extra mile making our northern light hunting a success.

The highlight is the blue ice cave visit on day 2. We had Bjork as the expert guide to lead the excursion. Bjork is local and she's very knowledgeable about glacier and ice cave formations, as well as the weather and road conditions. Under her guidance we had a great time fully exploring the blue ice cave. She's also a keen ice climber so if you're interested she can point you to some good climbing locations.

Great 2 Tour

Reviewed on January 19, 2022 by Osbornex5 Review from TripAdvisor

We just returned from a great tour and we had a great 2 day trip with Arctic Adventures on the South Coast. Carl was a great tour guide, very friendly and knowledgable. We had enough time at the stops and didn't feel rushed. Iceland is beautiful. Our favorite part was the Ice caves and the tour guide there was outstanding (sorry forget his name). They picked us up on time and held to the expected schedule. I highly recommend.

Would 100% recommend

Reviewed on December 21, 2021 by JBAM Review from TripAdvisor

Had an incredible trip. Hit all the major highlights and then some!! Karl was an amazing guide— super friendly and knowledgeable

Incredible

Reviewed on November 09, 2021 by Venture658049 Review from TripAdvisor

Incredible tour of the South Coast. We booked a private tour, as we were 6 people traveling and wanted to flexibility and comfort while in Iceland for short time. We were not disappointed and very pleased with our decision. Our tour guide Vjeran was high energy and attentive. He was passionate about guiding, and went out of his way to ensure that we were having the best possible experience. He was knowledgeable about all of the places that we visited and made sure that we were experiencing all of the sights along the South coast. The Fosshotel was an incredible hotel and we were able to see the Northern lights from the hotel grounds! During the two days we visited many waterfalls, Black Sand Beach, Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, the Vatnajokull glacier, ice cave and even the bonus Yoda cave. Vjeran was so personable and easy to talk to, and took interest in our lives as well as giving us great insight into Iceland and Icelandic culture. From start to finish this was tour was worth every penny for the experience we will remember forever!

Reviewed on November 07, 2021 by Susana Moragrega Review from Google Reviews

We had really the best experience with arctic adventures in our recent revels to iceland (2 day south coast & visit to the volcano). There is no way we could have found all those cool spots on our own. The tour guides are fantastic and really knowledgeable. Tour starts on time and is packed with things to do!

2 day Iceland tour

Reviewed on March 13, 2020 by Marian Kenter-Dwyer From our post-trip system

This was wonderful tour. Our guide was very well informed on all Iceland and where we were going. He had a great deal of interesting information to share. Our group had only 9 people in it and it was great. We made several stops, everything was well planned, accommodations were good. I would recommend this trip and Arctic Adventures to others and would definitely join them again should I visit Iceland again.

Loved our Tour!

Reviewed on March 12, 2020 by Lesley Wylie From our post-trip system

We had the pleasure of doing a 2-day South Coast tour with our wonderful guide, Sindri. We covered a lot of ground and Sindri was like the Iceland Wikipedia of information about the history and the geology of this magnificent island. He threw in a lot of other colourful stories and corny jokes along the way that made the tour even more fun. We would highly recommend Arctic Adventures, the South Coast tour with the most stunning Ice Cave that we could have ever imagined. And our thanks again to Sindri for bringing the island to life for us. We will be back again and have recommended Iceland to all our friends!

South Coast Tour

Reviewed on March 11, 2020 by Maria From our post-trip system

My family and I were very happy with the tour - done very well. Stops at the right times, vicinity of lavatory facilities was good, the sites were amazing, and the tour guide and his stories were wonderful! Our guide was Sindri and we had so much fun talking with him. Plus, we were very happy to relax and leave the driving to such experienced and capable guides! The overnight accommodations were cozy and lovely. Food was fresh and excellent. Was a really great tour!!! Highly recommend to anyone.

Incredible two day tour of the south coast!!

Reviewed on November 24, 2019 by Alessandra Review from TripAdvisor

Awesome two day tour with our top notch tour guide Jonas!! First off my firends and I visted Iceland in November and had originally planned on driving ourselves to the south coast. After doing some research it seems driving in Iceland in the winter time can be challenging, to say the least. I am so thankful we choose to do this tour instead. There is absolutely no way we could have safely navigated, especially with the crazy Icelandic weather changes and the minimal amount of daylight we had. Additionally, Jonas was able to keep our group on a tight schedule so we could see everything in a timely manner and he told great stories along the way. All we had to do was get in the van and relax until the next stop. The hotel accomadations were nothing fancy but considering you are literally in the middle of no where I thought they were definitely adequate for what we needed, which was to shower, eat and sleep. Everything was clean and the staff was very nice. Also its a great place to try to see the nothern lights since you are 5 hours from the city and there is much less light. Our guide made every effort both nights to help us see them but unfortunately we just didn't have great conditions.The highlight of the trip for me was the ice cave tour and glacier langoon if your going in the winter then this will be apart of your tour and you will not be disappointed. It was absolutely breathtaking and pictures truly do it no justice.

2 day South Coast Tour was Fantastic!!!

Reviewed on September 12, 2019 by GSUgal Review from TripAdvisor

We cannot say enough about this tour. It was perfect! The sights and activites were unique and beautiful. The hotel and restaurant was great! The tour guide (Ellie/Ellen was her middle name) really went out of her way to make sure we were having a good time. She shared information and stories, was organized and very sweet. We recommend you spend the extra amount for the glacier lagoon boat tour as well. We had good communication with Artic Adventures and everything happened as described. Highly recommend!!!

Amazing tour with so many incredible sights

Reviewed on August 29, 2019 by Dani_0155 Review from TripAdvisor

This two day tour was awesome. From the waterfalls to the black sand beach, the glacier lagoon, diamond beach and ice cave tour, you really get to experience the South Coast of Iceland on this tour. I recommend adding on the boat tour at the glacier lagoon as you get to see the icebergs up close. This was a highlight for me. I also really enjoyed the ice cave tour which was a very unique experience. All the sights were amazing. I sometimes felt a bit rushed due to the time constraints at each location, but I understand the need to stay on schedule. The included accommodation is very basic, but clean. The curtains aren't blackout so be prepared to have some light poking into the room. Dinner at the guesthouse was decent. Overall I highly recommend this tour.
Side note: If you don't have your own hiking boots, I recommend renting them from Arctic Adventures. This is what we did and it came in so handy, especially at the waterfalls where you will get a bit wet and shoes will get muddy. Bring waterproof clothing.

Artic Adventures and Bus Travel Iceland

Reviewed on June 30, 2019 by Pilar Roth Review from TripAdvisor

Their super pro tour guides made
my 2 day tour expérience very confortable, it was so worthy! i want to thank you all!

2 day south coast tour: Highly recommended!

Reviewed on May 06, 2019 by dcba90 Review from TripAdvisor

With limited time to explore Iceland, we took the two day trip to the south coast with arctic adventures. We. Lucked. Out. The weather was fantastic and we had Hjalti as our guide. We highly recommend the tour and we suggest, if you can, requesting Hjalti. He was knowledgeable, adventurous and made us all feel at home in Iceland!

The spots you will visit with this tour are less touristy than the famous Golden Circle and you will be able to experience many different landscapes (waterfalls, beaches, glacier and ice cave). You’d definitely need more days to discover the whole island. However, if you’re looking to discover Iceland in a short time, this is your tour!

Awesome tour

Reviewed on April 04, 2019 by chrissie s Review from TripAdvisor

We had the best two days of our holiday in Iceland with Artic Adventures. We did have a minor hiccup the day before we left. My old hiking boots died in the snow the day before departure. So,I rang Artic Adventures at 10:15am the day before to see if I could hire them, to be told a big “No”, they organise that in advance and it was too short notice. I was fine with that ( paid the Reykjavík shop prices for new boots). Hopped on the tour the next day only to stop at a rental warehouse for those renting boots.But lucky for Artic Adventures and the travelling public they have a secret weapon. He goes by the name of “Diddy”.Best tour guide EVER. Diddy was an educated, well spoken, sincere Icelandic patriot. We all loved him. His historical, geographic and cultural knowledge was comprehensive and easily delivered to his awestruck audience. It was a real treat to be guided around such a stunning country by this well informed gentleman.

Breathtaking Tour!

Reviewed on March 31, 2019 by Parejitainc Review from TripAdvisor

We had the pleasure of taking this trip with Didi in mid-to-late March 2019. It was indescribable! Obviously, the weather will be different at different times of year, but we had some really breathtaking views and the notoriously volatile Icelandic weather behaved itself enough for us to enjoy. Arctic Adventures does a superb job of giving you time at each site to enjoy yourself, take it in, and take plenty of pictures (and it's very difficult to take a bad picture in Iceland). Didi was very entertaining and kept us engaged throughout the trip. And every single one of the sites with blow you away.
Also, the accommodation provided was just fine. Don't expect a massive hotel room, but it was sufficient and smack in the middle of one breathtaking location. Plus, the dinner was excellent and you get to spend some time relaxing with the rest of the group and your guide while at dinner. I highly recommend this tour company and this tour if you have the time in Iceland. You won't regret it!

An amazing tour!!

Reviewed on March 27, 2019 by Jess Review from TripAdvisor

I was quite excited to go on this 2 day tour and I don't regret it at all!! We saw so many things and our tour guide Hjalti was an experienced, well- educated and kind guide. He never got tired to answer our questions and told us many facts and stories about the nature, the people (including elves and trolls...) or Iceland in general. He knew whether it was safe to keep driving in strong winds or snowstorms. The weather changed quickly (as to expect in March// Iceland), but that never stopped us from having fun. I loved the first day of the tour, but the second day was even better with the ice cave and the diamond beach. There were so many unique experiences - thank you for all these memorable moments!

Great Adventure.

Reviewed on March 16, 2019 by Steve P Review from TripAdvisor

I cannot remember the guides name on the tour but I can't fault him, he was friendly and very knowledgeable about all we saw on the tour. We had clear sunny skies at the start and end of the tour with heavy snow and overcast sky in between.There were so many things to see it's difficult to pick a favourite but our trip onto the glacier was a bit of an adventure when the bus broke down halfway up and we had to wait for 30 minutes for a replacement to reach us and continue the glacier walk.

A lot to see!

Reviewed on February 24, 2019 by Uwe H Review from TripAdvisor

A guide makes a lot of difference in a trip, and we were lucky to have Pascal. The group was kept interested the whole trip, even that we where a mix from all corners of the world. There is so much to see on this trip, from waterfalls, glaciers and lagoons making this a fast moving but not rushed trip.

One item that helped a lot, is that group traveled light and there was no need to add the luggage trailer, easy in and out of the bus, and easier for Pascal. My recommendation just take what you need for the two days, leave the rest at the hotel in Reykjavik. It makes the trip easier for everyone.

Bus was comfortable, WIFI worked most of the time, and there are USB outlets at each seats, so you never run out of power.

Hotel accommodation was basic but clean, food at the restaurant average. One traveler had a stomach ache due to the excessive oil in the pasta.

Fun Adventure

Reviewed on February 18, 2019 by Lara Review from TripAdvisor

We had a great experience with Zaho on our tour of the South Coast with Zaho from Arctic Adventures. We saw very unique site in the South Coast and Zaho had some fun trivia facts to share. I absolutely loved staying at Hotel Skaftafell for our night in the South Coast. It was a beautiful, clean, and modern hotel at the base of beautiful mountains. Our ice-caving experience was a fun adventure with a safe and experienced guide. Overall, this tour was great and would recommend it.

Great tour.

Reviewed on January 12, 2019 by djeve2015 Review from TripAdvisor

Our guide Oliver was excellent, very helpful, informative and friendly. Weather conditions were not great but we still managed to see and experience beautiful Iceland. We packed a lot into 2 days but never felt rushed. Our Ice cave guide Jenny was also great. Thanks again to Oliver and Extreme Iceland.

Excellent!!

Reviewed on December 31, 2018 by Hari Review from TripAdvisor

Einar was our guide and we highly recommend Arctic adventures. Every small detail is taken care of and the commentary during the trip by Einar was both informative and funny! We were lucky to witness the northern lights as well during our night stop...

Well organised travel in the South Coast

Reviewed on December 28, 2018 by JusG Review from TripAdvisor

We booked the 2 day south coast tour directly through Arctic Adventures travel.

All correspondence with their team was timely and detailed. I had no issues whatsoever with pick up and drop off being in two different locations.

Definitely follow the checklist they give you and wear waterproof clothing on the first day, even though the proposed itinerary says ice caving is on the second day. Icelandic weather is unpredictable and we’re glad we were waterproof from head to toe on day 1.

Our guide for our trip was Zoho. He was very friendly, pleasant and drove safely at all times.

Our stops were the perfect amount of time and thankfully all passengers on our trip adhered to this! Timing allocations at each destination was clearly communicated.

The mini bus had working and fast wifi and comfortable seating.

Accomodation for our stay was at Gerdi Guesthouse in Hofn, which I have reviewed separately. I must say it wasn’t as great as it could be but the dinner was very good. I understand there are a few guest houses they rotate between and only this one does NOT do calls/ knock on doors when the light appear late at night. This was according to our guide. Luckily we did see them as I had an app notification set up on my phone but otherwise, the forecast was a solid no chance so we may have missed them altogether as this was the only day in the week that we had the chance to see them!

The highlight of our trip was of course the ice cave tour which was lead by an expert guide in a super Jeep. The ride was comfortable and our guide was superb. I forget his name though.

I’m glad we did this overnight tour with a small group.

I would recommend Arctic Adventures for overnight and multi day tours.

Better than I could have hoped for!

Reviewed on December 27, 2018 by MeKo67 Review from TripAdvisor

What can I say about our tour guide Adolf? He made the trip. We feel so lucky to have gotten him as our guide. People should request him. This company has a gem on their hands in Adolf!

We took the 2 day south coast tour, which we loved and was absolutely incredible. There was just the worst weather, pouring rain, wind, etc, but I wouldn't have changed it for anything. Talk about an adventure!

Adolf is a delight, he's funny, knowledgeable and a genuinely great guy. I feel like my understanding of Iceland and the Icelandic people is greater because of the conversations we had. He went above and beyond in many ways which I will forever be grateful for.

We were actually scheduled to take this tour one of our first days, but it was canceled due to weather. They rescheduled us promptly for a few days later. The sights were as beautiful and impressive as you'd hope they'd be. I got to walk on a glacier, see an ice cave, explore the basalt columns and caves of the black beach and see the Diamond Beach in all it's glory.

We were handed off to Jenny to guide us to the glacier. She was also great. I can't imagine it's easy to navigate and drive on a slippery glacier in a monster truck with a group of tourists, but she did it and made us all feel safe and very well taken care of, all while having a very charming personality!

The hotel was clean and inviting and the dinner delicious. They really pack a lot of things into this one, but they also make sure they make plenty of stops for food and bathroom. This was a great tour and an unforgettable way to spend two days in Iceland.

Thank you again to Adolf and Arctic Adventures for making such a great couple days for us! And another big thanks to the Team at I Heart Reykjavik for turning us on to these folks!

Stunning Scenery!

Reviewed on December 03, 2018 by JayAway Review from TripAdvisor

This is a quick review. We took this trip in early Nov. I believe Hafe was our guide. The scenery is crazy beautiful. The places actually LOOK LIKE the postcards! My one comment is feedback to ALL mini-van tourism companies is to use a mini-van that has larger seats. The mini-van was really, ridiculously tight. Thank goodness we were 17 instead of 19. For a deluxe experience, reconfigure the van with fewer & larger seats.

Incredible 2 Days

Reviewed on April 03, 2018 by Allison B Review from TripAdvisor

Our first day of the tour with Arctic Adventures involved a lot of driving so we could make it out to the glacier for our glacier hike and ice cave experience. I didn't realize it would be a glacier hike when booking, but it was the most incredible and exhilarating experience. In total we were there for about 3.5 hours and the ice cave we went into was beautiful and apparently one of the nicest they had seen in seasons. It was only going to exist for about another 3 days, which was also super cool. We stayed at Guesthouse Gerdi and had dinner with our tour group there. It was the only place to eat, but the food was great, especially the tomato coconut soup and chicken. The next day we saw the glacier lagoon, diamond beach, black sand beach, waterfalls and more. We had plenty of stops and plenty of time to see each site and take photos at our leisure. The bus was a bit small, but very comfortable and our guide was incredible! I don't remember his name, but on the last day it was extremely windy and my hat flew off my head into the river at one of the waterfalls and our guide ran out of nowhere to rescue it for me. Would definitely recommend Arctic Adventures for any tour!

Unforgettable Mother/daughter Trip

Reviewed on February 24, 2018 by Elizabeth L Review from TripAdvisor

Day 1 delayed by 3 1/2 hours due to severe storm but good communication by the company. ( Make sure you can use your email and text while in Iceland. This was important when our flight was later cancelled). Marcin was an upbeat and informative guide. Kept us on schedule, stopped for toilet breaks, snacks and had a great Icelandic playlist. We saw everything we were supposed to see (plenty of time to explore and take photos) except the glacier we went to was changed because of weather. They scrambled to get us on a different ice cave tour and had a fantastic adventure. On the way back to Reykjavík he spotted Northern Lights( it had Finally started to clear up) and we stopped for a long while to see them develop and get some great pics. Well worth the money! Just make sure you have all the proper outdoor clothing.

Breathtaking, unreal views!

Reviewed on February 21, 2018 by Jenn M Review from TripAdvisor

We did the 2-day tour from Reykjavik to see waterfalls, the glacier lagoon, a glacier cave, the black sand beach, and more. (Just don't ask me to spell any of the locations.) Every stop was better than the next—views like I've never seen before. Our tour guide, Oliver, was super great. He was extremely organized in terms of gathering everyone and timing our stops so that we could make it to our guesthouse on time and avoid bad weather (there was a storm on its way and, with his coordination, we managed to make it to most of our stops before the wind hit). But at the same time, he was very accommodating to try to fit in as many stops as possible, even making a couple of extra pit stops along the way to avoid a crowded lunch stop. You're lucky if you get Oliver as your tour guide! The guest house we stayed in was very clean and seemed newly built (at least the side building that we slept in). We made regular stops for food and bathroom breaks. We were even lucky enough to actually make it into the glacier caves, especially since it had rained the day before.

2day icecave/southern coast tour with arctic adventures

Reviewed on February 19, 2018 by Colin W Review from TripAdvisor

We really enjoyed the 2 day south coast tour with arctic adventures! Our tour guide was Inky(unsure how to spell), he is from Iceland and was informative and very helpful. The tour allowed us to see some of the major beautiful sites of South Iceland; waterfalls, ice cave, glacier, beaches and a glacier lagoon. The scenery is spectacular!! This was a great way to see the sights without having to drive ourselves in Iceland’s unpredictable winter conditions (at one point everything was white due to snow and fog, we saw several cars stuck in snow/off the road). Would definitely recommend this tour and this group!

2 Day South Coast

Reviewed on February 03, 2018 by CaterinaC519 Review from TripAdvisor

What a great time! Our guide Micah was fantastic. He explained everything clearly and kept us right on time. It was easy to make friends on this trip in large part to Micah's easy going personality and attention to everyone's comfort. We met some wonderful people on this tour and I highly recommend this trip with Micah.

Fantastic tour

Reviewed on February 02, 2018 by Olga P Review from TripAdvisor

Highly recommend this tour! It was a wonderfully paced exploration of gorgeous waterfalls and the beautiful glacier. Our guide Ode (sorry if I spelt that wrong) was very informative and thoughtful, he tried very hard to adapt to the group's requests to allow for the best experience possible for everyone. The hotel was very comfortable and the tour itself was packed with beautiful sights to see and was well planned out. My family and I loved this experience and would definitely recommend it to others visiting in winter.

FAQ

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if the lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us 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.

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!