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 1st - March 31st
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
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.
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 the Skaftafell area.
- 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
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.
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. As darkness falls we look out for the northern lights.
We return to Reykjavík around 21:00 – 23:00.
Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon, it is, therefore, not possible to say we will visit a specific cave. The choice of ice cave will always be based on upon conditions and safety considerations at the time.
- 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 64.900 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.