2-Day Adventure Tour: South Coast & Jokulsarlon, Including a Glacier Hike
Are you ready to take a 2 days tour to the south coast with a Glacier Hike? If yes, Tourism Iceland has brought forward the best tour for you. South Coast is one of the best places to plan a holiday in Iceland.
Here is your chance to hike on one of the largest Glaciers in Europe. You can catch a boat to gigantic icebergs and explore the most stunning places in the South of Iceland.
This trip is selected by Tourism Iceland since it offers tourists an opportunity to stop by some grand waterfalls and the beautiful Black Sand Beach, and they can learn everything they need to know about Iceland.
During this tour, we will take you to the famous South Coast. By the riverside, you will be taken around the two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and the famous Black Sand Beach. Here is your chance to go on a boat ride to explore the stunning Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón in Vatnajökull National Park. In this park, you will also get the chance to climb Europe’s largest glacier.
Highlights Of The Tour
- Hike on the largest glacier in Europe
- Walk on a Black Sand Beach
- Visit the most beautiful waterfalls
- Get on a Boat & get close to gigantic icebergs (May – September)
- Explore the Diamond Beach
- Glacier Hike
- Glacier Equipment
- 1 Night Accommodation
- English Speaking Guide
- Wi-Fi On Board
- Support Shoes-For keeping your ankles safe to prevent injuries
- Waterproof Jacket-To keep you dry
- Waterproof Pants-To keep you dry
Tour Day 1
Once the tour starts, you will be picked up from a chosen bus stop or hotel in Reykjavík. From the start, the journey will be an unforgettable adventure to the south of Iceland. Upon reaching the first destination, you will see some attractive surrounding areas outside of Reykjavík. There will be magnificent mountains and a chance to experience the never-ending midnight sun during the enchanted summer months.
Your first stop on this amazing tour will be the most popular among in Iceland- the Grand Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.
The 60-meter drop of this beautiful waterfall is mesmerizing, and it is one of the few waterfalls in the world that can be seen from behind.
You can walk behind the waterfall because a cave-shaped cliff is behind it. The scene behind the falls and how the falling water shakes the ground will give you a feeling you’ll never forget.
This easy, short hike behind the falls is beautiful and will give you an experience you’ll never forget.
Here is a reminder for you that you should make sure that you have a raincoat with you in case you want to enter the waterfall. You might get wet from the force of the waterfall. The hiking path is also slippery.
At a distance of about 100 meters from the waterfall, you will get a chance to see another wonderful waterfall.
Have you heard about the hidden waterfall? Up until a few years back, no one knew about the waterfall instead of the locals. Only the locals used to visit it and enjoy it. However, a few years back, tourists discovered this area and started visiting. You will find this waterfall extremely cozy and undeniably stunning. You can find it quietly hiding behind huge rocks with a narrow openings. This opening will let you enter inside a small enchanted canyon fenced by rocks inside the mountain.
At a distance of 30km to the east, you will see a majestic waterfall -Skógafoss. This waterfall has a far-fetched width of 25 meters (82 feet), and it is more than 60(180 feet) meters high.
On this tour, you will be able to see Skógafoss from an aerial view. Isn’t it amazing?
Skógafoss waterfall is an unbelievably attractive sight. With a little gorge, the river Skógá flips down a 60 meters cliff. After that, it continues down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. In conjunction with the gorge, you will find a stairway that will take you up the mountain (above the waterfall) for spectacular views. From there, you will get the chance to see with your own eyes how some of Iceland’s most unbelievable waterfalls form.
Glacier Hike In Skaftafell
Start preparing for the most exciting activity of this 2-Day Tour – a Glacier Hike on the largest glacier in Europe.
We will take you to the huge glacier at the end of the day, which is one of the world’s strangest and most special places. We are among the last people to be able to walk on a glacier.
This area has been used to film many well-known movies and TV shows, like Game of Thrones.
When we get there, we will be met by a professional glacier guide who will give us all the necessary safety gear (ice axes, crampons, harnesses, etc.) and take us to the glacier. After getting ready, we’ll head out hiking on ice that is 2,000 to 3,000 years old.
This Icelandic glacier hike is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a lively, moving, and living ice world full of natural ice-world phenomena. We will see crevasses, deep cracks in the ice, moulins, which look like caves, and icefalls, which are huge chunks of ice that fall from the top of the glacier and amaze us.
Get ready to see what the world looked like millions of years ago.
- Make sure you have the right clothes and climbing shoes for this activity. More information is at the bottom of this page.
- Please remember that if the weather forecast is bad or there are no glacier guides available, we might go to Solheimajokull, which is just as beautiful.
After the glacier hike, you will be taken back to your hotel in the southeastern part of Iceland. Over there, you can have a delicious dinner and spend the night at an admirable location.
After the first day, you are sure to expect a lot of adventures on the second day! You will get a fun Boat Tour, Black Sand Beach, and so much more!
Jökulsárlón: The Glacier Lagoon
You will start the morning with the most exciting thing you will do all day: a boat tour through the Glacier Lagoon, also called Jokulsárlón, to see the huge icebergs floating around.
Jokulsárlón has been called one of Iceland’s biggest natural wonders for a long time. It is also one of the most dramatic signs of how global warming is changing the world.
Because glaciers are always melting, big chunks of ice break off them. Huge icebergs melt into the 3-400-meter-deep glacier lagoon, which is made up of water that naturally melted from glaciers and flows into the North Atlantic Ocean.
You will go on a once-in-a-lifetime Boat Ride at Jokulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to explore the floating icebergs to fully experience Iceland and the Arctic.
During the summer, seals can sometimes swim in the lake or lie on top of icebergs.
On the other side of the road, you will see a beautiful volcanic black sand beach. It is covered in large and shiny diamonds. The diamond-looking icebergs are the same gigantic icebergs from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. They floated into the Atlantic Ocean. The waves throw back the icebergs from the ocean back to the shore by the tide and winds.
You will see that the icebergs are in all shades of white and blue located on the black sand beach, glittering like diamonds in the daylights. That’s what gave it the name of Diamond.
This wonderful place is one of the most cherished places in Iceland. It attracts both tourists and locals. There is no other place in the world where a scenery like this exists.
Reynisfjara: The Black Sand Beach
On our trip back to the west, we will stop at Reynisfjara’s Black Sand Beach, where the Atlantic shoreline regularly produces tremendous waves that crash on the unusual basalt pillars in the cliffs above the sand.
In the distance, the stunning cliffs of Drhólaey may be seen in the summer. Puffins, razorbills, and hundreds of other species have their nest atop the cliffs. They are making the region a bird lover’s heaven.
The area around Reynisfjara is heavily volcanic, with major volcanoes nearby like Katla, Hekla, and the famed Eyjafjallajökull, which caused air transport disruption across Europe in 2010. Previous volcanic explosions create black sand beaches. Over millions of years, lava erodes, generating microscopic black particles that make up the black sand beaches.
What To Wear
- Warm clothes (first layer)
- Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
- Hiking boots (available for rent on booking)
- Gloves and hat
- Joy and happiness!
How Does Pick-Up Work?
We offer pick-up only from Reykjavik city’s greater area from designated locations found on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. We ask all our customers to send their pick-up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour.
We are not responsible if you do not provide your pick-up location or miss the departure of your tour. Pick-up starts at the scheduled departure time of your voucher and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passengers to be ready at their listed location so they can be easily found.
Pick Up Time
Pick-ups are in downtown Reykjavík from 8:00 am to 8:30 am, depending on where you are staying.
Hotels & Single Supplement Fee
- Since single travelers cannot share a room with other solo travelers on this tour, customers traveling alone must pay a Single Supplement Fee during the purchase process.
- If you make a reservation for two people, you will be given a double room; an extra cost is not required unless you desire a separate private room.
- If you make a reservation for 3 persons, a triple room will automatically be assigned; an extra cost is unnecessary unless you prefer a private room.
- For reservations of 4 people or more, 2 double rooms will be given (supplement fees are not required unless you desire an additional private room).
Good To Know
- Due to road or weather circumstances, the order or accessibility of attractions may change, and we might need to modify schedules to account for the short days of winter.
- At the time of booking, a drop-down menu will list specific Reykjavik locations from which to pick up guests.
- Our boat ride trip is included in our package from May to September if you want to visit Glacier Lagoon; pickup is not offered from Keflavik Airport or outside the larger capital region. We provide a special and spectacular experience of visiting the Ice Cave from October to April.
- The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and we know many of our visitors are eager to view them. Remember that depending on the weather, September through April is the greatest time to observe them. We work hard to provide you with the finest experience on our trips, and we hope this information will be useful to you as you prepare for your trip with us.
- Cancellations for all-day excursions can be made by email up to 24 hours before departure, and the entire money will be returned. Any cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time are not subject to refund.
- If the operator cancels the trip due to severe weather, hazardous driving conditions, or other reasons, we will help you rebook a different day or book alternate activities if feasible, or we’ll give you a full refund.