2-day South Coast Trip: Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Glacier Hike, from Reykjavik
Duration: 2 days Easy Natural and historical wonders
Why we love this tour
Join an active tour of the south coast of Iceland to hit the most famous and most stunning sites. Over 2 full days, you'll visit incredible wilderness, glacier hike, and bike to an abandoned DC-3 plane.
- Admire the Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls
- Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park
- Step along Reynisfjara, “the Black Sand Beach”
- See the shiny spectacle of Jokulsarlon, “the Glacier Lagoon" and the Diamond Beach
Adventure your way through the south coast of Iceland. Join a 2-day tour to hit the most remarkable highlights in a country full of natural gems. With glacier hiking, climbing up gorges, and biking, take your touring to an active level. On the trip, you'll explore the following sites.
Feel the powerful theatrics of the 60 m (197 ft) tall Seljalandsfoss waterfall, set in a high rocky gorge. With a raincoat, you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. The scenery behind the fall and the trembling ground from the power of the falling water makes for a picture perfect moment.
Further east along the coast is the mighty Skogafoss waterfall. Tucked in a ravine, the river Skoga tumbles down a 60 m (197 ft) cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the gorge, a staircase leads up to the shelf above the waterfall for stunning views. See if you can count all your steps on your way up.
Northern Lights Discovery:
Arriving at our hotel in the Southeast, you will then meet your guide after dinner for further information about the Northern Lights, weather and Aurora forecast and a good spot to look at them. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good, we can hope for the magic to begin.
Hike on a bright, white glacier in the Skaftafell National Park. After meeting our highly trained glacier guides and strapping on your safety and glacier equipment, you hike on the ice for an hour and a half of icy thrill. Take in the fresh air, isolated surroundings, and the spectacular firsthand experience on this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomenon.
Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach
Visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where the massive Atlantic waves hit the unique basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. Rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dyrholaey can be seen in the distance. This area of the south is also a paradise for bird lovers, as puffins and dozens of other unique species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime from June to August.
Jokulsarlon, the Glacier Lagoon
Start off day number two with a visit to the Jokulsarlan glacier lagoon, a 200 m (656 ft) deep glacial lagoon fed by Breioamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. Enormous icebergs from Breioamerkurjokull fill the lagoon. Walk alongside the glacier lagoon to enjoying the magnificent ice sculptures and dead silence of Icelandic nature.
On the Jokulsarlon, the icebergs from glacier lagoon float into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts. It's guaranteed to make your eyes pop!
Need to know before you go
Pickup time is 8:00 a.m.
Groups are limited to 19 people.
Minimum age to participate is 8 years.
Pickup is from designated locations in Reykjavik. Pick up from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.
Single travelers will be charged an extra fee to be booked in a single room.
What to bring? Warm clothes (first layer), waterproof clothing (second layer), hiking boots, and a smile.
There is a lunch stop and are plenty of stops to buy snacks along the way.
Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed by the operator. The hotels are in prime locations to maximize the chances of seeing them.
We recommended that you pack a small suitcase for this tour. The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,500 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.
Bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles and ankle protection. Please contact us if you need to rent hiking boots.
Ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon only accessible during winter time when temperatures drop below zero. Each year new unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. We visit a naturally formed ice cave during this tour. The photos on our website and social medias are from this winter season, but the ice cave we visit might have changed of appearance due to the dynamic nature of these formations.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement.
There is no reimbursement for later cancellations. In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
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Reviews for this provider
29 Jun 2023
I attempted to contact your company twice via email before my tour due to inability to travel to Iceland to cancel and be reimbursed but never heard back. I am very disappointed in your customer service. I was frustrated to receive this email today.
18 Jun 2023
The booking was not in the systemen of Troll expedities and your email send us to the wrong location.
23 Feb 2023
We went in February and had the best weather we could have wished for. The tour was well organised and the preparation went very smoothly. Our guide was very friendly and always happy to answer any questions we had. The hike was amazing. Even though some of our group were worried that it might be too difficult, it worked quite well (all of us were used to walking the dog/ going on daily walks). The view from the glacier was absolutely stunning and we could stop to take pictures. Unfortunately, the „Blue Ice Cave“ was incredibly disappointing. It was maybe 5 metres long/„deep“ and only four people could enter at a time. Each group of four probably spent up to 10 min in the tiny „cave“ (to take pictures as there wasn‘t anything else to do/see there. The pictures on the website are completely misleading. Organisation of the tour: 5 stars Guide: 5 stars Glacier hike: 5 stars Ice „Cave“: 1 star
21 Jun 2022
11 Oct 2021
Wonderful and exciting. Guide Sven was very experienced and knowledgeable. Dark humor. Loved it.
14 Aug 2019
We didn’t know what to expect. This tour was worth it. We learned a good amount about the glaciers and, sadly, about how they are disappearing. The hiking was easy and the views were fabulous.
2 Jan 2019
It was the most fantastic time in Iceland. I would like to recommend this activites to others. Thank you very much.
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