2-day South Coast Trip: Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Glacier Hike & Plane Wreck, from Reykjavik
Duration: Multi day (2 days) Difficulty: Easy
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.
- Bike to an abandoned US Navy DC-3 plane crash from the 70s
- Admire the Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls
- Step along Reynisfjara, “the Black Sand Beach”
- See the shiny spectacle of Jokulsarlon, “the Glacier Lagoon" and the Diamond Beach
- Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park
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.
DC-3 Plane Wreck on Sólheimasandur
Hike past a glacier to the sandy Solheimasandur desert where a US Nacy DC-3 crash landed in 1973 after running out of fuel in midair. The wreck has since then been immortalized in numerous music videos and viral photographs. As the plane itself is 4 km (2.5 mi) from the nearest road, you'll ride a fat bike all the way to the plane. Cycle over volcanic sand and ash towards the black sand beach. This crashed Navy airplane was deemed too far away to salvage. If hiking is more your speed, you may choose to walk to the plane.
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.
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 Beac
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
This tour runs every Monday to Saturday from March 1st to October 31st.
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. Luggage storage is available for free if you bring it to the pickup location.
Bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles and ankle protection. Please contact us if you need to rent hiking boots.
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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