2 Day Tour of the Gems of the South Coast of Iceland
Journey to Iceland’s most famous attractions and allow your self to be mesmerised by the contrast in Icelandic nature. The forceful ocean at the black sand beach, the impressive glaciers and the delicate flora.
- Glacier hike
- Seljandsfoss waterfall
- Skogafoss waterfall
- Skaftafell – Vatnajokull national park
- Jokulsarlon ice lagoon & icebergs
- Diamond Beach
- Vik- a coastal village
- Reynisfjara – black sand beach & basalt columns
Day 1: The South Shore
The south coast of Iceland is the setting for todays adventures. We leave Reykjavík behind and travel through a fertile agricultural area and a couple of lovely small villages before we come to the first highlight of the day: Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here you will have an opportunity to walk behind the spectacular cascade and experience the force of the water at first hand. We recommend you put on your rainwear because so much tumbling water produces a lot of sprays! On a sunny day, you will probably see rainbows. We get back on the minibus for the short journey to the next highlight, Skógafoss waterfall, where we stop for a while to take in the stunning scenery.
After the waterfalls we go down to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, with its basalt columns and the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations rising from the ocean just off the coast, this is a truly a magical place to visit. We stop for lunch at the coastal village of Vík, before we start making our way further east. You will journey through unique landscapes, crafted by the actions of great volcanoes and glaciers on our way to our accommodation for the night. We settle in and enjoy dinner (food and drink, other than breakfast are NOT included). We relax and enjoy the evening surrounded by the peace of the countryside. In winter, if the conditions are right, this is a great place to look out for the northern lights.
Day 2: Glacier day
We start the day at the picturesque Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. During the summer, you have the opportunity to take an amphibian boat ride between the icebergs. Please book this in advance when you arrange your tour because it gets fully booked. In any season you will be able to explore some of the most spellbinding and surreal scenery in Iceland you really will take the photos of a lifetime here. The icebergs float across the lake, jostling one another as they go, after their long slow journey they arrive at the nearby Diamond Beach, where you will usually see a few resting on this beautiful black sand beach. They do, indeed, shimmer like precious diamonds! From the Diamond Beach, we make our way to a majestic Vatnajökull glacier tongue where we prepare for the glacier hike. Our skilled guides will give you a safety briefing and issue all the equipment you need before you set foot on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe´s most significant ice cap. These outlet glaciers reach out towards the south coast like the talons of a great ice-bird, they are fabulous locations for glacier hiking. On our journey, we will come across incredible ice formations, crevasses and the moulins which drill down through the ice, acting as conduits for meltwater. A glacier is a powerful place, always changing and moving, your guide will share some fascinating info with you. Any questions, just ask away! Scenes from many blockbuster movies have been filmed in Vatnajökull National Park; the area played a starring role in Batman Begins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and, of course, the hit series The Game of Thrones. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon appeared in not one, but two James Bond movies!
After the glacier hike, we start making our way back to Reykjavik. We will travel the same route as the day before, but there will still be a lot of things to see and enjoy on the return journey. We will drop you off at your accommodation place in Reykjavik after these two days of delight.
We will arrive back to Reykjavik around 21:00 (9:00 pm) on day two.
Dates & prices
Departures: Daily from April 15th to September 15th
Price per person from ISK 49.900
Single room supplement: ISK 5.500
- Pick up from Reykjavík accommodation
- Guided tour in a minibus
- Visit to all the famous attractions on the South Coast
- Glacier hike with certified glacier guide
- Specialised glacier gear
- One night in a hotel room with a private bathroom
- Breakfast at Hotel
- Drop off at accommodation in Reykjavik
Please note that no food is included on this tour, except breakfast on day 2
Good to know
- Minimum age of passengers is: 10
- Small group experience
- Cancellation policy
- A fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before the event
- A fee of 50% if booking is cancelled a month or less before the event
- A fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 6 months or less before the event