When in Iceland
Don’t let winter stop you from traveling further. Our 2 Day South Coast – Glacier hike, Northern Lights & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is the perfect way to capture the essence of Iceland’s natural beauty and diversity of the landscape. Get up close and personal with powerful waterfalls, visit volcanic beaches, stand in a lava field and see the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon. Travel with like minded travelers to some of the most beautiful locations Iceland has to offer.
✅ Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
✅ Skógafoss waterfall.
✅ Vík village.
✅ Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.
✅ Northern Lights
✅ Skaftafell National Park.
✅ Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
✅ Glacier hike in Skaftafell.
✅ Vatnajökull Glacier
✅ Diamond Beach
✅ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
✅ Small Group Experience.
Available: 15. September – 15. April
Duration: 2 days.
Minimum Age: 10 years.
Pick up: 8:00 am from your hotel or the Reykjavík meeting point you have chosen. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready and waiting at 8:00 am.
Drop-off: Around 21:00 the next day
Vehicle: minibus – small groups.
Group size: maximum 18 persons.
Rooms: If you are traveling alone and you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.
Bring with you:
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. Please note, we do not rent any gear from locations, this must be booked in advance.
This tour will take you to the best sights along the magnificent South Coast of Iceland. In this tour we will walk behind the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, take in the natural energy at the powerful Skógafoss Waterfall and walk along the mystical Reynisfjara black sand beach. You will see the stairs of basalt columns stand strong along the beautiful volcanic beach. The view all around is mesmerizing and the waves add to the intensity of the location. The waves are are forceful so stay at a safe distance and enjoy the vista to the fullest.
We will spend our night in the countryside, away from light pollution, to increase our chances of seeing the magical Northern Lights dance in the dark winter sky. The group will go for a dinner to get to know each other better and get in a little relaxation before testing our chances in the evening with the glittering lights. After a hopefully successful Northern Lights hunt in the evening, the group joins in the morning for breakfast at our hotel and fill up our energy for the exciting day ahead. We have a packed day in store for us. The theme for day 2 is glacier!
The drive on day 2 is a scenic one with dramatic mountain landscapes and rugged lava fields. Soon the glaciers start getting closer and the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon imposes itself on the horizon. The magic of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is difficult to convey in words. You will know you have arrived when you see a procession of glistening opalescent icebergs. The natural ice sculptures calve of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which has been receding over the last century, creating the rapidly growing and now enormous glacial lake. This is now the deepest natural lake in Iceland. The multi colored icebergs float across the lake, jostling one another as they go. After their long and slow journey they arrive at the nearby Diamond Beach. Here you will usually see a few ice bergs resting on this dramatic black beach. They do, indeed, shimmer like precious diamonds!
But that’s not all! You will also set foot on the glacier with a glacier hike that you will remember for a lifetime. The glacier hike is operated on an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. This glacier has a vast array of amazing features including sharp crevasses and a stunning ice fall, where ice drops hundreds of meters from the mountain. You will be provided with ice crampons and all of the glacier gear you could need to walk on a living and constantly evolving glacier. In a small group and accompanied by a very knowledgeable certified glacier guide you will be in the safest hands possible to go for such an exciting journey.
We head out of the city and drive through the fertile southern farmlands, passing through 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 to really feel the force of the water, and get a very unusual vantage point, peeping out through the ‘curtain’ of water.
The next stop, Skógafoss waterfall, is not far away, we spend a little time here to take in the spectacular scenery. A pathway at the side of the waterfall leads up many steps, it then continues and connects up with the famous Fimmvörðuháls trail. Great volcano mountain glaciers dominate the dramatic landscapes which rise above Skógafoss.
After visiting the waterfalls, we go down to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach. There are impressive basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar peaks, unusual rock formations which rise above the ocean just off the coast – this is a truly magical place to visit.
We stop for lunch at the coastal village of Vík, before making our way further towards the east. On the way to your hotel, you will travel through glacial desert landscapes, the like of which you have probably never seen. At our hotel, we relax and enjoy dinner (food and beverages are not included – only breakfast). If the conditions are favorable, you will get the chance to test your aurora luck with a little northern lights spotting.
Today, we will spend most of our time in Vatnajökull National Park, before we heading back to Reykjavik. You might find the landscapes and scenery familiar since it’s been the location for some very famous movie scenes including Batman Begins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Game of Thrones and action scenes in a couple of James Bond movies.
We start the day at the picturesque Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. We spend some time exploring and enjoying this incredibly stunning and magical place, wandering to the Diamond Beach to see the icebergs which have made their journey from the lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these icy beauties are washed onto the beach where they sit shimmering like opalescent diamonds on the coal-black sand.
Next up is an exciting glacier hike. We make our way to Svínafellsjökull, a majestic tongue of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Svinafellsjokull is often called the Hollywood Glacier since it can be found in lots of famous movies, like Interstellar and Batman Begins. We meet our expert Glacier Guides at our booking office in Skaftafell. Before we set foot on the glacier, our specialist glacier guides will go over all safety features and equipment so that you will feel comfortable once you are on the glacier.
A glacier hike is always a magical journey, you will see incredible ice formations, the labyrinths of crevasses which wend their way through the ice, and an impressive icefall, where ice drops hundreds of meters from the mountain. Your guide will share a lot of glacier facts with you and answer any questions that you may have. Glaciers are incredibly vibrant, always moving and changing.
After the glacier hike, we begin our journey back to Reykjavik. On our way back, we will travel the same route as the day before, but there will be a lot of new things to see and enjoy on the way. We drop you off where we picked you up in Reykjavik at around 9 pm, after two days of exciting adventures.