Why we love this tour
Visiting the most worthy places along the south coast – Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfall, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Black Sand Beach and Diamond beach! Glacier hiking is highlighted to experience the glacier in zero distance! You also have the chance to add an optional tour to explore the mighty Dragon Glass Katla Ice Cave Small group experience – max. 21 per guide! An experienced English-speaking guide
You will be picked up from your accommodation, and from there, set out to explore the countryside, heading towards the South Coast of Iceland.
The adventure begins when we pick you up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the South. Our arrival is announced by the powerful theatrics of Seljalandsfoss. Bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. The scene behind the fall and the trembling ground from the power of the falling water makes for an automatic Instagram blockbuster!
Further east along the coast is Skógafoss waterfall. Skógafoss is an incredibly picturesque sight. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60 meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the gorge a staircase can take you to the shelf above the waterfall for stunning views. See if you can count your steps on your way up.
Glacier Hike in Skaftafell
We will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country, Vatnajökull. After meeting our highly trained glacier guides and strapping on our safety and glacier equipment, including helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice axes we hike on the ice for an hour and a half. A spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. Skaftafell area has been used as a filming location for many famous TV shows and films, such as Game of Thrones, Interstellar, James Bond, and others… Follow the steps of your favorite characters into the glacier!
Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon
Heading off on the second day, you’ll head to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. Enormous icebergs come from Breiðamerkurjökull all year round so the lagoon is usually filled with ice that floats south. Tröll Expeditions will give you the opportunity to book a boat ride between the icebergs during summer time and get a closer look of the millenary ice. If boating is not your thing, then we walk alongside the glacier lagoon enjoying the magnificent views and dead silence of Icelandic nature.
On the other side of the road the icebergs from Jökulsárlón 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, guaranteed to make your Instagram account pop!
Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach
Heading further east, we visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline presents massive waves hitting the unique basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. Rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dýrhólaey are 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.
Optional Dragon Glass Katla Ice Cave
You also have the option to add Dragon Glass Katla Ice Cave as an extra for this tour. If you chose to do so, you’ll hop on our Super Jeep, put on your crampons and explore the stunning South Coast and Myrdalsjokull glacier. In this off-the-beaten-path tour to a natural ice cave underneath Katla volcano, you’ll admire the lunar landscapes, moss covered mountains and glaciers the South Coast of Iceland is so well known for, culminating in the mighty Dragon Glass Ice Cave, formed by the combination of fire and ice.
After the tour we return to Reykjavik, arrival in the capital is expected around 20:00 (8:00 p.m.), but this is flexible and can change due to weather or traffic conditions, but fear not, it’s all part of your Icelandic travel experience!
- Pick up: 8:00 from Reykjavik bus stop (nearest your hotel)
- Drop off: around 8pm
Due to the regulations implemented regarding the shuttle traffic in the downtown Reykjavik, we have offered 13 pick up points instead of directly picking up guests from accommodations . Please click here for further information.
- 2 days
Please note that all accommodations are subject to change based on the availability.
Accommodations of similar quality would be offered in case of full booking.
- Free pickup and drop off in Rekjavik
- English-speaking tour guide
- Glacier gear
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Small Group (21 persons max)
- Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
- Accommodation in a comfortable hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom
- Lunch and dinner
The limit is one 24″ suitcase per person. You can store your luggage in our office for 1,500 ISK. It can be added as an extra at the time of booking. If there is room on the bus, then we will bring the piece of luggage with us on the tour. The luggage fee however is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
What you need to know
- Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
- Remember to bring:Warm outdoor clothing, hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
- Minimum age for glacier hike is 8 years. Children under 8 years can take part in all other activities.
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. Crampons will be used during glacier hiking, please make sure you have good hiking shoes. We recommend hiking shoes that are thick, sturdy and waterproof.
Please refer to below photos as reference:
- All cancellations must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation by Whatsapp, Facebook or other channels will not be accepted. A cancellation fee of 100% is charged if the booking is canceled 2 working days (Except Saturday, Sunday & Public holiday in Hong Kong) or less before departure day (counted as day 0).