Why we love this tour
Visit the nature crystal ice cave Go to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, see waterfalls, Skaftafell glacier, black sand beaches and many other natural wonders Northern light tour included Small group guided tour
On this two-day winter tour in Iceland, you have the best option to explore the South Coast, a natural ice cave and Jokulsarlon Lagoon. It’s a group tour where you explore all the highlights of the Icelandic South Coast and visit a magical ice cave in Vatnajökull Glacier, making the most of your short holiday in Iceland.
Pick up at 8:00 from your accommodation or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Please note, the pick up process can take up to 30 minutes but you do need to be ready and waiting at 08:00.
This tour will show you the scenery and highlights along the south coast of Iceland and take you into the shimmering blue/white interior of a magical ice cave. The drive along the coast will take you through farmlands and a few small towns on your way to visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, here you can walk behind the cascade to look out through the ‘curtain of water’. Next up, is Skógafoss Waterfall, you can also view this waterfall from an unusual point if you wish, a pathway with many stops leads up the eastern side!
We will head on to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, with the dramatic Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks rising off-shore. The basalt column cave and formations here are stunning, just make sure you stand well back from the powerful Atlantic waves when you are exploring. We stop for lunch at the town of Vík, with the picturesque church standing high on the hill.
You are driven onwards through breathtaking lava and volcano mountain landscapes to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, an attractive village with an interesting history, the name means ‘Church Town Monastery’. You will spend the night at a country hotel or guesthouse in the Skaftafell area, arriving early evening. If the forecast is hopeful your guide will show you the best spot to watch out for the northern lights, we can never promise, hopefully, glittering jewel-bright swirls will ripple across the night sky.
After a good breakfast we get on the road, today is centered on Vatnajökull National Park and the majesty of the glaciers. We visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most surreal sights in the world, let alone Iceland. Huge icebergs which were once part of the glacier float on the enormous lagoon as they slowly make their way towards the open sea at the nearby Diamond Beach. Some icebergs float ashore, where they sit glittering like diamond jewels on the black sand. The extraordinary vistas here have been very popular with the makers of famous action movies, including James Bond.
You will explore a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe with a qualified glacier guide, with light flooding through blue ice an ice cave is one incredibly photogenic. Your experience and knowledgeable guide will safely and confidently guide you through the wonders of the glacier with fascinating information, including how ice caves are formed each year and the story of the cave you are visiting.
Heading back to Reykjavík a stop is made at Skaftafell National Park, in good visibility there will be fabulous views of jagged-toothed mountains and famous glaciers. Stops are made at a few points on the way back and we still keep an eye open for the Northern Lights. Arrival in Reykjavík is expected between 21:00 and 23:00. The infamous Icelandic weather can sometimes influence the schedule a little in winter, but don’t worry, our expert travel planners always have a plan B – it’s all a part of the exciting Iceland experience.
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. We do not rent gear from the locations.
What's included and excluded
- Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
- Guided Ice Cave Tour
- 1 night accommodation
What you need to know
Pick up between: 08:00 – 08:30AM
Duration: 2 days 1 night
Minimum age required: 10 years old
New regulations have been implemented regarding the shuttle traffic in the downtown Reykjavik. We have therefore offered 12 pick up points instead of directly picking up guests from accommodations . Please click here for further information.
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.
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