South Coast and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Two-day package tour from Reykjavik
This two-day tour takes us through the beautiful provinces of south Iceland to the extraordinary glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon, the best known and the largest glacier lake in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of glacier Vatnajokull between Skaftafell preservation area in Vatnajokull National Park, and the town of Hofn.
Winter prices for Tour & Room (16 Sep - 24 Apr)
39,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Shared Bathroom
41,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Private Bathroom
43,900 ISK per person Single room, Shared Bathroom
45,900 ISK per person Single room, Private Bathroom
Depart on a Monday, or a Friday
Scheduled: Mon-Tue, Fri-Sat. all year
Christmas and New Year departures 2013:
20-21 Dec, 23-24 Dec, 27-28 Dec, 29-30 Dec, 3-4 Jan 2014
Summer prices for Tour & Room (25 Apr - 15 Sep)
45,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Shared Bathroom
47,900 ISK per person Double/Twin room, Private Bathroom
49,900 ISK per person Single room, Shared Bathroom
51,900 ISK per person Single room, Private Bathroom
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Maximum passengers: 16 persons maximum
Pick up: hotel pick up at 9:00-09:30 and drop off the next day at 21:00-01:00, depending on conditions for northern lights
Included: hotel pick up, transportation in a mini-bus, English speaking guide, accommodation with breakfast, glacier hiking for 1 hour (crampons included), aurora hunt during the winter season
NOT Included: hiking shoes and meals (other than 1x breakfast)
Bring with you: waterproof clothing, warm clothing, hiking shoes and your camera ~~ see at the bottom of the page.
Soon after we leave the city, we will pass Mount. Hengill, a central volcano with a giant magma chamber. We will also pass the town of Hveragerdi, where there are many interesting hot springs, as we travel towards the town of Selfoss.
Our tour takes us over the Thjorsa River which is the longest of all rivers in Iceland; around 230 kilometres long. We will stop in the town of Hvollsvollur for a coffee break. Then we continue to Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall which cascades from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 metres to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. East of the Seljalandsfoss lies fertile countryside and to the north rises the beautiful Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, rising to 1666 metres above sea level and the sixth largest glacier in Iceland.
Our next stop will be at Skogar where we will see the Skogafoss Waterfall which cascades down around 65 metres and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Next we drive through Myrdalur where we can enjoy a view of Myrdalsjokull glacier under which lies the central volcanic system of Katla.
Our next stop will be at the village of Vik where you will find a black sand beach with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the magnificent Reynisdrangar peaks. We will continue across Myrdalssandur sand plains, an area of black lava sand and ash of around 700 square kilometres. East of Myrdalssandur we will find the giant lava field of Eldgjarhraun, which was formed from the largest volume lava flow from a single eruption on earth in historic times. Next to the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur where we will see the Landbrotsholar Hills, one of the largest pseudo-crater areas in the world.
We cross Skeidararsandur, an enormous sand plain that reaches from the Skeidararjokull Glacier to the sea. We will pass the bridge over the River Skeidara which is the longest bridge in Iceland (900 metres) and go to Skaftafell nature reserve in the Vatnajokull National Park. The glacier tongues give the national park a majestic scenery. We will have a short stop at Skaftafell before continuing to Jokulsarlon, the glacier lagoon.
Jokulsarlon is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. It is located at the end of Breidamerkujokull, an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. The depth of the lagoon is about 250 metres and its size is 18 square kilometres. Due to glacial retreat, huge pieces of ice break loose from the glaciers and end up floating in the Jokulsarlon lagoon. After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation at a nearby place where we will enjoy dinner (dinner is not included in tour price) and relax in the evening.
If the weather is good and the sky is clear, we will look for the amazing northern lights at Jokulsarlon. You can see more photos of Jokulsarlon lagoon here
After breakfast we spend some time at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and when the lagoon is not frozen it is possible to enjoy an optional 40 minute boat ride where one can sail amongst icebergs of all shapes and sizes. We will also take a walk alongside the lake and on the black sand shores and look out for the seals which can often be spotted in the lagoon.
Then we start our journey west towards Reykjavik. The trip is far from over. We pull out the crampons for one hour long glacier hike - and the views are fabulous all the way back. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes, crampons cannot be fitted onto sneakers or other light walking shoes.
If we have enough time and good enough weather conditions we will visit Dyrholaey, a small but majestic peninsula which is the southernmost point of the mainland. It is 120 metres high and is a home to many breeds of seabird. Dyrholaey was formed in a sub-aquatic eruption about 100 thousand years ago. The translation of the name Dyrholaey could be "Doorway Island" but the name is drawn from the hole or the doorway the ocean has carved into the cliff.
Clothing to wear:
Please take into account that the weather in Iceland is ever changing and winters can be very cold. Therefore it is very important to dress accordingly.
Be sure to bring good hiking shoes and warm socks, windproof and rainproof outer layer, light and warm inner layer, such as wool, fleece or thermal.
Also remember balaclavas and winter gloves. Jeans and trainers are not suitable. If you do not have good hiking shoes you can rent them from us.