South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach - EI22

Day Tour to the crown jewels of Iceland's south coast - Plus optional boat tour on the glacier lagoon

Experience the stunning south coast of Iceland. Black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers, diamond beach and more. See the floating icebergs on the glacier lagoon and optionally you can take a boat ride on the lagoon and sail around the icebergs.

See all the main attractions of the South Coast in just one day! Small groups & personal service guaranteed.

Duration: ~15 hours

Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30

Group maximum: 19 persons

Available: All year

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Lava fields
  • Skaftafell national Park
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Vik (town)
  • Free WiFi on bus
  • Mt. Hekla view
  • Eyjafjallajokull view

Free WiFi

Please note:

  • That from October 16th - May 14th we will skip the following activities because of the short daylight:
    • Skógafoss
    • Reynisfjara

Included: Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik, an English guided tour of the South Coast and Jokulsarlon.

Optional extra: You can buy a boat ride on the glacier lagoon from May-Sept (summer). See Extras in booking engine for prices. Please note that if the boat tour is not booked beforehand there is no guarantee there will be availability on site

Not included: Meals and refreshments

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine. This is is a long tour so bringing some snacks is also a good idea.

Sailing on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - Image gallery

19 990 per adult

Children (6-15): 14 990

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Reviews on TripAdvisor


"It was an amazing tour! The two guides gave us a lot of information on the region and on Iceland and I had a great time. The drive was quite long to the glacier lagoon but the multiple stops made it look shorter! The lagoon was wonderful and is a must see in Iceland."

Tour Description

aerial reynisfjara black sand beach

Reynisfjara black sand beach seen from above.

After pickup we drive out of Reykjavik, past Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant. You will see the water vapors rising to the air. We drive along the south coast all the way to Hvolsvollur town, the first stop.

We continue along the coast to the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is possible to walk behind the waterfall and experience some hidden magic in the small cave there. You might even see a double rainbow if you are lucky. This waterfall is so amazing that Justin Bieber shot a music video there!

basalt rock cave reynisfjara

The small cave at Reynisfjara beach, and the natural basalt columns.

Since waterfalls are awesome, we now drive to the next waterfall which is called Skogafoss. This is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland with a drop of around 60m / 200ft. This waterfall constantly produces colorful rainbows on sunny days, and double rainbows are its specialty. This waterfall is also a Hollywood movie star, it appeared in the movies Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And of course it appeared in Justin Bieber's music video.

Enough waterfalls, now its time for some food. We drive to the small town Vik, where we have lunch. We will have a good view over the beautiful ocean cliffs called Reynisdrangar. Spectacular scenery with a black sand beach, ocean and mountain cliffs.

icelandic seal glacier lagoon

A seal, chilling on a floating iceberg at the glacier lagoon.

At last, the main event. We drive to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This lagoon is the biggest star of them all, and has appeared in many movies. To name a few: Batman Begins and the James Bond movies: A View to a Kill and Die Another Day. We spend some time here and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Those who booked a boat tour can now go and sail among the icebergs.

A short walk away, you can find the Diamond Beach (or Crystal Beach), a nearby black sand beach where you can find small icebergs (crystals) that have washed ashore and look like glittering diamonds. You can also take a short hike along the glacier lagoon and enjoy the mesmerizing surroundings. 

seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

After the lagoon, we drive to Skaftafell national park. Here we have dinner, and enjoy the view over the glaciers (the dinner stop is only during the summer season).

Let's go to the beach! We drive to the exciting Reynisfjara black sand beach. Be sure to visit the small cave (if the guide and conditions allow), you can see natural basalt columns all around the cave. Exciting stuff. You can also see Reynisdrangar ocean cliffs from the beach, from a different angle than before.

Note: Be careful at the beach and pay attention to what the guide says since the ocean waves can be sneaky and dangerous. Do not walk all the way to the ocean!

After a stroll on the beach, we head back to Reykjavik. We should be home before midnight.

vik in myrdalur village

Vik town, and in the distance you can see Reynisdrangar ocean cliffs.

Double the fun. Since this is a long day tour, you will get two separate guides (the guide can only drive for so long). One guide takes you all the way to Jokulsarlon, where you will meet the second guide. That guide will then take you back to Reykjavik. We don't want our guides to work for 15 hours straight, and we hope that this arrangement makes the tour more enjoyable.

diamond beach iceland

We'll stop at the magnificent Diamond Beach

Amphibian Boat Tour

As an optional extra you can book an boat tour on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The boat ride takes around 30 minutes. See booking engine for prices.

Read customer reviews

Jokulsarlon Day Tour - Rated 5/5 based on 10 customer reviews

Amazing South Coast!

5 by Shubham Moondhara 2018-06-06
If there is just one tour that you want to do in Iceland, it has to be the South shore adventure with Jokursarlon! Best ever day! And extreme iceland/arctic adventures have the best set of tour guides! Just close your eyes and book this!

Excellent tour!

5 by Subhankari Bhattacharyya 2018-06-16
We had a very good time!Even though the trip was long our guides were extremely enthusiastic which reduced the stress.Our guide shared some Icelandic stories during the tour which was quite interesting.Overall we had a good time and I would definitely recommend this tour.

Excellent Excursion

5 by James & Elaine Australia 2018-06-18
"Based on local advice, we booked three tours with Extreme Iceland over five days and enjoyed them all The three tours were conducted by different drivers who were all capable, informative and entertaining We enjoyed the small group size, the comfort of the bus and the willingness of the drivers to show us as much as possible in the time available Would recommend these tours as good value for anyone who is considering the option of hiring a car or taking a tour"

Great Outing with a Knowledgeable Guide!

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-06
This was a very long day and the weather did not cooperate, but even so, we thought it was wonderful and worth every penny. We had Sindri for our guide and found him to be extremely knowledgeable, informative and willing to share his knowledge with his clients and answer questions. A query regarding Bobby Fischer led to an interesting discussion about his years in Iceland and a general discussion about chess in general and its popularity in Iceland. As well, Sindri was kind enough to point out the Bobby Fischer Centre to us when we passed through Selfoss. Yes, we could have rented a car and driven ourselves out to Jokulsarlon but then we would have missed out on all the history, geology and geography and people stories, not to mention the discussions that ranged from Icelandic sheep, cows, horses to reindeer to polar bears. The stops we made were all very scenic and very enjoyable. We live in western Canada and have more than our fair share of boreal forest, mountains, lakes, waterfalls and glaciers in our own backyard, so to speak, but this was the first time I have ever walked behind a waterfall or gotten up close and personal with a bunch of icebergs or seen and walked on a black sand beach. This is a great tour!

Great tour for the time poor. Do the 2 day one if you can.

5 by Verified customer 2017-05-26
The tour was absolutely wonderful. Nature and the scenery is great. The guides were both great and love their country which is infectious.

Awesome day!

5 by Verified customer 2017-05-26
The tour guides were fantastic and the sights were unbelievable! Thanks for a great tour!

Five stars

5 by Verified customer 2017-05-25
Everything ran smoothly. Our second guide that took over in the afternoon went over and above and showed us more interesting sites, resulting in a longer tour, but perfect! Will highly recommend your company to our clients as we are owners of a travel agency. Many Thanks

Very good tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-05-21

Amazing Trip

5 by Cari 2018-10-28
Our tour was fantastic! Picked up right on time, comfortable bus, friendly driver. The whole trip was amazing! It was a long day, but well worth it! Every sight was beautiful. Extreme Iceland took care of everything. We even had a recommendation to ask our 2nd driver (they have to switch because of driving hours) to stop at a different on the way back. He gladly agreed, and even called reservations ahead so that we wouldn't have to wait when we arrived. Would gladly take this tour again!

Well Worth It!

5 by Ava 2018-11-11
This tour is a full day (14 hours or so) - it is worth all the time. Our tour guide made stops along the way and gave up ample time to spend at each location. He was accommodating and informative the entire tour. This trip was great experience and you get to seen a lot of Iceland's amazing natural beauty; this trip is great especially if you are not keen on renting a car and driving on your own. The Glacier Lagoon was spectacular and one of the most beautiful sites. Dress warm, it can get very very windy as your make your way toward the Glacier Lagoon. Stops for lunch and dinner are included in the tour itnirary but I would suggest packing some snacks and drinks to keep on the bus for yourself. The lamb stew in Vik at the dinner stop was the best I have ever had =)
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