The South Coast & Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon - Minibus Tour - EI41w

Two days tour - Glacier Hiking - Aurora Borealis

This overnight tour takes us to the extraordinary Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon. You'll see icebergs in a variety of styles, black sand beaches, glaciers, volcanoes and if we are lucky we will find the northern lights. Our total glacier encounter reaches its climax in a glacier hike in Skaftafell.

Operated in a minibus
Small groups and personal service

Duration: 2 days

Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30

Group maximum: 18 persons

Available: Sept - Apr

Age limit: 10 years

Difficulty: Easy

Map (click here)

Tour Highlights:
  • Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • Skaftafell nature reserve
  • Black sand beach Reynisfjara
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Glacier hike
  • Skaftafell wilderness area
  • Northern lights search
  • Country hotel

Free WiFi

Pick-up in Reykjavik: Please be ready at your selected pickup point at 08:00. Note that pickup can take up to 30 minutes.

Drop-off information: We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 21:00 - 23:00 on day two, depending on weather and road conditions.

Included: Hotel pick up, transportation in a mini-bus, English speaking guide, free wifi on the minibus, hotel accommodation with private bathroom, breakfast, glacier hiking for 1 hour (crampons included), aurora watching (when conditions allow).

Not included: Meals are not included except breakfast on day two.

Bring with you: Warm and waterproof clothing, and sturdy boots. You need real hiking boots for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons and they cannot be attached to normal shoes. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking process.

Summer version: Click here for the summer version of this tour (Apr - Sept)

Northern lights over Iceland - footage

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon photo gallery

Northern lights photo gallery

Glacier hiking in Skaftafell - gallery

Accommodation during the tour - photo gallery

49 900 per adult

Including overnight accommodation
A single room costs extra

If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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*** To be able to participate in the glacier hike you will need hiking shoes of similar type as shown on the picture at the bottom. If you don't have good hiking shoes you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.

Tour Description

icebergs jokulsarlon lagoon

Soft colours on the water

It varies from one trip to another where we stop and for how long. It depends on weather, the group, how much daylight we have, etc. During summer months we usually have the boat tour on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in the morning of the second day. And we usually have the glacier hike on Svinafellsjokull glacier on the second day as well. If the weather is good on the first day, and the weather forecast is bad for the second day, then the guides often put the glacier hike on day 1. During winter (15th September to 15th April) we hunt for the northern lights in the evening of the first day (if the sky is clear). In the tour description here below you can read about the areas and places we see during this tour, but it does not mean that we stop at all those places.

aurora borealis iceland

Night time entertainment

Day 1 - South Coast Marvels

Our two-day tour starts by driving along the beautiful south shore of Iceland, which is home to so many pearls of nature. Expect to encounter breathtaking waterfalls, vast lava fields, glacier lagoons & black sand beaches, to name a few.

Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. The water comes from the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull.

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Beautiful falls, Skogafoss

Our next stop will be at Skogar where we will see the Skogafoss Waterfall. It's also 60 m in height and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Make note of another secret keeper: Myrdalsjokull Glacier is hiding Katla. She's a very explosive and active volcano.

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 sea stacks.

Are you interested in geology? Pay attention to your guide when he / she starts speaking of "Jökulhlaup" and you see enormous devastated areas of sandy plains and ash. 'Cause not all effects of glaciation take place over thousands of years.

Basalt rock columns

Basalt rock columns

When our volcanoes erupt under a glacier, they might destroy an ice dam or release massive volumes of melt water by heat alone, causing a devastating flood, a Jökulhlaup. The term is Icelandic and has been adopted by the English language.

The longest bridge in Iceland (900 m) is over one of those areas of glacial floods. After that we go to Skaftafell area in the Vatnajokull National Park, where we'll have a short stop. The glacier tongues there give the national park a majestic fairy tale scenery.

Jokulsarlon has been the film location of many Hollywood movies. It is located at the end of an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea.

After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation at one of the Country Hotels in South Iceland. Free WiFi is available in the dining room, and the restaurant uses mainly local products on the menu. Breakfast is included in the price. Images of the Country Hotels.

If the Aurora forecast looks promising and the sky is clear we will step outside the hotel and check for the northern lights in the evening​.​

Country Hotel Iceland

We will stay at a Country Hotel in Iceland

Day 2 - Total Glacier Encounter

The second day of the tour will allow you to get to know the glacier lagoon even better, before heading out onto the glacier, to experience the ever-changing icescape of the Svinafellsjokull glacier.

After breakfast we spend more time at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you will see icebergs of all shapes. We also take a walk alongside the lake and on the black sand shores and look for seals which may be spotted in the lagoon.

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A room at one of the Country Hotels

One of the highlights of the trip is awaiting us. We're going to get up close and personal with the glacier. It's made up of fallen snow, not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It's just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball, and keep doing so for hundreds of years.

The ice eventually gets so compact that most of the air is forced out of it. This is the reason why glacial ice alone can have that fascinating crystal blue color - and the older the ice, the better.

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Great view from the country hotel

We pull out the crampons for one hour long glacier hike in the Skaftafell area - enjoying fabulous views all the way. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes. The crampons cannot be fitted onto sneakers or other light walking shoes.

At locations where the glacier flows more rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. So this is why it would be so dangerous to walk on a glacier without a specialized tour guide - the crevasses can get covered over by snow.

We hope you have had the time of your life with us! The magnificence of Iceland's nature is more than likely to stir your sense of wonder :)

South Coast and Jokulsarlon - Two Days
Rated 4.9/5 based on 19 customer reviews

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5 by Verified customer 2017-05-29
Vignur went the extra mile for our tour group. His knowledge of Icelandic history and current events are only second to his kindness, patience, and amiable demeanor. I would recommend him and the South coast to anyone without reservation.

Amazing Tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-06
We had a great time on this tour. Even though it was overcast most of the time, the views were still amazing and the period that the sun came out revealed even greater views of the glaciers on the way to Jokulsarlon. The tour guide was informative and funny, the bus was very comfortable (wifi awesome!) and the accommodations on the south coast were right out of a fairy tale book. The room was simple and missing a drawer handle but it didn't matter...the surrounding areas and 360 degree views were unparalleled. Totally worth it.

awesome tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-11
Our tour guide is awesome, although the weather wasn't good but still had wonderful time with group, I think the right travelmate made trip special . Please send my thanks to my tour guide (sorry for don't know how to spell his name with R...), and thank you again for providing such high quality tour.

2 Day South Coast tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-13
Hi ~ My name is Lori Ann Crothers and I was on the 2 day South Coast tour that was on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and returned on Sunday evening - June 4, 2017. I had an amazing time viewing many waterfalls, the boat ride down Glacier Lagoon, the black sand beach and Diamond Beach ( and more stops, too). I had a fun, nice group of people and made many nice friendships along the way, too ( we had fun taking photos of one another, and enjoyed our delicious dinner at the guest house together when we arrived at the hotel). Above all, this would not have been possible without Robert, our tour guide! He was very informative, answered all our curious questions about Iceland, he gave us enough time at each stop and we were not rushed, was always nice and most importantly, looked out for our safety on our excursions! I did 12 tours while in Iceland, and this was a highlight, due to our great guide, Robert!! He is an asset to your company and I am sure he will provide many more enjoyable vacations to future travelers!!! See you soon again, in the fall!!! Lori Ann Crothers from New Jersey!!!!! :)


5 by Verified customer 2017-06-13
Guide was very professional and informative

Amazing Tour!

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-18
This tour was the highlight of my trip. The guide was very friendly and knowledgable about all the sites that we saw. My favorite part of the tour was the glacier hiking. It was amazing.

Great tour and guide

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-20
We were lucky as there were only 8 of us on the tour. We had a fantastic guide , he was always patient with all our requests and gave us lots of insightful information . Thank you so much Alvero! Not sure if I got the Spanish guide's name right but we will remember his kindness !

Rainy weather

4 by Verified customer 2017-07-31
My helicopter tour was cancelled due to unfavorable weather condition. My main objective was photography, due to 2 day at stretch rain I could not get good photos. However, since it was my first time in Iceland - I enjoyed it's culture, met few Icelanders etc. I shall come again.

Amazing tour guides & itinerary! 11/10 recommend!

5 by Verified customer 2017-07-31
Tour was absolutely amazing! Lucked out and only 5 people showed up - loved how small the tour was regardless. Guides were extremely knowledgeable Icelandic folks who really knew their stuff. Thoughtful, patient, and talkative! Fantastic & safe driver. I will recommend EI to everyone I know. Thanks for making my trip unforgettable.

Tour comments

4 by Verified customer 2017-08-13
Highlights of the tour were the glacier walk, diamond beach, and the glacier lagoon. The accommodation was unexpectedly exceptional! The glacier walk guide Nyd was absolutely fantastic. He got the best pictures of everyone and we didn't feel rushed or unsafe at all. Our driver hawk was good. He stopped at a few extra places and did make it enjoyable. Would have a liked a bit more commentary on the drive but overall I would recommend this tour. Much less busy than the golden circle and some spectacular scenery. Also great communication from extreme Iceland. Our pickups changed a few times and we completely understand this was beyond your control. But you did a great job of keeping us informed. Thanks!

So great!

5 by Verified customer 2017-08-24
We had a great experience on our two day tour. Scott was knowledgeable And the sights were amazing. Everything ran smoothly and our guide (as well as our hiking guide) made sure we were getting the most out of the experience. We would highly recommend this tour to anybody who is up for adventure and fun!!!


5 by Verified customer 2017-09-02
Best tour guide and group. We loved the hotel we stayed at overnight and restaurant stops. I wish I had booked more trips with you guys in Iceland-next time.

Highlight of our trip!

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-10
Wonderful experience with a local guide who knew all the insights and shared personal experiences which added so much to the tour. He provided history and folklore of the country and added some extra stops along the way that really enhanced the trip and showed how much he genuinely loved his job and touring us around to all the sights. The glacier hike and cruise in the lagoon are a must when visiting this country! Highly recommend this tour!

Beautiful trip

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-10
The tour guide is funny and very nice! The itinerary is also very good and the scenery is very beautiful!Unfortunately, the weather is not very good, making the glacier hike is not a very good experience.

Awesome tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-13
Our tour guide was fantastic! Would recommend this tour to others.

Fantastic tour!!!

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-16
We were blessed with the most amazing weather and our guide, María, weaved her magic with tales of Icelandic folklore. Every site was breathtaking!! Absolutely loved it and highly recommend it!!

The tour guide co driver excellent

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-23
We were very pleased with the tour guide/driver whom is extremely professional. He gave us lots of information n scenery breaks for photos. We are very pleased of his performance and it made the trip a very pleasant one.

Great tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-24
Overall the tour was great. Our guide, Ragnavar was awesome, provided a ton of good information on the country in an entertaining manner. The only complaint we had was on the glacier hike. I'm not sure if it would be possible to somehow split the group to those people who want to hike and those that are just there to walk/take pictures. We could've gone a lot further in the hike if there weren't 5 or 6 women who were terrified of walking on the ice and only wanted to take selfies which held the whole group back. I realize this is not something that reflects on the tour directly but it was something that annoyed a number of us on the trip. Other than that one thing we had a great trip. Thank you so much for giving us a great slice of Iceland!!!

Had an amazing time!

5 by Verified customer 2017-10-02
Amazing guide, landscapes and people!! Highly recommend!!
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Disclaimer: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.
Glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers.