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
From 49 900 ISK per adult winter
Summer: 54 900 ISK
Inc. overnight accomodation
Minimum age: 10 years old
Total duration: 2 days
Maximum: 18 persons
Map (click here)
Pick up: 09:00 - 09:30
Drop-off: flexible* (see below)
Available: Mid Sept - mid April, daily
Click here for the summer version of this tour (April - Sept)
*Drop-off information: We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 20:00 - 21:00 on day two, OR we take you to our northern lights restaurant, where you can buy dinner and refreshments, and then after dinner join our Magical Auroras northern lights tour free of charge. If you choose to go on the northern lights evening tour then drop-off is estimated between 00:00 and 01:00.
You can let the guide know which option you choose on the second day.
Included: Hotel pick up, transportation in a mini-bus, English speaking guide, room with bathroom, breakfast, glacier hiking for 1 hour (crampons included), aurora watching (when conditions allow).
Note: Meals are not included except breakfast
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. You need real hiking shoes 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.
The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
Skaftafell nature reserve
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
Northern lights search
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Note: 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.
*** 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. The rooms all have bathroom. 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.
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.
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.
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 head back to Ingolfsskali which is our switching point for the Magical auroras tour. We usually arrive sometime between 18:00 and 20:00. There you can enjoy a dinner (not included in the tour price). You always have the option to bring your own food.
Our specially trained guides have been looking into the cloud forecast and know just where to take you, to maximise your chances of seeing these beautiful phenomenon.
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 :)
Note: If you're in a rush, you always have the option of skipping the northern lights hunting part, and go straight to Reykjavik on the second day.
Read about important winter information
Disclaimer: 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.
Good hiking shoes & warm socks are an essential part of the tour.
Interstellar Glacier in Iceland
Our glacier hike is on Svinafellsjokull Glacier, part of Vatnajokull Glacier, depicted in the Interstellar movie (2014).
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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Two Days - Book here...
Note that selected departures during the holidays can be more expensive.