This ice cave and Northern Lights day tour is perfect for those who want to see the best of Iceland’s South Coast! We’ll start off with a short hike towards Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and then continue towards the Diamond Beach. Next, we’ll descend into the depths of a natural ice cave. We’ll spend around an hour and a half exploring the pits of the glacier and the blue icy wonderland. The day will be capped off with a trip to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and a Northern Lights hunt.
Duration: ~14-16 hours
Departure time: 7:30am
Available: Nov - Apr
Age limit: 12 years
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Vatnajokull Glacier
- Crystal Ice Cave
- The Diamond Beach
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Northern Lights
We will pick you up in Reykjavik at 7:30 a.m. You can choose your pick up location upon booking. Please note that picking everyone up can last up to half an hour.
What To Bring:
For the ice cave and Northern Lights day tour, bring warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, extra layers in case you get cold, lunch and snacks. If you don’t own some of these items, they might be available to rent upon booking. We’ll stop at gas stations and cafes along the way where you can grab lunch.
Ice caves are ever-changing phenomena. Until the day of the tour, we cannot exactly tell which ice cave we’ll be visiting. Upon descending into the ice cave, we’ll provide you with all the necessary safety equipment and gear.
Popular Tour - Likely to sell out
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Join us on this breathtaking ice cave and Northern Lights day tour along Iceland’s South Coast. We’ll start by picking you up from your chosen pick up location in Reykjavik. After a scenic drive along the southern coast of Iceland, we’ll arrive at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
The lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Located at the foot of Vatnajokull Glacier, the lagoon is known for rocking icebergs that break free from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue. Icebergs then drift across this glacial lake and settle on the shores of a volcanic beach. They glisten in the sun like diamonds. For that reason, the beach is dubbed Diamond Beach. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a seal drifting on one of those diamonds.
Next, we’ll drive on the other side of the lagoon and stroll on Diamond Beach. After a short walk and taking a few stunning pictures, we’ll head towards our next attraction — a natural ice cave.
Nature in Iceland is constantly changing and we can’t tell you exactly which ice cave we are going to visit. Usually, most of the natural ice caves in the country melt and form again after the summer, so the chances of seeing the same ice cave twice are pretty slim. However, we usually visit Vatnajokull Glacier and after a short hike, we descend into one of its caves. We might also go to Katla ice cave or even explore a newly formed crystal cave! On the day of the tour, we’ll let you know which one it’s going to be.
After exploring an ice cave, we’ll continue our adventure towards Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Tied in many sagas, the waterfall is definitely worth a visit because of the ability to walk behind it if conditions are right. The hike behind the cascade is brief and rewarding, as the views of the South Coast from behind the waterfall are simply breathtaking. Sometimes the path leading behind the fall can be wet and slippery. Be careful if you decide to venture behind it!
If we’re lucky, at the end of our tour we’ll catch a glimpse of the aurora dancing over our heads. What a perfect end to such an adventurous day!