2 Day Jokulsarlon, South Coast and Ice Caving Tour - EI42

Pearls of the South - Tour the Crystal Cave, Diamond Beach, Waterfalls & More

This multi-day tour is operated with small groups, for a better experience. Were you looking for something out of the ordinary? Come and be mesmerized by the blue ice of the crystal caves, the iceberg lagoon and all the beauty of the south coast with its glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand beaches and so much more. We search for the northern lights when conditions are favorable.

Duration: 2 days

Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30

Group maximum: 18 persons

Available: All year

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Top rated Ice Cave Tour with Experienced Guide
  • The two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss
  • Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • 1 night at country hotel w/ breakfast
  • Diamond Beach
  • The Black sand beach Reynisfjara
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Vík í Mýrdal village
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur town
  • Skaftafell nature reserve
  • Northern lights (If conditions allow)
  • Optional Boat tour on Jokulsarlon (May-Oct)

Free WiFi

Drop-off information: We drop you off at your hotel sometime around 21:00 (9pm) on day two, depending on weather and road conditions.

Included: Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik, English speaking guide, minibus tour, free wifi on the minibus, super jeep ride, specialized ice cave guide, accommodation with private bathroom, breakfast.

Excluded: Meals (other than one breakfast on day 2)

Bring with you: Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy hiking boots (you can rent hiking boots and waterproof clothing in the booking engine). Don't forget a camera.
To be able to participate in the ice caving you will need hiking boots that cover your ankle (can be rented).

Ice Cave Info: Our main cave is "Crystal Ice Cave", but if it is inaccessible we will visit another cave. During the summer months (Apr-Oct), we go to the Katla Ice Cave. If it is inaccessible, we do a glacier hike instead.

Contact us: If you have a question about this tour you can use the contact form here below.
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2 Day South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Ice Caving Tour - Video

Pictures of the Ice Cave

Pictures of the Glacier Lagoon

Our Accommodation During the Tour

54 990 per adult

  • Operated in a Minibus
  • Small Group & Personal Experience
  • Great value compared to similar tours

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"We went on the Jokulsarlon and Ice Caving (2 day, 1 night) adventure with Extreme Iceland and would HIGHLY recommend this! Absolutely amazing! Bill (our tour guide) was FANTASTIC! He was so knowledgeable, willing to teach, answer questions and very personable. HIGHLY recommend Extreme Iceland and Jokulsarlon & Ice Caving tour is a once in a lifetime!!!"

Tour Description

jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

Keep your "ice" wide open

Tour itinerary - Day 1

We drive along the southern coast of Iceland, stopping at many beautiful places along the way, including Seljalandsfoss, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & many more, before stopping at our country hotel for the night.

Soon after we leave civilization behind, we pass a central volcano with a giant magma chamber. Then we continue towards the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull that shut down Europe's air space for a few days in 2010. It rests now, looking peaceful and all innocent. Seljalandsfoss Waterfallat the foot of Eyjafjallajökull is our first stop and a memorable one as there are not many waterfalls that you can admire both from the front and back. Quite a landmark.

diamond beach iceland

Northern lights over the Diamond Beach

Fortunately, there's a degree of flexibility in this tour. The weather in Iceland is ever changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will therefore decide how it's best to operate the tour each time.

Close by is another beauty, Skógafoss Waterfall in all its magnificence. It plunges from the cliffs of the former coastline. It's 18 stories high and considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

We then stop at Reynisfjara, the black sand beach with the picturesque sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, watching proudly over the south coast. Be very careful when the massive waves of the Atlantic Ocean break on the shore, they are indeed fast and furious, and the beach has a warning for a particularly strong undertow.

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Floating Icebergs on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

We will stop and have a lunch break at the town of Vík í Mýrdal, with the picturesque church standing high on the hill, and great views of the Reynisdrangar cliffs.

We then drive onwards through breathtaking lavafields and stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a small village with quite an interesting history, the name translates to ‘Church Town Monastery’.

After some refreshments we continue further and east of a large extension of sand plains, an area of black lava, sand and ash of around 700 sq km.

If you're interested in geology and volcanic eruptions, now is time to pay close attention to the explanations of your guide. We are traveling across a giant lava field formed during a dramatic single eruption that produced the largest volume of lava flow on earth, in historic times. We also drive through one of the largest pseudo-crater area in the world.

reynisfjara black sand beach

Reynisfjara black sand beach in the twilight

But keep listening! The glaciers are within sight. Right ahead we have an enormous sand plain that reaches from the glaciers and shapes the coastline. You'll witness the instability of glacial rivers as we cross the long bridges there.

We will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, in the National Park of Vatnajökull. We'll see stunning glacier outlets of the Vatnajökull Ice Cap. Iceland’s highest peak, which is 2110 m, is in this area.

Now is time to head to the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon. It's a really deep lagoon, some 75 stories below the surface. Then you know what the expression means, "the tip of the iceberg". The lagoon is particularly beautiful in low light.

We reach our Country Hotel around dinner time. The rooms are basic and the all-important WiFi connection is available. Breakfast is included. Located between the mountains and the sea, the views from there are simply terrific.

If the aurora forecast shows activity and the sky is clear, we step outside our accommodation and check for the amazing northern lights in the evening.

skogafoss winter iceland

Waterfall Skógafoss in deep winter

Day 2

The second day starts with a bang, when we gear up and go explore a ice cave! We then head back towards Reykjavik, but stopping once more to explore Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon a bit better.

We begin the day with the highlight of our trip, the ice cave exploration. We'll have an expert local glacier guide take us in a modified super jeep so that we can reach our Extreme destination in a realm of dreams, the ice cave. But it's not all about beauty.

Glaciers are truly spectacular, but it is not possible to visit unless we have a specialized guide, and the necessary equipment. Our guide is one who has listened to the 'breathing' of ice all his life. He determines which cave is best to visit each time, depending on weather conditions and other issues. Sometimes the caves are more special than others, but become exquisite in the right light and conditions.

Good hiking shoes are essential, since there's a some hike to the cave. You'll need to wear waterproof hiking shoes that cover your ankle.

We will stay inside the ice cave for a while, so you'll be thankful you've brought very warm winter clothing. You'll be wearing a helmet, so your winter hat should not be too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.

Is the ice really so blue?

Yes! On the outside the Vatnajökull glacier's white crust is UV-bleached and scuffed. But on the inside it is transformed into a striking, glassy-blue cathedral, thanks to the tremendous weight of ancient ice pushing air bubbles out for a thousand years.

Come spring time, the caves melt and buckle, and in autumn local glacier specialists set out in search of new hidden chambers to explore. This impermanence makes Iceland's crystal caves all the more magical.

The same intense blue color can be seen for example on floating icebergs that reveal their lower side when they have recently rolled over or split in two.

country hotel accommodation

A room at one of the Country Hotels

After the surreal experience of the ice cave it is time to head back to Reykjavik. But there will be another stop at Jökulsárlón as it looks different in the midday light and we might also be able to see seals sunbathing on the icebergs.

We will also make a short stop at the amazing Diamond Beach (also called The Crystal Beach), which is a beach by Jokuslarlon Glacier Lagoon. Here you can see big chunks of decades old glacier ice that has washed up on shore after being polished and played with for a while in the surf. The black sandy beach sometimes sticks to the glassy surface of the icebergs, which only adds to their beauty as they lie upon the shore. This place is truly magical!

We then drop you off in Reykjavik on day two at around 21:00 (9pm), after a magical two day adventure!

Read customer reviews

Jokulsarlon and Ice Caving - Rated 4.9/5 based on 18 customer reviews

a spectacular experience

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-02-18
We had such a wonderful guide who ensured we were safe and enjoying our adventure. The tour was well paced and I felt we had the appropriate amount of time at each stop. I enjoyed the Icelandic music our guide played in the bus and all of the fun facts he had to share. The only thing that could make the experience even better would be wifi and cell phone chargers on the bus and perhaps some free refreshments! Overall it was a spectacular experience that I will recommend to friends and family!

Great overnight excursion

5 by Verified customer 2017-02-19
The tour brought us very good experiences and memories. The guide, Holly, is nice and professional too.

Worth it

5 by Verified customer 2017-02-20
Our tour guide was amazing!

Thank you Holly

5 by Verified customer 2017-02-24
Holly's knowledge on geology made our trip much more informative and enjoyable. We learned so fun from her!

I think this tour is good value

5 by Verified customer 2017-02-27
Holly was amazing! Loved the Viking restaurant experience as well Just wish the weather would have been better and we could have done the ice caves! Maybe next time!

an top activity for us in Iceland

5 by Verified customer 2017-03-03
I was happy that we were able to do what we did, even if weather did not permit a glacier hike at the time that it was probably planed. I was just really glad and know that we were lucky that the ice cave worked out. Even though the super-jeep broke down on the glacier - losing time and forcing us to rush on our way back-it was super fun and such things happen.

Grreat tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-03-05
One of the best tours I've ever been on. Thank you for doing everything to make sure we have a great memorable experience! I will definitely go with Extreme Iceland again on my next visit.

Great guide who shares knowledge

5 by Verified customer 2017-03-25
Jóhannes our tour guide was very informative, pointing out important landscape features. We had a very good time! Thank you for making our trip a unforgettable experience. Mike & Lysane

Ice Caving tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-19
The tour guides were fantastic and the sights were unbelievable! Thanks for a great tour!

Professional Guides

5 by Verified customer 2017-09-10
Eagle the guide went out of his way to show us even more places that were not included in the tour, he made it worth it 2000%


5 by Verified customer 2017-09-20
Trip was fun and guides were fabulous


5 by Viridiana 2018-11-01
Everything was great, our guide was amazing, the hotel, the places! Totally recommended. I’ll come back one day!

Very well run tour

5 by Nicola 2018-11-04
We took this two day tour along the south coast and saw all the main sights including waterfalls, icebergs, glaciers, lava field and off-roading then exploration of an ice cave. The driver was super friendly and kept us informed of each stop and what to expect. The sites were spectacular and the weather was great, and we had plenty of time at each stop. The company were easy to deal with on email. I highly recommend this tour.

2 Day Jokulsarlon, South Coast and Ice Caving Tour

5 by Jen 2018-11-09
The 2 Day - South Coast, Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon tour was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this tour. Our guide ('Eagle') gave us so much information about the country and the culture. The Ice Cave was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go onto/into a glacier. The hotel was lovely. And the non-stop gorgeous landscape of the south coast is just incredible.

I would definitely recommend EI

5 by Marc 2018-11-25
Pascal was a fantastic guide and the trip was well planned and executed.

Incredible Iceland Winter Trip

5 by John 2018-12-04
I just returned from the 2-day South Coast Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon tour. This experience exceeded my expectations of how truly amazing and beautiful Iceland would be. Our tour guide was Adolph, an Icelander, and his knowledge, experience, sense of humor and charm made the whole tour that much more enjoyable. From the very start he made our group of 18 comfortable and easily met everyone’s needs. Even the adventure hotel we stayed at and the meals we had together were great. We were able to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights on the way back to Reykjavík. Highly recommended!

Extremely awesome!

5 by Joanne 2018-12-07
Thanks to Swenny for guiding us through some extremely high wind storms and rearranging the itinerary so we could still experience everything on the agenda. Worth every penny!

Overall is very good.

4 by Yannis 2018-12-18
The tour guide is nice and helpful. The tour is very good overall. Except that the ice cave tour was outsourced and that guide bring us to the cave that was not a blue one and the time allowing for the ice cave tour was rather short. We saw that other tour groups were able to walk inside deeper into the cave but we were just like in and out.
All reviews displayed on our site are collected from customers via our post-tour review system.

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. It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the ice caving tour.

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