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2 Days | Luxury Private South Coast and Glacier Lagoon Tour

Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches! Explore the South Coast of Iceland with us during this two day private tour.

Reykjavík
2 days
Easy

Tour description

Our two day South Coast Tour is perfect to escape the city and explore the entire South Coast of Iceland. We bring you all the way to the southeast of the country where a landscape with the biggest glaciers and mountains is waiting for you.

Day 1: Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and Viking Sagas

After your pick up, we head out of the city. We shortly arrive in the countryside passing Hellisheiðarvirkjun, the geothermal power plant for the capital area. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall lays underneath the well known Eyfjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in 2010. If conditions allow, we take a walk behind the waterfall’s curtain before paying a visit to its nearby cousin Gljúfrabúi, found hidden from view in the mountainside. After a short ride, we arrive at Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss was featured in "Game of Thrones" and it is said that one of the first settlers has buried a treasure chest behind it. Next up is Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach was once rated as one of the 10 most beautiful places worldwide. In the summertime, hundreds of Puffins are nesting here and the rock stacks called Reynisdrangar are standing picturesque in the ocean next to the beach. Reynisfjara is also the perfect place to grab something to eat. On our way to our overnight accommodation, we pass the Skaftafell national park and Iceland's biggest glacier called Vatnajökull. Your guide will also make a stop next to the lava fields that were created during an eruption of the Volcano Laki in 1783/84. The eruption was so severe, that around 25% of the Icelandic population died.

Day 2: Glacier Lagoon and Glacier hike / Ice cave tour

After breakfast, it is time for some action. During the winter months (November - March) we take you on an ice cave tour. During summer (April - October) an exciting glacier walk is waiting for us. 

Ice Cave Tour: We hop onto a 4x4 Super Jeep and drive up the glacier. We put on our safety gear and off we go to explore one of the beautiful ice caves on the glacier. The caves are naturally formed during the summer and they can change very quickly. It is truly an experience of a lifetime since the cave could be gone after the next summer.

Glacier hike: We will start with a short drive from our meeting point to Falljökull glacier, which is a neighboring outlet glacier descending from the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. After a quick walk to the edge of the glacier, you will learn to put on crampons and have a small safety briefing. With an ice axe in hand, we will then embark on a guided excursion of the glacier.

Both glacier tours can be booked as a private experience. Just select the private option during the booking process. 

After our glacier tour, we head to one of the most popular locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the man glacier and they are then floating around in the lagoon that is situated in front of the glacier. After some time, the icebergs melted enough to float out to the ocean. Waves bring back the crystal clear ice to the black beach next to the lagoon, creating a special place called the Diamond Beach. Now it is time to head back in the direction of Reykjavik. On the way back, Our next stop is at Hofskirkja, an old church with a roof covered with turf. It's one of six turf churches that are left in the country. A great place to learn more about Iceland's history. Next up will be the well-known canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur (please note: the canyon is only accessible from April to October). The canyon is about 2km long and the cliffs can be high as 100m. Definitely, the perfect place to witness the power of mother nature. 

Please note

  • Your safety is of the utmost importance. Ice Cave tours are weather dependent. Sometimes tours have to be canceled with short notice due to weather conditions or other safety concerns. After periods of adverse weather, the caves can become flooded or unsafe to enter. If this happens we will always do our best to offer an alternative such as a glacier hike if weather conditions allow. However, if this is not suitable for you we will always offer a full refund for the activity.
  • As we said before, safety is really important to us. The weather situation can change really fast in Iceland. Stormy weather or heavy rainfall can make the glacier inaccessible. In case we can't operate the glacier hike on Sólheimajökull, we have several other outlet glaciers as a Plan B.
  • Fjaðrargljúfur canyon is sometimes closed by the Icelandic government because of flooding or nature protection. In case we can't visit the canyon, we will add other stops. There are plenty of beautiful places we can explore on the South Coast.
  • This tour is created for groups of up to 8 people. In case your group exceeds that number, you can always send us an email to info@reykjaviktourist.is to get a quote for a bigger group. 

What's included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Private Guide and Car
  • Ice cave or glacier hike tour in small group (can be booked as a private experience)
  • Accommodation in a Boutique Hotel (Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon or similar)
  • Breakfast

Exclusions

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Drinks

What do I need to bring?

  • Please dress according to the weather
  • Good hiking boots are required for the glacier hike (minimum size EU 36 / US 5,5 / UK 3,5)

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