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2 Days | South Coast Winter Tour

The best of the best. Explore Iceland's stunning South Coast, stroll around the Glacier Lagoon, experience the beauty of the Diamond Beach and top it off with an adventurous Ice Cave Tour.

Reykjavík
All Year Around
2 days
Moderate

Starting at 69.990 ISK

About

Do you wish to escape the capital and explore the entire South Coast?

Look no further, this trip was made just for you. 

On the first day, we will be visiting waterfalls, the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, which serves as the home to many puffins during the summer months. As they spend the winter months in warmer areas, they will not be present, however, the cliff that provides shelter for this interesting species is an insanely beautiful natural rock formation. At Reynisfjara you will have the time for a lovely lunch as well.

Right next to this area, we will take you to the charming, southernmost settlement of Iceland, Vik, which will welcome you with open arms.

The following day, you will participate in an ice cave tour on the Vatnajökull glacier, which is the biggest glacier in Iceland. After exploring some of the caves on the glacier, we will drive you to the unforgettable Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the neighboring Diamond Beach. The latter sight was named due to the clear ice that gathers on the black sand beach. As for the historical segment, we stop at Hofskirkja, which is a turf-roof church, only six of them are left in the whole country, so otherwise, it would not be likely to encounter another of these architectural gems.

On the way back to Reykjavik, we stop at the Laki lava field, which appeared in 1783/1784, after the deadly volcano next door managed has erupted. The tour concludes with a dinner stop and you will return to town around 9:00 in the evening with lots of great new memories. 

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What's included?

  • Necessary safety equipment for the Glacier Activities
  • Ice Cave Tour
  • Professional tour guided in English in a minibus
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus
  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • Accommodation for one night
  • Breakfast

Exclusions

  • Lunch and Dinner

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)
  • Bring your camera
  • We will have stops during the tour where you can purchase food and snacks, but you can also bring packed lunch

Know before you go

  • This tour is operated from November to March. If you are looking for a 2-day tour during the summer months, please check out our 2 Day South Coast Summer Tour.
  • During the booking process, you have the chance to select your room type. You can choose between single, double or triple rooms. If you are a single traveller then a Single Room needs to be chosen.
  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • Your safety is of the utmost importance. Ice Cave tours are weather dependent. Sometimes tours have to be cancelled 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 to you we will always offer a full refund for the activity. 

Itinerary

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. If conditions allow we walk behind the waterfall curtains. 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 ten most beautiful beaches 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.

After Lunch, we are heading further east. After a short stop in a charming village called Vik. Vik is the southernmost city in the country and the center of the entire southern region. We will stop at the town's church, where we have a great view of the city and the shoreline. On our way to our overnight accommodation, we pass the Skaftafell national park and Iceland's biggest glacier called Vatnajökull.

Day 2: Ice Cave Exploration and Glacier Lagoon

After breakfast, it is time for some action. 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. After our ice cave tour, we head to one of the most popular locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the main 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. We have enough time to explore the whole area and to have lunch.

Next up is 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.

Now it is time to head back to Reykjavik. On the way back, your guide will 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. On our way home we will make stops for dinner and you can expect to be back in Reykjavik around 9 pm.

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