2 Day South Coast, Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Hike
On this overnight tour from Reykjavik, we discover the stunning landscapes of the South Coast including waterfalls, glaciers, black sand plains, volcanoes and the extraordinary Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
After a well-deserved rest at a country hotel, we’ll spend a glorious morning hiking Vantajökull, one of Europe’s largest glaciers. On our way back we make a few more stops including another magnificent waterfall!
- Waterfalls, volcanoes and black sands—see the striking South Coast
- Explore the serene surroundings at Gerði Country Hotel
- Experience the unusual beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Trek across the icy wonderland atop Vatnajökull glacier
- Scheduling: Shared Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
- Duration: 2 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- This tour runs from 1st Of October 2019 to 31 of May 2020
- Dormitory room only, no triple room available
- Pick-up servicePick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops in Reykjavik available.
- Easy CancellationFully refundable when cancelled at least 14 days prior to tour departure.
- Instant Confirmation
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 4 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Complimentary pick-up and drop-off for hotels, guesthouses and bus stops
- Round-trip transportation
- Professional guides
- Glacier walk with an experienced, certified guide
- Necessary gear for hiking
- Accommodation with breakfast (Gerði Country Hotel)
- Any expense of personal nature not mentioned above
- Meals, other than breakfast (day 2) at Gerði Country Hotel
After departing Reykjavik, we cross a mountain heath past Mount Hengill volcano, which powers a number of Iceland’s geothermal plants. Descending from the heath we enter the lush lowland farmland, passing the geothermal greenhouse village of Hveragerði and Selfoss, the main service hub of the South Coast.
We’ll cross Þjórsá, Iceland’s longest river, and stop in Hvolsvöllur for a short refreshment break. To the east awaits the notorious Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano. Its eruption shut down much of Europe’s airspace in 2010.
After a stop at the tremendous Skógafoss waterfall, where you can walk right up to the cascade, we pass another glacier and formidable volcano as well as expansive lava fields and volcanic black sand plains.
At the far end of these dramatic landscapes, we reach the stunning Jökulsárón glacier lagoon—a vast, deep body of water where enormous hunks of ice cleave from the glacier and silently float towards the sea. We’ll explore the black sandy shore of the lagoon, where we often catch a glimpse of the local seal population. Boat tours of the lagoon are available seasonally but must be booked ahead of time during the check-out process.
From the lagoon, we’re shuttled to the nearby Gerði Country Hotel where we can explore the tranquil surroundings and dinner is available for purchase. On clear, winter nights the hotel’s remote location is ideal to view the Northern Lights if they appear.
After breakfast at the hotel (included), we spend the morning travelling upon Vatnajökull glacier by super jeep. Here a specialist guide leads us on an exhilarating but safe, two-hour glacier walk through the unspoiled natural beauty of Iceland including dramatic views over rough-hewn mountains and ice-blue glacier fields.
Afterwards, we return to Jökulsárlón and stop at the seaside village of Vík where dinner is available for purchase.
Our final stop is often a favourite. Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a 60-meter cascade down from what were, in another era, towering sea cliffs. Remarkably it is sometimes possible (weather permitting) to pass behind the waterfall, giving visitors a unique perspective of an already dazzling natural phenomenon, including a sweeping panorama out over the countryside.
- Bring proper hiking shoes, headwear, winter gloves, warm socks, windproof and rainproof outer layers and light and warm inner layers.
- The glacier lagoon boat tour is an optional addition to this tour. You can get in touch to discuss adding this to your tour. Please note that from October through to April, boat tours on the lagoon are suspended due to high volumes of icebergs.
- Please include pick up details when making your booking.