Sightseeing

South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach | IS-AA0502

Day Tour to the crown jewels of Iceland's south coast

About Tour

Experience the stunning south coast of Iceland. Black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers, diamond beach and more. See the floating icebergs on the glacier lagoon!

Highlights

  • Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall (in summer)
  • View over Skaftafell National Park (in summer)
  • Vik village
  • Lava fields
  • Hekla volcano view
  • Eyjafjallajokull volcano view

As we drive along Iceland’s epic South Coast, we will visit Iceland's most beautiful natural attractions. Although, please keep in mind that the number and the order of our stops vary between summer and winter, due to dramatic daylight differences. (see the tour highlights)

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Free Wifi
  • Small group

4.8

Availability All year
Duration 14-16 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 6
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

20 900
Per Adult

What's Included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Stops at the Highlights of the South Coast
  • Guided Tour to Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket & pants
  • Headwear and gloves
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Snacks

Not Included

  • Meals

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Tour Description

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

It is possible to walk behind the waterfall and experience some hidden magic behind the 60-meter/197 ft cascade. Its water its origins directly at the magnificent volcano glacier, Eyjafjallajokull. You might even see a double rainbow if you are lucky! Don't forget raincoat as you will get wet from the drizzle! (Please note that during winter, the path behind the cascade may be closed as it gets too slippery and dangerous.)

Since waterfalls are awesome, we now drive to the next waterfall which is called Skogafoss. Its height is the same as Seljaladsfoss, but Skogafoss is much wider (25 meters /80 feet). Although it’s not possible to walk behind this one, you can walk very close to the cascade and get totally wet if you want! Or even climb the stairs up to its top.

Skogafoss produces colorful rainbows on sunny days, and double rainbows are its specialty. This waterfall is also a Hollywood movie star, it appeared in the movies Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And of course, it appeared in Justin Bieber's music video.

Please note that that from October 16th - May 14th we will skip this stop, due to the short daylight periods.

The small seaside village of Vík, also known as Vík í Mýrdal, is the southernmost village in Iceland. It has around 300 inhabitants, making it the largest settlement in the area.

One of the most famous sights in Vík is the tiny little church, named Víkurkirkja, sitting on the top of a hill over the village. The cliffs around Vík create absolutely breathtaking scenery!

The legendary black volcanic beach with basalt columns, lava rock formations, towering sea stacks, and basalt column caves is totally breathtaking. In fact, Reynisfjara has been ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world by the American journal!

The Reynisdrangar basalt rock sea stacks rise over the sea just off the shore. As local folklore goes, these odd pillars were trolls who turned into stone by the touch of the rising sun when they came back too late from a fishing trip.

These cliffs and sea stacks here are home to a number of nesting seabird species during the summertime. Iceland's iconic, funny-looking seabird, the Atlantic Puffin can be found here between early May and late August. In the distance, you the Dyrhólaey rock arches are visible, making the view even more unforgettable.

On this tour, we will make a stop at a special place where we will have a great view over Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajökull Glacier, with Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur towering above the landscape. During summer we will make a stop at Skeiðará Bridge offering a great viewing point and a photo stop over the National Park.

Skaftafell appears in several famous movies such as Batman Begins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the James Bond movie A View to A Kill. Game of Thrones and Interstellar were both shot around Svínafellsjökull glacier, which is now often called ‘the Hollywood Glacier’!

Please note that that from October 16th - May 14th we will skip this stop, due to the short daylight periods.

This epic lagoon is the biggest star of the South Coast. The dream-like glacier lake - the deepest lake in the country -  is situated at the southern end of the Vatnajökull ice cap. As the glacier retreats, icebergs of all sizes and shapes break off its tip floating across the lagoon, drifting slowly from the tip of the glacier towards the ocean. This thrilling environment is constantly changing as the massive glacier tongue retreats more and more.

Jokulsarlon has appeared in many movies. To name a few: Batman Begins and the James Bond movies: A View to a Kill and Die Another Day. We spend some time here and enjoy the magnificent scenery.

A short walk away, you can find the Diamond Beach (or Crystal Beach), a nearby black sand beach where the big icebergs are washed ashore and break into millions of ice crystals, decorating the sand as glittering diamonds.

Reviews

4.8
Based on 9 reviews

South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

1- of 9 reviews

The best tour so far!

Reviewed on April 27, 2019 by Marie From our post-trip system

Thanks so much to Guðjón! I’ve never been on a tour with such a knowledgeable and funny guide. He defenitely knew his way around the South Coast and shared many interesting stories and facts about Iceland. He made sure that we had a great tour even though the weather was the worst. Guðjón even stopped at Skogáfoss and the Black Sand Beach, which were not planned stops due to the season. Thank you again!

Long day but so worth it!

Reviewed on March 31, 2019 by Claire Hubbard From our post-trip system

I would encourage anyone visiting Iceland to do this trip. The minibus was comfortable, and the group was small with around 13 of us on it. The tour guides there are back were knowledgeable, and went out of their way to make sure that we had the best of experiences. The sights and stops were amazing, and this trip really was the highlight of our stay in Iceland. If you're in doubt, then don't be - do it, you won't regret it.

Jokulsarlon trip

Reviewed on March 24, 2019 by Rhona Graham From our post-trip system

This is a very long day trip- but totally worth it. The sights at Jokulsarlon Lagoon and Diamond Beach are truly amazing. Plenty of rest stops along the way & we also stopped at a couple of waterfalls which was great. Our guide on the outward trip (Haffi) was lovely. Unfortunately the return guide Tomas repeated more or less the same commentary- but not quite so charmingly! Other than that it was a wonderful day

Amazing!

Reviewed on March 10, 2019 by Elena From our post-trip system

Very very pleased with the tour! There are a lot of things to see along the way and even tho you may not have time to stop at all of them, the guide is very happy to give you more information and explain everything! It was fantastic and I would definitely recommend!

Reviewed on March 08, 2019 by Kimberly Lally From our post-trip system

Tour guide - Freeman - was great. Told stories and had a fun personality. His driving was a bit much for me though - pretty aggressive. Part of the tour was cancelled due to weather, but Freeman made the day it work. The vehicle was not super comfortable for someone with long legs and such a long tour. However - the day was a success and we had great time!

Had a great time!

Reviewed on February 07, 2019 by Van From our post-trip system

Coming from a tropical country, I did enjoy this trip during the winter. The scenery getting to the South Coast was magnificent! Although the time spent in each attraction was too limited, overall, it was still a great trip. I probably would go for at least the 2-day trip if you want to really make the most out of your time in the south coast area.

impressive

Reviewed on January 27, 2019 by Edin Zvizdic From our post-trip system

I think we were the first tourists from Bosnia as the guide said. The adventure is wonderful. Guide Tomas, a brilliant human being, has great knowledge of Iceland, kind person, great professional. Buses are comfortable. the organization is top notch. all praise for the complete tour, I recommend to everyone as a compulsory part while visiting Iceland.

Iceland's South Coast is Amazing!

Reviewed on October 30, 2018 by Mike Reilley From our post-trip system

My wife and I took South Coast tour mainly to take a ride on the Glacier Lagoon. That part of the tour was amazing, but the rest of the trip was incredible too. Had we known how beautiful the South Coast is, we would have booked most of our 10 day trip along the coast and just driven to the many landmark locations there are to visit. In the end, our one day tour was all we got along the South Coast, and it was really fun. The waterfalls, Black Beach, Diamond Beach and the Glacier Lagoon were incredible experiences, not to mention the scenery and towns we passed on the long drive. One thing to mention, the bus is not as large as you may think as you see some of the huge tour buses driving around. The seats are a bit small, but it's pretty comfortable and, I thought, very affordable. The drive is long, but very worth it. If you are like us and didn't have any idea about the beauty along the South Coast, take this tour early in your trip, and you might find reason to deviate from your original itinerary.

Glacier Lagoon Tour

Reviewed on October 25, 2018 by Wilhelmina From our post-trip system

Would recommend this tour to anyone that asks. Yes it is a long tour and you need to be prepared for that, but WOW it was magical. Yannis was a mine of information and the guide going home also. Suggestion only, Can the Skogafoss Waterfall be done on the way to Jokulsarlon, rather than the way back in late September. Unable to see due to being very dark The only moment of downside in a magical day Thank You for an amazing experience

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