Experience the stunning South Coast of Iceland. Black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers, Diamond beach, and more. See the floating icebergs on the glacier lagoon! After pickup, we drive out of Reykjavik, past the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant. You will see the water vapors rising in the air. We drive along the South Coast all the way to Hvolsvollur town.
As we drive along Iceland's epic South Coast, we will visit Iceland's most beautiful natural attractions. And if there won't be enough of the South Coast gems, there is an opportunity to join the mesmerizing boat ride at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon as an extra activity for an additional cost.
It is possible to walk behind the waterfall and experience some hidden magic behind the 60-meter/197 ft cascade. Its water origins directly at the magnificent volcano glacier, Eyjafjallajokull. You might even see a double rainbow if you are lucky! Don't forget the raincoat as you will get wet from the drizzle! (Please note that the path behind the cascade may be closed during winter as it gets too slippery and dangerous.)
This epic lagoon is the biggest star on 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 glacier's tip towards the ocean. This exciting 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 enjoying the magnificent scenery.
A short walk away, you can find the Diamond Beach (or Crystal Beach), a nearby black sand beach where the enormous icebergs are washed ashore and break into millions of ice crystals, decorating the sand as glittering diamonds.
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!
Pick-up: Pick-up starts at 7:00 am. You will be picked up from Bus Stop #12 (opposite Storm Hotel) or your selected pick-up location in Reykjavík. We will pick you up there within 30 minutes from the departure time. You can find directions to this location here.
This is a long day tour. It takes about 5 hours to drive to the glacier lagoon area. Therefore this tour duration is about 15-16 hours, including all the stops along the way.
Food and drinks are not included but can be purchased on the way, there is time allocated for lunch.
Boat ride: For the optional 30 minutes boat tour at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a ticket can be purchased on the bus for ISK 5900 per person.
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.
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
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.
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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After the activities of the day are finished then you are more than welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do have a tour into Langjökull Ice Cave that has no minimum age and it is a fantastic option for the whole family. As a Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, enjoyable tour for a family traveling with young children, these guys have an enormous success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
If you want to explore parts of Icelandic Highlands than we have our magnificent Landmannalaugar Safari tour that also offers you to bathe in natural hot springs. Almost all of our jeep tours are suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. Then we also have a relaxing experience that we highly recommend, our Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
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