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4 Day South Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Auroras | IS-AA-SWI

Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Ice Cave, Vatnajokull Glacier, Northern Lights and Snæfellsnes

About Tour

This minibus tour is a combination of our 2 Day Snaefellsnes and 2 Day South Coast tours. Experience all the main highlights in just four days on this sightseeing and activity excursion.

Highlights

  • South Coast Iceland
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Borgarfjordur Fjord
  • Reykholt
  • Barnafoss Falls
  • Hraunfossar Falls
  • Northern Lights*
  • Arnarstapi
  • Vatnshellir (Optional)
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
  • Mount Kirkjufell
  • One night in Reykjavik
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon

Regarding Northern Lights, views and the natural ice cave, this tour is available during winter time.

During this tour, we search for the Northern Lights and visit the Crystal Ice Cave or one of the natural ice caves in the Vatnajokull glacier. If it's not possible to enter one of the Vatnajokull ice caves, then we will go to Katla Volcano Ice Cave, a different but equally unique and beautiful ice cave in Myrdalsjokull glacier.

 

woman looking at jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
Cliffs at Snaefellsnes Peninsula during Winter
ice cave exploration in south iceland
northern lights reflection above kirkjufell
Kirkjufell waterfall
Rock with a Hole at Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Vik town aerial vew
Hraunfossar Waterfall in Iceland
Djupalonssandur Black Sand Beach during Winter
Sea cliffs of Snaefellsnes Peninsula
large icebergs in jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
bright green northern lights in iceland
watching northern lights at night in iceland
Blue ice cave exploring
Person And Waves On Black Sand Beach In Iceland
Arnarstapi Fishing Village in Iceland
Black Diamond Beach with small icebergs
Iceland Snaefellsnes Peninsula Stone Bridge
Man standing on a grounded iceberg
kirkjufell mountain reflection in winter
rainbow over skogafoss waterfall in iceland
house in arnarstapi area in iceland
waterfall at snaefellsnes peninsula
seljalandsfoss waterfall in iceland
Snaefellsnes Peninsula attractions

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Availability Oct - March

Duration 4 day

Departs From Reykjavik

Difficulty Easy

Accommodation Included

Ratio 1:18

Meet on Location No

Pick Up Yes

What's Included

Included

  • Pickup and dropoff in Reykjavík
  • Hotel accommodation with private bathroom (3 nights)
  • Breakfast at the hotel (3 mornings)
  • Free WiFi on the minibus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Swimsuit and a towel
  • Warm headwear (e.g. wool/fleece hat)
  • Gloves

Not Included

  • Meals

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About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Information

woman at jokulsarlon and kirkjufell mountain view

During this tour, we search for the Northern Lights and visit the Crystal Ice Cave or one of the natural ice caves in the Vatnajokull glacier. If it's not possible to enter one of the Vatnajokull ice caves, then we will go to Katla Volcano Ice Cave, a different but equally unique and beautiful ice cave in Myrdalsjokull glacier.

bright autumn colors in icelandic waterfall

We pick you up between 09:00 and 09:30 and drive towards the Borgarfjörður Fjord, passing scenic countryside and mountains. The magnificent Deildartunguhver hot spring, pouring out 180 l/sec 100°C hot water, is the first attraction. That water is used for bathing, to fill geothermal swimming pools and to heat up houses and buildings around the area. A short drive will bring you to the historical site of Reykholt. You will see, Snorralaug, the hot spring pool where Snorri Sturluson is reputed to have bathed.

Snorri was a great historian and saga writer, born in the 12th century, who lived at Reykholt. Two stunning waterfalls are next, Barnafoss waterfall has a tragic but interesting legend linked to its naming, Barnafoss means ‘Children´s Falls’ in English. Your guide will, no doubt, tell you the tale of the two children who fell to their deaths from a nearby bridge. Hraunfossar waterfall is very different and totally unique, thousands of small streams pour out of the lava, creating the sensational sweeping crescent-shaped falls. The glacial water is very pure and cold! It has flowed underground through the Hallmundarhraun lava field, from Langjökull, the second-largest glacier in Iceland. We head through picturesque scenery towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. We have time to see the incredible wall of basalt columns at Gerðuberg, before driving to our hotel in the Snæfellsnes area.

We relax and enjoy dinner, your guide will share the northern lights forecast with you. Hopefully, the forecast is favorable and a *northern lights watch is on. Will your aurora luck be good tonight? As always, we have to wait and see!

Day Highlights
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Northern Lights Hunt (in the right conditions)
Included
  • Pick up from Reykjavik
  • Guided minibus tour to all highlights
  • One night at a hotel
Accommodation
Hotel Borgarnes
or similar

We enjoy breakfast then get on our way, traveling through magnificent mountain scenery, along picturesque coastlines and through fishing villages and quaint towns. We give you enough time to enjoy a walk around at Arnarstapi, a charming fishing village where the wild coastal scenery is very special.

We offer the option of a lava cave tour to explore (extra cost) the stunning world within the Vatnshellir Cave in Snæfellsnes National Park. All caving equipment is provided, your qualified caving guide will tell you all about the lava tube cave, its unusual features and colors, and how it was formed around 8000 years ago. Jules Verne, in his novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, said the entrance to a subterranean world could be found in Snæfellsnes, the glacier which dominates this peninsula. Exploring a lava cave will take you a little closer to the core of the earth!

most known snaefellsnes peninsula highlights

The caving tour can be booked when you arrange this tour. We usually have lunch at Hellnar, a really picturesque village in spectacular scenery. Our next attraction is the black beach at Djúpalónssandur, framed by crazily-shaped cliffs and composed of coal-black but very smooth pebbles. Join us for a short hike to explore the beach, watching the silver-tipped ocean waves glistening as they roll back and forth over the glossy pebbles is like a meditation. This is also a place of drama, as well as astonishing beauty, the remains from the wrecked British fishing boat, Epine, bear witness to the dangers of this coast. The ‘lifting stones’, used by the fisherman in trials of strength in past times, are ready and waiting. Would you like to challenge your strength? What a photo opportunity!

A final visit is made to Mount Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed and painted mountains in Iceland, appearing on so many postcards. We head back towards the Reykjavík, your hotel will be in this area. Let´s hope the aurora forecast will be encouraging, and you can indulge in a little *northern lights watching!

Day Highlights
  • Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Snæefellsnes National Park
  • Vatnshellir Cave (optional extra)
  • Djúpalónssandur Beach
  • Mount Kirkjufell
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided minibus tour to all highlights
  • All necessary caving equipment
  • Qualified Caving Guide (optional activity)
  • One night at a hotel in the Reykjavík area
Accommodation
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
or similar

We whisk you away from Reykjavík through fertile farmlands, towns and villages along the south coast tour to famous waterfalls, then head east towards Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. We have an ocean of delights to tantalize you over the next couple of days! In winter we witness the sun rising above the horizon as we head to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. On sunny days single and sometimes double rainbows are seen around the 60 m high cascade. An unusual feature of these falls is the pathway that leads behind the tumbling flow, an experience that is exciting and different. We do, though, recommend you put on your rainwear before taking this walk, otherwise, the plentiful spray would make you fairly wet! Skógafoss waterfall on the Skógará (river) is our next attraction.

waterfalls skogafoss and seljalandsfoss in summer

The waterfall drops 60 m from the old sea cliffs, these cliffs of the ancient coastline extend for hundreds of kilometers. The landscapes here are dominated by famous volcano mountain glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull sits high above Seljalandsfoss and Mýrdalsjökull, home to the notorious Katla is in this area too. We travel onwards to the black beach at Reynisfjara, the best-known beach in Iceland. We recommend you take a little time to explore the imposing basalt columns, and an incredible cave, composed of mighty basalt columns. You should keep well back from the tide-line when you go exploring, erratic and dangerous ‘sneaker’ waves, which roar much higher up the beach, occur with no warning at all. You will see the Reynisdrangar basalt peaks rising above the ocean, these lurking peaks feature in some interesting Icelandic troll folklore tales! Your hotel accommodation will be in the Skaftafell/Vatnajökull National Park area. If the forecast is good, in the peace of the countryside, you will be in a great place to look out for the glowing jewel-bright ripples of the northern lights. Will your aurora luck be good tonight?

Day Highlights
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
  • Coastal village of Vik
  • Reynisfjara Black Beach
  • Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Guided minibus tour to all highlights
  • One night at a hotel
Accommodation
Adventure Hotel Hof
or similar

We visit a shimmering crystal ice cave and the iceberg-filled Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach… two totally entrancing experiences, and the delights of Skaftafell! You will know you are getting close to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon when you see a procession of icebergs, of all shapes and sizes, mystically gliding on their way across the lagoon to the Atlantic. The scenes here really will leave you totally spellbound and staring in wordless wonder at the majesty of your surroundings. The retreat of Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull glacier created these astonishing landscapes, the lagoon did not exist at all until around 1934. Many icebergs head straight for the salty ocean waves, a few are washed ashore, where they sit like stunning giant diamonds on the black sands of the Diamond Beach. Not surprisingly, footage of a few Hollywood movies has been shot here, including James Bond, so if you have a deja vu moment you will know the reason why! Next up is an exciting tour into a *crystal ice cave, a magical ice cavern crafted entirely by the hand of nature.

large icebergs floating in jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

New ice caves are formed each autumn, every year our guides get really excited, as they go hunting for new ice caves. Each one is different but all are spectacular with incredible blue ice, professional photographers and nature filmmakers just love ice caves! Your glacier guide will issue the required equipment, provide a safety briefing then you are on your way. You will learn all about the amazing ice features, which can change quite a lot, even over a few weeks, and the glacial forces which shape these caves. Our guides love questions, so don't be shy about asking! On the way back to Reykjavík we make a stop at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This green area in Vatnjökull National Park is embraced by mountain peaks and glaciers. Continuing around the south coast, we return to Reykjavík at around 21:00 – 23:00 in the evening. You are dropped off where we picked you up.

Day Highlights
  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Ice cave tour
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • All glacier and ice cave equipment
  • Guided minibus tour to all highlights
  • Drop off in Reykavík

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* If you have extra luggage that you would like to leave, we recommend storing luggage at the BSI Bus terminal (fees apply) or another luggage storage space in Reykjavik.

When booking with Adventures.com, you are guaranteed accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standards and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we, unfortunately, cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights tours.

We, unfortunately, do not have one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. However, if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2 8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.

Reimbursement is not given if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no lights are seen but we do offer you the change to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

  1. Reschedule for another day.
  2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
  3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354 562 7000

The northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. We recommend you to check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going ahead. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If your tour is canceled then you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance of the lights to be seen.

Yes, the guide on your tour will take a photo of you with the northern lights in the background.
These can be single or group photo’s and are free of charge.

The Northern Lights season is from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your changes of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

The northern lights depend on luck and weather if that is in your favor than you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavík. Whether you see the lights or not they depend on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all the necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

The guide on your Glacier Hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.