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This wonderful two-day tour shows you the best of the famous South Coast: a world of glaciers and volcanoes that epitomizes the magic of Iceland.
Day one will take you on a coastal journey that encompasses Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, and the iconic Reynisfjara black sand beach.
Day two will introduce you to a world of ice, including Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull Glacier National Park and a local ice cave. If your aim is to see the South Coast in all of its glory, then this is the tour for you.
We’ll collect you in the morning from Reykjavik, starting at 9:00 a.m. until we pick up everyone on the tour. Then we make the scenic drive southwards to the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, our first destination of the day. Seljalandsfoss is a wide...)
We’ll collect you in the morning from Reykjavik, starting at 9:00 a.m. until we pick up everyone on the tour. Then we make the scenic drive southwards to the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, our first destination of the day.
Seljalandsfoss is a widely popular waterfall in Iceland thanks to its beautiful cascade and convenient location. It’s also one of the few cascades in the world you can walk behind. The short hike behind the waterfall may leave you a bit damp, but trust us, the experience (and pictures) are well worth the effort.
From there we’ll make the short journey south to Skogafoss, another gorgeous waterfall that is located at the foot of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano. There is a path next to its over 60-meter cascade, whose summit provides glorious views over Mýrdalsjokull glacier. You’ll see numerous fascinating rock formations on the way up, including two particularly large ones, which local legend claims were trolls who were petrified by the dawn.
The road continues on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with some of the most spectacular scenery in Iceland. You’ll see the dramatic basalt columns that rise up a nearby cliff face, the stunning Reynisdrangar peaks, which tower above the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful contrast of the white-crested waves against the volcanic sands of Reynisfjara.
We’ll drive through the picturesque town of Vik and then continue on to the Skaftafell region, passing sprawling lava fields, waterfalls, black sand deserts and glacier tongues along the way. We’ll stay in a cozy hotel in the Skaftafell area and head out in search of the Northern Lights, if the sky conditions are correct. The countryside around Vatnajökull glacier has no light pollution. If we’re lucky, the Northern Lights will illuminate the glaciers, a celestial beauty here for a brief visit on Earth.
Day two will take you into a world of ice, encompassing glorious ice caves, stunningly beautiful glacier lagoons and Vatnajökull glacier – the largest in Europe. There is nothing quite like seeing the elemental power of frozen water and we guarantee ...)
Day two will take you into a world of ice, encompassing glorious ice caves, stunningly beautiful glacier lagoons and Vatnajökull glacier – the largest in Europe. There is nothing quite like seeing the elemental power of frozen water and we guarantee that it will give you a profound new perspective on the icy forces that have helped craft our world.
We’ll begin at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – a remarkable waterscape that is set beneath Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. Icebergs of various shapes and sizes break away from the main body of the glacier – shimmering like sapphires as they serenely float out into the open ocean. Jökulsárlón also teems with wildlife – birds soar overhead and playful seals bob in and out of the splendid icebergs, making for incredible photo opportunities.
Many of the icebergs wash up on the nearby Diamond Beach, lying like flawless diamonds against the jet-black sands. It’s an indescribably beautiful sight, seen in few places around the world.
Our journey proceeds on to an ice cave buried in the heart of one of Vatnajökull’s glacier tongues. Welcome to the glacier cave, an ever-changing icy wonderland. We can’t tell you exactly which ice cave we will visit, as different seasons allow access to different caves However, they are always spectacular, combining gorgeous ice patterns with vivid shades of blue and white. Your friendly glacier guide will tell you all about how these magical caves are formed. Don’t be shy to hand your camera to the guide to capture this extraordinary moment in time.
Afterwards, we’ll make a final stop to Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajokull National Park, to admire this emerald oasis surrounded by craggy mountains and glacial peaks. Then it’s time to wrap up the adventure and drive back to Reykjavik. Perhaps, if we get lucky, the dancing colors of the Northern Lights will illuminate our surroundings – a spine-tingling conclusion to an incredible adventure. We should arrive back at Reykjavik at around 21:00.
Ice caves are unpredictable and the tour guide chooses the one based on weather conditions, accessibility and safety. Generally, though, April-October the tour visits Katla Ice Cave, and November-March the tour visits the Crystal Ice Cave. April to...)
Ice caves are unpredictable and the tour guide chooses the one based on weather conditions, accessibility and safety. Generally, though, April-October the tour visits Katla Ice Cave, and November-March the tour visits the Crystal Ice Cave.
April to October, the tour We usually visit the Crystal Ice Cave, however, sometimes it may be inaccessible – in this situation, we will visit another ice cave. We visit the Under the Volcano Ice Cave in the summer months.
Reviewed on March 27, 2019 by Jessica From our post-trip system
I was quite excited to go on this 2 day tour and I don't regret it at all!! We saw so many things and our tour guide Hjalti was an experienced, well- educated and kind guide. He never got tired to answer our questions and told us many facts and stories about the nature, the people (including elves and trolls...) or Iceland in general. He knew whether it was safe to keep driving in strong winds or snowstorms. The weather changed quickly (as to expect in March// Iceland), but that never stopped us from having fun. I loved the first day of the tour, but the second day was even better with the ice cave and the diamond beach. There were so many unique experiences - thank you for all these memorable moments!
Great way to see the sights!
Reviewed on February 17, 2019 by Melissa wagner From our post-trip system
We were a little nervous booking a 2 day tour where we’d be stuck on a bus with 18 strangers but we couldn’t have had a better experience! Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Easy way to see the top sights of the area without the worry of navigating and driving ourselves. We lucked out with weather and timing of everything. It was a blast!
Reviewed on February 11, 2019 by Natalie & Dustin From our post-trip system
This is one of the highlights of our trip! First of all I researched which company to go with, I am all based on reviews and every company had their pick of bad reviews but I felt most confident picking Arctic Adventures, and I am so glad we did! Hilmar our driver was so nice and friendly and gave us a lot of history about Iceland. This trip was everything I could have imagined when thinking about vacationing in Iceland. We enjoyed this more then the golden circle tour! This tour takes you to the most beautiful locations. From waterfalls, to black sand beaches, to ice caves and diamond beach. We saw the northern lights at the hotel stay at Hof Hotel. And Hilmar spotted the northern lights on the ride back to reykjavik, pulled the bus over, let us get out and take in the beautiful site! You cannot go to Iceland without doing this tour. I highly recommend the south coast tour and booking through Arctic Adventure!
Reviewed on February 04, 2019 by Patricia Goldenberg From our post-trip system
Although we are not generally fans of organized tours, we enjoyed our South Coast tour with Arctic Adventures. The itinerary was well-planned so that there was plenty of time to stretch your legs at each stop. The highlight for us was the diamond beach and glacier ice cave adventure - stunning natural beauty. Highly recommend this tour!
Fabulous 2 days
Reviewed on January 31, 2019 by Shikul Narula From our post-trip system
We took the 2 day tour with Arctic Adventure and had an incredible time! Our guide and driver Iver was super informative and extremely friendly. He went out of his ways to show us sights, some of which were not even on the list of our itinerary. We highly recommend this tour to everyone. Even st the time of booking they were very patient and professional with all our questions. We also felt that for the 2 day tour they didn’t pack our mini bus which we have experienced before as some companies tend to be too money minded. We were a small group of 10 ppl so the ride was very comfortable. The only thing I felt was that the time spent at some of the places was very short but I guess that’s understandable as there was a lot to cover over 2 days! We fell in love with Iceland and can’t wait to go back.