2 Day Jokulsarlon & Ice Cave Tour

About the tour


Day One

We begin this journey, starting in Reykjavik and travel along the south coast of Iceland. Be sure to watch out the window at the sprawling desert black sands of Skeidarasandur. Look out over the seaside to catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands (Vestmannaaeyjar) which are about 15 natural volcano islands and home to about 4,000 people.

Our first stop, depending on weather conditions, will be Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach. Located nearby the small fishing village of Vik. Reynisfjara is home to the iconic basalt stacks. This black sand beach is widely popular for photographers and people who wish to enjoy a nice walk on the rocky sand. Please be aware that these are treacherous waters. High, powerful waves which sometimes flood the beach, can easily carry you out to sea.

Back into the jeep as we journey to our next stop on the South Coast Tour, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This is a truly magnificent sight and will leave you speechless.

Imagine huge icebergs slowly breaking off the glacier and drifting out to sea, as you stand there surrounded by a dramatic landscape of mountains and snow. As the ice floats out to sea, larger pieces often split or break off making groaning noises. Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially seals playing amongst the ice. It is such a peaceful and tranquil place. You may also recognise this location from movies like James Bond: Die Another Day and Tomb Raider.

A short walk down to the coastline and you will arrive at the Diamond Beach, a length of coastline covered in large and small pieces of beached ice. As the powerful waves come ashore, they start to corrode these diamond shapes and you can watch them slowly drift out to sea. A truly magical sight and they make for some great photo opportunities.

We then drive to our hotel for a good nights rest. Keep an eye on the sky for a glimpse of the Northern Lights!


Day Two

After a hotel breakfast, we will make our way towards Skaftafell Nature Preserve where we will explore the ice cave at Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier which covers nearly 8% of Iceland’s surface. This ice cave, formed by glacier floods centuries ago, will be an adventure you won’t forget.

After your ice cave exploration we will continue the journey back Reykjavik stopping off at the breathtaking waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. You will also notice Eyjafjallajokull, a volcano completely covered by a glacier ice cap and the site of the 2010 volcanic eruption. While this glacier is one of the smaller one’s in Iceland, it’s summit still has an elevation of 1,651 meters.

At Skogafoss, be sure to catch this waterfall from two views, in front and above. Do you have what it takes to walk the 60 meters of stairs?

Back in the jeep for the drive to Seljalandsfoss, make your way up the steep staircase to catch a glimpse of what it looks like behind a waterfall. Feel the power as the water drops from the famous glacier, Eyjafjallajokull.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky, here’s another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! The tour will drop you off at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik.


Accommodation

Our preferred accommodation partners for this tour are:

  • Fosshotel, Glacier Lagoon
  • Fosshotel, Vatnajokull
  • Gerdi Guesthouse


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

Pickup and drop off occurs within Reykjavik only. Please contact us with any questions about your hotel/guesthouse location and if it is included within our pickup/drop off area.

Accommodation depends on the time of the year and what is available. For this tour we will stay at Hotel Gullfoss, or equivalent.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. We recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, sneakers/trainers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof.

As this is an overnight tour, please bring your overnight clothes. The hotel/guesthouse will provide linens and a towel for showering.

This tour is an overnight tour. This is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

There is no guarantee for the Northern Lights but if you are traveling during the winter months, and there is a clear sky, there is of course a chance.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour. Please note that there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue. Contact us for further information.

Single occupancy hotel rooms are at an added cost, please see the booking calendar.

Yes, it is advised you bring along your camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature. Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage due to rain/waterfalls by keeping it in a protective case. We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

No food is provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

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We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults (regular tours). If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund. Single occupancy charge.

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