Our Glacier Lagoon day tour from Reykjavik will take you along the scenic coastline of southern Iceland, passing waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and charming Icelandic towns to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
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Iceland’s South Coast is a true natural beauty, as numerous popular attractions lie along the coastal line. 380 km (236.12 miles) from Reykjavik is the astonishing highlight; Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and its surrounding wonderland, truly one of a kind.
The sheer force of nature has carved one of the outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull ice cap, Iceland’s largest and Europe’s most voluminous glacier, and formed Jokulsarlon and the Diamond Beach. The beach’s black-velvet-textured sand is scattered with big and small blocks of ice. Coming into existence in the 1970s, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and its vicinity became a symbol of Iceland’s pure and ever-changing nature.
We will also make several stops along the way. The stunning Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the hidden gem Stjórnarfoss waterfall, The mysterious Seljalandsfoss - the waterfall you can walk behind; the charming, seafront town Vík, famous for its black sand beach and home to the majestic Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
This 14-hour day tour, our longest, is filled with impressive attractions and picturesque landscapes, making the journey unforgettable. It’s also one of the most praised day tours in Iceland.
A small breakfast stop is made at a gas station in Hvolsvöllur.
This stop is aimed to get a small breakfast if needed and to use the bathroom before heading to the first attraction of the tour.
Gaze the Skaftafell surroundings and get lunch if you're hungry!
Freysnes is surrounded by mountains, glaciers and rests of glacier bursts. On this stop you can either enjoy the fantastic views or get some food in the restaurant.
So much ice!
Glacier Lagoon is the largest and the deepest glacier lagoon in Iceland, located in the south east part of Iceland. The lagoon branches from Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajokull glacier the largest glacier in Europe.
Diamond Beach displays the contrast between black sand and chunks of ice which get washed up from the Glacier Lagoon.
In summer it is possible to take a approx. 30 minutes boat ride on the lagoon. You can purchase it on the bus for ISK 5000 per person.
Welcome to the lovely village of Vík!
With only just about 320 inhabitants does Vík have a lot to offer. You can either have some dinner in one of the restaurants or in summer when it's still bright at this time of day, take a short walk to the beach to have a look at the famous Reynisdrangar.
Did you ever stand behind a waterfall? Give it a try at Seljalandsfoss!
This magnificent waterfall is 66 meters high and let's you even walk around it. But be careful: You might be soaked afterwards. On a good day you will also be seeing the Westman Islands or Vestmannaeyjar from here.
The secret stop at some amazing destination.
This stop is a secret and varies from tour to tour. We do neither know when it will happen and where so it stays a total secret ;-)
Our day tour will begin with a fast and efficient pick-up service. We will collect you from either one of the hotels in the center of Reykjavik or one of the many designated pick-up stops in the city. Once we have all of our guests on board, we will begin our exciting journey.
Heading out to South Iceland via Route 1, you can expect to see iconic sceneries on both sides: silver-topped glaciers, black sand lowland, mossy lava fields, and the glistering Atlantic ocean beaconing afar. The South Coast of Iceland is full of dramatic scenes.
After a few hours of driving, we will first visit Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon for our lunch stop. A less-crowded location filled with floating icebergs and a glacier tongue stretching from Vatnajökull, it’s only a short walk to see the glacial wonder. Fjallsárlón is popular amongst the locals as an adventure destination for it’s a wonderful place to go sightseeing, lake kayaking, and boat riding among the icebergs.
Near its parking lot, you will find Fjallsárlón’s restaurant, with a stylish interior and great lunch options. The sight from the dining hall is incredible as it looks out to the unique glacial wonder of Vatnajokull, with many mesmerizing icebergs and a view of the enormous outlet glacier.
*Kind reminder: please note that the cost of the lunch is not included in our tour package.
After a few hours of driving, we will reach our first destination, the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, praised as Iceland’s crown jewel. It’s located near the Vatnajokull National Park, about 380 km (236.12 miles) from Reykjavik.
Jokulsarlon is popular for its stunning beauty and ever-changing appearances. It also inspired many moviemakers to give their work a unique touch. James Bond films like Die Another Day and A View to a Kill, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Batman Begins all shot scenes at the glacier lagoon.
Jokulsarlon is created by the Breiðarmerkurjökull glacial tongue, one of the outlet glaciers from Iceland’s largest ice cap Vatnajokull. In the 1970s, the retreating glacier left a huge pond near the coast that eventually became Iceland’s deepest lake.
Another feature you will notice in the glacier lagoon is the floating icebergs, which glow in different shades of blue. Some of them even have brownish stripes, due to the ash sediment from volcanic eruptions decades ago.
After the iceberg calves off from the glacier, they roll, tumble, and drift around the lagoon, making them change colors, shapes, and appearances frequently. Over time, they break down into smaller pieces and are washed out to the sea. It’s absolutely breathtaking to watch.
Summer is a fantastic time to explore the lagoon as you may want to join a boat ride to sail among the icebergs, which is an optional extra. Seeing the floating icebergs close up is overwhelmingly unforgettable. Jokulsarlon also hosts vivid wildlife. Arctic terns nest close by, lovely seals swim around or rest on icebergs, you get to experience the purest element of Iceland’s nature.
Right next to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is Diamond Beach. It refers to the black sand beach on both sides of the lagoon’s bank, as an extension of the vast Breiðamerkursandur glacial outwash plain.
The icebergs that broke away from the glacier tongue wander into the lagoon before being washed ashore. Some still immense and blue, some tiny and crystal, these pieces of glacier ice scatter on the black sand beach, forming an eye-pleasing contrast. Truly one of a kind experience.
You may find some peacefulness walking in the fresh sea air, and maybe even some playfulness from the seals playing in the surf.
After you visit the lagoon and the beach, we will then head back to the capital along the south coast, stopping at several iconic attractions on our way.
The surprising attractions keep coming, as we explore more of the South Coast of Iceland. We will take a small detour to see an attractive yet lesser-known natural wonder, Stjórnarfoss waterfall. It’s a highly-recommended attraction for a Ring Road trip itinerary, which is why we want to show off this venture off-the-beaten-track landmark.
Stjórnarfoss waterfall cascade falls in two stages, both about 15 meters (49.21 ft) high. The lower drop falls over a dome-shaped rock in the form of an eye-pleasing symmetry. The photogenic waterfall has attracted many photographers for its unique appearance. Originating from the Stjórn river off of Mount Geirlandshraun, Stjórnarfoss streams out from a valley, creating a mysterious atmosphere.
A charming seafront village, Vík í Mýrdal is small with only 300 inhabitants, but filled with amazing natural wonders as Iceland’s southernmost village. Several stores and gift shops with great options are found here for visitors to recharge and shop for souvenirs.
The unique nature gives Vik vibrant colors in summer. The black sand beach at Vik is a top-rated destination for its diverse sceneries, and marvelously sculpted sea stacks. It all helps to fulfill visitors’ imaginations, with the sound of heavy tides splashing and creating a dreamy, misty world.
One of Iceland’s most well-known, most popular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss waterfall is fed by the glacial meltwater from the famous/notorious glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Falling from a 60-meter cliff, Seljalandsfoss hosts a special surprise. When conditions are allowed, visitors can walk behind the cascade and take a look at the entire area from behind the fall for a spectacular panoramic view.
After the visit to the waterfall, it takes about two hours to reach the capital. We will head back to our bus and hit the road to Reykjavik via Route 1.
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We really appreciate our driver and tour for his dedication to make this trip an amazing experience. He was enthusiastic about introducing this beautiful south coast of Iceland to us. It was a long drive, but he was able to fill the trip with interesting events, history, and tales of Iceland along the way that the trip was informative and full of surprises. The scenery is breathtaking at the Diamond Beach and the Glacier Lagoon. It was definitely worth the drive! Too bad the boat ride was canceled due to the unsafe conditions at the lagoon, I guess it give us a good reason to visit this beautiful lagoon again.
There is no point in coming in Iceland and not seeing glaciers as close as possible. This tour is, in fact, about two main terminus points: the glacier lagoon (the boat tour is a must for a complete experience) and diamond beach. Of course, waterfalls and Vik complete the picture but depending on season. In November there is not enough light to get everything on the list. Our driver and guide was Omar. Very professional, excellent stories along the way, good attitude towards each passenger. Many thanks for the care and the company! We enjoyed the tour with him and even if we could not see the waterfalls at return, because it was already dark, the main points - the glacier lagoon and the diamond beach have been reached. Boat tour was great and completed the experience, especially because weather was also great on the day. A minus point - most of the time, in the minibus was too hot and sometimes very difficult to cope with this.
The trip to the Glacier Lagoon was an unforgettable experience! I was lucky enough to have Tommi as a guide. The landscape was one of a kind and although we had a lot of rain during our trip, Tommi managed to make it great. I appreciate a lot his love for the nature, sharing with us great music played by himself and his ability to make decisions on spot so that we are able to see the waterfalls, the glacier and diamond beach despite of the bad weather. Rain stopped exactly when we went out of the bus :)
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