The two days South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour lets you visit the South of Iceland, together with the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, along the coast past waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches. After spending a night at Gerði Country Hotel, and exploring its serene surroundings, you will visit Vatnajökull glacier, stop at a seaside village, and visit one, last breathtaking waterfall on the way home.
The first day of the South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour starts from Reykjavik. The tour takes you across Hellisheiði heath, passing the Mt. Hengill volcano, an active central volcano with an enormous magma chamber that drives some of Iceland’s geothermal power plants.
From Hellisheiði you descend into the southern lowlands, traveling past the greenhouse village of Hveragerði and through Selfoss, the service hub of South Iceland. You will carry on through the farmlands of the Flói area and over a bridge spanning Iceland’s longest river, Þjórsá, as you enter the village Hvolsvöllur for a short refreshment break.
East of Hvolsvöllur on the horizon looms the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano, whose 2010 eruption and subsequent ash cloud paralyzed much of Europe’s airspace for nearly a week.
The next stop of the South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour is at Skógafoss waterfall, a powerful waterfall visitors can walk right up to and considered by many to be one of Iceland’s most impressive. Afterward, the tour passes Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the formidable Mt. Katla volcano, the expansive sand plains of Mýrdalssandur sand beach, and finally coming to the enormous Eldgjárhraun lava field. From there you will enter Skeiðarársandur plains, a vast, desolate area of black, volcanic sands between Skeiðarárjökull glacier and the sea.
Emerging from these dramatic landscapes, you reach the eye-popping Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The roughly 18-square-km lagoon is packed with huge pieces of ice cleaved from the glacier and majestically floating towards the sea. You will spend enough time exploring the lagoon and its black sand shores where seals are commonly seen. The optional boat tour, available seasonally, also takes place during this time.*
*Please note, the boat tour must be booked in advance during the check-out process.
From Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, you will be shuttled to Gerði Country Hotel, our nearby accommodations for the night where dinner is available for purchase. Tip - on clear, winter nights the hotel’s remote location is ideal to view the Northern Lights if they appear.
The second day of the South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour starts with breakfast. After breakfast, a local guide will take you to the edge of Vatnajökull glacier at Þröng to see the breathtaking views at the foot of one of Europe’s largest glaciers. From the Vatnajökull glacier you will return to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for one, last look around before head back to Reykjavik, stopping in the seaside village of Vík area where dinner is available for purchase.
The last stop of the South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour is arguably the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland. Majestic 60 meters tall Seljalandsfoss waterfall cascades down from ancient sea cliffs into a shallow pool. Weather permitting, visitors can walk behind the waterfall, which makes for some fantastic photo ops with spectacular views out to the countryside.
Returning back to Reykjavik will be around 18:00 - 19:00 (6-7 pm).
1. Where is the South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour located?
The South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour is, as the name says in the south part of Iceland, with everything that you can discover.
2. Can kids and pregnant women fo on the South Coast & Glacier Lagoon Tour?
When it comes to kids, there is not a problem to take them with you for this tour. When it comes to pregnant women, it depends on how she feels and what condition is she in, so it is always better to ask our customer service where precisely the tour goes and if the pregnant women should avoid some stops on the tour.
3. Can we walk behind the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall?
Many people love to do this, but we really want to warn you to don't do it. Especially during the wintertime. The path behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall is not safe enough, and until it is not fixed by people from the area, we always do not recommend our customers to go there.
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Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal at Klettagarðar 4 is the central departure point for our tours.
Pick up and drop off
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
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