Iceland

South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 2 Days

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Departing from Reykjavik, this tour of South Iceland and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon takes us across lush farmlands along the coast past waterfalls, glaciers and black sands to the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After a night at Gerði Country Hotel and exploring its serene surroundings, we visit Vatnajökull glacier, stop at a seaside village and visit one, last breathtaking waterfall on the way home

Highlights

  • Waterfalls, volcanoes and black sands—see the striking South Coast
  • Walk right up to picturesque waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Explore Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Inclusions

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off for hotels, guesthouses and bus stops
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Accommodation with breakfast (Gerði Country Hotel)

Please Note

  • Bring proper hiking shoes, headwear, winter gloves, warm socks, windproof and rainproof outer layers and light and warm inner layers.
  • The glacier lagoon boat tour is an optional addition to this tour. You can select it as an addition as you go through the booking process.
  • From October through April, boat tours on the lagoon are suspended due to high volumes of icebergs.
LANGUAGES
  • Our tours are by default guided in English.
  • Mandarin: Wednesdays

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Nov 01 2018
Great balance in regards to efficient driving and stops (i.e not too few, not too many). Beautiful scenery along the way, friendly tour guides & driver!
reviewed by Mrs Emma Jonsson
Feb 02 2018
Its was an enjoyable trip overall.
reviewed by Mr Gim Siong Ng
Feb 24 2017
Great tour with an excellent driver (Matias). He was very concerned for our safety as we had to drive through the beginning of an arctic storm to get to our hotel. He made sure to check in with weather and road reports as well as other drivers before deciding to turn around and head back or continue onto our destination. Our driver had lots of great information to share throughout our tour. Even though we didn't get to see everything promised on the tour, we had a great experience with our driver as he was able to adjust and make it work.
reviewed by Mr Gerardo Ramirez
Feb 24 2017
it's convenient and efficient
reviewed by Ms Yiming Yu
Feb 20 2017
Amazing trip - a fantastic experience. The guide/driver was very enthusiastic and clearly loved his job. He did everything to make the trip a special experience. My 5 year old son loved this trip and the driver/guide. He is already planning a repeat trip!
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Feb 05 2017
We saw so much beautiful scenery on this tour! The driver allowed us to get off and take photos on most occasions.
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE
From Reykjavik, the tour takes us across Hellisheiði heath, past Mt. Hengill volcano, an active central volcano with an enormous magma chamber that drives some of Iceland’s geothermal power plants.

From Hellisheiði we descend into the southern lowlands, travelling past the greenhouse village of Hveragerði and through Selfoss, the service hub of South Iceland. We carry on through the farmlands of the Flói area and over a bridge spanning Iceland’s longest river, Þjórsá, as we 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 paralysed much of Europe’s airspace for nearly a week.

Our next stop is Skógafoss; a powerful waterfall visitors can walk right up to and considered by many to be one of Iceland’s most impressive. Afterwards, we pass Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the formidable Mt. Katla volcano, the expansive sand plains of Mýrdalssandur and finally the enormous Eldgjárhraun lava field. From there we enter Skeiðarársandur plains, a vast, desolate area of black, volcanic sands between Skeiðarárjökull glacier and the sea.

Emerging from these dramatic landscapes, we 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. We’ll spend a good amount of 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, guests are shuttled to Gerði Country Hotel, our nearby accommodations for the night where dinner is available for purchase. On clear, winter nights the hotel’s remote location is ideal to view the Northern Lights if they appear.

DAY TWO
After breakfast (included), a local guide will take us to the edge of Vatnajökull glacier at Þröng to see the breathtaking views at the foot of one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Afterwards, we’ll return to Jökulsárlón for one, last look around before we start back, stopping in the seaside village of Vík where dinner is available for purchase.

Our last stop on is arguably the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland. At 60 meters tall Seljalandsfoss 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.

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Pickup Info

Please present your electronic travel voucher/ticket at the time of tour departure.

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.

Need assistance?
Our call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: 354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is

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