South Coast, Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave Tour

From: € 413
Duration: ~ 38 hours

From Reykjavik, we head out on this two-day tour along the South Coast and its waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, black sands, and the extraordinary Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After a peaceful night’s stay at a country hotel, we’ll venture deep into Vatnajökull glacier through a natural ice cave before returning along the coast to see a few more sites on the way home, including a breathtaking waterfall.

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  • Waterfalls, volcanoes and black sands—see the striking South Coast
  • Explore the serene surroundings at Gerði Gesthouse
  • Experience the unusual beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Venture inside a glacier through a natural blue ice cave


  • Round-trip transportation
  • Professional guides
  • Ice cave adventure
  • Crampons for the ice cave
  • Accommodation with breakfast at Gerði Gesthouse

Tour Itinerary


After departing Reykjavík we cross a mountain heath past Mount Hengill volcano, which power number of Iceland’s geothermal plants. Descending from the heath we enter the lush lowland farmland, passing the geothermal greenhouse village of Hveragerði and Selfoss, the main service hub of the South Coast.

We’ll cross Þjórsá, Iceland’s longest river, and stop in Hvolsvöllur for a short refreshment break. To east awaits the notorious Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano. Its eruption shut down much of Europe’s airspace in 2010.

After a stop at the tremendous Skógafoss waterfall, where you can walk right up to the cascade, we pass another glacier and formidable volcano as well as expansive lava fields and volcanic black sand plains.

At the far end of these dramatic landscapes, we reach the stunning Jökulsárón glacier lagoon—a vast, deep body of water where enormous hunks of ice cleave from the glacier silently float towards the sea. We’ll explore the black sandy shore of the lagoon, where we often catch a glimpse of the local seal population and  various bird  species  can  be  seen  feeding  in  and  around  the  lagoon.

From the lagoon, we’re shuttled to the nearby Gerði Gesthouse where we can explore the tranquil surroundings or relax for the remainder of the evening . If you still have the energy head on optional other activities like a walk to the coast, visiting a museum close by, tips to the glacier and other hiking possibilities and places of interest in the area. You can even request a Northern Lights wake up call to your hotel room for the ultimate experience.  On clear, winter nights the hotel’s remote location is ideal to view the Northern Lights if they appear.


After breakfast at the hotel (included), we spend the morning travelling up on Vatnajökull glacier by super jeep. Here a specialist guide leads us on an adventure into a natural ice cave where we will encounter the rare beauty of blue ice. Seeing a glacier from the inside is an experience like none other.

Afterwards, we return to Jökulsárlón before we start back and stop at 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. 

Please note

  • Minimum age for Ice Cave tour is 8 years.
  • 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.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour: Fully refundable when canceled at least 14 days prior to tour departure.
  • This tour has a longer booking cut off as it is conducted in partnership with another tour provider.
  • Excluded are meals, other than breakfast on day 2, at Gerði Guesthouse
  • Part of this tour is operated by our partners


  • Our tours are, by default, guided in English.
  • Mandarin: Wednesdays

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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.

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