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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover southern Iceland and take a cruise on the ice-strewn Jokulsarlon Lagoon on this scenic day trip from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, trace Iceland’s spectacular south coast, a canvas of towering mountains, waterfalls, and glacial rivers. Visit the Skogafoss waterfall, view the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell, and learn about the area's geology and then go behind the cascading water at Seljalandfoss waterfall.
  • See the Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss waterfalls, and Skaftafell National Park
  • Check out the film locations for James Bond's 'Die Another Day' and 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'
  • Learn about the area's history from an English-speaking tour guide
  • Enjoy convenient pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik hotels and guesthouses

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is one of the most affordable options for a full-day adventure along Iceland’s South Coast, including Jökulsárlón.
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup and drop-off from most hotels and cruise ports upon request (if option is selected)
WiFi on board
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Boat tours on the glacier lagoon

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8:00 AM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.Pick-up from all hotels and bus stops starts 30 minutes before the starting time of the tour. You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.
Depart your central Reykjavik hotel by air-conditioned coach and gaze out over Iceland’s rugged landscapes as you journey toward the south coast.

As you travel, listen as your guide shares tales of south Iceland, an area rich in picturesque villages and natural spectacles such as glacial rivers, waterfalls, and volcanic peaks.

Drive through villages such as Selfoss, Vik, and Kirkjubaejarklaustur, and marvel at the snow-capped mountains and epic landscapes of Skaftafell, part of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Visit the spectacular Skogarfoss waterfall, and drive through the volcanic desert of Skeidarasandur—a vast sand plain where sandstorms can be so intense that they strip paint from cars!
 Pass Iceland's largest active volcano, the ice-covered, sub-glacial Oraefajokull, and gaze up at 6950-foot (2,119-meter) Hvannadalshnjukur on its summit crater, the country’s highest peak.

Shortly afterward, arrive at Jokulsarlon Lagoon: a breathtaking expanse of water strewn with ice chunks that has provided the backdrop for several action films, including the James Bond hit 'Die Another Day' and the 2001 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' movie.

Stop a Seljalandfoss on your way back to Reykjavik, where you have the opportunity to follow the path behind the falls. Your day trip concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Volcano Eyjafjallajokull
Iceland's most notorious volcano is undoubtedly Eyjafjallajökull, which last erupted in 2010 and caused flight disruptions in Europe for weeks.
Stop At:  
Skogafoss
Before reaching Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, you will stop at Skogafoss, a stunning waterfall that allows you access to great views from both below and above, by way of a staircase.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajokull glacier is massive, covering 14,000 sq km and it is Breidamerkurjokull, one of the many sections of this great glacier, that creates the magical Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Large hunks of ice cleave from the glacier, falling into the lagoon before flowing out into the ocean. These large sparkling pieces of ice are eventually pushed back onto the beach by the ocean waves creating an impromptu ice sculpture garden on the black sands giving the beach its name, Diamond Beach.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fellsfjara
When large icebergs have floated out of the glacier lagoon and towards the ocean, they are often pushed back onto the beach by ocean waves where they sparkle like diamonds on the black sand.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Skeiðarársandur
Drive through the starkly beautiful black sand expanse of Skeidararsandur.
Stop At:  
Víkurskáli
Here you can use restroom facilities and purchase dinner.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Skaftafell National Park
You will have unforgettable views of Skaftafell wilderness area in Vatnajokull National Park.
Stop At:  
Víkurskáli
Here it is possible to buy lunch, shop for souvenirs, or take a short walk in the village or down to the beach.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seljalandsfoss
On your way back from visiting the glacier lagoon, you’ll stop at one of the more unique waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss. What makes this waterfall so special is the footpath behind the waterfall which, when the weather permits, allows for a whole new perspective.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: Boat tours on the glacier lagoon are not included in the tour price.
  • Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended
  • Drop-off after tour may not be directly in front of your hotel, depending on route and traffic limitations.
  • Stops will be made during the tour where you can purchase meals and use restroom facilities
  • Tour is approximately 14 hours long, but with regular stops along the way
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Iceland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Some hotels are not the pick up point but the bus stops are 1-2 minutes away." See review
  • "For long trips like this, I would rent a car so you can stop for as long as you'd like!" See review

Reviews

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star-3
Average tour without a boat ride
Nicole_l
, Nov 2021
The trip was alright. They mentioned that we would get a boat ride just like the video they posted on their website but we didn’t get to take it. We could only walk around the Glacier Lagoon to take some photos.
star-5
Worth every minute on the bus!!!
Jenny_G
, Nov 2021
Yes, it’s a long tour, but it’s worth every minute. They do a great job of breaking up the stops so you aren’t on the bus for more than two hours at a time. We saw two waterfalls, the black sand beach, glacier lagoon, and the diamond beach. Glacier lagoon is by far the most beautiful place I have ever visited. It’s a MUST do! The gas station in Vik has two cafes, a pub, a grocery store, and a Thai place, so there’s something for everyone. This was our longest day but also our most favorite day.
star-5
Go for it!
JayMarie_C
, Nov 2021
Both the guide and driver were great! The ride was smooth, Oddi did a good job driving us around. The guide was very informative and gave us some tips that was quite helpful for tourists. You learn more of the country, the language, and the people. A must try for all!
star-5
Amazing tour, long but SO WORTH IT!
Michelle_L
, Nov 2021
We had and AMAZING day exploring the south coast, our guide was so Patienten and nice, always making us entertainend and safe. We stopped and great places along the way and even with the long journey it was ok, we did not even feel because the time past by so fast. Highly recommend.
star-5
Amazing and well worth it !!!
Abhinav_R
, Oct 2021
A memorable trip.... its long but worth it and I will recommend it to anyone. Staff was very friendly and the stops were well timed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Every stop was timed well so I did not feel rushed.
Cecilia_M
, Oct 2021
Vik’s lunch and dinner stop has a wide range of choices for food. I bought shrimp salad sandwich at the supermarket and it was very good.
star-5
Amazing experience
Mirta_S
, Sep 2021
Fantastic guide who gave us a lot of information about Iceland, exceptionell nice nature and very comfortable journey. Very good bus driver.
star-5
Great tour and great value
Lisa_L
, Aug 2021
Great tour with the most stops of any that i reviewed. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us on time getting us back even a little early after a long day. Driver was great too.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Rachael_C
, Aug 2021
Amazing trip, tour guide and driver were brilliant. We went on the boat ride at the glacier lagoon and highly recommend. Very long drive but worth it.
star-4
Very good.
Edita
, Aug 2021
Very good excursion, very interesting, the views are wonderfull. I liked actually everything. Highly recomend. Unforgettable experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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