November - March
If you’re looking for a winter adventure, the 2-day South Coast and Blue Ice Cave tour might just be the perfect tour for you! On this tour, you’ll visit the highlights of Iceland’s South Coast all the way to the breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Included in the tour is both a glacier hike and a visit to a blue ice cave, making this the perfect glacier adventure tour. If you’re lucky, you might even see the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky!
After pickup in Reykjavík, your South Coast and Blue Ice Cave adventure begins! Traveling along the South Coast, you’ll be able to take in the dramatic landscape that characterizes this area of Iceland. Your first stop will be the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Be sure to bring waterproof clothing so that you can experience walking behind the waterfall! Next, it’s time to visit Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls.
The adventure continues as you get closer to the blue ice cave. After gearing up, your certified guide will take you on a light hike up to the ice cave. Be sure to bring your camera for some epic pictures from this wonder of nature. Afterward, your day on the glacier continues as you begin your glacier hike. Departing from Skaftafell, your guide will take you on an exploration on Vatnajökull glacier. For about 1,5 hours you’ll not only walk on the glacier but you’ll also learn so much about them!
At the end of a busy but fun day, you’ll arrive at your guesthouse in the South East. If conditions are good, you’ll go out looking for the Northern Lights in the evening. After a good night’s sleep, you’ll continue exploring the South Coast. Today it’s time to visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The glacier lagoon is one of the pearls of Icelandic nature, and here you’ll be able to spend some time exploring this beautiful sight. You’ll also be able to visit the so-called diamond beach. Here, chunks of ice litter the black sand beach to create a diamond effect.
Before returning to Reykjavík, you’ll also visit the famous black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Be careful when visiting this beach, the roaring waves are best viewed from a safe distance!
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For this tour, you should bring warm clothes to use as your first layer, and waterproof clothing to wear as your second layer. You should also bring good, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankles. If you don’t have hiking boots you can rent them when bookings.
You should of course also bring your camera and other personal items. You may also want to bring sunglasses.
As space is limited, we recommend packing as light as possible for this overnight tour. Your luggage should be no more than one piece of luggage and a small backpack. If you need to store luggage, please contact us and we’ll try to assist you with storage.
No, you will be supplied with a helmet, harness, crampons and an ice ax for the glacier hike. You’ll also be supplied with safety equipment for your visit to the Blue Ice Cave.
Breakfast is included on day two, but other meals are not included. You’ll be able to purchase lunch, dinner, and snacks along the way.
Yes, solo travelers are welcome on this tour! Please note that it’s mandatory to pay the single fee when booking if you are traveling by yourself.
Reservations can be canceled 7 days prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 7 days prior to departure are non-refundable.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 7 days before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
The tour departs from Reykjavík at 08:00 in the morning. On day one, you will visit these stunning places.
The first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can walk behind and feel the vibrations of the water hitting the ground. Right next to it is the waterfall Gljúfrabúi which is hidden in a small gorge. To see the waterfall you have to balance over stones in the river.
Prepare to meet the pearl of the south coast, Skógafoss waterfall. It is dropping 60 meters from a cliff and producing a lot of mist which makes beautiful rainbows in the sunshine. Try to warm up for the glacier by running up the 527 steps to the top!
Blue Ice Cave
You’ll go on an ice cave adventure, visiting the famous Blue Ice cave. The cave is only accessible in winter with a certified guide. You’ll be supplied with safety gear so you can safely visit this stunning natural attraction.
You’ll go on a glacier walk from the stunning Skaftafell. You’ll hike on a glacier outlet of Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier. The glacier hike takes about 1,5 hours.
If conditions are good, you’ll go out looking for the Northern Lights in the evening. Your guide will tell you all about these elusive lights before heading out on the northern lights hunt!
Before heading back to Reykjavík there are still plenty of sights yet to be discovered. You will visit these on your way back to Reykjavík.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
This morning you’ll see the famous Glacier Lagoon, a 250m deep glacial lake fed by Europe’s biggest glacier with enormous icebergs. You can enjoy a walk along the shore of the lake and enjoy wonderful views of the icebergs and feel the absolute silence of Icelandic nature.
Just on the other side of the road the icebergs are floating into the Atlantic ocean and are thrown back to shore by weather and tides. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in uncountable shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. Sometimes even some blue icebergs are standing at this beach and give opportunities for spectacular pictures.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
You’ll visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where big waves are hitting the shore. You can see basalt columns in the cliffs, rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dyrhólaey in the distance. But this beach is also a paradise for bird lovers because puffins are nesting on top of the rocks in the summertime from June to August.