2 Day Winter Tour on a Budget | South Coast, Jokulsarlon & Blue Ice Cave

Explore South Coast of Iceland with it´s stunning landscapes and magical, natural attractions during our guided tour with overnight stay in a hostel. The highlight of this trip is a 3-hour long expedition to the one of natural Blue ice caves laying underneath the biggest glacier in Europe – Vatnajökull

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Availability: Nov-Mar
  • Maximum: 19 Guests
  • Free: WiFi
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This tour will take you to one of the most beautiful and most visited regions in Iceland. During the two days you will drive along the famous South Coast to admire the beauty of Icelandic nature. 

On your first day we will take you to the most known waterfalls in the South, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. These picture-perfect waterfalls are on the bucket list of almost all travellers visiting Iceland. To add even more to this experience on our tour you will also have an opportunity to see two less known but equally beautiful waterfalls – Irafoss and Gljufrabui. Exploring South Coast of Iceland would not be complete without a visit at the Black Beach of Reynisfjara. Just take your time on the beach to admire basalt columns and lava formations rising above the sea level and make sure to have your camera ready to take memorable pictures there! 

2 Day Winter Tour on a Budget includes an overnight stay in a dormitory room with 12 bunk beds. We can proudly say that our very own hostel, located in former school building, is rated over 9 (out of 10) on Booking.com. Just relax on our premises searching the sky for the Northern Lights which are known to dance on the sky in the area (if weather conditions are favorable) and admire the waterfall located behind the building. 

For second day we will drive further East to reach the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. On our way we stop at Eldhraun lava fields (formed by the largest known lava flow in the world) and at Skaftafell National Park. But the unique beauty awaits you just below the biggest glacier in Europe – Vatnajokull. There you will find the Diamond Beach – a black beach scattered with shattered ice bergs. Here is the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs float in ice cold water and seals swim around them and nearby the natural Blue Ice Caves – formed by melting glacial waters trying to make their way to the ocean. 

If you want to enjoy the Icelandic nature to the fullest and to witness one of Iceland's most incredible natural phenomenon, then you should book this tour now as availability is very limited.

Please note: it is only possible to bring small carry-on luggage such as backpacks for the tour. See further details under Good To Know section

Agenda

Day 1 – South Coast, four Waterfall and Black Beach of Reynisfjara

After a complimentary pick up service within Reykjavik you will kick off East on an unforgettable adventure along the route #1, passing though small towns and the Icelandic countryside. After around 2 hours of driving you will notice a waterfall falling from the high cliffs – this is Seljalandsfoss. It has a 60 meters (200ft) high drop of water, is located underneath Eyjafjallajokull glacier-volcano and is among the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland. Once there remember to follow our guide on the path to secret waterfall – Gljubrabui. This smaller waterfall located in a cave is really worth seeing. 

Next on the itinerary is Skogafoss – a classic waterfall that looks like taken straight from a childs drawing. The single cascade of water is a show of true, raw power of nature that must be seen to be believed. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting another less known waterfall of Irafoss.

Then it is on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall. Black basalt has been shaped into amazing different formations, most notably the famous Reynisdrangar. Beware the might of the Atlantic Ocean which looms with its powerful waves while admiring lava formations located close to the shore. 

Day 1 ends at our very own Nicehostel Seljaland, where you will stay overnight. This tour includes accommodation in a dormitory with 12 bunk beds and breakfast included. If travelling on a budget is not an option for you then you can select a guesthouse or hotel standard.   

Day 2 – Skaftafell, Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach and Ice Caving Expedition

After a good night´s rest and a delicious breakfast, prepare yourself for the second day of your adventure. After a drive through the lovely village of Vik, we will stop at the Eldhraun Lava Fields. The eruption of Laki Volcano in 1700´s caused the biggest lava flow known in history. You will be amazed by the raw scenery formed by this event. Then you stop at the Skaftafell National Park where the spectacular views will take your breath away! 

You then continue to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This famous lagoon is filled with huge chunks of ice that have cracked off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier (part of Vatnajokull) and float slowly out to sea. Just remember to keep your head up to spot the seals often seen swimming around or resting on the shore. Some icebergs wash up on the shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin and from there, your Ice cave adventure will begin.

The Natural Blue Ice Caves are forming mostly during winter, when the glacier water freezes and makes it safe to go inside them. Each season glacier guides explore and discover newly formed caves and carefully select the ones that will be visited. In order to reach the ice cave, we will take you on the Super Jeep ride. Once close to the cave you will be instructed on how to safely walk on ice and how-to put-on crampons. All safety gear is provided but please remember that good hiking boots are essential (you can rent them out as an extra). After a safety introduction, you can enjoy amazing Blue ice cave from the inside for about an hour – a view that you will most likely never forget. 

After this unforgettable adventure, you drive back to the Jokulsarlon where you join the bus again to head back to Reykjavik. On the way back, you will of course be able to enjoy the beautiful nature of the South Coast and to make a quick stop in Vik village for some refreshments, while keeping an eye out for the Northern lights if conditions are right.

Included

  • Accommodation in a dormitory room with 12 bunk beds
  • Breakfast
  • Necessary safety equipment for the Ice Cave
  • Professional tour guide in English in a minibus
  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus 

Excluded

  • Lunch and Dinner – we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour 

What do I need to bring

  • Warm, wind & waterproof clothes
  • Good hiking boots are necessary for the Ice Cave. If you do not have appropriate footwear then we offer these for rent
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • Pickup takes place between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
  • This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 2 around 10:30pm
  • Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible. Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise you can use luggage lockers that are located in the center Reykjavík. Here is a link to their website where you can find all details. http://www.luggagelockers.is/ We can also offer you to store your luggage for a 500 ISK fee at NiceTravel office, located in Fiskislóð 45, Space M. To avoid any delays on departure luggage must be in storage before pick up time.
  • IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the price difference. We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.

Tour information:

Available: Nov. – Mar.

Duration: 2 days - 1 night

Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving

Difficulty: Easy

Minimum age: 8 years old

Guided Language

  • English

Friendly cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 1 day notice: 100% charge

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Highlights

  • Jökulsárlón
  • Vatnajökull
  • Skógafoss
  • Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara
  • Öræfajökull
  • Vík í Mýrdal
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Svínafellsjökull
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • South Coast