JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
2 DAY TOUR

FROM 52,990 ISK
(US$391 / €332 / £302)

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Our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon two day tour is a great option if you want to escape the city, explore the entire south coast of Iceland and hike on a glacier in the UNESCO protected Vatnajökull National Park. The southeastern corner of the country is one of our favourite areas with some of the most stunning sights, including Iceland’s largest glacier and highest mountains.

The two day tour gives you the time to take in the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, as well as the black sand beach and basalt columns at Reynisfjara. You’ll hike up to the astonishingly beautiful ice fall and formations of an outlet glacier of the enormous Vatnajökull Icecap. Be mesmerised by the giant icebergs floating around the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and washed up on the nearby Diamond Beach, sparkling on the black sand. On top of that, you get to explore the incredible Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge, and visit the quaint seaside town of Vík.

During autumn months there’s a chance you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights dancing across the sky above your accommodation at the comfortable and modern Lilja Guesthouse. Whilst the summer lets you experience the endless sun filled nights in the countryside, with incredible views over the nearby glaciers and mountains in the midnight sun.

The south-east of Iceland is one of our favourite areas. Read more to find out why and book below!

PLEASE NOTE: This trip runs from April until the end of October only. During the colder winter months (November to March) we operate a similar trip which includes an Ice Cave Tour. Click here if your trip falls during these dates.

Tour Highlights

OPERATES
April – October

PICK UP TIME
8:30 AM

DURATION
2 Days

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Moderate (glacier hike)

GROUP SIZE
Min 2 / Max 12

MINIMUM AGE
10 years old

PRICE – ISK
Triple  –  52,990 ISK
Double – 54,990 ISK
Single – 58,990 ISK

USD – Approx.
Triple  –  US $391
Double – US $405
Single  –  US $435

EUR / GBP – Approx.
Triple – €332 pp / £302
Double – €344 pp / £313
Single – €369 pp / £336

Summer Surcharge Price:
June — September*
56,990 ISK per person in a deluxe triple room (must be a booking of 3 people or more)
58,990 ISK per person in a deluxe double room (must be a booking of 2 people or more)
59,990 ISK per person in a deluxe single room
*please note: added surcharge to cover higher accommodation cost in peak summer months. All prices are based on ISK prices, and are per person within the selected room types.

Included: The glacier hike with all safety equipment (crampons, helmet, harness and axe). Accommodation at Lilja Guesthouse in deluxe rooms, with private bathrooms, including breakfast. Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik in comfortable mini bus with WiFi, with a wonderful Hidden Iceland guide.
Excluded: Lunches and Dinner.
Optional Extras: Hiking boots or waterproof jackets and pants can be ordered as extras at booking.

PLEASE NOTE: This trip does not run between November and March. Replaced by our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave Discovery 2 Day Tour

For choosing your PICKUP LOCATION please read this important information.

Please book by room type. Select single room if you are travelling by yourself, if you are a couple then book a double room, etc.

DAY 1: South Coast Sights

After leaving Reykjavik we head straight for the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can walk right behind for the ultimate view, but the waterfalls do not stop there. Next is the powerful Skógafoss waterfall, which is a sight we are sure you will never forget. This 200ft fast flowing vertical waterfall can be enjoyed from afar or up close. On sunny days you might be treated to a rainbow appearing from the mist of the waterfall.

From here we drive on to Reynisfjara where we will look over this amazing Black Sand Beach and basalt columns. In the mid summer months you might get to spot some very cute puffins nesting in the cliffs overhead. Other times you are often treated to some intense crashing waves. For those of you who haven’t brought food with you, the Black Beach Restaurant is the ideal lunch spot to taste locally produced food.

After lunch we continue east, passing through the seaside village of Vík with its iconic church up on the hill, and on to explore Fjaðrárgljúfur*, where you can see the impressive forces of nature that have eroded this spectacular gorge. Driving further east, we pass the mighty Vatnajökull icecap and the spectacular Skaftafell National Park, where we will be dwarfed by Iceland’s highest mountains and most impressive glaciers.

We spend the night at the new and incredibly comfortable Lilja Guesthouse, resting up for another action packed day. We stay in their deluxe rooms, all the rooms are recently finished with modern fittings and private bathrooms. Dinner from the kitchen at Lilja Guesthouse is always delicious, with the kitchen taking advantage of the fresh, local Icelandic produce. With favourable conditions in the months when the nights are dark, the magical northern lights can be seen from the guesthouse.

Northern Lights over Lilja Guesthouse | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer | Feature

DAY 2: Glacier Adventure

Our second day starts with the delicious buffet breakfast (included) from Lilja Guesthouse. After breakfast we then go to one of our all time favourite locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. We are always mesmerised by the giant icebergs floating around this incredible lagoon and by the washed up icebergs that glisten like crystals down at ‘Diamond Beach’. This is one beach trip that you definitely will not forget.

From here we head back to Skaftafell grabbing snacks to sustain us for the real action of the trip, a hike on one of our favourite outlet glaciers situated within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vatnajökull National Park. You will get up close and personal to the the astonishingly beautiful blue ice formations during our hike on the Falljökull glacier. This is always a highlight of any trip to Iceland. We explore the glacier in detail on this hike, taking about fours hours to get some amazing views of the ice fall.

This glacier hike is considered of moderate difficulty, with a moderate fitness required. You can expect to walk about six kilometres over uneven and ascending terrain. If the weather makes accessing Falljökull unsafe we have many other incredible outlet glaciers to explore instead.

On our way back to Reykjavik we will stop to explore the moss covered lava fields from the devastating Laki eruption in 1782, where your guide will shed light on the history of Iceland’s explosive past. Stops will be made for dinner, before arriving back in Reykjavik around 9pm.

*Fjaðrargljúfur: The gorge can sometimes become closed during certain seasons due to wet, frosting and thawing conditions. The environmental agency of Iceland determines access and will close access in order to allow the ground to recover and to make repairs where they can. In these cases we add in some of our other favourite stops along the south. There’s endless amazing sights for us to explore in South Iceland.

Lómagnúpur Mountain Drive | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Norris Niman

Glacier Hike Details

The glacier hike on our scheduled trips are aimed for first timers. However, the ice can be steep and uneven in sections. If you struggle with walking for two hours at a good pace and don’t enjoy walking on uneven and sloped ground then the glacier hike may not be for you. The steepest sections involve stair like features and slopes. You will be wearing crampons (spikes) on your feet and full mobility of your ankles and knees is necessary. The glacier hike on this tour is around 4 hours in total with around 2.5 hour spent on the glacier ice. The hike covers around 6-7 kilometres (approx. 3 miles). The hike requires a moderate fitness level where you will hike up and over uneven terrain.

Each guide on the trip will make the final decision at the time of the hike. If they refuse to let you on the ice please know it is purely for the safety of not just you, but also for the rest of the group. To learn more about the glacier hike you can check out our Glacier Hike Guide.

Good to know

We will stop in the south coast town of Hvolsvöllur to load up on snacks for the first day. You can shop here and bring food and for the day to spend more time at the sights during lunch. However, there is ample time to have lunch at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Restaurant too. Lunch is not included in the price of this tour. There will be a chance to buy snacks ahead of the glacier hike on the second day and get a late lunch afterwards.

Please note that the glacier hike is NOT a mandatory part of the tour. The amazing views of the glacier and lagoon from the front is a great alternative. If you are unsure if you would like to join this part of the tour please reach out to us ahead of booking.

All tours are charged in Icelandic Krona (ISK). Other currencies shown on the website are only indicative and are subject to currency fluctuations.

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