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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Boat Tour from Reykjavik

1. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Boat Tour from Reykjavik

Discover one of the most incredible feats of nature on a sightseeing tour in southern Iceland. Go to the Glacier Lagoon of Jökulsárlón, and marvel at the icebergs and waterfalls of a glacier river. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Skaftafell National Park. Cruise among the icebergs on a 30-minute boat tour of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Return to Reykjavik via the waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. At the latter, walk behind the cascades to feel the might of the waterfall up-close. Visit the charming village of Vík at the southernmost point of Iceland, and see the black sand beaches and sea stacks off the coast. If the weather is good, enjoy views of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

Skaftafell: Extra Small Group Glacier Adventure

2. Skaftafell: Extra Small Group Glacier Adventure

Explore the glacier of Falljökull, an outlet from Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Travel with your guide through the beautiful surrounding area in a modified Land Rover Defender. Climb to the base of Falljökull outlet glacier. At the edge, your guide will show you how to put on the crampons and explain the safety guidelines of hiking on a glacier. After receiving these instructions, your glacier adventure truly begins. Travel safely through the beginning part of the glacier, and then towards the less explored part of the glacier. Discover stunning ice formations in the higher part of the glacier as you are guided through parts fitting both the conditions of the glacier and the group. Be prepared to be secured in a rope and take on some light climbing or rappelling where there are no fixed routes higher up on the glacier. As you reach the highest point that is safely accessible, take a short lunch break before starting the descend from the glacier. As you reach the edge of the glacier, you will jump back into the Land Rover and drive back to the Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center.

Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

3. Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

Embark on a small-group tour of Vatnajökull glacier and benefit from an intimate experience with a maximum of 8 participants. After meeting your guide at the meeting point in Skaftatell Airport, get geared up and prepare for your 20-minute 4x4 drive to the base of the Falljökull outlet glacier. At the base, step onto the glacier and listen to a quick briefing on how to wear your ice crampons. Then, it's time to begin your glacier hike. Follow your experienced guide through stunning ice formations, moulins, crevasses, and crystal-clear blue pools. Spend up to 120 minutes exploring the unique landscape of the glacier. Witness breathtaking views, listen to interest local anecdotes, and have your photo taken against this stunning natural landscape before heading back to the 4x4. Get dropped off back at the meeting point at the end of your hike.

2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

4. 2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfall of Glufrabui. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you will take a glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. A bit further is the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings.  After overnighting in an Icelandic countryside accommodation, take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. Visit the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and take an amphibious boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. See the huge chunks of ice crack off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash onto the shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin. Spot seals swimming around the huge icebergs before visiting the turf-roofed church Hofskirkja and Fjadrargljufur River Canyon. The canyon was formed a few thousand years ago during a glacial period, leaving a snaking river behind when the ice sheet retreated.

From Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon Small Group Tour

5. From Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon Small Group Tour

Tour Iceland's southern coast and see natural wonders, including Jökulsárlón and the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Learn about the area from your guide as you visit quaint villages and black sand beaches. Begin with a visit to the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a must-see attraction for trips down the coast. Then, stop at the southernmost village of Iceland, Vík í Mýrdal before riding east. Watch the scenery transform from lush farmlands to darkened plains and black deserts. If the conditions allow, pay a visit to the stunning river canyon of Fjadrargljufur. Finally, arrive at Jökulsárlón, and be struck by its ethereal ambiance and glittering icebergs. Keep an eye out for curious seals and dive-bombing Arctic Skuas. Walk between the icebergs on the “Diamond” Beach, known for its black sand near the glacier lagoon. On the way back, stop to see an old turf church and note its striking resemblance to "hobbit holes." Learn more about this and the region from your guide.

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

6. From Reykjavik: South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Follow the south coast of Iceland to the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and learn about the incredible landscapes from your guide. Stay connected with free WIFI aboard the climate-controlled bus. Depart from Reykjavik in an air-conditioned bus and pass charming villages as well as Skaftafell National Park on your way to the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls. Look out for Iceland’s biggest volcano, Öræfajökull glacier. After arriving at the lagoon, enjoy some time to view this stunning area. Take a walk along the shore and admire the icebergs. During the summer season, amphibian boat tours on the lagoon are available at an extra cost (payable onsite). Jökulsárlón started to form in the early nineteen twenties and is getting bigger every year. See blocks of ice that have broken off Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, as they sail slowly towards the ocean. The tour returns to Reykjavik in the evening.

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

7. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on a 4x4 Super Jeep that is specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want within a 12-hour period.  Have the option to go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands. Be picked by the spacious all-terrain vehicle in the morning and head off to your desired destination. Ride in the Super Jeep to see more sights than you can reach on a standard bus. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private transportation service.  Get help crafting the perfect itinerary from your guide, or choose to have your guide create a tour the most popular places. Have the option to pick a trip to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see.

Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

8. Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

With the Iceland complete audio guide, you get all the information that a tour guide would otherwise give you. Using GPS, the app recognizes where you are on your round trip and provides you with exciting information in the right places. So nothing stands in the way of your individual rental car tour. Your digital Iceland travel guide for the whole island of fire and ice! This audio guide offers more than 340 stations (7.5 hours of playing time) worth knowing about the country, people, and sights in all parts of the country. It includes not only the Ring Road and the Golden Circle but also the Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes Peninsulas, the Westman Islands, the East and West Fjords, and the wild Icelandic Highlands.

From Reykjavík: South Coast 4-Day Getaway with Accomodation

9. From Reykjavík: South Coast 4-Day Getaway with Accomodation

See the best of Iceland's south coast on a 4-day adventure with farmhouse accommodation included. Learn more about the unique landscapes of this region, head out on a quad bike tour, discover some of the most picturesque locations, and, if conditions allow, admire the northern lights. Day 1 - The Golden Circle Your tour begins with the famous Golden Circle. First, head to the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park. Explore the landscape and see the faultlines where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates drift apart, splitting Iceland in half. The next stop is Geysir where you can experience the erupting hot water geyser, a natural phenomenon that can only be seen in a few places on Earth. Finally, the last stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss and the impressive Golden Waterfall. The day's sightseeing comes to an end as you head to your cozy farmhouse accommodation, a sheep farm offering an authentic countryside experience, food, drink, and a place to relax. After dinner, there will be a northern lights hunt if conditions allow for it. Day 2 - The Adventure Ground The second day is filled with adventure, starting with a quad bike tour on the black sands of Mýrdalssandur. See the black sand beaches and stop by the famous plane wreck on the sands. Then, drive across a river to access a beautiful mountain ravine. In the afternoon, embark on a scenic hike on one of the trails in the area before returning to the farmhouse where you will get a chance to visit the sheepfold and assist with feeding the animals. After dinner, there will once again be a northern lights hunt if conditions allow for it. Day 3 - The Glacier Lagoon Travel further east and cross the vast open black sand plains of the south-east and look for Europe's largest icecap in the distance. The Vatnajökull Glacier has formed the landscape for centuries and, by visiting the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, get a sense of the powerful forces at play. Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. A short distance from the lagoon is Diamond Beach, named after the countless icebergs stranded on their way to the sea. In the evening, there will be a northern lights hunt if conditions allow for it. Day 4 - Glacier Walks, Black Sand Beaches, and Waterfalls Begin the final day with a Glacier Walk on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. A specialist glacier guide will lead you through this frozen wonderland of the Icelandic outlet glaciers. If you are lucky, you may come across an ice cave on the route. Enjoy the scenic landscapes of the south coast on your way back to Reykjavík with stops at the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and Skógafoss Waterfall.

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One of the best trips ever I've taken in Iceland. Sure it's a long day, lot of travelling in the bus, but every destination was breathtaking and we had so much of information from our Guide Ester, I got to know so much about volcanoes and how they fuel the country etc. You will need waterproof shoes as it involves a lot of waterfall experiences along the way. Also, you can pay additional 45 euros on the spot at Glacier Lagoon for taking an additional Boat trip, which was totally worth it. We learn a bit about glaciers but its fascinating to see them really close by. The whole route was very scenic. we had decent food stops and bathroom stops at Gas stations. Good group too. comfortable Buses with charging facilities as its very useful. Will recommend 100 percent. Please bring windshield jackets, warm clothing and waterproof pants and shoes if possible. The pickup and drop was very smooth too.

The tour was well organized. Half of our group couldn't join but the staff was very cooperative. It is a long tour that includes travel time of about 10 hours and about 4 hours of sightseeing. Bus was comfortable and itinerary was good. Price is very very good for the tour.

Amazing activity in the glacier with an experimented guide. It was all easy and fantastic!

Tom was an excellent guide, explained things well so felt very safe.

The tour was excellent! Our guide was lovely & very knowledgeable.