2 Day Blue Ice Cave, South Coast, Skaftafell & Northern Lights

2 Day Blue Ice Cave, South Coast, Skaftafell & Northern Lights

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Information

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Oct - Mar

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Departures

Reykjavik

Languages

English

Days

2 Days

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About Tour

Join us on a comfy and exciting tour of the south coast of the land of ice and fire. Led by an experienced guide and left in small groups of people, this 2-day long trip will explore almost all prominent places on the south coast. So, pack a day pack that lasts for at least 2 days if not more, put on your warm cozy jackets, get the groove on and get ready for this unforgettable adventure that will take you to some of the most beautiful places that you will get to see not only during your travels in Iceland but also in life, in general. Trust us when we say that the south coast has it all because it does and we will take our sweet time in admiring all the beauty that South Iceland is.

The Tour Itinerary – Unfolding the Schedule

However only a two-day long, the tour will explore several sights so make sure that you are sharp, active, and ready to roll. Following is the detailed description of the 2-day tour of the south coast that will take you all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, the Diamond Beach and Skaftafell National Park along with a Northern Lights Hunting experience. 

Day 1 – Detailed Schedule

 The first day of the tour will start at the capital city of Reykjavik where you will meet your tour guide and the group that you will travel with. The guide will meet you at the designated pick up point and you, along with your tour group, will board a minibus to head to the southern part of the country.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss walk behind waterfall in south Iceland

The first stop after leaving the capital city will be the amazingly beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall which is known for its beautiful aesthetics. Seljalandsfoss is known for its unique walk-in cave that hides behind the cascading waters of the waterfall. Carry some shell waterproof clothing for the trip and you will be able to hike to the back of the waterfall and experience a whole new paradigm in the world of waterfall watching. Being able to spot the glorious, gleaming sun from behind the water simply means that you will be able to check another thing on your list. Imagine standing on a natural rocky surface, water droplets splashing on your face from the beautiful cascade in front of you which creates a contrast with the lush green landscape and the bright blue skyline.

Skógafoss Waterfall
snow and winter at Skógafoss waterfall in south Iceland

Located a little more towards the east on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean is the next spot of your tour, Skógafoss waterfall. It is a fair chance that you will approach the waterfall from the bottom i.e., the gorge. So, it is a happy coincidence that the waterfall has a beautifully aligned staircase on the side that leads to the top of the falls. You can hike the stairs and climb up to get a different and equally beautiful view but from a different angle. Skógafoss slaps on a brand-new look in the winter season with white fluffy snow covering the moss brown rocks around the waterfall and the black sand of gorge covered with a white blanket of snow.

Glacier Hike in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park

Hiking the largest glacier in Europe is the next thing on the list of activities and destinations that we cover on day one. Your hike will take place in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. You will meet your hiking guide and instructor at the foot of the glacier where you will be briefed about the safety measures and other instructions that you need to follow when hiking the glacier. Skaftafell has been a top spot for filming many Hollywood movies like Interstellar, Game of Thrones, James Bond, etc. Remember that beautiful planet covered in an exceptional amount of snow crawling with black veins that the search party discovered? You guessed it right, it is Svínafellsjokull glacier in Skaftafell. Svínafellsjökull is a glacier tongue from the famous Vatnajokull glacier. The visuals here are undeniably beautiful and unique. The black lava veins on the ice are made with leftover lava ashes and give a new look to the glacier. So, your hike will begin when you are done with the briefing and strapping on the hiking equipment such as crampons, helmets, ice axes, and harnesses.

Blue Ice Cave
Vatnajokull National Park - natural blue ice cave in Vatnajokull glacier

The hike in Skaftafell will continue till you and your hiking party reach the blue ice cave of the glacier. The interesting thing about ice caves is that they breakdown, melt, flow away, and get built again every season. So, no matter how many beautiful pictures you may have seen or had even visited the cave before, you will always find something new and different about the cave. It is recommended to wear sturdy hiking boots that cover your ankles properly. Your tour guide will guide you through the trip and keep you updated about the new and exciting facts about the ice cave.

Northern Lights Hunt
Honeymoon in Iceland, two people watching the northern lights in Iceland

After finishing up the hike and the visit to the ice cave, you will head to your accommodation – a hotel in the southeast part of the country. You will relax for a while, have dinner, and meet with your guide once again when it is dark out there. Your guide will examine the weather conditions out there and check for the sky to be clear enough in order to spot the northern lights. If the weather allows, you guys will head out to find a good spot to catch the Aurora and even get some good pictures of the lights with beautiful background.

Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the beautiful northern lights dance above the skies. Here you can find a guide to photograph the northern lights in Iceland. 

Day 2 – Visiting the Top Attractions of the South

The second day will be focused on covering some of the top tourist destinations of the country which incidentally include places like Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, and the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach of the south coast. Let’s breakdown the schedule for the second day of your two-day trip.

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in south Iceland - south Iceland

The deepest lake of Iceland, also known as the crown jewel of the country, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a must-visit destination for every single tourist that comes to Iceland. Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is made from the water that melts from a glacial tongue of the Vatnajökull glacier, named Breiðamerkurjökull. Along with water, icebergs break from the glacier and float on the calm waters of the lagoon. The bright shining waters of the lagoon reflect the clear sky, the glaciers covered in electric blue ice stand in the background while the unevenly shaped icebergs float around in the water makes up a dreamland for every nature enthusiast.

Diamond Beach
sunset at Diamond Beach in south Iceland

The iceberg from the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon floats and reach the Atlantic Ocean and get thrashed by the waves. The waves carve the snowy white ice from the glaciers and turn them into transparent blocks that reflect light. These blocks of ice wash up on the south coast of Iceland which boasts a beautiful black sand beach. The washed-up blocks of ice end up being stranded on the black sand beach and create a beautiful monochromatic view for the visitors. Note that beaches in Iceland can be a bit dangerous given the changing dynamic of the weather. So, ensure that you maintain a safe distance and are not caught up by some sneaker waves. Rest assured, the diamond beach is one of the most picturesque places in Iceland and would create a beautiful space to get some insta-worthy pictures.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar on Reynisfjara black sand beach in south Iceland

Last, but not least, on the list of destinations to be covered on this tour is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. Loaded with humongous basalt columns on one side and the crashing Atlantic waves on the other, the Reynisfjara black sand beach is a pretty unique entity, especially when compared to the glaring white glaciers that you have already covered before on the tour. Not far from Reynisfjara are the cliffs of Dyrhólaey which serve as the home to the migratory birds of Iceland. 

After visiting the beach, you and your party will head back to the capital in the minibus and will be dropped at the designated drop off location. The ever learned and experienced guide will stay with you throughout the tour and keep you updated as well as safe.

Additional Information About the Tour

  • The tour is available from October through March.
  • The availability of some attractions, like the northern lights, are depended on weather conditions.
  • English speaking tour guide and certified glacier guide are included in the tour package.
  • All tour groups will be 21 people at the maximum.
  • Hiking equipment like harnesses, crampons, and helmets are included in the tour package.
  • It is recommended to bring warm clothes and waterproof outer clothing along with sturdy hiking boots and some add-ons like gloves and scarves.
  • The designated pickup locations can be found on the booking page. 8 am is the designated pickup time. You are requested to reach about 30 minutes before the departure time with a copy of your ticket, digital or physical.
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • The tour guides may have to adjust the timing of the tours to make sure that your tour party does not run into big crowds or face bad weather conditions.

Included

 Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area. 

 One night accommodation in a hotel with breakfast and private bathroom.

 Guided sightseeing to all the best locations on the South Coast. 

 English speaking professional guide

 Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

 Ice Cave tour

 Certified glacier guide

 Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe. 

 Small group experience

 Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board

What to bring

 Dress according to weather

 Waterproof outdoor clothing

Warm clothes

Warm socks

Gloves & Headwear

 Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)

 Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
  • The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person. If you have any extra luggage, you can store it in our office for 1,000 ISK. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine. 
  • If you are traveling on your own, you will  receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact us.
  • Remember to choose the Single Supplement Fee in the booking engine if you are traveling alone. 
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik. You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • The Northern Lights are a natural random phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed on the tour. However, we will do everything that we can to be able to see them. For example, the hotels are in prime locations to maximize the chances of seeing the northern lights.
  • The Ice caves that will be visited on this tour are 100% natural and always changing. These ice caves are only accessible during the winter time when temperature drops below 0°C. Since the ice caves are ever changing we will visit new ice caves each year in different areas of the glacier. The photos that you see on our website are from recent tours, but note that the ice caves might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations. 
  • Lunch & dinner is not included in the tour. We will stop on restaurants where you can buy lunch & dinner. 
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • The departure time for this tour is at 8am. 
  • This tour is perfect for groups, single travelers and families. 
  • You will be traveling on a minibus on this tour. The minibus includes free Wi-Fi. We will introduce you to Icelandic music aboard the minibus. 
  • We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and hiking shoes.
  • If you don’t have hiking shoes, you can rent them in the booking engine. 
  • In the rare case that we need to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date. If that does not work out for you, you will receive a full refund for the tour. 

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

You can choose a pick up in Reykjavik or the capital area. Find the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.  

If you don’t know your pick up point for your tour yet, you can let us know later. Note that you need to send us the pick up location for your tour at least 24 hours prior to the departure of the tour. It would also be great if you can give us your phone number so we can call you if we can not find you at the pick up location. 

Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time on your voucher ticket. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 minutes. Please be at your listed location so our guide can easily find you. 

No, this tour does not include a pick up from Keflavik Airport. 

If you are arriving in Iceland early morning on the day of your tour, it would be best to take a taxi or bus from the airport to BSI bus station. Choose your pick up for the tour at BSI bus station and we will pick you up there. 

A multi day tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for more than one day. Accommodation is usually included in multi day tours. 

The multi day tours are ideal if you would like to make the most of your time in Iceland.

  • You do not have to worry about finding accommodation that will fit to your day full of sightseeing and activities. 
  • Most multi day tours are operated in small groups with personal guidance. 
  • The tours will drive further into the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore locations that you would not be able to do in the day tours from Reykjavik. 

You will be staying in a comfort hotel with private bedroom and private bathroom on this tour. We usually stay in a hotel close to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

All hotels that we partner with have private bathrooms.

Yes, breakfast after each night of accommodation spent during the multiday tour is included. 

You will be traveling in a minibus. 

Yes, the single supplement fee is mandatory for solo travelers. This is to ensure your private room in the accommodation. There is no way to skip on the single supplement fee if you are a solo traveler. 

Since the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we can not guarantee the sightings of northern lights on the tour. We will do everything that we can to make your chances of seeing the northern lights as high as possible. This includes staying in hotels that are located in prime areas to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is good, you will have high chances of seeing the northern lights outside the hotel.

In the rare case that we will have to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or provide a full refund.

The tour can be cancelled up to 48 hours from the departure time with 85% of the total price refunded.

However, we would kindly as you to cancel the tour as soon as you know that you won’t be able to participate in it. The multi day tours require a lot of bookings on our half that needs to be cancelled in time (accommodation, activities, meals and more). 

Please send us an email to info@icelandtravelguide.is as soon as you know that you have to cancel the tour. 

All cancellations requested less than 48 hours from the departure time are non refundable.

The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person.

If you have more luggage, you can store your extra luggage in our office for a small extra price of ISK 1.000. Add it as an extra at the time of booking. This fee is non refundable upon payment. 

Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

If you would like to know how to photograph the northern lights, we recommend that you read this article. 

You will also find a tablet in the bus with information about the northern lights and how to photograph them. 

For winter tours in Iceland, wear warm clothing as first layer and waterproof outdoor jacket and pants as a second layer. Hiking boots with high ankle protection is ideal for the glacier hike and ice cave experience. You will get crampons to put on your boots before you go to the glacier. If you do not have hiking boots, you have to rent them at the time of booking. A hat and gloves are also ideal for the glacier tours. 

Yes, you need sturdy hiking boots for the glacier hike. They have to have hard sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have hiking boots, you can rent them in all sizes when booking the tour. It is also possible to rent the shoes at the glacier hiking location. 

The glacier hike is considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. 

We offer all safety equipment necessary and you will always be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. 

This is always a personal choice and depends on your physical health at the time of the glacier hike. We have had pregnant women on this glacier hike but not all pregnancies are the same. We recommend that you read the description of the tour to get a good idea and ask your doctor about it. 

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