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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland
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Discover southern Iceland and take a cruise on the ice-strewn Jokulsarlon Lagoon on this scenic day trip from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, trace Iceland’s spectacular south coast, a canvas of towering mountains, waterfalls, and glacial rivers. Visit the Skogafoss waterfall, view the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell, and learn about the area's geology and then go behind the cascading water at Seljalandfoss waterfall.
  • See the Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss waterfalls, and Skaftafell National Park
  • Check out the film locations for James Bond's 'Die Another Day' and 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'
  • Learn about the area's history from an English-speaking tour guide
  • Enjoy convenient pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik hotels and guesthouses

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is one of the most affordable options for a full-day adventure along Iceland’s South Coast, including Jökulsárlón.
Depart your central Reykjavik hotel by air-conditioned coach and gaze out over Iceland’s rugged landscapes as you journey toward the south coast.

As you travel, listen as your guide shares tales of south Iceland, an area rich in picturesque villages and natural spectacles such as glacial rivers, waterfalls, and volcanic peaks.

Drive through villages such as Selfoss, Vik, and Kirkjubaejarklaustur, and marvel at the snow-capped mountains and epic landscapes of Skaftafell, part of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Visit the spectacular Skogarfoss waterfall, and drive through the volcanic desert of Skeidarasandur—a vast sand plain where sandstorms can be so intense that they strip paint from cars!
 Pass Iceland's largest active volcano, the ice-covered, sub-glacial Oraefajokull, and gaze up at 6950-foot (2,119-meter) Hvannadalshnjukur on its summit crater, the country’s highest peak.

Shortly afterward, arrive at Jokulsarlon Lagoon: a breathtaking expanse of water strewn with ice chunks that has provided the backdrop for several action films, including the James Bond hit 'Die Another Day' and the 2001 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' movie.

Stop a Seljalandfoss on your way back to Reykjavik, where you have the opportunity to follow the path behind the falls. Your day trip concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
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Volcano Eyjafjallajokull
Iceland's most notorious volcano is undoubtedly Eyjafjallajökull, which last erupted in 2010 and caused flight disruptions in Europe for weeks.
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Before reaching Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, you will stop at Skogafoss, a stunning waterfall that allows you access to great views from both below and above, by way of a staircase.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajokull glacier is massive, covering 14,000 sq km and it is Breidamerkurjokull, one of the many sections of this great glacier, that creates the magical Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Large hunks of ice cleave from the glacier, falling into the lagoon before flowing out into the ocean. These large sparkling pieces of ice are eventually pushed back onto the beach by the ocean waves creating an impromptu ice sculpture garden on the black sands giving the beach its name, Diamond Beach.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Diamond Beach
When large icebergs have floated out of the glacier lagoon and towards the ocean, they are often pushed back onto the beach by ocean waves where they sparkle like diamonds on the black sand.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Drive through the starkly beautiful black sand expanse of Skeidararsandur.
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Here you can use restroom facilities and purchase dinner.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Skaftafell National Park
You will have unforgettable views of Skaftafell wilderness area in Vatnajokull National Park.
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Here it is possible to buy lunch, shop for souvenirs, or take a short walk in the village or down to the beach.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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On your way back from visiting the glacier lagoon, you’ll stop at one of the more unique waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss. What makes this waterfall so special is the footpath behind the waterfall which, when the weather permits, allows for a whole new perspective.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Awesome South Coast Tour!
, Apr 2020
It was such a great experience! Our guide was very entertaining and informative! Bus was on time!!!!
Glacier lagoon
, Mar 2020
Excellent ! Long drive but definitely worth it! The glacier lagoon and diamond beach so beautiful will never forget!
Great trip
, Mar 2020
Excellent all the way around. Excellent driver, tour guide. Great weather. Great sights. Long trip 14 plus hours but enough stops to stretch out etc.
glacier lagoon worth it! Grayline less so
, Feb 2020
Great trip. We really wanted to go to see the glacier lagoon/diamond beach and it did not disappoint really worth the trip. It is a very long drive though with little breaks for scenic photos - 1 or 2 more would have been lovely. We took our own breakfast and lunch to reduce the cost of food but in winter eating locations wasn't great. The coach says no drink or food to be eaten on it.... we are grown adults paying enough that always is I find disrespectful, just clean the coach between trips, other companies we went with had no problems. We also had an issue with the pick up location. our whole trip had been cancelled due to storm Denis and when we rebooked out accommodation had to be changed. We called viator and I have a confirmation email confirming a switch in pick up location. It turns out though Gray line office did not honour this request and we nearly missed the tour. A pick up bus for a different tour helped us out and got us to the bus who had not come to our stop to pick us up. We had the same issue with our transfers home. I would therefore not recommend using gray line in future. However having said this if it is your only option to go and see the glacier lagoon & diamond beach it is worth taking it! It is a beautiful place.
Great Tour
, Feb 2020
My partner and i enjoyed this tour, even though 14 hours was a long day the scenery was beautiful and our tour guide was funny and informative. The journey was also broken up into stops with plenty of time look around Vik, Jokulsarlon and the waterfalls. The glacier lagoon made the trip and was worth the long drive. However, based on our experience, 2 girls in front were very inconsiderate and selfish when they decided to recline their chairs! All in all though it was an amazing day!
Amazing especially Halli the tour guide
, Feb 2020
On Sunday, me and my friend booked this tour with grey line and it was the best decision we made throughout our whole stay in Iceland. Everything you get to see is amazing and picturesque. On top of this, we had the best tour guide called Halli for short. He was knowledgable and humourous throughout the tour and he connected and spoke to everyone. Perfect tour guide for an incredible trip which we would highly recommend booking.
Worth the time and money!! Do this tour!!
, Feb 2020
Simon was a great tour guide. Even though this trip was long it was so worth it. We saw more ice on diamond beach than even the tour guides had ever seen. We had a breath taking stop at glacier lagoon and we saw a spectacular display of the northern lights at seljalandsfoss. Honestly a perfect day. Made even more so by our knowledgable tour guide and a great tour company. If you are spending the money anyways choose a tour thats comfortable and worth it. This one is both.
, Feb 2020
Great day. Throughly enjoyed it. Such a stunning place worth every second of being on the bus for so long.
, Feb 2020
Very long trip, but it worth! The glacier is stunning! Very beautiful. The driver and guide were very friendly and professionals.
Beautiful places, but unlucky with weather and a no good english speaking guide
Petros H
, Dec 2019
The driver and the guide were nice persons, but the guide spoke basic english, readind almost all the information he had to give us with an accent and spelling, that made it almost impossible to understand more than 10-25% of what he was saying. The weather against us. The last waterfall we saw in darkness. And I think we lost a lot of time for breakfast and lunch, being 1 and a half hours apart. And since the lake was not frosen, I don't see the reason why they didn't give us the chance to have the small boat trip to the icebergs

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