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Discover south 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 Skogarfoss waterfall, view the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell and learn about the area's geology and starring roles in movies such as 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' and James Bond's ‘Die Another Day.’

Highlights

  • Full-day tour from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • See the Skogarfoss waterfall 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

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What You Can Expect

Iceland South Coast and Jokulsarlon Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

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.

Travel back to Reykjavik where your day trip finishes with hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

HANH H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour but pls read the details carefully. This tour does NOT include the boat ride during the winter months which has been corrected. We were unaware of this, contacted Viator and their customer did an EXCELLENT job looking this and working with us through it. They have also updated their website since then for clarity. Honesty, I think this mistake came from the tour line itself and not viator.

Now onto the tour! It's a long roughly 14 hour tour to the south side of iceland where we had the opportunity to visit two beautiful waterfall before heading to the east side to the glacier lagoon. One of the two waterfall you actually have an opportunity to walk behind which was awesome! You will get wet so pls wear a waterproof coat or jacket depending on when you go. The glacier lagoon is beautiful but the impact of global warming is saddening. The 30mins boat ride around the lagoon looked awesome but we unfortunately did not get a chance to ride on it. I heard if you're lucky you may see some animals out there! Each location you got to spend about 30mins to an hour depending on timing. I never felt rushed. Plenty of bathroom breaks and you do stop for lunch and dinner. On this trip, the lunch and dinner places were not very impressive, very cafeteria like. I'd suggest packing your own food/snacks. On the way back from the lagoon you do stop at the city of Vik where you'll see the black sand. However it was in the evening so very dark and didn't see much. If anything I would have suggested they cut back on one of the waterfall preferably not the one where you can walk behind it and visit this Vik instead. Have fun guys!

Mrs Kathryn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great day out! I was pleasantly surprised to find that we were making the tour in a small group of 9, travelling in a comfortable mini bus, rather than in a coach party as I had expected. The down side was that I thought I had paid for the tour including the boat trip but was informed by Grayline that it did not-it cost another 75 to buy two boat tickets at the lagoon. Beware-just because the description says the boat trip is not included in April, apparently does not mean that it is included the rest of the year.! The journey was great as our driver/guide Jakob kept us entertained and informed about everything we passed. He even sang us an Icelandic lullaby on the way home. At the lunch stop, buy a sandwich and walk across the road to climb the track closer to the glaciers-you can sit in a cafe anywhere. The lagoon was beautiful and the nearby beach where the icebergs float out to sea was the best part of the trip.

Diane C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was amazing. The glaciers are incredible! It a long way but we felt it was worth the travel time to see something so unique. Take warm clothes as it can get very cold.

tleensbak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a long day, but worth it as there is gorgeous and stunning nature along the way! The lagoon and icebergs were my favorite.

Val S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Although this was a VERY long day, it was totally worth it!! Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon is truly magical and made the effort to get there worthwhile. The guide was very knowledgeable which helped to pass the time on the journey. Try to sit on the drivers side of the bus to get the most out of the magnificent scenery.

Ronnie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The most astonishing place! Tour guide -excellent! I loved every moment! Surprise stops-excellent!!!!! I wish I could put the emotions I felt in words.....mindblowing! A seemless and perfect tour from start to finish! Thank you!!!

Lyla S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was absolutely amazing. It was a very long tour but the time flew by. I got to see the beautiful countryside of Iceland which included endless waterfalls, beautiful coastline, volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields, black sand beaches, and wildlife. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Many people are discouraged by the length of this excursion, however, I would do it over and over again if I could. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I couldnt be happier that I got to experience this excursion.

Dean P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour and was happy to see so much of southern iceland the glacier lagoon.

Rizkiakbar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Be ready to say hello to the lovely ICEBERGS. I have to say that the main thing in this trip is Jokulsarlon, but you will also get the fantastic stops in several location, such as Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss. The guide was fluent and happy to answer all of your questions. The coach also comfortable too, so no worries even you will have a long journey total 14 hrs. After you arrive in Jokulsarlon, you will get boat tour to have a closer look to the floating icebergs and if you're lucky also the lovely seal. The tour will pick up and drop off you to your hotel. Use proper shoes and warm clothes because it's a little bit windy and sometimes you will get light shower in Jokulsarlon.

Elicia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Although this is a very long day, 14 hours it's well worth it. The scenery alone is amazing, Jokulsarlon lagoon definately the highlight, however Vik beach was also gorgeous and another highlight for me. Lots of breaks during the day which was good, plenty of opportunities for food and bathroom breaks. Tour guide was informative and funny, lots of great stories about Icelandic history and it's people.

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