South Coast and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Glacier Lagoon

Glacier Lagoon

Two-day tour from Reykjavik


This two-day tour takes us through the beautiful provinces of South Iceland to the extraordinary Jokulsarlon, The Glacier Lagoon, the best known and the largest glacier lake in Iceland. It is situated at thesouth end of the glacier Vatnajokull between Skaftafell National Park and Hofn.

Departure: Monday-Tuesday, August 5. – 6. 2013.
Hotel pick up: 9:00, drop off next day approx. 19:00.
Included: Hotel pick-up, transportation, English-speaking guide, accommodation breakfast incl.,
glacier hiking, (all equipment included).
Bring with you: waterproof clothing, hiking shoes.
PRICE: 45.900 ISK per person, double/twin room, shared bathroom                      49,900 ISK per person, single room, shared bathroom

People walking on glacier

Walking on glacier

Day 1
Soon after we leave the city, we will pass the mountain Hengill, a central volcano with a giant magma chamber. We will pass the town Hveragerdi, where you can find many interesting hot springs and towards the town Selfoss. The town of Selfoss rose around the bridge over Olfusa River after its construction and is now the largest town in southern Iceland with around 6500 inhabitants.
Our tour takes us over the Thjorsa River which is the longest of all rivers in Iceland; around 230 kilometres long. We will stop in the town Hvollsvollur for a coffee break. Then we continue to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which cascades from ancient sea cliffs over 60 meters down to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. East of the waterfall lies a fertile countryside and to the north rises the beautiful Eyjafjallajokull glacier, 1666 meter over sea level, the sixth largest glacier in Iceland.
Our next stop will be at Skogar where we will see Skogafoss waterfall which cascades around 65 meters down and is by many considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Then we drive through Myrdalur where we can enjoy a view of Myrdalsjokull glacier under which lies the central volcanic system of Katla. Southwest of the glacier lies Solheimajokull glacier from which flows the river Jokulsa down to the lowland.
Our next stop will be at the village Vik where you can find a sandy beach with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque columnar basalt formations and the magnificent Reynisdrangar peaks. We will continue over Myrdalssandur sand plains, a 700 square kilometres area of black lava sand and ashes. East of Myrdalssandur we will find Eldgjarhraun lava field, which is the largest amount of lava on Earth to flow from a single eruption in historic time. Next to the town Kirkjubaejarklaustur we will see Landbrotsholar hills, one of the largest pseudo-crater areas in the world. We will drive to Foss á Sidu waterfall, where we will have a short photo stop.
We continue our journey east over the glacial river Hverfisfljot that splits two lava fields apart, Skaftareldahraun and Nupahraun. We pass Lomagnupur, a 767 meter high mountain, and further east we pass two major rivers Nupsvotn and Gigjukvisl. We cross Skeidararsandur, an enormous sand plain that reaches from Skeidararjokull glacier to the sea.
We will pass the bridge over Skeidara River which is the longest bridge in Iceland (900 meters) and get to Skaftafell National Park, established in 1967. The glacier tongues of Skeidararjokull, Morsarjokull and Skaftafellsjokull give the National Park a majestic scenery. We will have a short stop at Skaftafell before continuing to Jokulsarlon, the glacier lagoon.
Jokulsarlon is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. It is located at the end of Breidamerkujokull, an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull glacier. The depth of the lagoon is about 250 meters and its size is 18 square kilometers. Due to glacial retreat, huge pieces of ice break loose from the glaciers and end up floating in the Jokulsarlon lagoon. After we have enjoyed the lagoon with its icebergs we will drive to our accommodation place nearby where we will enjoy dinner and relax in the evening.
During winter, if the weather is good and the sky is clear, we will look for the amazing northern lights at Jokulsarlon.

Icerocks on the coast

Ice on the coast

Day 2
After breakfast we spend some time at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and when the lagoon is not frozen you can enjoy a 30 minute boat ride where you sail amongst icebergs of all shapes and sizes. We will also take a walk along the lake and on the black sand shores and look for seals that can often be spotted in the lagoon.
Then we start our journey west towards Reykjavik. The trip is far from over, however. In Skaftafell, we pull out the crampons for a glacier hike at Svinafellsjokull glacier and the views are fabulous all the way back. In order to join the glacier hike you will need to have good hiking shoes, crampons cannot be fitted on sneakers or other light walking shoes.
If we have enough time and with good weather conditions, we will visit Dyrholaey, a small but majestic peninsula which is the southernmost point of the mainland. It is 120 meters high and is a home to many breeds of seabirds. Dyrholaey was formed in a sub-aquatic eruption about 100 thousand years ago. The translation of the name Dyrholaey could be „Doorway Island“ but the name is drawn from the hole or the doorway the ocean has carved into the cliff.

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