On the Crystal Ice Caves and Glacier Lagoon tour – a great two day tour from Reykjavik, you’ll explore the incredible scenery of Iceland’s south coast.

Get the full glacier experience on this overnight tour to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Skaftafell national park.

See the blue-tinted icebergs that float on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon then get even closer to the icy marvels of the crystal caves. Visit the black sand beach Reynisfjara with its picturesque basalt column rock formations Reynisdrangar. There are several volcanoes in the area, the most notable of which is Katla, the active volcano that’s hidden under the Myrdalsjokull ice cap.

You’ll also stop at the popular waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the waterfall for a unique perspective.


Tour Highlights


  • Hotel pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
  • Guided small group tour experience in a minibus
  • English speaking guide
  • Room with private bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Guided ice cave exploration (45 mins)
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Visit to all main highlights of the South Coast


  • The main ice cave visited is the Crystal Ice Cave. At times it is however inaccessible, in that case we will visit another ice cave. During the summer months (April-October), we will go to The Ice Cave Under the Volcano ice cave. If it is inaccessible, we will do a glacier hike instead.
  • What to Bring: Proper hiking shoes with a thick sole and that cover your ankles are needed for the glacier hike. Ice crampons are provided and they can not be attached to normal shoes. Helmets provided.
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Day 1: South Coast - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The first day takes us along the beautiful south shore of Iceland. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m to a shallow pool. You can take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. The water comes from the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajokull.

Our next stop will be at Skogafoss Waterfall, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Under the nearby Myrdalsjokull Glacier ice cap, the volcano Katla is hiding. Katla is an active volcano that erupts roughly every 100 years.

Our next stop will be in the village of Vik where you will find the Reynisfjara beach with fantastic sights such as the magnificent Reynisdrangar rock stacks.

After that, we head to Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the Vatnajokull National Park, where we’ll have a shortstop. The glacier tongues there give the national park majestic fairytale surroundings.

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is located at the end of an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea and make for an unforgettable sight.

After we will drive to our accommodation where you can enjoy dinner upon arrival (not included in tour price).

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Day 2: Total Glacier Encounter

Now it‘s time to get up close and personal with the glacier. The glacier is made up of fallen snow, not frozen water, as some might think. An expert guide takes us up to the ice cave in a Super Jeep and tells us all about what to expect inside the glacier. The ice caves are formed by the weight of the ancient ice pushing air bubbles out and in spring will melt and change. That means that every autumn the glacier experts have to set out and look for new caves to explore. That‘s also what makes this experience so extraordinary.

After spending around 45 minutes in the ice cave it‘s time to head back. We‘ll stop one more time at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where we‘ll take a walk alongside the lake and on the black sand shores to look for seals that can be spotted in the lagoon.


Please note: if traveling during the summer months, the ice caves in Myrdalsjokull will be visited instead of the ice caves in Vatnajokull.

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