2 Day South Coast: Jökulsárlón, Glacier Hike & DC-3 Plane Wreck

Join us on an unforgettable two-day excursion along the south coast to the breathtaking glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, where seals are swimming between the icebergs and the white of the ice mixes up with the blue of the sky. Your eyes will also meet with powerful waterfalls, volcanic sand beaches, the chance to explore while hiking. On top of all of that, you will visit Sólheimasandur to see DC-3 Plane Wreck, considered to be the symbol of the golden age of air travel.

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Highlights

✓  Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✓  Skógafoss waterfall
✓  Reynisfjara, “the Black Sand Beach”
✓  Jökulsárlón, “the Glacier Lagoon”
✓  Diamond Beach
✓  Skaftafell National Park
✓  Sólheimasandur
✓  DC-3 Plane Wreck

Included

Minibus, Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board, accommodation, glacier equipment
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Duration

2 days

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

The adventure begins when we pick you up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the South. Our arrival is announced by the powerful theatrics of Seljalandsfoss. Bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. The scene behind the fall and the trembling ground from the power of the falling water makes for an automatic Instagram blockbuster!

Skógafoss waterfall

Further east along the coast is Skógafoss waterfall. Skógafoss is an incredibly picturesque sight. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60 meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the gorge a staircase can take you to the shelf above the waterfall for stunning views. See if you can count your steps on your way up.

Glacier Hike

We will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country. After meeting our highly trained glacier guides and strapping on our safety and glacier equipment, including helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice axes we hike on the ice for an hour and a half. A spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena.

Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach

Heading further east, we visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline presents massive waves hitting the unique basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. Rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dýrhólaey are seen in the distance. This area of the south is also a paradise for bird lovers, as puffins and dozens of other unique species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime from June to August.

Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon

Heading off day nr. 2 is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. Enormous icebergs come from Breiðamerkurjökull all year round so the lagoon is usually filled with ice that floats south. Tröll Expeditions will give you the opportunity to book a boat ride between the icebergs during summer time and get a closer look of the millenary ice. If boating is not your thing, then we walk alongside the glacier lagoon enjoying the magnificent views and dead silence of Icelandic nature.

Diamond Beach

On the other side of the road the icebergs from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon float into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts, guaranteed to make your Instagram account pop!

Fat bike ride to the DC-3 Plane Wreck on Sólheimasandur

After the glacier hike we head out to Sólheimasandur desert where a US Nacy DC3 crash landed in 1973 after running out of fuel in midair. The wreck has since then been immortalized in numerous music videos and viral photographs. The plane itself is 4 km from the nearest road so we provide the coolest transportation method available, fat bikes. We only travel in style. In essence, we’ll be riding a fat bike over volcanic sand and ash towards a black sand beach containing a crashed Navy airplane deemed too far away to salvage. Enjoy!

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Come and join us to check all the fun stuff we can do in the southern region, including glacier hiking! This is the ultimate Icelandic experience with a small group and experienced guide guaranteed. Start your adventure now by selecting a date.

Is your stay in Iceland particularly short but you’d still like to see the highlights of the Southern coast and Southeast? Then you should check out our ambitious full-day on a minibus tour “Jewels of the South | Minibus day tour to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the South Coast”.

Departure
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08:00

Difficulty
✓  Moderate

Minimum age
✓  
8 years

Highlights
✓  Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✓  Skógafoss waterfall
✓  Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
✓  Jökulsárlón – Glacier Lagoon
✓  Diamond Beach
✓  Skaftafell – Glacier Hike tour
✓  Sólheimasandur
✓  DC-3 Plane Wreck

Included
✓  
English speaking guide
✓  Certified Glacier Guide
✓  Small Group (19 persons max)
✓  Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
✓  Glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe
✓  Accommodation in a hotel with breakfast included

What you need to bring
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
• Joy and happiness!

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