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Jewels of the South - Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach & South Coast Minibus Day Tour

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    Stop At: Troll Expeditions, Fiskislod 45-G, Reykjavik 101 Iceland

    The day starts with pick up from your hotel or closest bus stop

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Seljalandsfoss, Hella Iceland

    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!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Skogafoss, Skogar Iceland

    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.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, Vikurbraut 21 Gps 63°24.841'n 19°01.119'w, Vik 870 Iceland

    Continuing east, we head to Vík í Myrdal, the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland. With only 300 residents, Vík is a wonderful place to stop and is a popular sightseeing route along the South Coast for its convenience and beautiful surrounding landscapes. Looming over the beach are enormous basalt stacks that, along with the crashing waves of the North Atlantic and the panoramic views to the east and west make this area the most beautiful and unique beaches in the country from where you can see Reynisdrangar, the impressive rock formations with the shape of trolls situated near the shore of Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park Route 1, Jokulsarlon 781 Iceland

    The journey proceeds as we approach the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Formed by the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it is now 200 meters deep and stretches from the edge of the glacier’s current location and all the way to the Atlantic coastline. The lagoon itself is filled with icebergs that have fallen off the glacier’s edge and float around in the lagoon until they are small enough to pass through the shallow river from the lagoon to the ocean. While the magnificent coloured ice is the main attraction on site, the occasional seal popping its head up out of the water or resting on the icebergs makes the glacier lagoon totally unique.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Diamond Beach, Diamond Head Drive Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon, Jokulsarlon Iceland

    Just across the road from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon lies a beach containing clear ice rocks spread all over. The ice is the remains of the icebergs once floating in the lagoon itself, having run through the river to the ocean and been tossed onto the beach by the roaring Atlantic waves. This can only be compared to a magnificent piece of art. In the summertime, we can even observe it from a closer angle and get a nice view of the icebergs with the sun reflecting on the ice. During wintertime, this is when the Northern lights hunt begins.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated pick up locations in Reykjavík
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Wi-Fi and Icelandic Music
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 17 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We took the 14 hour Jewels of the South excursion and it was fabulous. Yes it is a long day but the scenery was spectacular. Our favorite was the glacier and glacier lagoon. So beautiful. But to be fair, all the stops were great. One...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank MKtravelers19
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    My friend and I took this long (14-hour) tour our second day in Iceland. We saw beautiful country, numerous waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beach, and the glacier lagoon (the main reason we took this long tour). Our friendly driver Almar was very informative and pointed...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank maryannk877
    Reviewed 16 June 2019

    The rating of 4 stars is an average of two tours: The first tour with Hinrick, I would rate 5 stars. This was a twelve hour tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Throughout the tour Hinrick gave a interesting commentary about the geology of the area....More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank martomsak
    Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

    Do not miss. Breathtaking scenery. The lagoon and the beach both fascinating. We spent all day travelling to and fro from Vik and it was 100% worth it.

    Thank DuncanS382
    Reviewed 14 October 2018

    I did this tour in mid-September and left it for the last day. It was the best tour I took for the 5 days I was in Iceland, and have to admit, was the most fulfilling, breathtaking, and interesting one! We had plenty of time...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    2  Thank CristinaG3420
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    Heather J
    1 January 2019|
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    Response from Robert C | Reviewed this property |
    Yes it does
    John R
    18 July 2018|
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    Response from Robert C | Reviewed this property |
    As I recall we did this as a two day tour , sleeping in a hotel near glacier lagoon on southeast part of Iceland
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