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South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik

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South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the natural wonder of Jökulsárlón glacier and lagoon during this full day trip from Reykjavik. See black sand beaches, visit the charming village of Vik, stop by Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, and take boat ride among the icebergs in Glacier Lagoon.
  • Full-day tour of Jökulsárlón and the Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik
  • Boat tour among the icebergs on Glacier Lagoon
  • Learn about the formation of the glacier and the glacial lagoon
  • Visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
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Boat ride
Driver/guide
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland

Tour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg, Þórunnartún 1 (64.144389,-21.910327)

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Be ready for early morning departure. Climb into a comfortable tour vehicle and depart the city, bound for the south shore of Iceland and the Glacier Lagoon. 

Once you arrive, take a boat ride among the icebergs. Learn about the formation of the lagoon and, which branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajokull glacier. 

Back on land, stop at two of the country's most impressive waterfalls on the way back to Reykjavik. Check out the 180-foot (60-meter) drop at Skógafoss and walk behind the falls at Seljalandsfoss. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss is a scenic waterfall which can also be walked behind.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Glacier Lagoon
This is our main stop of the day. You will be boarding a boat to get as close as possible to the icebergs.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fellsfjara
At our stop at the Glacier Lagoon are you also able to visit Diamond Bach since it is right next to the lagoon.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Reyniskirkja Church
On our stop in Vík will you be able to purchase some food and in bright conditions also see the most southern part of Iceland
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (sturdy shoes and rain- and wind-proof outdoor clothing recommended)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bustravel Iceland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Seljalandsfoss is amazing but definitely bring a rain coat because you will get wet walking behind it." See review
  • "First of many bus tours It is a long tour but the scenery makes up for it Lots of photo opportunities" See review
  • "Plenty of stops, and the lagoon is so beautiful it’s a must see" See review

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star-5
Amazing day
Paulina_P
, Sep 2021
Fantastic day. Although it was a 14 hour trip, the day went quickly. The scenery was great, the glacier lagoon and diamond beach were a fantastic experience. Our guide (from BusTravel Iceland )Matt was very knowledgeable and entertaining and the coach was very comfortable with recliner seats. We felt safe with Albert our excellent driver. I would definitely recommend this trip.
star-1
Guide was worthless.
Joe_P
, Sep 2021
The tour guide gave very little information at all. I'm not even talking about what we're driving through for hours I mean just saying when our next stop is, or his name, or pointing out things when we drive by. I'm not sure if the tour is designed for the guide to say nothing but that's what happened here.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Joe, Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback! We would like to have some more information about this, could you send us an email with your booking number? We want all our customers to have a wonderful experience on our tours, so we would love to get in contact with you to solve this. Thank you so much in advance!
star-3
Gorgeous surroundings, but be aware
MAria_G
, Sep 2021
The beauty of island and places we visited were awesome. However, in spite of charging for pick up we have not been picked up in the hotel and have been asked to go to the bus stop at the time of pick up. It would be reasonable if someone in advance emailed directions for pick up place or answered our message about the pick up place. We would also appreciate if the guide provided at least some information about the places we visited. His total talking time during 14 hour tour was probably no more than 15 minutes. Disappointed!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Maria, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us feedback. As mentioned online we offer pick up service from the official tour bus stops as well as certain hotels in central Reykjavik. This is due to traffic restrictions from the city. If a guest does not choose one of our available pick up locations we email our guests in advance to confirm the pick up location. Feel free to email us with your booking number so we can have a look into your case and get more information about your guide. We want all our customers to have a wonderful experience. Thank you very much in advance and we hope you enjoyed your time in Iceland!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent
Htel_M
, Sep 2021
Our driver was very friendly & sincere driver, I will recommend to others also, I am going to use aviator for my next vacation for Greece .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unforgettable day
Nina_S
, Sep 2021
I only had a very brief stopover in Iceland and this was an absolutely excellent way to spend a day — I feel like I got such a wealth of new impressions, and learned a ton too. Jökulsárlón is an incredible place to see (absolutely do the boat ride. We saw a seal too, sunbathing on an iceberg), as is the waterfall we visited along the way (there’s sort of a cave behind it and you can stand behind the waterfall — a bit of climbing over wet rocks involved, do bring solid shoes and waterproof clothes). It’s true that you spend a lot of time in the bus, but the views are mostly amazing, I actually really enjoyed this. Our friendly guide Palli shared interesting information not just about the immediate sights and surroundings but also some interesting background info about Iceland in general. He also knew when to stop talking and let us rest. Someone got lost at the first rest stop and the driver and guide did not rest until we successfully got that person back on board. We did recoup the lost time too by end of day (impressive); I suspect this is why the scenic stops and food breaks got a little bit shorter than I would have ideally liked, but I understand that scheduling must be tight on such a long drive. I’d absolutely recommend this tour.
star-4
Jökulsárlón is worth it
Jen
, Sep 2021
Please keep in mind that going to Jökulsárlón is quite far from Reykjavik. Hence majority part of the tour is mostly traveling. Due to this we were only able to stop at the Seljalandsfoss and only passed by the Skógafoss. Included also on this tour is the Reynisfjara however we were actually on the other side where you cannot see the basalt columns. Additionally during the time in Reynisfjara is also the time allotted for dinner that's why there won't be enough time to do both. Hence I still highly recommend to get a separate South Coast tour in order to enjoy the South Coast places more. This tour is much more concentrated on Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach which are both already awesome on their own. Lunch and dinner stops are sufficient. Of course if you are picky on food then better to pack your own as there are not much choices. Although the bus ride is long, reaching this place is really really worth it. I highly recommend on getting the boat tour as it was very informative and you will also get to see the glaciers up close.
star-5
Perfect one day tour
Viachaslau
, Sep 2021
Perfect your to see a lot of nice places - waterfall, glacier, lagoon and black sand beach. Be prepared that tour is 14 hours long. Comfortable bus. Nice people.
star-5
A perfect day in Iceland!
Wenyi_Z
, Sep 2021
Matt and Kal were amazing hosts for this tour. Matt was so knowledgable about Iceland and full of hilarious fun facts that kept us all going throughout the long day. We were able to fit so many sights and experiences into the day, without feeling rushed at any part. Matt was a great photographer as well, and pointed us towards all of the best photo op locations. Thank you for a great experience!!
star-5
Breathtaking views and the glaciers up close are even better
Jchan
, Sep 2021
This was the best tour that we are so glad that we booked. The guide, Simone was amazing. The whole experience was magnificent. Despite not so great weather, we loved our tour, even though it was a long day. We were given enough time to explore and take pictures of many scenic places like the waterfals, Diamond beach and then the Glacier Lagoon. This place is amazing, no matter what weather. If you are coming to Iceland, this tour is one I can recommend over all the others- a must do as it covers lot of ground. The bus is comfy and there are many stops planned for food, snacks and to stretch your legs. We had the most amazing fish and chips, at the glaciers, recommended by our guide. On the way back there were more stops including another Glacier, not known to many. Once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommended. Boat ride was a cherry on the cake.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Spectacular !!
CLELIA_K
, Aug 2021
Really nice landscape of the East of Iceland. The locations and especially the Glacier were awesome. Will recommend this excursion 100%.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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