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Skaftafell National Park Tours

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Skaftafell National Park
Skaftafell National Park, which sprawls across the southern tip of the Vatnajokull glacier, is one of the most popular corners of the larger Vatnajokull National Park. Dominated by the Skaftafellsjökull glacier, Skaftafell offers 1,930 square miles (5,000 square kilometers) of rugged mountainous terrain and glacial tongues.

The Basics
Skaftafell National Park has no roads, so hiking, glacier hiking, and ice climbing are the main ways to get around. A vast network of trails are mapped out by the Skaftafell Visitor Center, which acts as an information center and exhibition space for the entire Vatnajokull National Park. Highlights of Skaftafell, which is dotted with active volcanoes, fast-flowing glacial rivers, and lava-sculpted peaks, include the dramatic Svartifoss waterfall, the scenic Morsárdalur valley, and the looming ice caps of nearby Oraefajokull, Iceland’s highest peak.

You have numerous options for visiting the park with a guided tour, whether you want to spend a day ice caving, ice hiking, or just stopping by for a photo opportunity. Tours typically leave from Reykjavik every day in summer, and many include visits to Skaftafell as part of a broader sightseeing tour that takes in other landmarks such as Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Skaftafell National Park is a must-visit for nature lovers. 
  • Tours may be canceled due to poor weather.
  • One of the best views can be found at Sjonarnipa, which is to the right of the crossroad before Svartifoss.
  • Due to safety issues, Icelandic tourism authorities advise attempting to hike on the glaciers only as part of a guided tour.

How to Get There
Skaftafell is about 185 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Reykjavik and is easy to reach by simply driving along the Ring Road (Route 1). During summer, public buses can also take you there, or you can skip the hassle by booking a tour that includes round-trip transportation. 

When to Get There
Although it is possible to visit Skaftafell in winter, bear in mind that Iceland experiences only a few hours of daylight in the winter months, and walking in the wild in utter darkness can be very unpleasant. Much better, then, to visit at the height of summer, when it stays light until late at night, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the natural wonders.

Ingolfshofdi Cape
Often missed by visitors, Ingolfshofdi Cape is an isolated cliff on the coast that’s home to thousands of nesting seabirds in the summer, including puffins and great skuas. It does take a little effort to get there—you’ll need to ask one of the local families for a tractor ride there (for a small fee). The drive takes about 25 minutes each way.
Address: Skaftafell Visitor Centre, Öræfi 785, Iceland
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36 Tours and Activities to Experience Skaftafell National Park

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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover southern Iceland and take a cruise on the ice-strewn Jokulsarlon Lagoon on this scenic day trip from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, trace Iceland’s spectacular south coast, a canvas of towering mountains, waterfalls, and glacial rivers. Visit the Skogafoss waterfall, view the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell, and learn about the area's geology and then go behind the cascading water at Seljalandfoss waterfall.
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  • 14 hours
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$158.13
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5-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park

5-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park

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Trek deep into the Skaftafell National Park and marvel at Iceland’s beauty on this adventurous 5-hour glacier hike. Travel by bus into the Skaftafell National Park as a guide sheds light on the region’s geology. Pull on your hiking gear and head along rugged trails to the tongue of the Virkisjökull Glacier — widely considered the park’s most impressive feature. Along the way, discover the crevasses, ice caves and waterfalls for which the region is famous and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.81
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7-Hour Glacier Hike and Ice Climbing Experience in Skaftafell National Park

7-Hour Glacier Hike and Ice Climbing Experience in Skaftafell National Park

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Tackle Iceland’s rugged landscape on this all-day guided glacier hike and ice-climbing experience in Skaftafell National Park. At the Falljökull glacier, learn how to use the climbing equipment before heading out onto the ice, making your way up the icefall. This small-group tour allows for plenty of time to practice your ice-climbing skills.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$290.95
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$290.95

2 Day Ice Cave & South Coast: Glacier hike, Jokulsarlon lagoon & Northern Lights

2 Day Ice Cave & South Coast: Glacier hike, Jokulsarlon lagoon & Northern Lights

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Get out of Reykjavik for an exciting 2-day excursion to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, one of Iceland’s top attractions due to its stunning beauty. Explore the south coast of Iceland with a professional guide. Hike among waterfalls, walk on black sand beaches, experience the mysterious blue caves, learn to cross Iceland’s largest glacier, and even get a chance to hunt the elusive Northern Lights. This adventure will not soon be forgotten.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$416.45
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2-Day Tour: Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon, Black Beach, and Waterfalls

2-Day Tour: Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon, Black Beach, and Waterfalls

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Leave the travel planning and driving to the experts on this 2-day tour of Iceland's south coast. On day one, leaving from Reykjavik, travel to the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss and the black-sand beach of Rejnisfjara. The next day, head into the Icelandic highlands in a Super Jeep to explore the blue ice caves of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Overnight accommodation and breakfast is included.
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  • 2 days
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$419.00
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6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

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Take the full circle road around Iceland to see its top attractions on this 6-day tour from Reykjavik. Check out the Golden Circle, view the south coast’s black sands and basalt cliffs; explore the eastern fjords, Akureyri, and Lake Myvatn; and enjoy adventures including a glacier walk at Skaftafell, hiking, and a whale watching cruise. Limited to a maximum of 15 people, the tour includes five nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, air-conditioned transport, and more.
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  • 6 days
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$1,948.09
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3-Day Tour: Golden Circle, Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon, and Waterfalls

3-Day Tour: Golden Circle, Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon, and Waterfalls

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Leave the driving and travel planning to the experts on this 3-day tour around Iceland's south coast and Golden Circle. Enjoy an unrushed experience that allows plenty of time to soak in the sights and atmosphere of a wild landscape filled with glaciers, lava fields, hot springs, volcanoes, waterfalls, and geysers before finishing with an ice cave exploring adventure at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
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  • 3 days
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$649.00
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 4 Day Blue Ice Cave, South Coast, Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes & Northern Lights

4 Day Blue Ice Cave, South Coast, Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes & Northern Lights

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Discover the natural wonders of Iceland on this epic tour, taking in all the highlights of southern Iceland. Explore the wild landscapes and fishing villages of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula; take in the highlights of the Golden Circle route; and stop at South Coast sites including Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Diamond Beach. Along the way, enjoy a glacier hike in the Skaftafell National Park and visit an ice cave.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$816.00
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$816.00
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3 day Blue Ice Cave, South Coast, Golden Circle and Northern Lights

3 day Blue Ice Cave, South Coast, Golden Circle and Northern Lights

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In this tour, you’ll get the chance to see the famous Geysir and the geothermal area, Gullfoss the powerful waterfall, Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle. You’ll also be taken to with our local favorites to visit a traditional diary farm where you’ll try ice cream, free of charge. On the second and third day, you’ll be taken to the famous South Coast. Along the shore, you’ll get to see the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, our stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón in Vatnajökull National Park, where you’ll also get the change to explore Europe’s largest glacier and enter a blue ice cave in it. If nature allows, even the magnificent Northern Lights.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$642.18
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2 Day South Coast waterfalls, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Glacier Hike

2 Day South Coast waterfalls, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Glacier Hike

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Explore Iceland’s spectacular south coast on a 2-day tour with overnight accommodation that takes in the beaches, mountains, and wildlife of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. You’ll hike on a glacier, check out a plane wreck on a striking black sand beach, and visit the Jökulsárlón Lagoon, where icebergs and seals bob in clear glacier water. Along the way, you’ll travel with a small group of like-minded travelers and a guide for an intimate and personalized tour.
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  • 2 days
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$415.24
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8 Day Minibus Winter Tour | Around Iceland Small Group

8 Day Minibus Winter Tour | Around Iceland Small Group

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This 8-day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will see the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After exploring the Eastfjords, Lake Mývatn awaits with its unique surroundings, you will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head to West Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula and find some hidden gems and locations to experience, such as Kirkjufell mountain, lava pillars, a white beach and waterfalls. While you enjoy this versatile tour you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special, such as horse riding, hiking, and exploring ice caves.
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  • 8 days
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$1,618.72
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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik

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Take in the incredible natural scenery at Jökulsárlón, Europe's largest glacial lake, on this 14-hour private eco-tour from Reykjavik. With your guide, pass Skaftafell National Park, then visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Þorvaldseyri Volcano Museum. Once at Jökulsárlón, watch huge icebergs calve off Vatnajokull and opt to book a boat ride on the lake. During the return trip to Reykjavik, visit Skógafoss waterfall and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this private tour that includes round-trip transportation from Reykjavik.
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  • 13 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$856.38
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6 Day Minibus Winter Tour | Around Iceland Small Group

6 Day Minibus Winter Tour | Around Iceland Small Group

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This 6-day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will see the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After exploring the Eastfjords, Lake Mývatn awaits with its unique surroundings, you will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head down south to the capital. While you enjoy this versatile tour you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special, such as horse riding, hiking, and exploring ice caves. The nights are a perfect opportunity to search for the breathtaking aurora, in the starry night sky.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,255.38
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$1,255.38
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(Private tour) 4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes

(Private tour) 4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes

In this tour, you’ll get the chance to see the beautiful Western Iceland. There, you’ll explore the hidden gem of the West, the peninsula of Snæfellsnes. It is characterized by magnificent and picturesque sites: glacial-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, coastal cliffs topped off by the volcanic glacier Snæfellsjökull and the Center of the Earth. On the second day, you’ll be taken to the famous Geysir and the geothermal area, Gullfoss the powerful waterfall, Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle. You’ll also be taken to with our local favorites to visit a traditional diary farm. On the third and forth day, you’ll be taken to the famous South Coast. Along the shore, you’ll get to see the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, our stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón in Vatnajökull National Park, where you’ll also get the change to explore Europe’s largest glacier.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$4,313.78
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4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes (with bonus itinerary)

4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes (with bonus itinerary)

In this tour, you’ll get the chance to see the beautiful Western Iceland. There, you’ll explore the hidden gem of the West, the peninsula of Snæfellsnes. It is characterized by magnificent and picturesque sites: glacial-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, coastal cliffs topped off by the volcanic glacier Snæfellsjökull and the Center of the Earth. On the second day, you’ll be taken to the famous Geysir and the geothermal area, Gullfoss the powerful waterfall, Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle. You’ll also be taken to with our local favorites to visit a traditional diary farm. On the third and forth day, you’ll be taken to the famous South Coast. Along the shore, you’ll get to see the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, our stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón in Vatnajökull National Park, where you’ll also get the change to explore Europe’s largest glacier.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,106.00
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$1,106.00
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Small-Group Jokulsarlon Day Trip from Reykjavik

Small-Group Jokulsarlon Day Trip from Reykjavik

Head to Iceland's southern shore to visit Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon, on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Along the way, you'll also see other natural attractions such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and Skaftafell National Park. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 11 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$417.66
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$417.66
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2 Days Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave with Northern Lights

2 Days Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave with Northern Lights

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Travel the entire south coast of Iceland with Hidden Iceland over two adventure filled days! Take in the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, as well as the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Hike along the ridges of Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon before coming to our accommodation for the night. There’s a chance you’ll see the northern lights dancing across the sky. We start the next day at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where the giant ice bergs float around and wash up on Diamond Beach. From here we meet up with our friends from Local Guide to embark on our Ice Cave Discovery adventure. We travel in their specialised super jeeps to get closer to the glacier. You'll get up close and personal to the astonishingly beautiful ice formations of an outlet glacier of the enormous Vatnajökull Icecap. The textures, light and colours will leave you in awe!
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$507.00
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$507.00
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Private Glacier Lagoon day tour

Private Glacier Lagoon day tour

Our Glacier Lagoon - Jökulsárlón private tour allows you to experience the magnificent south coast of Iceland in a private vehicle with your own driver-guide. The tour starts with a pickup at your accommodation in the greater metropolitan area of Reykjavik. From there we head east towards the southern coastline which is renowned for various nature attractions and interesting exhibits. Charming villages, magnificent waterfalls, Skaftafell National Park and the renowned Glacier Lagoon await you!
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,950.94
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$1,950.94
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Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Iceland: Private Tour from Reykjavik

Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Iceland: Private Tour from Reykjavik

Make the most of your time in Iceland with a full-day, private 4x4 tour that explores the best of the South Coast’s stunning natural landscapes and scenery. Slip behind a powerful glacial waterfall where Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss tumble from a high cliff, then continue through an otherworldly rock desert to the ocean. Walk black sand beaches pounded by North Atlantic waves and wind, visit the volcanic park that shelters Iceland’s highest peak and see a glacial lagoon dotted with blue icebergs before returning to Reykjavík.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,319.60
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5 Day Blue Ice Cave, Snæfellsnes, Golden Circle & South Coast Tour

5 Day Blue Ice Cave, Snæfellsnes, Golden Circle & South Coast Tour

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Come on a 5-day excursion with us to explore the most famous locations in the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes, Borgarfjörður and the South Coast. See our stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, Europe's largest glacier and travel in a super jeep to a blue ice cave in it, and if nature allows, even the magnificent Northern Lights.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,134.67
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$1,134.67
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South Coast & Jökulsárlón / guided private tour

South Coast & Jökulsárlón / guided private tour

Located on the border of the Vatnajökull National Park, the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon ranks among southern Iceland’s most impressive natural features. During this private tour, reach the remote lagoon with ease—with pickup and drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel included. Visit nearby sites of interest such as Skógarfoss waterfall, and stop to admire the scenery at southern Iceland’s black-sand beaches and glacial riverbanks.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,892.21
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$1,892.21
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Northern Lights Hunt and Glacier Lagoon

Northern Lights Hunt and Glacier Lagoon

This tour will take you to some of the most magnificent spots in the country; in addition to that, we will also hunt for the amazing Northern Lights. Highlights include the famous Geysir hot spring area, beautiful waterfalls, the unique Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and much more. The tour is designed to maximise your chances of witnessing the breathtaking Northern Lights. However, despite our long experience in leading groups, please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is very hard to predict, hence sightings cannot be guaranteed.
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  • 5 days
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$881.18
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$881.18
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7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour - Explore the Circle of Iceland

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour - Explore the Circle of Iceland

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Explore the highlights of the Circle of Iceland on this comprehensive Ring Road Tour. You’ll save hours shortlisting top things to do in Iceland, by having an action-packed itinerary organized for you instead. Enjoy the convenience of having accommodation, breakfast, transfers, and multiple activities included. You’ll see a lot in a week, and highlights include Skogafoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn, a Whale Watching Tour, Godafoss Waterfall, and the Green Lagoon.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,344.87
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$2,344.87
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Glaciers and Aurora: Around Iceland in Winter

Glaciers and Aurora: Around Iceland in Winter

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Explore Iceland’s ring road on an intimate small group tour. Maximize your chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, and experience Icelandic winter landscapes. Join a 9-night journey through the countryside, from the South Coast to Goðafoss waterfall in the North and around the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Explore villages, glaciers, lava formations, and waterfalls for full immersion in this mysterious landscape. Enjoy 9 nights’ accommodation at local farms, ensuring you meet local people and animals and eat authentic cuisine.
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  • 10 days
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$3,784.42
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