Exploring the picturesque
lagoon with it’s
See the course of nature
take place with your own eyes.
Jökulsárlón and the South Coast – Super Jeep Day Tour
This tour is also available in 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 day version
Our day starts by picking you up in my Super Jeep Pickup Truck from your hotel or place of your stay in Reykjavík / Reykjanesk at 07:00.
As we head out to the south shore enjoy seeing the settlements spaced out along the ring road and the large sheep, dairy and horse farms along the way. If the weather conditions are good we will be view Hekla, the volcanic islands of the Vestmann Islands just off the south coast. you will see from the distance Iceland’s most famous volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajokull that erupted in the summer 2010 and other beautiful waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss.
Our first stop is at Skógarfoss: Skógafoss is a waterfall situated in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland. The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable.
After a short drive we come to Reynisdrangar:
Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village Vík í Mýrdal, southern Iceland. Legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became needles of rock In the summer you will see baby Puffins on the cliffs here Under this same mountain is a Black sand beach of Reynisfjara with columnar basalt formations and ocean carved cave called Hálsanefshellir.
From Reynisdrangar we will go to the small village Vík:
The village of Vík (or Vík í Mýrdal in full) is the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the main ring road around the island, around 180 km (110 mi) by road SSE of Reykjavík.
Despite its small size (291 inhabitants as of January 2011) it is the largest settlement for some 70 km (43 mi) around and is an important staging post, thus it is indicated on road signs from a long distance away. It is an important service center for the inhabitants and visitors to the coastal strip between Skógar and the west edge of the Mýrdalssandur glacial outwash plain.
In 1991, the American journal Islands Magazine counted this beach as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth. Its stretch of black basalt sand is one of the wettest places in Iceland. The cliffs west of the beach are home to many seabirds, most notably puffins which burrow into the shallow soils during the nesting season. Offshore lie fingers of basalt rock (stacks) remnants of a once more extensive cliffline Reynisfjall now battered by the sea. There is no landmass between here and Antarctica and the Atlantic rollers can attack with full force. Folklore tells us that they are former trolls who tried to drag their boats out to sea only to be caught by the rising dawn. The sea around them is rather wild and stormy, so travelers will not be surprised to discover a monument to the memory of drowned seamen on the beach.
The village was affected by volcanic ash during the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull
Our final destination – Jökulsárlón (Jokulsarlon – Glacier Lagoon)
Before we reach there we drive past Oraefajokull glacier, the home of Hvannadalshnjukur, island’s highest peak, at 2119 metres,
Jökulsárlón-Glacier lagoon is one of Icelands most visited places with good reason.
It is a pure natural art and a spectacular sight. At Jökulsárlón you can take an optional boat tour amongst icebergs of all shapes and sizes and/or go for a walk on the black sand shores. This is a thrilling environment that is constantly changing as the massive glacier tongue retreats. Icebergs of all shapes, sizes and in many hues of blue, turquoise and white, break off from the glacier and float in the lagoon. You will have time to walk the shores of the lagoon and you will probably be very busy with your camera, photographing this amazing place.
After our stop at Jökulsárlón our next destanation is Svínafellsjökull
Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier and the scenery and views are simply stunning.To get here we go off the Ring Road then drive few kilometers on gravel road.
Our last destination is Seljalandsfoss (Waterfall):
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6.
Seljalandsfoss is situated in between Selfoss and Skógafoss at the road crossing of Route 1 (the Ring Road) with the track going intoÞórsmörk.
This waterfall of the riverSeljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall.
You can walk behind this waterfall in mild weather, so take your raincoat with you.
After a full day it is now time to return to Reykjavik, taking with us beautiful images and memories from Jökulsárlón and the south coast of Iceland, a place that you most likely will visit again one day
If you want to stop on the way to take pictures. Then we stop with a smile.
Prices are per tour not per person – up to 3 passengers.
Please note we don’t provide extra passengers to fill up the 3 passenger quote, the tour is private to your group. If more than 3 passengers contact us for quote.
In Reykjavík / Reykjanes from hotel or guesthouse around 7:00
Meals, Entrance fees
Lunch can be bought on the way.
12 – 14 hours.
All dates all year round
Short, easy walks on the sites visited. Recommended to dress warm because the weather in Iceland can change in the matter of minutes.
The itinerary is subject to weather and road conditions. The boat tour is optional and is therefore not included in the price.