Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in a Day


A smaller and more personal day tour to one of Iceland’s most spectacular sights: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Although we here at I Heart Reykjavík think it’s best to visit southeast Iceland in two days, sometimes you just have one day to do it. If that’s the case, then this tour is definitely for you.

On this tour you will see some of the highlights of the south coast but the main attraction is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. We like this tour because you get to visit one of Iceland’s most beautiful places on a smaller tour that doesn’t break the budget.


About this tour

You will be picked up from your hotel or guesthouse and driven out of town. This tour starts officially at Vík so if you’ve already visited the south coast (which we recommend you do) you could make up for the early pick up time with a little nap on the bus.

On this tour you will see Vík, Fjarðarárgljúfur, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Svínafellsjökull, Seljalandsfoss and the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. At the lagoon, you can do an optional Zodiac boat tour – depending on the season and your preferences.

Please note that the boat rides are not available during winter (beginning of October to end of April).

Doing this tour in winter

Fjaðrargljúfur canyon may not be accessible in winter conditions. But other extra stops will be made if the conditions and time will allow for it. Due to fewer daylight hours from November to February much of the driving to and from the sights will be in darkness, but the main sight of this tour – Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – will be visited during daylight.


Pickup locations

Pickup is only offered at approved pickup locations in and around the center of Reykjavík. When you book the tour, you will be asked to choose a pickup place from a list of these approved locations.

If you are staying in the suburbs of Reykjavík, or any of its neighboring towns (Kópavogur, Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður or Mosfellsbær) you will need to choose one of the approved pick-up places for your pickup and use public transportation to get there (buses or taxi). We recommend you choose the BSÍ bus station as your pickup location since it’s easy to reach with public transport.

Below is a map with the most common approved pickup locations for day tours out of Reykjavík. You’ll get the exact list to choose from once you hit Book.

The fine print


The cancellation policy for this tour is as follows:

  • Cancellations received more than 24 hours in advance: 90% refund is given
  • Cancellations received within 24 hours of departure: no refund is given

No Show

When a passenger is not present at the submitted pickup place at the beginning of the pickup time, the driver-guide is obliged to continue the pickup of other passengers and is allowed to start the tour without the missing passenger (in order to not delay the tour for the rest of the passengers). This is considered a “No Show” and no refund will  be provided.

This partner reserves all rights to delay, alter or cancel tours due to weather or any unsafe conditions for safety reasons.

See here our full terms and conditions.

Partner tours

This tour is a Partner Tour

What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.

We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.

Comments from previous guests

“Waterfalls, Jokulsarlon & more”

Had a great time on our trip up to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Andrés gave us an incredible amount of information, while also giving us every chance to stop and enjoy the sights along the way, including Eyjafjallajökull & the multiple waterfalls and other landmarks. Told us all about Katla, Hekla, Ingólfr Arnason & Leifur Eiríkssonn & so much more about the history (and present) of Iceland. Couldn't recommend enough, if you dislike large groups and enjoy amazing scenery & piles of information, go for these guys. Picked us up from the front door of our guesthouse as well.. Thanks Andrés!
David S
“Glacier Lagoon tour”

We had amazing day seeing the south coast and glacier lagoon. We also had a great view of the northern lights. Also, Gummy is an awesome guide/driver/storyteller/northern lights hunter! Best day of our trip to Iceland.
Remco P
Casticum / The Netherlands
“Superb trip with terrific guide”

The trip from Reykjavik to Glacier lagoon is almost 500 miles and 14 hours. Worth the money and worth the time. Spectacular scenery and worthy stops. Our guide Gummi even gave us an extra hour or so looking for the Northern lights (not part of the tour), and the result was fantastic sightings. This is a don't miss--far better than the Golden Circle if you can spare the time. The southern coast is a must see.

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