Small-group Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) Day Trip from Reykjavík

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From $211.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 14 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Feast your senses on the frozen majesty of Iceland’s Glacier Lagoon on an enchanting full-day excursion from Reykjavik. With an expert guide, travel to the charming village of Vik to marvel at the area’s spectacular rock formations and black sand beaches, and admire breath-taking volcanic landscapes as you approach the legendary Glacier Lagoon before returning back to Reykjavik.
  • Full-day trip to Iceland's magnificent Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik
  • See the spectacular rock formations of Vik and the dramatic Fjadrargljufur canyon
  • See the floating icebergs of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Admire the beauty of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall

What's Included

  • Professional Local Driver-guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated bus stops & hotels
  • Small-group tour (tour operated exclusively on minibuses)
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

07:30 AM

Pickup details

If you have not found your hotel in the drop-down menu, then it is most likely located in the restricted area where we aren't allowed to drive. Please find your hotel below and meet us at it's designated bus stop. Thank you for understanding. PLEASE NOTE: These bus stops for tour buses are not the same as the bus stops for city buses. The tour bus stops have a blue pillar with pink bus sign at the top and the number and name of the bus stop. The city bus stops have a yellow "S" in a red circle (S as Strætó - city bus). Please do not wait at the city bus stops! Once you submit/confirm with us a specific bus stop, please meet us exactly at that bus stop and not any other.   ___________________________ Bus stop 1 – Ráðhúsið – City Hall: - Chez Monique - Embassy Luxury Apartments - Hotel Reykjavík Centrum - Kvosin Hotel - 3 Sisters Guesthouse - Central Apartments - Centerhotel Plaza - City Center Hotel - Gallery Central Guesthouse - Guesthouse Álfhóll - Guesthouse Butterfly - Hotel Hilda - Hotel Metropolitan - House Of Spirits - Konsulat Hotel - Ocean Comfort Apartments - Lighthouse Apartments - Planet Apartments - Reykjavik Downtown Hostel - Ambassade Apartments - Castle House Luxury Apartments - Central Guesthouse - Luna Hotel Apartments – Laufásvegi 6 - Luna Hotel Apartments – Spítalastígur 1 ___________________________ Bus stop 3 – Lækjargata (in front of Hard Rock Café): - 1912 Guesthouse - Apotek Hotel - Centric Guesthouse - Hotel Borg - Konsulat Hotel Curio - Radisson Blu Hotel 1919   ___________________________ Bus Stop 4 - Miðbakki: - Exeter hotel - Black Pearl ___________________________ Bus stop 6 – Safnahúsið – The Culture House (corner of Ingolfsstraeti and Hverfisgata: - 101 Hótel - Apartment K – Hverfisgata 14 - Apartment K – Ingólfsstræti 1a - Apartment K – Skólastræti 1 - Apartment K – Þingholtsstræti 2-4 - Centerhotel Þingholt - Centerhotel Arnarhvoll - Loft Hostel - Luna Hotel Apartments – Amtmannsstígur 5 ___________________________ Bus stop 8 – Hallgrímskirkja: - Eric The Red Guesthouse - Forsæla Apartments - Gest Inn - Guesthouse Aurora - Hostel B47 - Hotel Leifur Eiríksson - Hotel Óðinsvé - Inga’s New Guest Apartments - Loki 101 Guesthouse - Mengi Apartments - Our House Guesthouse - SUNNA Guesthouse - Villa Guesthouse ___________________________ Bus stop 9 – Snorrabraut: - 100 Iceland Hotel - 101 Guesthouse - 4th Floor Hotel - Alda Hotel Reykjavik - Alfred’s Apartments - Alfred’s Studios - Apartment K – Laugavegur 74 - Apartment K – Laugavegur 85-86 - City Comfort Apartments - Guesthouse Von - Heida’s Home - Hlemmur Apartments - Hlemmur Square - OK Hotel - Reykjavik4you Apartments – Laugavegi 85 - Aurora Apartments, Hverfisgata 78 - Skuggi hotel - Grettisborg Apartments - Guesthouse Reykjavik 101 - Guesthouse Snorri - Reykjavik Hostel Village - Stay Apartments Grettisgata ___________________________ Bus stop 12 – Höfðatorg (in front of Fosshotel Reyjavik): - Storm Hotel - Fosshótel Reykjavík - Tower Suites ___________________________ Bus stop 13 – Rauðarástígur (in front of Centerhotel Miðgarður): - Centerhotel Miðgarður ___________________________ Bus stop 14 - Skúlagata (corner of Skúlagata/Klappastígur) - 101 Skuggi Guesthouse - 41 – A Townhouse Hotel - Apartment 37 - Apartment K – Bergstaðastræti 3 - Apartment K – Bergstaðastræti 12 - Apartment K – Hvergisgata 37 - Apartment K – Laugavegur 46 - Apartment K – Lindargata 60 - Apartments Aurora - Black Tower - Canopy Reykjavík | City Centre - Centerhotel Klöpp - Centerhotel Skjaldbreið - Domus Guesthouse - Guesthouse Óðinn - Guesthouse Thor - Guesthouse Turninn - Gray Tower - Hótel Frón - Ísland Apartments - Ion City Hotel - Old Charm Reykjavik Apartments - Reykjavik Residence Hotel - Reykjavik Residence Suites - Room With A View - Rey Apartments - Reykjavik4you Apartments – Bergstaðastræti 12 - Sandhotel - The Swan House Reykjavik Apartments ___________________________ BSÍ: - 27Soley - Hótel Holt - Guesthouse Anna - Guesthouse Baldursbrá – Laufásvegur 41 - Guesthouse Baldursbrá – Tjarnargata 46 - Guesthouse Galtafell - Guesthouse Lena - Travel Inn ___________________________ Direct pickup is offered from: 22 Hill Hotel - Brautarholt 22-24 Arctic Comfort Hótel - Síðumúli 19 B14 Hostel - Faxafen 11 BB 44 Guesthouse - Nýbýlavegur 16 Bike Cave - Einarsnes 36 Brim Hotel - Skipholt 27 Bus Hostel - Skógarhlíð 10 Cabin Hótel - Borgartún 32 Capital Inn - Suðurhlíð 35d Circle Hostel - Hringbraut 121 City Park Hotel - Ármúli 5 Downtown Reykjavik Apartments - Rauðarárstígur 31 Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel - Brautarholt 10-14 Fosshótel Barón - Barónstígur 2-4 Fosshótel Lind - Rauðarárstígur 18 Fosshótel Rauðará - Rauðarárstígur 37 Galaxy Pod Hostel - Laugavegur 172 Garðs Apótek, Sogavegur 108 Glæsibær bus stop Grand Hótel Reykjavík - Sigtún 38 Grímur Hotel - Efstaland 26 Guesthouse Pávi - Brautarholt 4 Harbor - Miðbakki Harbor - Skarfabakki Harbor - Sundabakki Hilton Reykjavík Nordica - Suðurlandsbraut 2 Hótel Ísland - Ármúli 9 Hótel Lotus - Álftamýri 7 Hótel Örkin - Brautarholt 29 Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina Icelandair Hótel Reykjavík Natura Kerno Apartments - Hringbraut 79 KEX Hostel - Skúlagata 28 Klettur Hótel - Mjölnisholt 12-14 Kringlan shopping mall (Orkan gas station on Miklabraut) Lækur Hostel - Laugarnesvegur 74a Mjódd bus station N1 gas station- Ægisiða 102 Northern Comfort Apartments - Skipholti 15 Norðurey Hotel City Garden - Hrísateigur 14 Oddsson Hotel - Grensásvegur 16a Radisson Blu Hótel Saga REKinn - Skipholt 15 Reykjavik City Hostel - Sundlaugavegur 34 Reykjavik Domestic Airport (Reykjavíkurflugvöllur) - Þorragata 10 Reykjavik Lights Hotel - Suðurlandsbraut 12 Skeljungur gas station - Kleppsvegur 104 Stay Apartments Bolholt - Bolholt 6 Stay Apartments Einholt - Einholt 2 Summerday Guesthouse - Grensásvegur 24 ________________________________________ Direct pickup (other) NOTE: The pickup time might vary. Please get in touch with Gateway to Iceland for the exact time. Blue House B&B Iceland - Valhúsabraut 19, Seltjarnarnes Eiðistorg square, Seltjarnarnes First Hotel - Hlíðasmári 5, Kópavogur Hamraborg square, Kópavogur Hotel Laxnes - Haholt 7, Mosfellsbær Hotel Smári - Hlíðasmári 13, Kópavogur Hotel Vellir - Tjarnarvellir 3, Hafnarfjörður Hotel Viking - Strandgata, Hafnarfjörður Norðurey Hotel Reykjavik Road - Reykjavikurvegur 72, Hafnarfjörður

What To Expect

Glacier Lagoon

1 hour Admission Ticket Free


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Sturdy, warm, waterproof shoes, as well as warm rain and windproof outdoor clothing, is recommended. For the best comfort, we recommend bringing mittens and a hat even during the summer season.
  • Please note: due to the driving restrictions in Reykjavík, we cannot guarantee a hotel pickup from all hotels. In case your hotel is located in the restricted area, we will ask you to meet us at a designated bus stop, which is never more than few minutes walking distance.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The tour operates with minimum 4 adult participants.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

This is a long day but so worthwhile and scenic.
Do both if you have time, just plan an easy day after this trip.
Super long day (didn’t get back to hotel till11) but SO WORTH IT.
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Sights beyond belief
Malcolm_L, Mar 2023
The whole trip of some 16 hours was a truly outstanding experience. The guide/driver owner "Gummy" related to us information regarding each sight we visited and advised us of the culture and heritage of the Icelandic people. Cannot recommend this company too much. Would book every excursion with them again.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review We really appreciate it. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Gummi he is a great guide Hope to see you again
Forget about making a dinner reservation…
Robert_H, Feb 2023
If there’s one trip you should do whilst in Iceland it’s this one. I would have no hesitation to recommend the tour company ‘Gateway to Iceland’ - both the office staff and the tour guide were exceptional. It’s a long day - under normal circumstances you’d be out for over 12 hours hence the title of this review (ours was 18 but did include a coach breakdown which I have to say was handled as effectively as possible given we broke down 4 1/2 hours drive from Reykjavik literally in the middle of nowhere). We were picked up early (7:30am) by ‘Gummi’ not his real name purely a nickname but much easier to remember and pronounce than his true Icelandic name (yes less that 24 hours later I can’t remember it let alone pronounce it!) He was an excellent host - along the trip we were introduced to facts and fables of both modern and old Norse Iceland. His knowledge was vast and personal anecdotes added to the facts and figures discussed with the group. We first stopped at Skogafoss where we got very wet (self inflicted by taking photos next to such a fabulous waterfall). Probably through experience Gummi managed to get us there before the tour buses meaning we had the place almost to ourselves. From there we travelled to Vik where we had the opportunity to see the Black Sand Beach as well as the Troll Rocks. This also was an opportunity to grab some very tasty food in the well appointed cafe/ supermarket/gift shop complex. From there we travelled to Glacier Lagoon stopping on the way for comfort breaks as well as photo opportunities that presented themselves. Throughout the journey Gummi described the history of the particular area we were travelling through as well as pointing out the various volcanoes, lava flows and glaciers that had transformed the landscape over time. Glacier Lagoon was mainly frozen over so no chance of seeing ice carving from the glacier but there were a few large bergs in the water and the scenery surrounding the glacier lake was absolutely fabulous. On the lake were Eider Ducks and my wife also spotted a seal (although it did apparently look a bit like a Labrador has just popped it’s head above water) Next was the short hop down to ‘Diamond Beach’ - again due to the season there wasn’t many large bergs on the beach but there were still ample ‘instagramable opportunities’ We then started our journey back towards Reykjavik - after passing a minor road collision between a couple of cars (the road was covered in ice and snow) I commented what a place to have an accident or breakdown being so far from help. Little was I to know that we too were shortly to experience the trauma of being so far from ‘civilisation’. I won’t bore you with the detail but suffice to say we all got back safely albeit circa four hours after the time we believed we’d be back at our hotel. Unforeseen delay aside I have to say that this is one of the best value tours I have taken both in time, sights and commentary and highly suggest it is one you consider if you want to see and experience the real Iceland . Everyone has their own personal preferences but for me this means to see nature at its finest not simply go to the self proclaimed wonder of Iceland that is the Blue Lagoon for a hot bath. Thanks again to Gummi and all the staff for helping my wife and I have a memorable tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for writing such a detailed and heartfelt review, everyone at GTIce is truly grateful for your kind words and Gummi (Guðmundur) is a fantastic guide, a font of knowledge and always handles any situation in a calm, professional manner. It is rare for a bus to break down but I'm glad you appreciated everything Gummi did to make sure everyone got back safely and as quickly as possible. It is so nice to read such praise for our tour and you and your wife would be welcomed back any time. We hope you had an enjoyable stay in Iceland.
Valentina_F, Dec 2022
Wonderful esperience! It has been fantastic see the landscapes. It was so cold! People and guide were very Kind. I enjoy a lot the trip!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review. Yes, it was cold, but we are happy you were able to enjoy it.
Sights to take your breath away
Lydia_D, Jun 2022
The Glacier Lagoon was spectacular! A 'wow' moment I will remember forever. The day was very long due to the distance of the lagoon from Reykjavik where we were staying. It was advertised as a 14 hour trip but was in fact 16 hours. We had several other stops to waterfalls, an ancient church and glacial lakes. Lots of interesting facts and stories from our expert guide. A truly magical trip.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your wonderful reply. We are delighted that this tour was magical for you. We are very happy to create wonderful memories for you. Thank you again for the guide.
Just do it! Take this tour - you won’t regret!
Tonica_R, Dec 2021
Very best tour of our trip to Iceland!! Made our trip worthwhile! The small group was ideal and absolutely worth the money! It was a value and our guide / owner was so knowledgeable and unplanned stopped twice back to Rejkavik to see the Northern Lights - not even part of all our stop- dining was delightful. It was a 15 hour day and there were lots of stops along the way short bathroom breaks and long breathtaking opportunities. Again this day was the best of our entire trip - made it for us!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the sites and the bonus stops on the long tour. We hope the rest of your travels in Iceland are just as great!
Best tour of the trip!
Olga_P, Jun 2021
Amazing trip!! Ian was a perfect tour guide - showed us a bunch of secret spots, had perfect recommendations, and when diamond beach had no diamonds found another secret lagoon for us. Super long day (didn’t get back to hotel till11) but SO WORTH IT.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Hello Olga, Thank you for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed the tour. We wish you well. I´ll pass this on to Ian.
Amazing day out
Alina O, Dec 2019
Do yourself a favor and book this trip to the Glacier Lagoon! The trip was amazing and very well organized. Stefan the guide was very professional, knowledgeable and communicative. We had to drive back to the capital in extreme conditions and Stefan has done an amazing job driving. The Gateway to Iceland is one of the two the best travel companies we used in Iceland. We will definitely use their services in the future when we will be back to the land of fire and ice! Thank you a lot!
The BEST Iceland Tour to the South Coast !!
julie_h, Nov 2019
This was a long 14 hour day, but the time flew by as our amazing tour guide Gummi drove us and regaled us with fascinating stories, he was incredibly knowledgeable. The tour itself was everything it advertises to be plus much more, dont be put off by the ling day as we stopped frequently for refreshments and bathroom breaks and to see extra things not on the itinerary. The Glacier Lagoon was stunning!! We had the opportunity to do the boat ride, unusual for this time of year, but it was quite expensive and extremely cold and snowy so we decided not to go on the boat. This was the only tour we found that went to the Canyon & the little church, both beautiful in their own way and well worth the visit. If you only book 1 tour in Iceland, book this one, you wont regret it !!
Long tour but worth it, even in pelting sleet
Aimee_T, Oct 2019
We had booked other day tours and this was the second out of the three. It was the BEST tour, especially in regards to our wonderful guide, Ian. He kept a 14-hour tour in bad weather, upbeat and entertaining with many stories and historical facts about Iceland. Our last tour during our vacation was with another company and I kept saying about that guide "He's no Ian". The stops are great, my only complaint is that the one stop I was most excited about - the waterfall you can walk behind - was our last one of the night. In the dark. In the rain. Now, no one can control the weather, but I was surprised we didn't see this one earlier in the day. But I trust Ian had his reasons. Diamond Beach is impressive, Glacier Lagoon is cool.The canyon is AMAZING. Do this tour. You won't regret it. I will hope for you that you have better weather. You will stop at places for food and snacks, which was great as we weren't sure what to expect. We had winds, rain, and sleet that were shuffling our shuttle all over the road, but my new super hero, Ian, did a great job navigating it all. He kept us safe, and I will tell you that I was scared at many points because the wind was vicious. You will get back to your hotel around 11PM. Overall it's a great day!
Best marathon day ever
William_P, Jun 2019
Ian picked us up at 7:30 am and dropped us at our hotel at 11:30 p.m. He willingly gave the group as much time as we agreed that we wanted at the big stops and squeezed in places that were not on the itinerary. It was an unbelievable trip and we learned so much about the formation of the terrain as we rode along. Nothing else we saw in four days compared to the Glacier Lagoon. Such a very different trip from the Golden Circle. Do both if you have time...just plan an easy day after this trip. Hopefully you'll get to travel with Ian!
Gummi Rocks the house.
Philip T, Jun 2019
Our tour guide Gummi, was absolutely the best tour guide I have ever toured with. The sights were awesome and the information he provided along the way taught me more about Iceland in 14 hours than I knew from reading or from a previous trip 7 years ago.
lynsk, Sep 2018
This is a long day but so worthwhile and scenic. Lots of stops along the way at waterfalls, canyons and interesting black sand beaches. The zodiac at the glacier lagoon takes you close to the glacier and then around the icebergs in the lagoon, which also has lots of seals! And then a stop at Diamond Beach across the way. Just beautiful! The bus has free Wifi and USB outlets for charging - bring a cord. It makes frequent bathroom and lunch stops. Time flies.
The galicer lagoon is amazing, it is...
Lily Liu, Oct 2017
The galicer lagoon is amazing, it is shame that we do not have enough time to take the boat ride. I wish the tour guide could give us 15mins more so we can go for the boat ride.
Highlight of our trip to Iceland...
Laurie M, Oct 2017
Highlight of our trip to Iceland. Possibly highlight of all my travels. Just beautiful and amazing to ride one of the zodiac boats around the lagoon, touch iceberg pieces and see icebergs in the black volcanic beaches. Toooo Long a day (16 hrs) but totally worth it and would do again
We got to see a lot of things...
Lisa_M, Dec 2016
We got to see a lot of things, however, the day was very long and mostly driving. If you have the time and don't mind being in the car for about 12 hours of driving, it is a great trip!
The entire trip was wonderful. It...
margarete b, Sep 2016
The entire trip was wonderful. It was a relatively small group, which we like. Our guide Ronald was the best and knew some additional places to take us to while on the way to the scheduled ones. Perfece timing for everything including lunch and dinner. On the way back he noticed the Northern Lights and gave us the opportunity to take it all in at one stop and then at another where there was a waterfall that was lit at night. Truly spectacular
Our Excursion was memorable, and we...
Renee S, Aug 2016
Our Excursion was memorable, and we had the best weather ever! Our guide was the mose gracious host ever! We're sorry we had to go home!
Absolutely amazing, in one day we...
Ksenia S, Jul 2016
Absolutely amazing, in one day we saw more than I could have hoped for. Excellent driver, knowledgeable and eager to answer all of our questions. Small group, had plenty of time everywhere. I highly recommend this tour!
This was a wonderful overview of the...
Ra H, Jul 2016
This was a wonderful overview of the south coast area of Iceland. I wondered how they'd fit all that in in a day my plotting of driving it added up to 2 days no matter how I played with the stops. Turns out, it was NOT just a 14 hr trip! We were away from our hotel for 17 hrs so prepare yourself to be out there almost as long as there is daylight and there's a lot of daylight here this time of year. That being said, we saw so many wonderful things. Definitely value for the money! Unless you don't do the boat trip like my friend who gets seasick. She stayed onshore and was bored for 1 1/2 hrs :
Service was great with Special...
Megan P, Jul 2016
Service was great with Special Tours. Unfortunately we only saw two whales at a distance and puffins at a distance as well. That's the way nature rolls. It was a good experience and I would recommend it, but don't get upset if that day you can't get up close and personal.