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Private Glacier lagoon, Diamond Beach +
Glacier hike

Walk on Europe’s largest glacier and amongst its black diamonds. Let us capture professional photos of you every step of the way.

SEASON

February to October

MEETING POINT

From Reykjavík

DURATION

15 Hours

STARTING TIME

8:00 AM

Private Tour

1-6 People

PRICE

300,000 ISK (1-4 people) 

Land Rover

375,000 ISK (5-6 people)

Multi-Van

 

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Private Glacier Lagoon + Diamond Beach + Glacier Hike is an unforgettable full-day adventure on the road to the photogenic Vatnajökull National Park. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavík and teach you about the land of ice and fire as you make your way east along the famous Ring Road. Furthermore, coffee and lunch stops will be made at the cozy coastal town of Vik

Next, from there, we will head into the national park and hike onto a massive outlet glacier to truly experience the ice below our feet. Additionally, after a 3-hour glacier hike, we will then drive to the Diamond Beach and Glacier Lagoon, two true wonders of the world where you can witness massive icebergs along the black sand coast. Lastly, we end the day driving back towards Reykjavík where your guide will drop you off at your hotel. 

Destinations: Vik, Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell, Diamond Beach and Glacier Lagoon/Jokulsarlon

Throughout this Private Glacier Lagoon + Diamond Beach + Glacier Hike Tour, your guide will also be your photographer. Meaning that they will take photos of you during all of these experiences. After the tour is over, we will edit and send them to you for you to keep as a memory of your epic adventure!

ITINERARY

Pickup

Depart from Reykjavik at 8:00am. 

Today’s tour starts when your guide, who is a certified glacier guide and professional photographer, picks you up at your hotel in Reykjavik in your private vehicle. They will get to know you and teach you some interesting facts about Iceland as you head east along the Ring Road. 

 

Couple hiking on Vatnajokull Glacier

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Lunch in Vík

Your first stop is in the charming coastal village of Vik, where you will have a few minutes to explore and see the quaint beauty that the town offers. Enjoy a coffee and lunch break before heading off to your first attraction.

Crevasses on Vatnajokull Glacier Hiker exploring

Vatnajokull National Park 

Vatnajokull National Park is home to the massive Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Iceland and the second largest in Europe. Here Skaftafell area, you will get dressed in glacier safety gear and embark on a 3-hour hike along this stunning feature. 

The Vatnajokull glacier hike provides incredible views, unique ice formations, and fun scrambles up icy inclines. Your guide will instruct you on navigating the glacier while simultaneously taking pictures so you can never forget the experience.  

Hiker on Ice Pic Journeys Glacier Photo Tours

The Glacier Hike

Once you arrive at the glacier parking lot, your guide will begin handing out your gear for your Glacier Hike. This includes crampons, an ice axe, a harness, a helmet with a headlamp, and hiking boots if you rent them. Once everyone has their gear, you will take a 30-minute hike to the edge of the glacier. The hike is relatively easy for most and will have you walking on flat, yet slightly rocky ground the entire way. We will always go at the pace of our guests so you can take your time and enjoy the walk as your guide leads the way.

Next, you will put your crampons into the ice and make your way onto Falljökull Glacier. Hiking on the ice is definitely a unique feeling and may take some getting used to but by the end of the tour, you won’t want to take your crampons off! As you hear the crunch below you, you will march forward and follow your guide up the glacier toward the direction of our beautiful glacier features. Throughout this, your guide will show you different formations on the glacier known as moulins or deep glacial holes, while explaining how glaciers are formed and change. All around you admiring the barren landscape around you, you will feel like you are in a different world. 

You will finish the tour with a hike back to the glacier parking lot and a 30-minute drive back to the vehicle where you have then head to the next attraction.

Traveler at Sunset on Diamond Beach

After your unforgettable glacier hike, you will drive to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, often called the “Crown Jewel of Iceland.” This unique site allows you to see massive ancient icebergs floating in the deep lake, and often you can spot seals lounging on the ice. Taking portraits here is a must!

Once you’ve soaked up the majestic beauty at Jokulsarlon, you can visit the nearby Diamond Beach. It gets its name from how the chunks of ice scattered across the black sand glitter like diamonds in the sunshine. This is a perfect background for more photos!

 

Drop-off

After you have finished exploring the area and giving the camera your best poses, it is time to return to Reykjavik. Relax and watch the scenery pass by during the drive, and before you know it, your guide will drop you back off at your Reykjavik accommodation.

In ~14 days of your magical tour, you will receive an edited 30-photo package via a downloadable gallery. The package includes portraits, candids, scenery, and group shots and is perfect for sharing your adventure with your friends and family back home.

Dressing appropriately for this tour is essential, as Iceland’s weather can change quickly, and the glacier hike can be pretty chilly. Warm base layers, a waterproof outer layer, and sturdy hiking boots with ankle support are required. 

Travelers interested in an exciting glacier hike, visits to the top South Coast attractions, and a fantastic album of photos to remember the day should book this tour today. Check availability now by choosing a date.

YOUR JOURNEY

WHAT IS INCLUDED

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Certified Driver Guide

and Professional Photographer

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Pickup and Return

Pickup and Return from Reykjavík accommodation
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Glacier Equipment

Helmet, Crampons, and Harness (as required)

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Photos

All photos will be edited and sent to you within 14 days via Downloadable Gallery.

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30 Shot Photo Package included (1-4 people)
45 Shot Photo Package included (5-6 people)

The package includes personalized photographs from these locations:

Vatnajökull Glacier
Diamond Beach
Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon)

WHAT TO BRING

water

Water Bottle (Recommended)

You will have many spots to fill it up with glacier water.

meal

Food

Stops will be made at gas stations and a restaurant for lunch.

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Proper Seasonal Clothing

Gloves, Hat, Wind/Rainproof Jacket, and warm layers for freezing or wet conditions.
raincoat

Waterproof Jacket & Pants

Rentals are available under extras.

boots (1)

Hiking Boots

Water resistant is preferred. Rentals are available under extras.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Select Extras at Checkout

Rentals:

Red or Yellow Rain Jacket

Great for photos
3,000 ISK

Rain Pants

2,000 ISK

Hiking Boots

1,500 ISK

GOOD TO KNOW

– Lunch and Dinner are not included in the price of this South Coast + Glacier Hike tour.

– Pickup and Drop off are exclusively from the greater Reykjavik Area.

– The length of each day and order that you visit these attractions can vary depending on weather and road conditions.

:: Special Notes ::

– Photo packages may sometimes take more or less than 14 days to edit. This is just our average turnaround time.

– IPJ Editor selects and edits the photo package based on what we feel are the best shots from the day. If additional photos are available outside of the package count they may be available for 1,000 ISK per but not guaranteed.

– Also be aware that if there is a request to have specific photos from the day, advance notice via email is required before the editing process begins.

– Our Cancellation Policy can be found hereAlso, check out our FAQ page if you have further questions!

– Children on Tours:  Our IPJ team has specific policies concerning children, please reference our Terms and Conditions.  Be aware, we require parents to bring car seats / booster seats to be put in our 4×4 vehicles before the departure time (please arrive early).  Additionally, we also require parents to ensure their children are under control, calm, and listen to our guide’s directions at all times.

PRIVATE GLACIER LAGOON + DIAMOND BEACH + GLACIER HIKE
EXAMPLE PHOTO PACKAGE

What Are Our Guests Saying?

Excellent
Based on 25 reviews
Laura Remick
Laura Remick
2023-07-12
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There is no other company I would recommend than Ice Pic Journeys for an Iceland adventure! We traveled to Iceland with an idea in mind and two children (4 and 5 years old), and Ryan helped us create an itinerary that was perfect for our family! He helped us arrange an incredible dog sledding experience (on land) which was unforgettable. We embarked on the Golden Circle tour and then visited the Blue Lagoon. Our tour guide, Norris, was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable, fun, and showed us everything in Iceland along the way. The entire day trip was amazing, and we felt so immersed in the scenery, the sites, and all of the adventure. The entire day was exactly what we imagined! Ryan was also incredibly flexible with our schedule - we decided to change our second day of touring from hiking to site seeing (which seemed better for us with kids), and he helped create a new itinerary for the South Coast that was perfect. We loved curating the Black Sand Beach and the waterfalls. We had an opportunity to explore at each site on our own and with our amazing tour guide, Agnies, who was such a pleasure to be with and who really gave us some background on everything we visited. We can’t wait to return and use them again for new journeys in Iceland!!
Todd
Todd
2023-06-28
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Ryan and Mike elevated our experience beyond expectation. Impeccable communication and attention to details. They really listened to what we wanted to do and adapted their guidance around that. We felt 100% safe and comfortable at all times during all of our adventures. They accommodated our children as if they were there own and left no stone unturned when it came to their safety. We came across many other tours and guides in a variety of environments and I can say, without question, Ice Pic Journeys is hands down the best. There was really not even a comparison to be made. If you are thinking you’ll take on Iceland on your own, you really should reconsider. If you are considering any other guide service, you definitely should reconsider. Give these guys a shot, you will not regret it.
Kevin Leon
Kevin Leon
2023-06-14
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Mike was an amazing tour guide! He went above and beyond what I had expected. My experience above the glacier was a memorable one with great company! He’s a fun guide and very knowledgeable. The videos and picture I got out this experience were well worth it, he made sure I got the shots I wanted!
liesbeth snoek
liesbeth snoek
2023-05-15
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Wij hebben de zipline en ice cave adventure gedaan en dat was geweldig. Onze gids Mike heeft ons erg veilig laten voelen. Ook namen ze echt de tijd om gave foto’s van je te maken. Het was gewoon zo gaaf en ik raad het iedereen aan. ICE pic tourneys geeft je de beste ervaring ooit die je kan krijgen in Iceland
Kan P.
Kan P.
2023-05-14
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Amazing experience. We booked the 4 hour photographer tour and it was worth every cent! We were tight in time as we had another tour booked right after this one but Ryan was flexible enough to move up the departure schedule by half an hour to accommodate our schedule. Communication was great also, he made sure we understand what to expect with tighter timeline. The guide on the day Adam was also very nice. We started super early and were able to shoot inside the ice cave with no one around, we only encountered other groups when we finished our hike, just when were were about to reach our car to get back. Can’t imagine how full it would be in such a tight space to walk. Highly recommended.
Fabian Hupe
Fabian Hupe
2023-05-11
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It was an amazing tour with our guide Adam. We have booked the ZIP-Line and Glacier Cave Tour. It was great to see how Adam setup the ZIP-Line and afterwards when we were able to use it on our own we had a blast of fun. Furthermore the pictures we received were awesome! I would recommend everyone to book a tour at these guys!
Fikki Sadykhov
Fikki Sadykhov
2023-05-05
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These guys are god tier amazing. Mike is a Legend and this is the only company that allows you to go glacier ziplining (and it’s the only place on the planet that you can actually zip line on a glacier to begin with). Don’t overthink it, book with these guys!
Marc Baudry
Marc Baudry
2023-05-01
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What an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journey. We had a VIP tour with Adam. He is a very nice guide who knows his work and many things about Iceland. He brought us to amazing ice caves, made wonderfull photos and was always smiling. We felt safe and well take care of. We recommand Ice Pic Journey a lot. Thank you Adam, thank you Ryan and the all crew.
yeni chen
yeni chen
2023-04-15
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I recently went on a tour with Ice Pic Journeys and it was amazing! The planning process was easy, and the tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The itinerary struck the perfect balance between sightseeing and free time, and we got to see some incredible places. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys for anyone looking for a fun, extreme and well-organized tour.
Jack Venberg
Jack Venberg
2023-04-13
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My family of three recently embarked on a 6-hour glacier tour with Ice Pic Journeys, and it was nothing short of a spectacular experience. This tour agency not only specializes in guided tours but also in capturing breathtaking photographs throughout the journey. Ryan coordinated with us through email, and he was super communicative and accommodating throughout the whole experience. Our guide, Rich, was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, and talented in his photography skills. He made sure to focus on taking natural and candid photos, making us feel relaxed and at ease. Rich was attentive to our needs and made a point to take us to isolated and fascinating locations that enhanced our experience. The ice caves we visited were simply stunning, and Rich captured their beauty perfectly. He also took fantastic photos on the diamond black sand beach, creating memories we will cherish forever. For our nighttime Aurora photography session, we were joined by Mike, who was just as amazing. He was upbeat, friendly, and encouraging, which definitely helped keep our spirits high despite the cold weather. Mike worked tirelessly until 1 am to get the best shots, even though he had plans the following morning. Their dedication to their craft was evident, as they even offered to continue taking photos past that point if we wanted. At no point did it feel like they were cutting corners or giving anything less than their all. Our experience with Ice Pic Journeys was truly exceptional, and we cannot recommend them highly enough. If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure in Iceland and want to take home incredible photographs, don't hesitate to book a tour with Ice Pic Journeys.
Excellent
Based on 62 reviews
Amy S
Amy S
2023-07-10
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Amazing, one of a kind tour Best part of our trip to Iceland. The ice cave was definitely one of the most beautiful and surreal places I have ever seen. Mike was very helpful with information about the area and tailoring the trip to our specific needs. The photo package was the clincher. Was traveling with friends I don't see often so the photos were the best souvenir we could ask for. They were great both for the quality and because it meant we could just enjoy the day without stopping to take photos ourselves. Can't say enough great things about it!
Jackie C
Jackie C
2023-06-21
Verified
Best day of our Trip! We found Ice Pic Journeys online after a lot of research - they were the company that offered the most unique tours and what sealed the deal was how quick they were to respond when I had questions. We chose the Zip Line Adventure - Adam, our guide was a blast. It was my boyfriend and I, as well as two other women who had booked that day. He was easy to chat with, and made us feel at ease, given what we were about to embark on. The initial hike up was outstanding. Adam made sure to give us plenty of fun facts and had us laughing the whole way up. Upon arrival to our first stop, Adam took the time to explain what we would be doing - zip lining over a Moulin. Once all setup, he got us safely strapped in, explained again what all we had to do and then off we went. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. Not once did I feel unsafe or uncertain. He made it fun and relaxing and we got professional shots to boot. It's such a great part of the package and he really made sure to get as many pictures as possible. We hiked back down, made one more stop into a crevasse, drank glacier water, climbed into an awesome cave-like area and then made our way to the truck. I can't recommend this company enough. Everyone was so polite, happy to answer questions, and made this experience one we'll never forget. Definitely book with these guys!
Serina D
Serina D
2023-06-14
Verified
Incredible company, wild adventures! Ice Pic Journeys was a fantastic experience! From the ease of booking, to the expertise of the guide, to the photos we received, everything was exceptional. Our guide Adam was super knowledgeable about Iceland and was kind, funny, and also worked with my boyfriend to plan an epic proposal! The zipline he set up also looked totally safe and secure, and of course he tested it himself before letting us go haha. And then the ice cave was beautiful. We ended up getting to drink fresh glacier water too! We ended up being the only 2 on the adventure and it truly felt like a personal experience. I can’t recommend this company enough. They made our time in Iceland unforgettable!
Simons H
Simons H
2023-05-16
Verified
Summer Glacier + Zipline Tour with Mike This was absolutely the coolest activity we did on our trip to Iceland. I cannot recommend it enough, it is a MUST if you are traveling to Iceland. Mike is incredible and gave us the best trip we could have ever asked for!!
liesbeth
liesbeth
2023-05-15
Verified
The best thing ever We took the zipline + ice cave adventure and we had the best experience ever.Mike really made us feel very save.I really liked that the group was small it was only six people Mike took the time to take very nice pictures of us and they are amazing I would really recommend this to everybody Ice pic yourneys gives you the best experience you will ever have in Iceland
Carsten A
Carsten A
2023-04-27
Verified
Ice Pic Journey 5 Star Tour on the Glacier We had our tour with Mike and is was a pleasure! Mike and Ryan are a good communicating team. They did not only took awesome pictures of us, Ice Pic Journey also give us a opportunity to do a tour on the glaciers with our baby. They are very tolerant and organized. Keep on doing such a good job! Thank again for your effort.
Thomas B
Thomas B
2023-04-10
Verified
Glacier Adventures I hired Mike for 8 days of private guiding in March 2023. It was the adventure of a lifetime! We explored glaciers, ice caves, and the Icelandic alpine. Mike is a charismatic and incredibly experience guide. He is also a great photographer. Finding a guide that can take you to amazing places, and also take great photos/videos of the adventures is extremely hard to find. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys and will use them again on my next trip to Iceland!
Explore820132
Explore820132
2023-03-31
Verified
Private tour, with amazing guide ! Had a amazing time with these guys, I traveled solo and the group was only 3 ppl, amazing experience with a private guide. Definitely worth it, it was the highlight of my trip to Iceland! You get all the details and information you need, and if you have any questions, you can chat on instagram, and respond very quickly. This company treats you as a person, and not a number or a paying customer like all other tours !
Valeria S
Valeria S
2023-03-28
Verified
Best company for adventure in Iceland! We had an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journeys. They are Friendly, professional and are experts on what they do! They took us to hidden gems that very few have been to and we avoided the crowds!! They also took a lot of great pictures!Thank you!!!! Valeria
Thiago N
Thiago N
2023-03-24
Verified
Ice Pic Journeys approach is unique We had our tour with Mike and I can honestly say our trip to Iceland would not be the same without this. We had the best time! Mike was very knowledgeable, sharing all different aspects about the cave we were and the conditions we would be experiencing. He was also very concern with our safety and aware of us and our surrounding. All of that while maintaining a very friendly interaction. The ice on the cake was the fact that their offer is unique, there is not another company in Iceland that offers the same experiences with a guide that is also a good photographer. Plus, we were indeed a very small group. While we were there I saw other tours advertised as “small groups” with 16-20 people, which was completely different than the very exclusive attention and experience we had with Ice Pic Journeys.

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