I am traveling solo to Iceland and will be in Iceland for a week. I am not renting a car and was planning on doing day tours from Reykjavik. Day tours are not my usual way of traveling, but cost and scenery-wise, I've decided this is the best way for me to see Iceland. I know some might say to travel and stay along the South Coast but since this is somewhat of a last minute trip, accommodations were difficult to get outside of Reykjavik. I currently have an AirBnb for my entire visit in Reykjavik so changing that is not an option.
My main concern is whether this is too much to do as a day trip. A couple guide books (Lonely Planet, Rick Steves) advise against doing this in one day. So my options are: do as a day trip anyway, do as a 2 day trip which also starts/stops from Reykjavik (I will have to pay lodging for 2 different places for that one night), or save this for a future trip to Iceland and replace it with just the South Coast day tour.
I have read a couple reviews on TripAdvisor from folks who have actually done the day trip to the South Coast and Jokulsarlon Lagoon. I was planning on doing this trip using Extreme Iceland/Arctic Adventures which combines the South Coast waterfalls/black sand beaches/basalt columns with the lagoon. It is a on a minibus and is a full 15 to 16 hour tour.
So, am I crazy for doing this in one day? Are the minibuses comfortable for that period of time? Will my back and bottom be angry at me (lol)? For people who have done this, how was it? Is there a side of the bus that is better to sit on for this trip? (this may not matter as we will be going as well as coming back so I assume I will have the same seat the whole time).
The other possibility is I do a 2 day/overnight trip with Extreme Iceland or Nicetravel. Obviously I will be paying an extra fee for lodging for that one night (my AirBnb is for the week), but it may be a small price to pay for this excursion. Thoughts on which touring company to use? Thoughts on whether this is a better way to see this although it is the same back/forth to Reyjavik but done in two days and not one.
The last option is to just do the South Coast and save the lagoon for another trip to Iceland, but my next Iceland trip is currently not in the foreseeable future.
Thoughts from locals on doing this in one day would be much appreciated too! I also plan to post this on the TripAdvisor forum.
Thanks in advance for any feedback received from fellow forum members!