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South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

1. South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

On this full-day tour, you’ll follow the coastline from Reykjavík into the volcanic and glaciated wonderland that is Iceland's south coast. Walk behind the thundering veil of spray at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógafoss waterfall. Your tour begins with a drive through lava fields, passing by the active Hengill volcano, and then down to rich coastal farmlands. On clear days you’ll be able to see the Hekla volcano, and in the distance the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano rises majestically above the coastal mountains. Just a few kilometers off the coastline and easily visible are the volcanic Westman Islands, an archipelago of around 15 small islands, only one of which is inhabited. Stop at the Sólheimajökull glacier, which is every photographer’s dream. Next on the itinerary is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. See the powerful Atlantic waves crashing on the black sands, the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave. Next you’ll head to the coastal village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the island’s main ring road. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants), it is the largest settlement for 70 kilometers. On your way back to Reykjavík, you’ll stop by the powerful Skógafoss waterfall for a short walk up a flight of steps to admire one of Iceland´s most scenic views. The view takes in glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches. The last stop is at the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, best known for the hidden pathway behind and around it.

From Reykjavik: South Coast and Black Beach ATV Ride

2. From Reykjavik: South Coast and Black Beach ATV Ride

Ride a powerful ATV over a large, black, volcanic beach, walk behind the thundering veil of water at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and take in the incredible view over Iceland's South Coast from the top of the cascade Skógafoss on this fantastic day tour.  After being picked up early in the morning or meeting up with your guide at Reykjavík Terminal, head to Iceland's South Coast, famous for its dramatic coastline and cascading waterfalls. Your first stop is the black desert of Sólheimasandur, in the shadow of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, where you'll swap the bus for a powerful ATV quad-bike.  After traversing the stark, black beaches of Island's South Coast on your ATV bike, make your way to the DC3 plane wreck from 1973, recently seen in Justin Bieber’s music video and photo shoots. Looking northwards and inland, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises majestically, while to the south you can sense the raw power of the enormous Atlantic waves crashing on to the shore. Once back on the bus, continue your journey and visit an iconic waterfall duo: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The former falls from the heights of 60-metres, and a staircase next to it will lead you to unbelievable views of the South Coast and Iceland's interior. Seljalandsfoss, however, is a narrower cascade which falls over a concave cliff, making it possible to fully encircle the stream of water. 

From Reykjavik: Iceland's South Coast and Glacier Tour

3. From Reykjavik: Iceland's South Coast and Glacier Tour

Depart Reykjavik aboard a bus equipped with computer tablets in every seat that allow you to use the GPS-sensitive audio guide in 10 different languages. Learn interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit in a language that you are most comfortable with. Make use of other facilities, such as the USB charger and free Wi-Fi, and ask your host any questions you may have. Travel through fertile farm lands and pass small villages. Known for its Viking heritage, this epic scenery is guarded by the infamous volcanoes of Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla. On clear days, you will get some great views of the volcanically-active Westman Islands, where the eruption of the Eldfell volcano in the 1970s forced the island's 5,000 inhabitants to be temporarily evacuated to the mainland. Stop first at the rugged outlet glacier of Sólheimajökull, which flows from the main ice-cap of Mýrdalsjökull where the mighty Katla volcano lies. Put on the provided crampons to explore the glacier's cracks, crevasses and ice with a certified glacier guide. Hike for 20 minutes to find yourself standing on top of a few hundred meters of ice, yet still only slightly above sea level.  Continue to the stunning waterfall of Skógarfoss, and feel the spray of the water on your face. Climb up the 527 steps of the hill to look at the majestic 60-meter high waterfall from above, and watch the water plummet down on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.  Then, go to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall to discover one of Iceland’s most famous attractions. Get a different perspective of the landscape as you take a walk behind the cascades and look through the wall of water.

Sólheimajökull Glacier Hiking Tour

4. Sólheimajökull Glacier Hiking Tour

After meeting in the parking lot and being provided with the glacier gear required for the trip, go over the plan of the day. Next, undertake a 15-minute hike on a gravel road to the base of Sólheimajökull. At the base, be shown how to put on and use the glacier equipment provided. On the ice, learn the different techniques to walk with the crampons (metal spikes) under the boots. The guides will tell you about volcanos, Sólheimajökull, and Iceland and show you lots of different highlights on the glacier. Because this glacier is surrounded by volcanos, you can see different ash from different volcanos and this gives the ice a black and white contrast.  This 3.5-hour glacier hiking tour will allow between 1.5 and 2 hours on the glacier. Sólheimajökull is the closest glacier to Reykjavík and it takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes to drive there. It is also one of the most accessible glaciers in Iceland so this is perfect for a day trip. 

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What people are saying about Iceland South Coast

Karen was a very knowledgeable, friendly, and fun tour guide! She shared lots of interesting info about Iceland, folklore, and even family history to help us experience the beautiful South Coast area even better! Our driver was very kind and a great and careful driver.

Our guide Karen was very nice and gave us a lot of information not only from the sightseeings of the trip but also about Iceland and it’s people. As a minus I would say that picking up the people in the morning was a little bit unorganised.

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Really nice trip! Very cool landscapes and destinations. Our driver Raaga was really nice and informative!

Amazing experience, great tour guide. I had high expectations and was not disappointed. Totally worth it.