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Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

1. Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

Discover one of Iceland's best attractions just 2 hours drive from Reykjavík on a small group hike of the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Get a meet and greet from your specialist guide, and then head to the roots of the glacier on arrival. Put on the provided equipment needed to walk across the ice, including helmets, crampons and ice axes. Spend about 1 hour walking on the stunning outlet glacier of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier to see a lot of different natural formations, including ice cave tunnels and a glacier lagoon. Get detailed explanations about this miracle of nature before the 40-minute hike back to the parking lot.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Guided Group Adventure

2. From Reykjavik: South Coast Guided Group Adventure

Ride from Reykjavik and journey to the south of Iceland. Stop to see the majestic Skógafoss waterfall. Walk along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and reach Vik I Myrdal, the southernmost tip of the country. Visit hidden waterfalls on the way back, one underneath the Volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Pass the Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plant that supplies the capital's energy and travel through the mountain pass. Capture the ocean view and see the ice cap of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, with a chance to spot the Westman Islands. Arrive at the stunning Skógafoss waterfall, known for it's appearance in Game of Thrones. Become speechless as it falls 60 meters and try to find the legendary hidden treasure behind it. Visit one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world, the Reynisfjara black sand beach. View the basalt columns and hear the intriguing stories and sagas that are connected to this amazing place. Reach the southern tip of the country, Vik I Myrdal. Find the charming fishing village, visit the local church, and view the entire settlement. Stop on the way back and see the Sólheimajökull glacier. Finish the day at the exquisite Seljalandsfoss waterfall, tucked underneath the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Take a chance to walk behind it and visit its hidden cousin, Gljúfrabúi, before heading back to Reykjavik.

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

3. 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 of Iceland Full-Day Trip

4. From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland along with its coastline on a full-day sightseeing tour from Reykjavik. Along the way, discover a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Following a pickup from listed hotels or guesthouses by bus in central Reykjavík, travel to the gorgeous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. At the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, walk behind the cascades and feel the spray on your face. Continue to Skógafoss to marvel at the 60-meter drop. Pass the black sand beaches of the southern coast and enjoy the power of the sea. Visit the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull to see an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Admire the ever-changing feat of nature up-close. Then, look at the basalt sea stacks at Reynisfjara, Iceland’s southernmost village just south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before returning to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

5. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour by bus. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, leaning about its history and formation from your local guide. Following a pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will visit the Diamond beach with black sand, and there will be an additional stop in Iceland's southernmost village at Vík for dinner.

Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

6. Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

This hike is for anyone who wants to experience hiking on the beautiful glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Located underneath the ice cap is one of the largest Volcanoes in Iceland, Katla which erupted last in 1918. You will meet your guide at the Sólheimajökull parking lot where you will receive all the necessary safety gear and hike towards the glacier. There you will get a safety briefing as well as a tutorial on how to attach the crampons to your high ankle boots. Explore the impermanent glacier formations as well as crevasses and moulins. During the hike, you will see the beautiful views of the area, surrounding mountains as well as some volcanic ash on the glacier. Your guide will be happy to explain these natural phenomena and answer your questions. If you have never been on a glacier, your skilled guide will make sure you will have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

7. Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

Travel through the farming regions of southern Iceland and experience the Land of Fire and Ice on this full-day bus tour from Reykjavík, with a tour guide and optional hotel transfers. Encounter the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, thundering waterfalls, and majestic glaciers. Choose from a private tour option with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, a group tour with hotel pickup and drop-off, or a group tour from a centrally-located meeting point. Relax on the drive through the rugged countryside of the south. Admire stunning natural landscapes that have been shaped over the centuries by the combined activity of glaciers and volcanoes. Marvel at the rainbows which hover over Skógafoss waterfall. Take a walk on the black sand Reynisfjara beach while observing its surrounding basalt columns. Learn about the Icelandic legend regarding the columns and let yourself wonder if they are actually mischievous trolls who were turned into rock by the rising sun. See dramatic cliffs and caves and walk behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Return to Reykjavík at the end of your tour. 

From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

8. From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

Combine a sightseeing tour with a glacier hike on this small group day trip from Reykjavík. Marvel at Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls. Hike on Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Admire Reynisfjara beach and visit Vík í Mýrdal village. Be picked up from your accomodation in Reykjavik and pass the Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plant. Stop at the "Game of Thrones" featured Skógafoss waterfall. Hear the story about the hidden treasure behind the waterfall. Travel to Mýrdalsjökull glacier and listen as your guide gives you safety instructions. Check your safety gear and hit the ice. Hike for 2.5 hours with 1.5 hours spent on the stunning glacier. Head to Reynisfjara black sand beach. Take in views of the basalt columns facing the beach and try to spot a puffin family. Continue to the charming fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal to visit a church. Go to Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls before heading back to Reykjavík.

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

9. From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

Experience some of the largest glaciers of Iceland, and see the waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandson on a day trip from Reykjavik. After a pickup from the city, witness the alluring natural beauty of the cascading waterfalls and embark on a guided hike with all necessary glacier equipment. Journey to Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you get the chance to walk behind the 60-meter fall. There will definitely be a drizzle behind the breathtaking waterfall, so put on your rain gear and get your cameras ready. Continue the adventure at Skógarfoss waterfall, a 60-meter drop from what used to be the coastline. You can enjoy the beautiful view from above after running up the 527 steps leading to the top. Skógarfoss was a filming location for the Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Thor: The Dark World as well as several music videos. On the iconic black sand beach, discover magnificent basalt columns as well as the rock pillars named Reynisdrangar. Be sure to watch out for the unpredictable sneaker waves while enjoying the magical view of the beach and Dyrhólaey cliffs in the distance. Between June and August, you can enjoy the company of hundreds of puffins that like to nest in the columns. Finally, get geared up with the necessary safety equipment to hike up one of Iceland's most scenic glaciers on the South Coast, where you can see the fast-melting ice formations and learn about the area’s ancient geology and environmental importance.

2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

10. 2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfalls of Glufrabui, Kvernufoss, and Irafoss. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you will take a glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. A bit further is the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. You will be staying overnight in a very cosy accommodation, close to the famous Seljalandsfoss. On the second day you will take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. After a stop in the lovely village of Vik, you drive to visit the waterfall Foss á Sidu and the National Park in Skaftafell, where you will stop to buy lunch. Then you head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you will have an amphibious boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. The lagoon is full of huge chunks of ice which crack off Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash onto the shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin. There is a good possibility of seeing seals swimming around the huge icebergs. After enjoying this wonderful experience, you will head back in the afternoon towards Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Iceland South Coast

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7,325 reviews

Daniel and Severn were absolutely incredible. The waterfalls are so gorgeous. You can get up close to both of them. Vik and the black want beach is so wonderful. I could have been on that beach all day. Daniel was very knowledgeable and knew how to keep things interesting. Severn was the best driver I've had on any tour, we made great time.

The day was great, a wonderful experience. I greatly enjoyed it. However, if you don’t like long trips than do not do this trip. It is a very long day, especially on the way back. I think it’s worth it but it might not be for everyone.

Daniel was a fabulous guide and our day long trip went very smoothly. We saw beautiful waterfalls and a nice black sand beach. We got an extra two stops- thatch houses and the power plant. The whole day was very enjoyable.

Daniel is one of the best tour guides we had, funny and knowledgeable.

Great sites and excellent staff -- very knowledgeable and helpful.