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From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

1. 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.

South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

2. South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

A day on the glacier is a great way to experience Icelandic nature. Only 2-hours away from Reykjavík is a glacier called Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull glacier), an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull (Myrdalsjokull glacier). It lies just east of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010 and caused trouble all over Europe. When arriving at the glacier, your guide will get all the necessary equipment ready such as crampons and ice axe and then the group will head up to the glacier. Your guide will lead you through wonders of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses while telling you everything about the behavior of these ever-changing giants. About 2-hours will be spent on the ice. On the way back to Reykjavík, there will be a stop at the impressive waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

3. South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

Your tour will start with a morning Reykjavik pick-up at authorized pick-up locations. You are then driven from the capital to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will get the opportunity to follow a pathway that leads you behind the fall. Traveling onwards through sensational scenery you will arrive at Sólheimajökull glacier for an easy glacier walk. Your certified glacier guide will issue you with crampons and other glacier equipment. As you explore you will learn about the glacier, its movements, crevasses and formation. You will even hear the ancient ice cracking when it moves. Next up is the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara to see the basalt columns and cave, the stunning Reynisdrangar cliffs and the impressive basalt rock stacks that rise above the Atlantic waves. Lastly, you will come to the smashing Skógafoss waterfall, a pathway with 527 steps leads up the side of the waterfall, where you will get a view of the falls and the rainbows that appear on clear days. Iceland is a volcano country and on a clear day, you will get views of Eyjafjallajökull, Hekla and even the volcanoes around the Westman Islands, just off the coast. This tour has a friendly atmosphere and your questions are gladly answered by your guides. You will be dropped off at your original pick-up location in Reykjavík around 7:00 PM. You will have free time to get some dinner, and then be picked-up again from your original point for the northern lights tour. From the capital you will go and hunt for the jewel-bright colors of the Northern Lights in the countryside. Green, yellow, white and sometimes purple northern lights are usually seen. Northern Lights can never be promised but your guide will do their very best.

South Iceland & Glacier Hike Adventure

4. South Iceland & Glacier Hike Adventure

First up on the itinerary is one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls, Skógafoss. Those who are up for the challenge, can climb all 527 steps to the observation deck for a unique perspective. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a sunny day and see big rainbows through the waterfall mist. Then you head over to the star of the tour, Sólheimajökull glacier, where you'll hike for one hour through an otherworldly glacial landscape.  On the way back, you'll stop at Seljalandsfoss, one of the South Coast’s most prominent waterfalls. Walking behind it and feeling the mist from the cascading water on your skin is the perfect ending to this South Coast adventure.

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What people are saying about Seljalandsfoss

There was a misunderstanding with the pick up place and they called us & came and picked us up at a bus stop close to where we were- which was AWESOME. This tour was GREAT. So much to see and so economical and convenient. The Seljalandsfoss Waterfall was amazing and the one place I wish we had more time at- 30 minutes was not enough! Definitely walk behind it because when else will you?! Skógafoss waterfall was so beautiful. If you wanted to walk the stairs and take pictures at the front an extra 30 minutes would be nice- but not necessary. There was a perfect amount of time at the black sand beach & it was the perfect lunch spot- getting coffee @ the cafe there was much appreciated. The glacier was the highlight of my trip personally and our guide taught us SO MUCH which in my opinion made the trip 10 times cooler! I was in love with this day and it made my 24 hour layover (due to a very late flight) getting here SO WORTH IT!!! Just book this trip.

Our entire day was terrific! The waterfalls were spectacular, the beach beautiful and the hike on the glacier (thank you Alex!) was a hike of a lifetime - even in the rain. Our guide, Cora, adjusted the trip so that we could get much seen (dry) before the rains came. This was hands down the best tour on our trip to Iceland

Our Guide, Jakob, was fabulous. He provided interesting and fun dialogue while driving. I felt very safe on the glacier hike as he was extremely diligent on the instructions for safety and keeping track of our group along the way. The stops were great - beautiful scenery. It was an overall amazing experience!

I write in Italian because even if the guide is only in English Corina and James were fantastic, friendly and nice, everything well organized enough time to admire the natural beauty, the exciting glacier hike. Congratulations.

Amazing experience. Kuba (not sure how to spell it!) took us around the south coast and gave us an exclusive insight on the elves in Iceland! The glacier was super impressive :)