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Sólheimasandur: Our most recommended tours and activities

South Coast: ATV Quad Bike 2-Hour Safari

1. South Coast: ATV Quad Bike 2-Hour Safari

The adventure starts with a short safety briefing on how to operate the ATVs. When everyone is ready, it's take-off time, when you'll head for the majestic black sand plains of Sólheimasandur. Cross this desert-like landscape and stop by the famous DC3 plane that crashed on the sands in 1973. The guide will lead the group further over the sands to the spectacular coastline to witness views of the surrounding area. From the beach, see Dyrhólaey peninsula, the southernmost tip of Iceland. Looking inland, you can see the marvelous Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the distance. Heading back over the sands and following the Jökulsá river, your adventure will conclude as you cross a river to enter a stunning mountain valley.

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 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 the 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.  By looking northwards and inland, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises majestically. At the same time, to the south, sense the raw power of the enormous Atlantic waves crashing onto the shore. Once back on the bus, continue your journey and visit an iconic waterfall duo: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.  The former falls from heights of 60-meters, and a staircase next to it will lead you to unbelievable views of the South Coast and Iceland's interior. Seljalandsfoss is a narrower cascade that falls over a concave cliff, making it possible to encircle the stream of water fully. 

From Reykjavik: South Coast, Plane Wreck, & Beach ATV Tour

3. From Reykjavik: South Coast, Plane Wreck, & Beach ATV Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour from Reykjavik and see the majestic South Coast of Iceland. Ride ATVs on a black sand beach and stop at the DC3 Plane Wreck on the sands of the beach. Start the tour in Reykjavik, and travel down the beautiful South Coast of Iceland to the Adventure Ground. Gear up to enjoy a thrilling but safe ATV quad bike tour on the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur. Cross a desert-like landscape and stop by the famous DC3 plane that crashed on the sands of the beach in 1973. Travel to the spectacular coastline and see the spectacular view of the surrounding area. See sights like Dyrhólaey Peninsula, the southernmost tip of Iceland. Look further inland and see the marvelous Mýrdalsjökull Glacier off in the distance. Return to Reykjavik and stop at Skógafoss waterfall, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will be able to walk behind this marvelous waterfall.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour

4. From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour

Hop in a comfortable Super Jeep for a private tour with a maximum of 7 people. Spend the day exploring the scenic South Coast of Iceland. Begin by visiting some of the areas that were most affected by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, during which volcanic ash halted all air traffic between North America and Europe. Learn how volcanic eruptions have shaped the geology and culture of Iceland. Continue on to admire the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Follow your guide down the path directly behind the fall to reach the mighty Skógafoss waterfall. Walk and drive down black sand beaches pounded by the Atlantic surf. Check out the towering, bird-inhabited cliffs surrounding the quaint coastal village of Vík. Stop in at local restaurants and cafes in Vik to get a sense of Icelandic life.  Enjoy the flexible itinerary of this private tour and feel free to make requests or ask for suggestions from your guide. Rest assured that this personalized experience is the best way to get to know one of Iceland's most beautiful regions.

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What people are saying about Sólheimasandur

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 91 reviews

If you do one trip when in Iceland, THIS IS IT!! What a day, this trip was amazing! You get the chance to visit some fabulous waterfalls and a glacier near one of Iceland's many volcanoes; the scenery is breathtaking. When doing the ATV you are dropped off to get kitted up before heading out across lava fields, black sand beaches and through rivers as you really get to experience what Iceland has to offer (including a plane wreck too!) Being on the beach was one of my favourite parts, the waves were incredible! The ATV guides were fab (thank you to Lewis) who take care of the group no matter what experience you've had of driving an ATV. As we joined the rest of the group on the coach for the journey back to Reykjavik were we greeted by the Northern Lights just to finish off a truly spectacular day! Would recommend to anyone!

The driver, Gregor and the guide, Bo, were very knowledgeable, giving us plenty of information at each point of interest. The ATV part was an exhilarating tour across black volcanic beaches, the tour guides were excellent and very knowledgeable of the area. Even though the weather on the day was excellent the ground conditions, we had a lot of snow the previous days, made some of the tracks impassable and the guides had to improvise on the route. It made the trip a bit more of an adventure, we had to dig out the ATVs several times, so be prepared to muck in if necessary.

We booked in for the ATV Quad bike safari but unfortunately due to the weather we were told that it wasn't possible. BUT the amazing people at Icelandic Mountain Guides gladly offered a FREE upgrade to their Vik: Mýrdalsjökull Snowmobile Adventure which was amazing! The ATV Quad bike adventure looked like it would have been great but this was definitely a very welcome upgrade! My partner and I would 100% recommend booking anything with this great company!

This is such an amazing adventure. We are a family of gran, grandad, mum, dad and 2 children aged 10and 8. It was a vey cold day for our trip but once in our suits and helmets we were fine apart from our thumbs (wear gloves). Anthony our English speaking guide explained many interesting things to us and gave us info on the crashed plane. We had such a great time - Thanks for everything Anthony . You must experience this adventure.

There were 6 of us, age range from 40 to 60. We didn’t realize they would provide us with a snow suit and boots. That would have been nice to know since we lugged boots and snow pants from home. The guides for the ATV ride were great. Our tour bus guy was wonderful and knowledgeable. My opinion, it’s only way to see the black beach!!