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From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

1. 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.

Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

2. Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

Explore the south coast of Iceland, and walk on one of Iceland’s last remaining glaciers on this guided glacier hiking tour of Sólheimajökull. Put on your crampons and discover crevasses, shafts, and ridges as you learn about the formation and history of this frozen wonderland. Discover one of Iceland's best attractions just a 2-hour drive from Reykjavík. 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 mighty Mýrdalsjökull 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: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

3. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Embark on a guided tour from Reykjavik to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Witness the mighty Hvannadalshnjúkur mountain and black sand desert that sprawls between Skaftafell National Park and the lagoon.  Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascades to reach the other side. Continue to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall and admire the impressive 60-meter drop. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and stroll along the shores of the lake. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the area as 1,000- to 1,500-year-old ice breaks away from the Vatnajökull glacier and floats silently on the water. Recognize locations from some of the many movies that have been filmed in the area, such as Batman Begins and Tomb Raider. Stop at the spectacular Diamond Beach and admire the strand of black sand speckled with clumps of ice, giving an appearance of shimmering diamonds. In the warmer months, enjoy an added boat ride around the lagoon and witness the floating icebergs up-close.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Day Trip and Glacier Hike

4. From Reykjavik: South Coast Day Trip and Glacier Hike

Get up close and personal with a glacier and see the most popular spots on the south coast of Iceland on this day trip from Reykjavik. Visit the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the Insta-famous Reynisfjara black-sand beach, and hike along Sólheimajökull glacier. Departing from Reykjavik, travel along a scenic route along Iceland's southern coast and take in views of the rugged countryside and cliffs. Stop to visit two classical Icelandic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Get the chance to walk behind the crashing waters at Seljalandsfoss. At Skogafoss, learn about the traditional Icelandic legends that surround this imposing waterfall. Next, continue to Reynisfjara beach. Enjoy a stroll along the black sands of the beach and admire the huge rock columns that extend the whole way out to the sea. Finally, arrive at the Sólheimajökull glacier. Get kitted out with crampons, an ice pick, and a helmet. After a short walk to the base of the glacier, hike up and onto the ice, through twists and turns along the glacier's peak. Hike for three hours before finishing up and heading back to Reykjavik.

Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

5. 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.

Reykjavik: Iceland South Coast & Glacier Snowmobile Tour

6. Reykjavik: Iceland South Coast & Glacier Snowmobile Tour

On this full-day tour from Reykjavik, we will travel along the majestic South Coast of Iceland to the Adventure Ground, where you will gear up, hop on a specially modified glacier truck, and enjoy a thrilling but safe Snowmobile tour on the glacier. If the clouds are favorable the views from the top are breathtaking. After the snowmobile tour on the glacier, we will come back to the Adventure Ground where you will be able to enjoy your lunch before heading back. On our way back to Reykjavik we will stop at Skógafoss waterfall, probably the most photographed waterfall in Iceland, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will be able to walk behind this marvelous waterfall.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

7. 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.

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

8. 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 Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

9. 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.

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

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Iceland South Coast

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4.6 / 5

based on 514 reviews

First of all it has to be said how great our guide was. Siggy was knowledgeable, had some great stories and was also very funny. It’s clear how passionate he is about Iceland as he found it hard to stop talking throughout the journey (which was great). He also played some Icelandic music throughout the journey and offered us some Icelandic liquorice which was a nice touch. The locations themselves were nothing like we’ve ever seen. Powerful waterfalls, a dramatic black sand beach and a beautiful glacier which we could actually walk down to and touch. We also made an extra stop to meet some Icelandic horses! Couldn’t recommend this tour any more, and Siggy was a fantastic guide!

Excellent tour of the South Coast. Adonis, the tour guide, was very friendly, professional, and safety conscious for everyone on board. Interesting and amusing stories about Iceland. Adonis made sure that we had a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend the tour. Small bus tour, no extra bus transfer. Makes a difference to the day. Amazing glaciers, waterfalls and black sea scenery. Do wear crampons if going during winter weather with lots of snow. otherwise worth going on this tour. Thanks Adonis.

This trip was amazing ! We got to see so much beautiful scenery. The glacier lagoon was stunning and we were lucky enough to see lots of seals. A lot of travelling but definitely worth it ! Pearl was the perfect guide she was very friendly and knowledgable and made the trip interesting and very enjoyable. Peter was also amazing, driving and allowing us extra time when we were lucky enough to see the northern lights. They made a great team and made the trip.

Our tour guide was very interactive, he had a laugh with all of us and made sure to include everyone. He gave us lots of interesting facts about the history of Iceland and also told us fun stories about culture etc. You must do this trip if you come to Iceland, the sights and views are unbelievable

It's a long day but definitely worth it for the amazing views.. Be very careful on black beach the sea is wild!