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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.

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

2. 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: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

3. 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.

Reykjavik: Wild South Waterfalls, Black Beach & Glacier

4. Reykjavik: Wild South Waterfalls, Black Beach & Glacier

If you are a nature lover, then this tour is made for you. It visits all the great attractions of the south coast, glaciers, the Black Beach of Reynisfjara, Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and of course, several of the beautiful waterfalls. The highlight of the tour is a Blue Ice Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull glacier which takes around 1.5-hours. Start by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting lesser-known, more secret waterfalls Glufrabui and Irafoss. As you continue, 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 will be the great Reynisfjara Black Beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. In one day, see two volcanoes and discover five amazing waterfalls, visit Reynisfjara and get up-close and personal with the sleeping ice giants that are glaciers during the glacier hike. A perfect tour for the curious tourist and the inquisitive nature lover. This tour is available all year. Reserve it now to secure your spot on this South Iceland Tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

5. 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 Guided Group Adventure

6. 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 it's hidden cousin, Gljúfrabúi, before heading back to Reykjavik.

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. 

South Shore Adventure Tour from Reykjavík

8. South Shore Adventure Tour from Reykjavík

This full-day coach tour of Iceland’s stunning South Shore from Reykjavik is ideal for nature lovers, as you will drive through one of the country's most scenic regions, reaching as far as Vík, surrounded by high cliffs that attract an abundance of birdlife. Departing from Reykjavik, you will drive to the gorgeous Seljarlandsfoss Waterfall, unique in the fact that you can walk behind it through to the other side. Continue to the majestic, and much photographed, Skógafoss Waterfall. Located on the former coastline of Iceland before it receded seward, the 200-foot (60-meter) drop is one of the biggest in the country. Continue through the glacial landscape of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, where the icecap covers the active Katla volcano. Drive along the black sand coastline, where the beaches are formed out of black basalt, and see the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations near Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland. Located on the main road that circumnavigates Iceland, it’s approximately 110 miles (180 kilometers) from Reykjavik, where you will head back at the end of a long but awe-inspiring journey.

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

9. From Reykjavik: South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Follow the south coast of Iceland to the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and learn about the incredible landscapes from your guide. Depart from Reykjavik in an air-conditioned bus and pass charming villages as well as Skaftafell National Park on your way to the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls. Look out for Iceland’s biggest volcano, Öræfajökull glacier. After arriving at the lagoon, enjoy some time to view this stunning area. Take a walk along the shore and admire the icebergs. During the summer season, amphibian boat tours on the lagoon are available at an extra cost (payable onsite). Jökulsárlón started to form in the early nineteen twenties and is getting bigger every year. You will see many amazing blocks of ice that have broken off Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, as they sail slowly towards the ocean which is only a kilometer away. The tour returns to Reykjavik in the evening.

Reykjavík: South Coast & Jokulsarlon Sightseeing Tour

10. Reykjavík: South Coast & Jokulsarlon Sightseeing Tour

Join a guided day trip from Reykjavik to the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon in southeastern Iceland. Visit other iconic natural landmarks such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls on the way. Discover a stretch of black sand at Reynisfjara Beach and Diamond Beach on the south coast. Start your day of adventure with a pickup from one of the designated points in the Reykjavik downtown area. Make your way to the first stop, the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the few waterfalls in Iceland that you can walk behind. Next up is the powerful Skogafoss waterfall, nestled in the peaceful area of Skogar. Explore the largest waterfalls in Iceland surrounded by beautiful scenery. Follow the trail on the right side of the waterfall for a chance to view it from several angles. Then, visit the fishing village of Vik and make a stop for lunch (at your own expense). After your meal, continue to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, a scenic sight that you might recall from various Hollywood movies. See majestic icebergs floating in the lagoon at Jokulsarlon. You can pay for a boat ride (optional) at the lagoon if you'd like to get closer to the icebergs. A short walk away from the lagoon lies Diamond Beach. See diamond-like icebergs on the black volcanic beach. After some exploration, it’s time for dinner at Skaftafell (at your own expense). If visiting in the summer, make use of the long daylight hours and stop by the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach on your way back to Reykjavik. Known for the amazing scenery all around, most notably the unique basalt column formations, Reynisfjara is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland.

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4.8 / 5

based on 310 reviews

Great value for money! It was my favourite tour, with amazing sites throughout. Driving there takes quite a while, so you do spend some time on the bus. But is it is worth it. We got a van (rather than a bus), which was nice. And the driver / guide was amazing, very nice, shared interesting stories and played nice music on the road. The downside is that I didn't get as much time as I would have liked at each site, but that is what tours are.

Pick-up went smoothly and we were on our way in a few minutes.! Tom was an incredible guide - it was a very long day, so his great sense of humor definitely added color and kept us smiling. He was knowledgeable about the sites we visited, shared some wonderful tidbits about Norse mythology and showed us a few extras along the way. Pride for the natural wonders of his country, shone throughout the trip! Would highly recommend !

Just utterly amazing! We thought we'd see some fantastic things but this exceeded our expectations a million times over! Simon, the guide, was absolutely fantastic - so informative, so much fun and obviously has such a passion for this incredible country. It was a trip that has provided memories for a lifetime. Completely recommend it and cannot wait to come back to Iceland for more wonderful adventures!

The drive was smooth and amazing. Yoav the guide, kept us engaged throughout the trip. Overall it's good and I will recommend

The tour was really well organised, we got to see wonderful places, the guide was cool and friendly!