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About Tour

This active but easy day tour combines sightseeing and adventure along the South Coast of Iceland. Hike across an ancient glacier with an expert guide. Discover world-famous waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, and black sand beaches — you name it, Iceland’s got it! We’ll pass small villages, hear the Viking stories, and soak up panoramic views. This one-day tour is an irresistible outdoor adventure for the whole family. 

This tour has a small group guarantee. It means it’s always operated in a minibus to ensure a personal experience for everyone.

Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajokull Glacier / Volcano view
  • Hekla Volcano view

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided tour in English
  • Highlights of the South Coast
  • Glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier
  • Expert glacier guide
  • All necessary glacier gear
  • Free WiFi on board

What to Bring

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Good hiking boots with ankle support
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Small Backpack
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Food and drinks
  • Camera

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration 12 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

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Itinerary

Solheimajokull glacier is a spectacular tongue of ice that flows down from Myrdalsjokull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. Travel through the south Iceland farming lands to the black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes, and majestic glaciers on Iceland's south coast.

After the Solheimajokull glacier, we’ll travel to the South Coast’s main attraction, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind this magnificent wall of water.

After the excitement of Seljalandsfoss and getting a little bit wet, you should be ready for the glacier hike.

We gear you up with crampons and go over safety features before we set foot on the glacier. Sólheimajökull glacier is a part of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland‘s fourth largest glacier that covers the infamous volcano Katla.

We spend an hour hiking on the glacier. The hike is not that difficult, but sometimes there is a 30-minute walk to the glacier (depending on conditions). The glacier hike should be suitable for all over the age of ten that are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach rock formations

Then onwards for a stroll along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. This beach features stacks of basalt columns that wall off surrounding cliffs scattered with caves.

Offshore you will see Reynisdrangar, basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea. Icelandic legend says they were trolls turned into rock by the rising sun when they came home late after a fishing trip. We round off this great sightseeing tour with a stop at the Skógafoss waterfall.

On a clear day, you may have a good view of famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. When we drive under the foothills of Eyjafjallajökull, you can get a glimpse of the Westman Islands, rising steeply from the ocean just a few kilometers off the coast.

This tour is of great value and easy with an adventurous twist. The sights are breathtaking, and where else in the world can you stand on the ice of a  glacier, walk behind a waterfall, and stroll along a volcanic black sand beach on the same day?

Pick-up: Pick-up is at 8:00 a.m. You'll be picked up from your selected pickup location in Reykjavik. Please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for a tour bus to arrive.

Here you can find out pick-up points in Reykjavik.

Drop-off: In the evening, we return to Reykjavik. We'll drop you off at the same place where we picked you up.

Iceland's weather is unpredictable, so pack accordingly to be prepared for all weather conditions. Don't forget to bring warm clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, and gloves. Good hiking boots are a must! 

What if I don't have the necessary clothing? 

You can rent hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process or on location. We recommend booking these items in advance.

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Sensational Iceland - South Coast & Glacier Hike Tour

FAQ

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind of weather can always be demanding, so we suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over them. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full-day or half-day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes, and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, breathtaking views that you’ll almost definitely want to capture forever, so you should definitely bring your camera along. Your tour guide will also be happy to take your photo.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you bring your own lunch, snacks, and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip). It is especially important to make sure you bring lunch on our longer trips.

Crampons enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guides on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all the necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axes, crampons, harnesses, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can stay warm and dry.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

The guide on your glacier hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

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