Overview

South Coast of Iceland. Up close and personal on a glacier - the best way to experience Iceland! On this tour along the South Coast we will go glacier hiking, we will see waterfalls, volcanoes, black sand beaches and many other natural wonders.

Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajokull glacier / volcano view
  • Hekla volcano view

This active but easy tour combines sightseeing and adventure along the South Coast of Iceland. Hike across an age-old 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. This means it’s always operated in a minibus to ensure a personal experience for everyone.

  • Expert guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Small group
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Availability All Year
Duration 11-12 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 8
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

From

15 990
Per Adult

What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • English guided tour
  • Highlights on the South coast
  • Glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier
  • Gxpert glacier guide
  • All glacier gear
  • Small group in a minibus
  • Free WiFi on board a minibus

What to Bring

  • Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
  • Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
  • Food and drink (we also stop at a diner on the way)
  • Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)

Not Included

  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch (we will make a stop at a diner / restaurant)

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Waterfall Seljalandsfoss

Private Guide And Couple Of Hikers on a glacier

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.

We start by stopping at "The hidden waterfall", Gljúfrabúi. A spectacular waterfall hidden inside a small gorge. After Gljúfrabúi, we take a short stroll over to the main attraction, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind this magnificent wall of water.

Hiking on Solheimajokull glacier

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 one hour hiking on the glacier. This 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 leisurely 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 pillars, 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 kilometres off the coast.

This tour is great value and easy with an adventurous twist. 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 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.

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

Iceland's weather is unpredictable, so pack for all weather conditions. Don't forget to bring warm clothing, waterproof jacket, waterproof 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.

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

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

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always 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. 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 shoes 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, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

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 to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable 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 guide 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 necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

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 be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first 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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