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After pickup in Reykjavik we head straight for the South Coast – passing the famous Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant on the way. Our first destination is the legendary Seljalandsfoss waterfall – where you can actually walk behind the thundering cascade.
From there we’ll head to the equally beautiful Skógafoss – a 60-meter-tall wonder that is steeped in myth and legend. We’ll head up the winding path to the right of the falls and see the iconic troll who glares at them. Local legend claims that it was so enamored by their beauty, that it forgot about the sun and turned to stone. We’ll also be rewarded with stunning views over the waterfall and the surrounding mountains from the top of the path.
Next up is the charming village of Vik, and time for lunch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Then we head to the legendary Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Here, Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier tongue feeds into the lagoon, breaking off large icebergs.
The icebergs of Jokulsarlon glint like sapphires or quartz in the summer sun as they float out to the Atlantic. Jökulsárlón is also home to plenty of incredible wildlife, including playful seals and plenty of seabirds. We’ll also visit the iconic Diamond Beach, Iceland’s most famous black sand beach. Here many icebergs collect and lie like diamonds on top of coal-black sands.
Next we will drive to Skeiðará Bridge, where we'll have a fantastic view over Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Vatnajökull Glacier (only in summer). We’ll enjoy a delightful Icelandic meal surrounded by stunning glacial scenery.
We’ll stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach on the way home. Reynisfjara is a place of majestic natural beauty – where black basalt columns rise up a cliff, the white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean wash up against the dark black sands and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks rise high into the distance.
We’ll head back to Reykjavik after a lovely stroll on Reynisfjara and will arrive back at around midnight.
Warm outdoor clothing is essential, you’ll need a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves etc. We strongly recommend wearing sturdy hiking shoes, as this will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the tour. You can rent things like sturdy hiking b...)
This is a long tour and will last between 15-16 hours in total. We will skip Skógafoss, Skaftafell and Reynisfjara during the winter, due to lack of daylight. If you want to ride a boat on Jökulsárlón (May-Sep), then you must book it as an additiona...)
The best tour so far!
Reviewed on April 27, 2019 by Marie From our post-trip system
Thanks so much to Guðjón! I’ve never been on a tour with such a knowledgeable and funny guide. He defenitely knew his way around the South Coast and shared many interesting stories and facts about Iceland. He made sure that we had a great tour even though the weather was the worst. Guðjón even stopped at Skogáfoss and the Black Sand Beach, which were not planned stops due to the season. Thank you again!
Long day but so worth it!
Reviewed on March 31, 2019 by Claire Hubbard From our post-trip system
I would encourage anyone visiting Iceland to do this trip. The minibus was comfortable, and the group was small with around 13 of us on it. The tour guides there are back were knowledgeable, and went out of their way to make sure that we had the best of experiences. The sights and stops were amazing, and this trip really was the highlight of our stay in Iceland. If you're in doubt, then don't be - do it, you won't regret it.
Reviewed on March 24, 2019 by Rhona Graham From our post-trip system
This is a very long day trip- but totally worth it. The sights at Jokulsarlon Lagoon and Diamond Beach are truly amazing. Plenty of rest stops along the way & we also stopped at a couple of waterfalls which was great. Our guide on the outward trip (Haffi) was lovely. Unfortunately the return guide Tomas repeated more or less the same commentary- but not quite so charmingly! Other than that it was a wonderful day
Reviewed on March 10, 2019 by Elena From our post-trip system
Very very pleased with the tour! There are a lot of things to see along the way and even tho you may not have time to stop at all of them, the guide is very happy to give you more information and explain everything! It was fantastic and I would definitely recommend!
Reviewed on March 08, 2019 by Kimberly Lally From our post-trip system
Tour guide - Freeman - was great. Told stories and had a fun personality. His driving was a bit much for me though - pretty aggressive. Part of the tour was cancelled due to weather, but Freeman made the day it work. The vehicle was not super comfortable for someone with long legs and such a long tour. However - the day was a success and we had great time!
Had a great time!
Reviewed on February 07, 2019 by Van From our post-trip system
Coming from a tropical country, I did enjoy this trip during the winter. The scenery getting to the South Coast was magnificent! Although the time spent in each attraction was too limited, overall, it was still a great trip. I probably would go for at least the 2-day trip if you want to really make the most out of your time in the south coast area.
Reviewed on January 27, 2019 by Edin Zvizdic From our post-trip system
I think we were the first tourists from Bosnia as the guide said. The adventure is wonderful. Guide Tomas, a brilliant human being, has great knowledge of Iceland, kind person, great professional. Buses are comfortable. the organization is top notch. all praise for the complete tour, I recommend to everyone as a compulsory part while visiting Iceland.
Iceland's South Coast is Amazing!
Reviewed on October 30, 2018 by Mike Reilley From our post-trip system
My wife and I took South Coast tour mainly to take a ride on the Glacier Lagoon. That part of the tour was amazing, but the rest of the trip was incredible too. Had we known how beautiful the South Coast is, we would have booked most of our 10 day trip along the coast and just driven to the many landmark locations there are to visit. In the end, our one day tour was all we got along the South Coast, and it was really fun. The waterfalls, Black Beach, Diamond Beach and the Glacier Lagoon were incredible experiences, not to mention the scenery and towns we passed on the long drive. One thing to mention, the bus is not as large as you may think as you see some of the huge tour buses driving around. The seats are a bit small, but it's pretty comfortable and, I thought, very affordable. The drive is long, but very worth it. If you are like us and didn't have any idea about the beauty along the South Coast, take this tour early in your trip, and you might find reason to deviate from your original itinerary.
Glacier Lagoon Tour
Reviewed on October 25, 2018 by Wilhelmina From our post-trip system
Would recommend this tour to anyone that asks. Yes it is a long tour and you need to be prepared for that, but WOW it was magical. Yannis was a mine of information and the guide going home also. Suggestion only, Can the Skogafoss Waterfall be done on the way to Jokulsarlon, rather than the way back in late September. Unable to see due to being very dark The only moment of downside in a magical day Thank You for an amazing experience