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Experience a truly magnificent day devoted to the wonders of Iceland's south shore.

Highlights

  • Hellisheidi pass
  • Eyjafjallajokull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Myrdalsjokull Glacier
  • Vik

Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik
  • Transportation
  • Guided tour

What to bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Sturdy shoes

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration Day Tour
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No
Minimum age No limit

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Itinerary

Explore the awesome black sand beach, Reynisfjara, a surreal and breathtaking place where you can take a walk and enjoy the majestic waves. Explore a lovely Vík village and the famous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls.

We head out of Reykjavik, taking the road east over the pass of Hellisheidi and continuing across the southern lowlands where in good visibility the Westman Islands will be seen out in the ocean; volcano islands that started to form around 20,000 years ago. There are picturesque views of the southern coastline as we pass the town of Selfoss, Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, and the Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss Waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull Glacier, the village of Vik, and the nature gem Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.

Seljalandsfoss is an unusual waterfall that cascades from ancient sea cliffs dropping down over 60 meters into a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the cascade of this waterfall and the scenery is really beautiful.

East of the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss lies fertile countryside and the beautiful glacier of Eyjafjallajokull rises to 1666 meters over sea level just north of here. This glacier is the sixth-largest in Iceland. The glacier covers the mountain top like a white cloak and the great magma chamber is located beneath the mountain - there have been 3 eruptions there in historical times, from the year 1612, from 1821 to 1823 and the most recent and famous one: from 13th April to 22nd May 2010.

The islands of Vestmannaeyjar which were formed in a sub-aquatic eruption are situated off the coast to the south. The last eruption was in 1973 but 10 years earlier the island of Surtsey was dramatically formed in a sub-aquatic eruption. That island is the southernmost point of Iceland.

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland South Coast

We will see the waterfall of Skogafoss at Skogar. Skogarfoss cascades down around 65 meters dropping from ancient sea cliffs, it is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. At Skogar we will find two museums, a communal museum established in 1949 and a transportation museum, both are very interesting museums to visit.

The glacier of Myrdalsjokull is the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. The central volcanic system of Katla lies beneath it and has erupted on several dates in historic times, most recently on 12th October 1918. Another eruption in Katla is imminent in the near future. Southwest of Myrdalsjokull lies the glacier of Solheimajokull which is a creeping glacier from which the River Jokulsa flows down to the lowlands. We will hike up onto the glacier and see how the glacier has carved and shaped nature in the surrounding area.

Iceland Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Ground Picture

Near the village of Vik in Myrdalur is a sandy beach which has some fantastic sights, such as aqua tubes and caves and also picturesque columnar basalt formations. The beach is eroding and the ocean is always creeping closer to the houses of the village. From the beach, there is a view of the magnificent peaks of Reynisdrangar which are a series of black basalt columns out at the sea. The beach is considered by many to be one of the more beautiful beaches in Iceland.

There is availability to add extra activities to this tour for an additional fee, here are the optional extras we offer:

  • Glacier hike at Sólheimajökull

    • The minimum age limit for glacier hiking is 8 years old.

  • Ice Climbing ar Sólheimajökull

    • The minimum age limit for ice climbing is 14 years old.

  • Visit Katla Ice Cave
    • The minimum age limit for an ice cave visit is 6 years old.

  • Snowmobiling at Eyjafjallajokull volcano

    • The minimum age limit for snowmobiling is 5 years old.

    • A driver's license is needed to drive a snowmobile.

  • Horseback Riding at Vík village

    • The minimum age limit for horseback riding is 10 years old.

Please note: it's only possible to select 1 extra activity, please add an extra activity to your cart during the booking process.

More optional extras: if you need transportation from Keflavik airport, we offer an option to add pick-up and/or drop-off at KEF airport to your trip. As well as, there is a possibility to rent clothing or gear by adding extras to your cart. If you would like to have the additional activities private as well, please contact us.

FAQ

Yes, we can design and fully customize this experience for you. We could add more attractions, meals, add additional days, etc. Please contact us and let us know what ideas you have.

We do offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking shoes. These items are available to book under the selection ‘’Extras’’ in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do that at least 24 hours prior to your tour starting, via our Customer Portal.

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

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