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South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

1. 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.

Iceland: Landmannalaugar Guided Hiking Experience

2. Iceland: Landmannalaugar Guided Hiking Experience

Enjoy a day tour to the Southern Highland of Fjallabak to explore the wonders of Iceland's Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area. Dive into a bubbling wonderland with caramel colored peaks, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear blue lakes.  Landmannalaugar, together with Hekla, an active volcano in its neighborhood, is one of Iceland's most unique destinations and a must for all who love to explore the beauty of nature. Discover one of the most active geothermal areas flanked by rhyolite mountains and steaming hot springs. Start the day with lunch and set off on a 4-hour hike through the sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, Vondugil Canyon and up to the summit of the colorful mountain of Brennisteinsalda with its steaming vents and Sulphur deposits. Descend through the Grænagil canyon, carved as a result of geodynamic activity of mountains, volcanoes and glacial rivers. If time and weather conditions allow, climb Bláhnúkur, a circa 60,000-year-old volcano with panoramic views of the Landmannalaugar Valley.  Have a bath in a natural hot pool, where both hot and cold water flow out from beneath Laugahraun, mixing together and forming the perfect bathing conditions. Remember to take your swimwear and a towel with you.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

3. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

See a less-visited part of Iceland with a day tour from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar in the highlands. See a stunning double-pronged waterfall, hike through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and soak in a geothermal hot spring. Landmannalaugar is known as the pearl of the highlands for good reason. The variety of landscapes you will see is remarkable, with new vostas emerging with every turn. Here you have about 4 hours to enjoy the best of what the area has to offer. We take the 1.5-2 hour easy Lauga-loop hiking trail along which we pass the renowned colourful ryholite hills, striking obsidian rock formations, ascend toward the steaming geothermal pools and negotiate the trail through the foothills of Bláknúkur mountain. After the hike you have the opportunity to bathe in the geothermal hot-spring pool, as reward for your exertions on the trails. Enjoy great views as you linger in the healing waters. We enjoy other great sights on our way to and from Landmannalaugarþ. We see the waterfalls at Hjálparafoss, Glanni and Háifoss. Háifoss waterfall is Iceland's fourth largest. We also pay a visit to Hnausapollur, an ancient crater lake formed by volcanic eruptions. Marvel at the turquoise blue hue of the water, contrasting with the desolate desert sands of the surrounding landscape. We return to Reykjavík tired but content, with memories of untouched nature to enjoy for years to come.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Tour & DC-3 Plane Wreck

4. From Reykjavik: South Coast Tour & DC-3 Plane Wreck

After being picked up from your selected pickup spot in Reykjavik, you will head towards Iceland's southern coast. Drive past moss-covered lava fields as well as quaint farms and villages going through an area rich in viking history, heritage, and folklore. Go past several major volcanoes - such as Katla, Hekla, and the famous Eyjafjallajökull. With luck, on clear days you will have a view of the Westman Islands just off the coast. The first stop will be Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a majestic site with a path that leads visitors behind the cascading water. If it is not frozen during the winter time, you will be able to walk behind the 60 metre waterfall. A three minute walk brings you to Gljúfrabui, another spectacular waterfall, hidden inside of a cave. Afterwards, stop at Skógafoss Waterfall, where it is possible to climb 572 steps to the top to view the magnificent vista and rainbows above. After exploring the beautiful waterfalls of the South coast you will spend the rest of the day visiting glaciers and the black sand beaches. At the vast plain of Solheimasandur, you will see where, in 1973, a US Navy DC-3 plane crashed. Nearby is the famous Reynisfjara beach. At the end of this adventurous tour, you will return to Reykjavik.

Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

5. Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

With the Iceland complete audio guide, you get all the information that a tour guide would otherwise give you. Using GPS, the app recognizes where you are on your round trip and provides you with exciting information in the right places. So nothing stands in the way of your individual rental car tour. Your digital Iceland travel guide for the whole island of fire and ice! This audio guide offers more than 340 stations (7.5 hours of playing time) with information about the country, people, and sights in all parts of the country. It includes not only the Ring Road and the Golden Circle but also the Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes Peninsulas, the Westman Islands, the East and West Fjords, and the wild Icelandic Highlands.

Iceland: South Coast and Northern Lights Tour

6. Iceland: South Coast and Northern Lights Tour

Climb aboard a modern bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat and a GPS-sensitive in-bus audio guide in 10 languages. Learn interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit as you depart Reykjavik and head south. You will also find a USB charger and free Wi-Fi on board the bus so that you can keep connected and share your experience along the way. Ask your host any questions you may have and they will be glad to help. Start with a drive through the lava fields by the active volcano of Hengill mountain. Then, head down to the rich coast and farmland. On clear days you will see Hekla volcano and the glacier-capped Eyjafjalljökull volcano rising majestically above the coastal mountains at its base. Just a few kilometers off the coastline you might also see the volcanic Westman Islands.  Stop at the 60-meter high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, famous for the hidden pathway behind it. Continue to the powerful cascades of Skógafoss Waterfall and take a short walk up a flight of steps to discover one of Iceland´s most scenic views. Next, go to Sólheimajökull Glacier on your way to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Watch the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash on the black sands and see the jagged basalt sea stacks and huge basalt-column cave off the coast. Continue to the southernmost village on Iceland with a trip to Vík, located on the main ring road around the island. Despite its small size and tiny population (only 291 inhabitants) it is still the largest settlement for 70 kilometers! Return to Reykjavík for a rest before part 2 of your adventure. Reconvene in the evening to search for the legendary Northern Lights in the night sky. For many, this is the reason to come to Iceland in the winter, and while sightings are weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed, the Northern Lights (also known as the "Aurora Borealis") are mysterious and magical when they appear. The result of powerful solar storms, the lights need clear winter skies to be visible. Rest assured, your expert operational team has decades of experience analyzing weather patterns and the operator carefully reviews the conditions on a daily basis. You will not set off unless they think there is a good chance of spotting the lights, resulting in a high success rate. Be guided by one of the specially trained Northern Lights guides, and get tips on how to take photos of the natural phenomenon. Dress warmly as you will be out in the cold, or take advantage of the ultra-warm "Aurora Jackets” available for rent.

South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

7. South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

Your tour will start with a morning Reykjavik pick-up at authorized pick-up locations. You are then driven from the capital to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will get the opportunity to follow a pathway that leads you behind the fall. Traveling through sensational scenery, you will arrive at Sólheimajökull glacier for a glacier walk. Your certified glacier guide will issue you with glacier equipment. Learn about the glacier, its movements, crevasses, and its formation. You will even hear the ancient ice cracking when it moves. Next up is the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara to see the basalt columns and cave, the stunning Reynisdrangar cliffs and the impressive basalt rock stacks that rise above the Atlantic waves. Lastly, you will come to the smashing Skógafoss waterfall, a pathway with 527 steps leads up the side of the waterfall, where you will get a view of the falls and the rainbows that appear on clear days.Iceland is a volcano country and on a clear day, you will get views of Eyjafjallajökull, Hekla and even the volcanoes around the Westman Islands, just off the coast.  You will be dropped off at your original pick-up location in Reykjavík around 7:00 PM. You will have time to get some dinner and then be picked up again from your original point for the northern lights tour.  From the capital, you will hunt for the jewel-bright colors of the Northern Lights in the countryside — Green, yellow, white, and sometimes purple northern lights are usually seen. Northern Lights can never be promised but your guide will do their very best.

Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

8. Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of Iceland on a Jeep tour to Landmannalaugar, known for its rugged landscape, magnificent colors, clear rivers and bubbling hot springs. Make your way to the crater lake of Ljótipollur, one of Landmannalaugar's most spectacular spots. Gaze in awe at the turquoise water set against the red slopes of the coastal hills. Get the chance to go for a dip in the geothermal pool, or set off on an energizing hike through the lava fields, if you prefer. Next, head towards the active volcano of Hekla – known as the Queen of all the volcanoes in Iceland – and reach an altitude of up to 900 meters, when conditions allow. Take some time to appreciate the panoramic vistas that can extend for up to 100 kilometers in all directions and includes 7 glaciers when visibility allows.

From Reykjavik: Day Tour to Landmannalaugar in a Super Jeep

9. From Reykjavik: Day Tour to Landmannalaugar in a Super Jeep

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through Iceland's enchanting landscapes aboard our comfortable super jeep. Your journey begins with a pickup in Reykjavík, where our rugged off-road vehicle awaits to transport you to the wonders of nature. As we depart from Reykjavik and venture along the South Coast of Iceland, our destination is the magnificent Hekla volcano. Along the way, we make a stop at the very roots of this active volcano, allowing you to marvel at its immense power and natural grandeur. Continuing our expedition, we follow the scenic road 225 Landmannaleid or Dómadalsleið, leading us to the captivating Landmannalaugar. Here, we indulge in a delightful three-hour stopover, offering an array of hiking options suitable for every skill level. Many adventurers opt for the popular 4.5-kilometer hike through the mesmerizing Laugahraun, a journey that takes approximately two hours. Or you can Immerse yourself in hike to the vibrant colors of the rainbow-colored mountain Brennisteinsalda, or challenge yourself with the more demanding hikes of Blahnukur or Sudurnamur. Afterward, reward yourself with a tranquil soak in the natural geothermal pool, relishing in the therapeutic qualities of the warm waters. Our return journey treats you to more captivating sights. We pause at the extraordinary Hnausapollur and Ljótipollur, both showcasing expansive volcanic craters adorned with mesmerizing blue water within. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring Sigöldugljúfur, followed by visits to the magnificent Sigöldufoss and Hjálparfoss waterfalls, each exuding their own unique charm and beauty. Concluding our remarkable expedition, we head back to Reykjavik, leaving you with cherished memories of Iceland's natural wonders. Join us on this exhilarating super jeep tour, where adventure and captivating landscapes intertwine, creating an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

From Reykjavik: Small Group South Coast Tour & Glacier Hike

10. From Reykjavik: Small Group South Coast Tour & Glacier Hike

Uncover the wild side of Iceland on this day trip from Reykjavik. Visit Seljalandsfoss falls, Skógafoss falls, and the sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. Go for an adventure with a guided walk on Solheimajokull Glacier. Stay connected with free WIFI aboard the climate-controlled van. Depart Reykjavik and travel to the amazing Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the magnificent cascades and get some memorable photos. Continue to Solheimajokull Glacier and hear the ancient ice crack as you hike the glacier tongue with a certified guide. Next, marvel at the black sand beach and basalt columns of Reynisfjara. Marvel at black volcanic sands, smooth pebbles, and unique rock formations of the beach. Go for a stroll to see the cliffs and sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. End with a visit to the majestic waterfall of Skógafoss and walk right up to the 60-meter high cascade to feel the spray on your face. Get a bird's eye view of the landscape of an optional climb of the 527 steps.

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based on 1,667 reviews

The south coast tour was an amazing trip start to finish, the places you see on this tour are truly magical and couldn't be more glad we picked this tour. Our Bus Driver Norbert and Tour guide Amelia were fantastic and made this experience even more special, keeping us right the whole way with a perfect route for all the stops while making sure it was a comfortable journey for all. Amelia told the most interesting stories about Icelandic culture along the way which have stuck with us all. We enjoyed every minute of the tour and saw some of the outstanding beauties of Iceland, with many laughs along the way. Before getting off the bus Amelia gave all the best tips and advice on where to go to get the best views for each stop, along with ensuring everyone was careful due to the ever changing Icelandic weather. Amelia even took note of everyone's bus stops so we could get dropped closer to our accommodation on the way back, without pre-booking. Outstanding Tour, can't thank you enough.

The guide was spectacular and it was a pleasure to listen to him and have him share all his knowledge with us. A charm. The driver was great and very good at driving in very unpleasant weather conditions. We were caught in a terrible snow storm but he handled it very well. In short, an unforgettable and wonderful experience.

Our guide was excellent and thoroughly made the trip. Martin was so knowledgeable and when hit with weather and vehicle adversities he had back up plans galore and the trip ran seamlessly. Absolutely worth the long day, and much better than the Golden circle.

All points of the itinerary were met. There are places that deserve more time to visit since the minutes are running out, for example, walking to the point. The guide has been strict with the times and allowed us to visit everything.

The tour is well-organized and fun! Lili is awesome and very considerate. Definitely worth a try while you are in Iceland.