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From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland along with its coastline on a full-day sightseeing tour from Reykjavik. Along the way, discover a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Following a pickup from listed hotels or guesthouses by bus in central Reykjavík, travel to the gorgeous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. At the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, walk behind the cascades and feel the spray on your face. Continue to Skógafoss to marvel at the 60-meter drop. Pass the black sand beaches of the southern coast and enjoy the power of the sea. Visit the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull to see an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Admire the ever-changing feat of nature up-close. Then, look at the basalt sea stacks at Reynisfjara, Iceland’s southernmost village just south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before returning to Reykjavik.

Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

Travel through the farming regions of southern Iceland and experience the Land of Fire and Ice on this full-day bus tour from Reykjavík, with a tour guide and optional hotel transfers. Encounter the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, thundering waterfalls, and majestic glaciers. Choose from a private tour option with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, a group tour with hotel pickup and drop-off, or a group tour from a centrally-located meeting point. Relax on the drive through the rugged countryside of the south. Admire stunning natural landscapes that have been shaped over the centuries by the combined activity of glaciers and volcanoes. Marvel at the rainbows which hover over Skógafoss waterfall. Take a walk on the black sand Reynisfjara beach while observing its surrounding basalt columns. Learn about the Icelandic legend regarding the columns and let yourself wonder if they are actually mischievous trolls who were turned into rock by the rising sun. See dramatic cliffs and caves and walk behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Return to Reykjavík at the end of your tour. 

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Embark on a guided tour from Reykjavik to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Witness the mighty Hvannadalshnjúkur mountain and black sand desert that sprawls between Skaftafell National Park and the lagoon.  Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascades to reach the other side. Continue to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall and admire the impressive 60-meter drop. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and stroll along the shores of the lake. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the area as 1,000- to 1,500-year-old ice breaks away from the Vatnajökull glacier and floats silently on the water. Recognize locations from some of the many movies that have been filmed in the area, such as Batman Begins and Tomb Raider. Stop at the spectacular Diamond Beach and admire the strand of black sand speckled with clumps of ice, giving an appearance of shimmering diamonds. In the warmer months, enjoy an added boat ride around the lagoon and witness the floating icebergs up-close.

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

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.

RVK: Glacier Hike, South Coast Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

RVK: Glacier Hike, South Coast Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

Experience the magic of Iceland's south coast in a single day on this incredible adventure from Reykjavik. Get up close and personal with a glacier, explore iconic spots, and discover the natural wonders that define this breathtaking region. Marvel at the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, where you can even walk behind the cascading waters at Seljalandsfoss – a truly unique experience. Dive into the stories and legends that envelop the mighty Skogafoss waterfall, adding an extra layer of intrigue to your journey. Embrace the Insta-famous Reynisfjara black-sand beach, where you'll enjoy a leisurely stroll along the striking black sands while gazing at the magnificent rock formations that stretch out into the sea. The main adventure awaits at the Sólheimajökull glacier, where you'll gear up with harness, crampons, an ice pick, and a helmet. Embark on a short hike to the glacier's base, then ascend onto the ice for an exhilarating glacier hike filled with twists, turns, and panoramic vistas that will take your breath away. Throughout the day, soak in the picturesque scenery as you travel along the southern coast of Iceland, treating your eyes to rugged landscapes and dramatic cliffs that make this country truly one-of-a-kind. When the adventure concludes, you'll head back to Reykjavik with memories that will last a lifetime. So, don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty and thrill of Iceland's south coast in a single unforgettable day!

Reykjavik: South Coast, Diamond Beach, and Jökulsárlón Tour

Reykjavik: South Coast, Diamond Beach, and Jökulsárlón Tour

Follow the south coast of Iceland to the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and learn about the incredible landscapes from your guide. Stay connected with free WIFI aboard the climate-controlled bus. Depart from Reykjavik in an air-conditioned bus and pass charming villages as well as Skaftafell National Park on your way to the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls. Look out for Iceland’s biggest volcano, Öræfajökull glacier. After arriving at the lagoon, enjoy some time to view this stunning area. Take a walk along the shore and admire the icebergs. During the summer season, amphibian boat tours on the lagoon are available at an extra cost (payable onsite). Jökulsárlón started to form in the early nineteen twenties and is getting bigger every year. See blocks of ice that have broken off Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, as they sail slowly towards the ocean. The tour returns to Reykjavik in the evening.

Reykjavik: South Coast and Katla Ice Cave Small Group Tour

Reykjavik: South Coast and Katla Ice Cave Small Group Tour

Embark on an extraordinary expedition through Iceland's picturesque south coast with our exclusive Katla Ice Cave tour, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that promises to leave you spellbound. Departing from Reykjavik, this day trip offers an immersive experience in the heart of nature's grandeur. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss beckons you to venture behind its cascading waters, offering a unique and surreal encounter with nature. Skogafoss, steeped in ancient folklore, adds a touch of mystique to your journey, its powerful cascades weaving enchanting tales. Explore the world-renowned Reynisfjara black-sand beach, where the striking contrast between the ebony sands and the vast blue sea creates a scene of unparalleled beauty. Stroll leisurely along the shore, marveling at the magnificent rock formations and the rhythmic dance of the waves. The pinnacle of your adventure awaits at the Katla Ice Cave, nestled at the foot of the mighty Katla glacier. Equipped with crampons and helmets, venture deep into the glacier's heart to discover the mesmerizing Ice Caves. These natural wonders, sculpted by time, exhibit a captivating fusion of blue and black ice, forming a breathtaking labyrinth beneath the glacier. Throughout the day, feast your eyes on the breathtaking landscapes as you traverse Iceland's southern coast. Marvel at rugged cliffs, dramatic seascapes, and untouched wilderness, immersing yourself in the raw beauty that defines this extraordinary country. As your remarkable journey comes to an end, you'll return to Reykjavik with cherished memories etched into your soul. This unforgettable day promises an adventure you'll treasure forever, an opportunity to savor the beauty and excitement of Iceland's south coast in a single day. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Katla Ice Cave and experience the unparalleled charm of Iceland's natural wonders. Book your adventure now and embark on a journey that will stay with you for a lifetime.

From Reykjavík: South Coast Waterfall, Black Sand & Ice tour

From Reykjavík: South Coast Waterfall, Black Sand & Ice tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Iceland’s southern coast and witness some of Iceland’s most iconic natural sites. See the glacier-covered peaks of Eyjafjallajökull, the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and much more. Take in panoramic views of the most remote interior regions of the highlands. Marvel at the beauty of the Sólheimajökull glacier and the unearthly basalt columns in Reynisfjara. Walk along the spirited black sand beaches of Dyrhólaey. Experience one of the most geographically diverse routes in Iceland on this 10-hour tour. Return to Reykjavik in the evening with memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

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

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.

From Reykjavík: Katla Ice Cave and South Coast Tour

From Reykjavík: Katla Ice Cave and South Coast Tour

Embark on a captivating day tour from Reykjavík and explore the waterfalls and glaciers that grace Iceland's southern coastline. Take an action-ready super-jeep to ascend into deep nature. All safety gear and transportation are provided for your ease. Your first activity is an exploration of Katla Ice Cave. For this, at Vík we prepare for action, switching to a super-jeep for the challenging ascent onto the glacier. The indispensable 4x4 power ensures a smooth journey. Immerse yourself in the glacial landscape, marveling at peculiar ice formations and the crystalline blue ice of Katla Ice Cave. Then explore Vík, with its distinctive black beach, and savor a leisurely lunch. Reuniting with the bus, your return journey to the capital includes stops at Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, two of Iceland's most enchanting waterfalls. Enjoy the quintessential south=coast experience, and forge memories during this adventure that will endure long after your journey here concludes.

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Olafson (or may be I misspelled his name) was a very nice guide. We were also pleased by having extra time at glacier (not sure if it was initially included in this tour). There was a lot of interesting information and excellent locations. The only thing the guide should speak more clearly in the microphone. Overall - perfect and highly recommended

This tour was the absolute highlite during my stay in Iceland! Our guide, Michael, was extremely knowledgeable and informative, and make the journey even more interesting. Logisticswise, everything went on time; we were even ahead of the schedule. All of the sites were astonishing! I absolutely recommend it!

Enjoyed the commentary by the guide. Loved the waterfalls and glacier. Everything was well timed although lunch was a little late but understandable given the distances.

Bad smell of dampness on the bus.. driver wasn't friendly not even a hello . Great tour guide. Great day seen so much we really enjoyed it.

The trip was fantastic. Ritchie was a phenomenal tour guide, extremely knowledgeable and with a lot of humor. The driver was also great.