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Sólheimasandur: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mýrdalsjökull: South Coast ATV Quad Bike Safari

1. Mýrdalsjökull: South Coast ATV Quad Bike Safari

Discover the southern coast of Iceland on a thrilling quad-bike adventure. Discover the wonderful landscapes near the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, traversing the black sands of Sólheimasandur. Start with a short safety briefing on how to operate the ATVs. When everyone is ready, set off on your adventure and ride the majestic black sand plains of Sólheimasandur. Cross this desert-like landscape and stop by the famous DC3 plane that crashed on the sands in 1973. Head to the spectacular coastline to experience fantastic views of the surrounding area. From the beach, admire the sight of the Dyrhólaey peninsula, the southernmost tip of Iceland. Looking inland, you can see the marvelous Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the distance. Heading back over the sands and following the Jökulsá River, your adventure will conclude as you cross a river to enter a stunning mountain valley.

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

2. 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 Reykjavik: South Coast, Plane Wreck, & Beach ATV Tour

3. From Reykjavik: South Coast, Plane Wreck, & Beach ATV Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour from Reykjavik and see the majestic South Coast of Iceland. Ride ATVs on a black sand beach and stop at the DC3 Plane Wreck on the sands of the beach. Start the tour in Reykjavik, and travel down the beautiful South Coast of Iceland to the Adventure Ground. Gear up to enjoy a thrilling but safe ATV quad bike tour on the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur. Cross a desert-like landscape and stop by the famous DC3 plane that crashed on the sands of the beach in 1973. Travel to the spectacular coastline and see the spectacular view of the surrounding area. See sights like Dyrhólaey Peninsula, the southernmost tip of Iceland. Look further inland and see the marvelous Mýrdalsjökull Glacier off in the distance. Return to Reykjavik and stop at Skógafoss waterfall, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will be able to walk behind this marvelous waterfall.

From Reykjavík: Summer 3-Day South Coast/Golden Circle Tour

4. From Reykjavík: Summer 3-Day South Coast/Golden Circle Tour

You will be picked up from your accommodation or a nearby bus stop and, from there, set out to see Iceland’s most famous route: the Golden Circle. You’ll get the chance to experience everything that the area has to offer, including geothermal spots, waterfalls, and some local favorites. On day 2 you will experience the South Coast of Iceland with its two amazing waterfalls and further East you will head into the national park of Vatnajökull and take part in a glacier hike from Skaftafell. On Day 3 you return to Reykjavík, but with a few stops along the way. The first stop of the day will be Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and just across the road you will see the amazing Diamond Beach. Heading South you will stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach and Sólheimasandur desert.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour

5. From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour

Hop in a comfortable Super Jeep for a private tour with a maximum of 7 people. Spend the day exploring the scenic South Coast of Iceland. Begin by visiting some of the areas that were most affected by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, during which volcanic ash halted all air traffic between North America and Europe. Learn how volcanic eruptions have shaped the geology and culture of Iceland. Continue on to admire the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Follow your guide down the path directly behind the fall to reach the mighty Skógafoss waterfall. Walk and drive down black sand beaches pounded by the Atlantic surf. Check out the towering, bird-inhabited cliffs surrounding the quaint coastal village of Vík. Stop in at local restaurants and cafes in Vik to get a sense of Icelandic life.  Enjoy the flexible itinerary of this private tour and feel free to make requests or ask for suggestions from your guide. Rest assured that this personalized experience is the best way to get to know one of Iceland's most beautiful regions.

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(96 reviews)

The activity has been crazy, we loved it. For me, who had already done ATV in Egypt, I was not as surprised as my partner who was her first time. Still, the experience was a 10/10 and I would highly recommend it, this company is very good, or at least the people we met. If you have the opportunity and time to do it, do it. I hope to be able to do a tour with you again, it was a pleasure and we would really like to thank the workers and also our guide who does not usually do the tours but had to do ours since the original guide was late. Incredibly friendly and the suits were very warm 🤣🤣🤣.

A very cool experience. Especially if you don't want to rent a car and take the risk of driving if the weather is bad or snowy. They have taken us to all the points described. The explanations have been very good. We would definitely repeat, it has been very comfortable and even more so in winter.

Thomas, our tour guide, was incredible. He was so funny and friendly, made our tour enjoyable. Thank you so much:

This was very good organised and our guide was very cool and informative. I highly recommend it.

Everything went so well . Our guide is cheerful and knowledgeable.