South Coast Small Group Day Tour

If you want to see the true Iceland, the south coast of Iceland is the place to be. Extreme landscape with glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches and much more!

Description

In this 10 hour long day tour we visit many of the most beautiful places in the southern part of Iceland. We are talking about waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, a lovely fishing village and in the summer time we will even see puffins.

On this tour we stop at two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and then we walk towards the amazing glacier Sólheimajökull. We also go to the wonderful Reynisfjara, the black sand beach home of the puffins before the fishing village of Vík, where we will have spectacular view of the Reynisdrangar cliffs. We also take a look at the amazing Eyjafjalla*%#% something – the volcano that erupted in 2010 and put the world's flights on hold. 

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Our South Coast tour was chosen #5 Day Trip in the world by the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2019 award.

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In all our tours we offer free WiFi, we give you a taste of Icelandic snacks and play Icelandic music for you. 

About this activity

  • Duration: 10 Hours

  • Small group guaranteed

  • Electronic voucher

  • Pickup at hotel/bus stop included

  • Easy cancellation

  • Secure online booking

  • Taste of Icelandic music and snacks

  • Best price guarantee

What’s included

  • Pickup starts at 08:00
  • Duration: 10 hours 
  • Sample of Icelandic music
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Taste of traditional Icelandic snack
  • Time for lunch (not incl. in price)
  • ...and a lot of fun

What do I need to bring

  • Always bring the good mood, it makes everything better
  • Rain gear, if you walk behind the waterfall Seljalandsfoss you may get wet
  • Warm clothes, the weather in Iceland can change quickly
  • The walk towards the glacier Sólheimajökull is moderate, it's good to bring good shoes with you. Hiking boots are not required

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Itinerary

Reykjavik

The tour starts in Reykjavík, where we will pick you up at your hotel, guesthouse or at one of the bus stops downtown (See a list of bus stops in Reykjavik). The pick-up is always between 8:00 and 8:30, but you have to be ready at 8 o'clock. When the pick-up is done we head out of town and the guide introduces him/herself.

Hvolsvöllur

The first stop of the day is at a gas station in a town called Hvolsvöllur, it's about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Reykjavík. Here we can go and grab a coffee, breakfast, candy, use the restrooms or simply stand up and stretch our legs. We usually stop here for 15 minutes.

Skógafoss

The second stop of the day is one of the most photogenic and visited waterfalls in Iceland, Skógafoss. The waterfall is extremely beautiful, both in summer and winter. If we are lucky enough and the sun is shining, we will see surprising rainbows. 

The drop of the water is about 60 meters (200 ft) high and 25 meters (82 ft) wide. There are a few ways to admire the waterfall, either from the steps on the right side of the waterfall where you have a beautiful view from above, or right in front of it where you can feel all its power. 

We usually stop at Skógafoss for 40-50 minutes. The parking lot is just 1 minute walk from the waterfall. There are restrooms for visitors.

Reynisfjara (the black sand beach)

Reynisfjara is a unique place, as simple as that. It is the most famous black sand beach on the island and one of the most well-known in the world. The landscape is dramatic, with glaciers and volcanoes all around. A few years ago Reynisfjara was chosen on the Top 10 list of non-tropical beaches to visit in the whole world. 

The nature is beautiful at the black sand beach and the basaltic columns by the beach are one of a kind. The three cliffs called Reynisdrangar rise up in the ocean with the island Dyrahólaey not far away, making for one of the most stunning panoramas in our country.

Quite a few Hollywood movies were shot here, such as Noah, Star Trek and of course Game of Thrones.

It is really important when you visit the beach to be careful since the waves can be unpredictable and powerful. Your guide will tell you what to keep in mind when visiting the beach.

We also stop for lunch here, there is a small cozy restaurant where you can buy lunch. This stop is about 60-70 minutes.

Vík

Vík is a small fishing village at the other site of the mountain where Reynisfjara is. After lunch we go to the church in the town for a photo stop. The view is spectacular and gives you a real feeling of how the Icelandic fishermen lived back in the day. 

This stop is about 10-15 minutes.

Sólheimajökull

We do have many glaciers in Iceland, especially on the south coast of the island. The one we stop at is called Sólheimajökull and is located between two our most famous volcanoes, Eyjafjallajökull and Katla. The glacier is part of a bigger one called Mýrdalsjökull and is fairly accessible. 

The glacier is probably one of the most well-known in Iceland, especially among scientists, since unfortunately the glacier is melting rapidly due to climate change. We will tell you everything you need to know about the glacier and the area. 

It is about 15 minutes walk from the parking lot to the glacier. This stop is about 50-60 minutes. 

Seljalandsfoss

The last stop of the day is the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, which is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland. The reason for it is that in the summer time you can walk behind it and, if you are in the mood for it take amazing selfies there.

Seljalandsfoss is about 60 meters (200 ft) high and you can get really close to it. The water from the river is super fresh and good to drink! 

There is a coffee shop here and restrooms as well, which are recommended to use before the drive back to Reykjavík. 

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • - 1 day notice: 100% charge

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kr 13,500 10 Hours , Easy

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Did you know that people sometimes ask us if they can put on their swimsuit and jump into the hot spring?

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Gullfoss Waterfall

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Did you know there was much speculation about using Gullfoss to generate electricity?

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Faxi Waterfall

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Did you know that Faxi is sometimes called Gullfoss´s little brother?

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Your Golden Circle Secret Lagoon

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Hveragerði

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Around 40 minutes out of Reykjavík we make a stop at this lovely small town which is built on a geothermal area. You can take a look at an earthquake exhibition and grab a coffee on this 15-20 minutes stop.

Did you know that it is popular to bake Hot Spring Bread (Hverabrauð) using only geothermal heating around here?

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

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Have you ever walk behind a waterfall? You can do that at Seljalandsfoss which has a drop of 60 m (197 f) and is a part of the Seljalandriver which has it´s origin in the famous Volcano Eyjafjalla%#$%something.

Did you know that Seljalandsfoss was a waypoint during the first leg of Amazing Race 6?

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Skógafoss Waterfall

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One of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25m (82 f) and a drop of 60m (200f). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow which is normally visible on sunny days. You can walk up a path and see it from above.

Did you know that according to a legend one of the first viking buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall?

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Sólheimajökull Glacier

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Did you know that last 20 years Sólheimajökull has been shrinking around 50 meters every year?

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Reynisfjara black sandbeach

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The landscape at Reynisfjara is something you don´t see every day. The black sandbeach, rocks, cliffs, and the pure ocean is hard to describe in words. Our lunchbreak is over there and if we are lucky we might see puffins. Be careful the waves can be unpredictable and dangerous.
Did you know that two trolls tried to drag a ship to land but were tuned into stones when sun came up. That is Reynisdrangar stacks that you can see from the beach?

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