Iceland South Coast Tour with a Glacier Hike & Lava Exhibition

Overview

Explore the southern coastline of Iceland; from the crashing waves of Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach to the top of the glittering Sólheimajökull Glacier. Those looking for the perfect introduction to this land of ice and fire need to look no further. 

You will be picked up early in the morning in a comfy minibus, and driven out of the busy city, through the peaceful countryside, to the quiet town of Hvolsvöllur. Here is where you will find the award-winning LAVA Centre, an interactive exhibition of Iceland’s volcanic activity. You will learn about earthquakes and past volcanic eruptions — including the one in the nearby Eyjafjallajökull Volcano.

Next to Eyjafjallajökull is the glacier Sólheimajökull, your next destination. Here, you will strap on crampons and a harness, put on a helmet and step onto the ancient ice on a glacier hike. Your professional glacier guide will show you blue crevasses and deep moulins as you navigate across the ice — which is still streaked with black ash from Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption. 

After an invigorating hike, you will return to the minibus and head to the black beach of Reynisfjara. Cliffs made up of hexagonal columns, massive rock stacks out of the ocean and, in the distance, the arch Dyrhólaey will make up your view here. In the summer, you might see a puffin or two nesting in the cliffs while the winters bring massive white waves which crash upon the black sands with great force. 

Now it is time to head back to Reykjavík but not before making a few stops along the way. First up is at the powerful waterfall, Skógafoss. The Skógá River flows southwards from the nearby glaciers before making a 60-metre vertical drop, creating this beautiful cascade in the process. As the ground underneath is very flat, you can walk right up to the waterfall and take some unique photos. 

The last stop before being dropped off in Reykjavík is at another waterfall, Seljalandsfoss. This cascade is vastly different from Skógafoss but equally as beautiful. In the summer a path leads you behind the falling spring water but in the winter, the snow, icicles, and frost gives it a fairytale appearance. 

Get to know this beautiful country of fire and ice on this small-group minibus tour of South Iceland. Book now to secure your spot on this immersive excursion. 

Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Reykjavík
  • Guided tour of the LAVA Centre Exhibition
  • Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull with a certified glacier guide
  • All safety gear for the glacier hike

Not included

  • Meals and refreshments

Good to know

  • Please be ready for your pickup in front of your accommodation or designated bus stop in good time.
  • This is a small-group tour with the maximum of 12 people per group
  • Lunch is not included but there will be stops at Hvolsvöllur and Reynisfjara where guests can purchase something to eat.
  • The glacier hike is included but not mandatory. If you wish to skip it, please let us know during the booking process.
  • This tour is weather dependent, and your safety is the number one priority. The glacier hike may be cancelled due to conditions being unfavourable. If that happens, the south coast sightseeing tour will continue, and additional stops will be added.

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Good hiking shoes

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