South Coast & Glacier Hike
Join this expedition to visit Iceland's South Coast! We make stops at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, its neighbor the majestic Skogafoss, then we head to the mighty waves of the Reynisfjara, also known as The Black Sand Beach. Did we mention we will also hike on top of Sólheimajökull glacier?
✓ Seljalandsfoss waterfall ✓ Skógafoss waterfall ✓ Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull glacier ✓ Reynisfjara, The Black Sand Beach
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board ✓ Small group ✓ Glacier hike guided tour ✓ All necessary glacier equipment
Are you ready for the adventure?
Explore the beautiful South Coast of Iceland, and hike on one of Iceland’s last remaining glaciers during this unforgettable 12-hour trip in the South of Iceland.
What to Expect :
- Hike on Solheimajökull glacier (necessary equipment is included in the price)
- Walk on a Black Sand Beach
- Visit most famous waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrafoss & Skógafoss
- And more…
At 8 am your guide will pick you up from your chosen bus stop or hotel. On the way to your first destination, you will pass by some beautiful mountains and a highly geothermal area. After leaving the Capital Region, you will make your way to the first stop of the tour – the mighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a powerful waterfall in the South of Iceland, with a dramatic 60-meter drop. This beautiful waterfall is one of the best-known and frequently visited places not only because it’s so close to Reykjavik, but also because of its unique structure – as the cliffs behind the waterfall have a wide cavern, allowing everyone to fully encircle the waterfall from behind.
In the same area, you can find 2 more stunning waterfalls, only a few hundred meters away.
- Gljúfrafoss is a beautiful 40-meter waterfall hiding in a narrow secret canyon, just a few minutes away from Seljalandsfoss. The waterfall was placed on the map just a few years ago after tourists started sharing photos of this majestical hidden beauty. Until then, the locals kept the waterfall for themselves.
- On the way to Gljúfrafoss, you will see another glamorous waterfall, which proudly shows its beauty in a stunning area, surrounded by mountains, rivers, and extremely fresh air.
Make sure to bring rainwear, as you have a high chance of getting wet from the drizzle.
Your next stop will be the majestic waterfall Skógafoss – 30 minutes away from Seljalandsfoss.
Skógafoss – which means “forest waterfall’ in Icelandic’, is one of Iceland’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls, with another dramatic 60-meter drop (197 feet), and one of the few waterfalls that can be viewed from the top.
Skógafoss is frequently referred to as a “unique waterfall” because the waterfall comes directly from two glaciers nearby – Eyjafjallajökull & Mýrdalsjökull. Eventually, all this water ends in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The most special thing about this waterfall is the fact that you can climb to the top of the mountain from where the waterfall is coming down. On the side of the mountain, you will be greeted with 500 stairs, which will let you easily reach the top. From there, you will be able to see how the waterfall forms, and will be greeted with a beautiful walking path into a magical canyon along the Skógá river on the top of the mountain.
The land near the waterfall is very flat, allowing everyone to easily get close to this beauty. The stairs are a bit more challenging.
After all the mystical waterfalls, you will go for some lunch.
Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier
After lunch, we will continue driving East for the most exciting activity of the day – a Glacier Hike on one of the last remaining glaciers in the world. We will explore Sólheimajökull – a mesmerizing, long, and wide outlet of the Mýrdalsjökul glacier, which is the 4th largest glacier in Iceland.
We will first arrive at the Sóleimajökull Glacier parking lot, where you will be greeted by your professional glacier guide. Your guide will hand you all the necessary equipment: such as crampons, harnesses, ice axes, and more. For the hike, we recommend wearing layers of clothing and a waterproof shell, rather than wearing bulky clothes.
Immediately after that, you will start your hike toward one of the most beautiful glaciers in Iceland.
Be ready to be welcomed by gigantic crevasses, which are constantly detaching themselves from the glacier; therefore seeing large pieces of ice falling into the lagoon is not an uncommon occurrence. On most days, you will be able to see huge icebergs floating in the lagoon, a few hundred meters away from the glacier.
Your adventure will be pretty easy, however, it is important to be in good shape. The hike will include some higher elevations at the beginning of the tour. After reaching the top of the glacier, your hike will remain relatively easy.
Be ready for a spectacular experience with this rare natural phenomenon.
Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach
After an unforgettable hike on the glacier, you will make one more stop at the famous Reynisfjara – also known as the Black Sand Beach.
Black sand beaches form after numerous volcanic eruptions in the area, slowly eroding the lava over millions of years.
At this breathtaking place, you will also be welcomed by massive basalt columns. Basalt columns have a special shape because of the way the lava cools. It is very rare to find such long & solid basalt columns anywhere else in the world.
The photogenic Dýrhólaey cliffs are also very well seen in this area.
The south is also a paradise for bird lovers, like puffins, razorbills, and dozens of other species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime.
It is important to know that this itinerary might slightly change due to weather or the availability of your glacier guide. You will be given a full itinerary in the morning, once everyone gets on the minibus in Reykjavik.
If the weather is good and everyone is on schedule it is very likely that you will make a few other stops on the way, however, it cannot always be guaranteed.
We wish you a beautiful journey, filled with tons of unforgettable memories!
About 12 hours
Easy to moderate
18 (but 12 persons per glacier guide on the ice)
The minimum age is 8 years old for the glacier hikes. If children under those ages are on the tour, then an adult needs to stay with them while others do these activities.
✓ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✓ Skógafoss waterfall
✓ Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
✓ Glacier Hike our on Sólheimajökull
✓ English speaking guide
✓ Certified glacier guide
✓ Small group
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
✓ Glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots above ankle (available for rent when booking)
• Joy and happiness!
- Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions and we may have to adjust timings to the short daylight of winter days.
- Pick-up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick-up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
✓ All-day tours can be cancelled up to 24 hours from the departure time with the full price refunded by sending an email to [email protected] All cancellations requested less than 24 hours from the departure time are non-refundable.
✓ In the case of cancellation of the tour by the operator because of extreme weather, road conditions, or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or booking other activities when possible or provide a full refund.
✓ The 24 hour policy “applies to extras as well (rental Hiking Boots, Waterproof Jacket & Waterproof Pants).
How does pick up work?
We offer pick-up only from Reykjavik city greater area from designated locations found on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. We ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location or miss the departure of your tour. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time of your voucher and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready at their listed location so they can be easily found.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to the regulations of the city of Reykjavik, tour companies are only allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city center to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher if we will pick you up directly from your hotel or from the designated bus stop locations. Find the closest designated pick up location using the map on www.busstop.is.
What is a day tour?
A day tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for one day.
Why should I book a day tour?
All our day tours are in a minibus and offer small group experience. These tours also drive further into in the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore Iceland in-depth.
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them available for rent in all sizes while booking or at the glacier hike location for ISK 1,500 per pair with cash or card.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance for some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.