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Reykjavik: Wild South Waterfalls, Black Beach & Glacier

1. Reykjavik: Wild South Waterfalls, Black Beach & Glacier

If you are a nature lover, then this tour is made for you. It visits all the great attractions of the south coast, glaciers, the Black Beach of Reynisfjara, Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and of course, several of the beautiful waterfalls.  The highlight of the tour is a Blue Ice Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull glacier which takes around 1.5-hours. Start by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting lesser-known, more secret waterfalls Glufrabui and Irafoss. As you continue, drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you will take a glacier hike for about 1.5-hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier.  A bit further will be the great Reynisfjara Black Beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. In one day, see two volcanoes and discover five amazing waterfalls, visit Reynisfjara and get up-close and personal with the sleeping ice giants that are glaciers during the glacier hike. A perfect tour for the curious tourist and the inquisitive nature lover. This tour is available all year. Reserve it now to secure your spot on this South Iceland Tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Sólheimajökull Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

2. Sólheimajökull Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

Defy gravity on an exciting ice climb and hike across the Sólheimajökull Glacier, the outlet glacier that was featured in Chasing Ice, the award-winning documentary about climate change. Meet your certified guide at the Sólheimajökull Glacier parking lot to collect all the necessary safety equipment. Hike toward the outlet glacier and get ready to face the challenge of the climb. Listen as your guide shows all you need to know to successfully conquer the body of dense ice. Learn all the basic techniques of ice climbing, and hear about the history and formation of the ever-changing glacier. Follow your guide to the perfect climbing location, and watch as they set up the ice-climbing system before you climb up the icy walls under their safe guidance.  

Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

3. Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

This hike is for anyone who wants to experience hiking on the beautiful glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Located underneath the ice cap is one of the largest Volcanoes in Iceland, Katla which erupted last in 1918. You will meet your guide at the Sólheimajökull parking lot where you will receive all the necessary safety gear and hike towards the glacier. There you will get a safety briefing as well as a tutorial on how to attach the crampons to your high ankle boots. Explore the impermanent glacier formations as well as crevasses and moulins. During the hike, you will see the beautiful views of the area, surrounding mountains as well as some volcanic ash on the glacier. Your guide will be happy to explain these natural phenomena and answer your questions. If you have never been on a glacier, your skilled guide will make sure you will have a safe and enjoyable experience.

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

4. From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

Experience some of the largest glaciers of Iceland, and see the waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandson on a day trip from Reykjavik. After a pickup from the city, witness the alluring natural beauty of the cascading waterfalls and embark on a guided hike with all necessary glacier equipment. Journey to Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you get the chance to walk behind the 60-meter fall. There will definitely be a drizzle behind the breathtaking waterfall, so put on your rain gear and get your cameras ready. Continue the adventure at Skógarfoss waterfall, a 60-meter drop from what used to be the coastline. You can enjoy the beautiful view from above after running up the 527 steps leading to the top. Skógarfoss was a filming location for the Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Thor: The Dark World as well as several music videos. On the iconic black sand beach, discover magnificent basalt columns as well as the rock pillars named Reynisdrangar. Be sure to watch out for the unpredictable sneaker waves while enjoying the magical view of the beach and Dyrhólaey cliffs in the distance. Between June and August, you can enjoy the company of hundreds of puffins that like to nest in the columns. Finally, get geared up with the necessary safety equipment to hike up one of Iceland's most scenic glaciers on the South Coast, where you can see the fast-melting ice formations and learn about the area’s ancient geology and environmental importance.

South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

5. South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

Your tour will start with a morning Reykjavik pick-up at authorized pick-up locations. You are then driven from the capital to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will get the opportunity to follow a pathway that leads you behind the fall. Traveling through sensational scenery, you will arrive at Sólheimajökull glacier for a glacier walk. Your certified glacier guide will issue you with glacier equipment. Learn about the glacier, its movements, crevasses, and its formation. You will even hear the ancient ice cracking when it moves. Next up is the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara to see the basalt columns and cave, the stunning Reynisdrangar cliffs and the impressive basalt rock stacks that rise above the Atlantic waves. Lastly, you will come to the smashing Skógafoss waterfall, a pathway with 527 steps leads up the side of the waterfall, where you will get a view of the falls and the rainbows that appear on clear days.Iceland is a volcano country and on a clear day, you will get views of Eyjafjallajökull, Hekla and even the volcanoes around the Westman Islands, just off the coast.  You will be dropped off at your original pick-up location in Reykjavík around 7:00 PM. You will have time to get some dinner and then be picked up again from your original point for the northern lights tour.  From the capital, you will hunt for the jewel-bright colors of the Northern Lights in the countryside — Green, yellow, white, and sometimes purple northern lights are usually seen. Northern Lights can never be promised but your guide will do their very best.

Sólheimajökull: Kayaking by the Glacier

6. Sólheimajökull: Kayaking by the Glacier

Your tour will begin as you meet your expert kayaking guide at the Sólheimajökull parking lot. From here, you will be equipped with a dry suit before being shown the basic techniques to manoeuvre in your kayak. These sit-on-top kayaks are extremely easy to steer, and no previous kayaking experience is required. Once on the kayak and you push off into the lagoon, you’ll be immediately immersed into a world of iceberg-filled calm waters, with breathtaking views of the Sólheimajökull Glacier, which is only able to be seen while on water. After a few hours of gliding along the stillness of the lagoon, you will head back to shore having collected some unforgettable memories.

South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

7. South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

A day on the glacier is a great way to experience Icelandic nature. Only 2-hours away from Reykjavík is a glacier called Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull glacier), an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull (Myrdalsjokull glacier). It lies just east of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010 and caused trouble all over Europe. When arriving at the glacier, your guide will get all the necessary equipment ready such as crampons and ice axe and then the group will head up to the glacier. Your guide will lead you through wonders of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses while telling you everything about the behavior of these ever-changing giants. About 2-hours will be spent on the ice. On the way back to Reykjavík, there will be a stop at the impressive waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Sólheimajökull: 3-Hour Glacier Hiking Trip

8. Sólheimajökull: 3-Hour Glacier Hiking Trip

Enjoy a family-friendly glacier walk on Iceland's most visited glacier, the Sólheimajökull glacier. Be guided by a certified, and experienced glacier guide who will equip you with crampons, and ice axes before heading up to the foot of the glacier. After a quick lesson on how to use the technical gear, you and your group will head up to the glacier to explore and experience all that the glacial landscape has to offer. Marvel at the frozen wonderland with its white, clear, and blue ice formations, deep crevasses, and water cauldrons. Take your time navigating the glacier, making sure you have plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoy the scenery and hear stories from your guide about all the ever-changing glaciers.

South Iceland & Glacier Hike Adventure

9. South Iceland & Glacier Hike Adventure

First up on the itinerary is one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls, Skógafoss. Those who are up for the challenge, can climb all 527 steps to the observation deck for a unique perspective. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a sunny day and see big rainbows through the waterfall mist. Then you head over to the star of the tour, Sólheimajökull glacier, where you'll hike for one hour through an otherworldly glacial landscape.  On the way back, you'll stop at Seljalandsfoss, one of the South Coast’s most prominent waterfalls. Walking behind it and feeling the mist from the cascading water on your skin is the perfect ending to this South Coast adventure.

From Reykjavik: Iceland's South Coast and Glacier Tour

10. From Reykjavik: Iceland's South Coast and Glacier Tour

Depart Reykjavik aboard a bus equipped with computer tablets in every seat that allow you to use the GPS-sensitive audio guide in 10 different languages. Learn interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit in a language that you are most comfortable with. Make use of other facilities, such as the USB charger and free Wi-Fi, and ask your host any questions you may have. Travel through fertile farm lands and pass small villages. Known for its Viking heritage, this epic scenery is guarded by the infamous volcanoes of Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla. On clear days, you will get some great views of the volcanically-active Westman Islands, where the eruption of the Eldfell volcano in the 1970s forced the island's 5,000 inhabitants to be temporarily evacuated to the mainland. Stop first at the rugged outlet glacier of Sólheimajökull, which flows from the main ice-cap of Mýrdalsjökull where the mighty Katla volcano lies. Put on the provided crampons to explore the glacier's cracks, crevasses and ice with a certified glacier guide. Hike for 20 minutes to find yourself standing on top of a few hundred meters of ice, yet still only slightly above sea level.  Continue to the stunning waterfall of Skógarfoss, and feel the spray of the water on your face. Climb up the 527 steps of the hill to look at the majestic 60-meter high waterfall from above, and watch the water plummet down on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.  Then, go to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall to discover one of Iceland’s most famous attractions. Get a different perspective of the landscape as you take a walk behind the cascades and look through the wall of water.

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This tour was amazing. We'd considered hiring a car so we could take our time at the stops we wanted to focus on, but I'm glad we didn't - we never could have seen or learned so much as we did with Nice Travel. We had a decent amount of time at each stop (compared to the Golden Circle which feels rushed to me) and our guide David was fantastic - knowledgeable, friendly, funny and going out of his way to make our experience special. Taking a more personal minibus tour makes all the difference over a full sized coach trip! The sights were incredible and hiking the glacier is something we'll remember forever (we'd been a little nervous about this part of the day but once you get used to stomping your spikes into the ice it's fine!). I highly recommend this tour, especially with David & Nice Travel.

Fantastic experience! Guides were also fun and informative. The glacier tour is reasonably easy for all ages. You must be prepared to be picked up at 08:30 and return at 21:30.

This was my favorite day trip I had by far! The guide, Marcel, was amazing and really knowledgeable. The glacier hike is an absolute MUST DO!!

Huang? Our guide was Awesome. Hike was great climbing intense and great . Recommend to anyone, anytime.

Nicetravel was great! Really nice and passionate guide.