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From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

1. From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

Combine a sightseeing tour with a glacier hike on this small group day trip from Reykjavík. Marvel at Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls. Hike on Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Admire Reynisfjara beach and visit Vík í Mýrdal village. Be picked up from your accomodation in Reykjavik and pass the Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plant. Stop at the "Game of Thrones" featured Skógafoss waterfall. Hear the story about the hidden treasure behind the waterfall. Travel to Mýrdalsjökull glacier and listen as your guide gives you safety instructions. Check your safety gear and hit the ice. Hike for 2.5 hours with 1.5 hours spent on the stunning glacier. Head to Reynisfjara black sand beach. Take in views of the basalt columns facing the beach and try to spot a puffin family. Continue to the charming fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal to visit a church. Go to Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls before heading back to Reykjavík.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Guided Group Adventure

2. From Reykjavik: South Coast Guided Group Adventure

Ride from Reykjavik and journey to the south of Iceland. Stop to see the majestic Skógafoss waterfall. Walk along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and reach Vik I Myrdal, the southernmost tip of the country. Visit hidden waterfalls on the way back, one underneath the Volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Pass the Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plant that supplies the capital's energy and travel through the mountain pass. Capture the ocean view and see the ice cap of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, with a chance to spot the Westman Islands. Arrive at the stunning Skógafoss waterfall, known for it's appearance in Game of Thrones. Become speechless as it falls 60 meters and try to find the legendary hidden treasure behind it. Visit one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world, the Reynisfjara black sand beach. View the basalt columns and hear the intriguing stories and sagas that are connected to this amazing place. Reach the southern tip of the country, Vik I Myrdal. Find the charming fishing village, visit the local church, and view the entire settlement. Stop on the way back and see the Sólheimajökull glacier. Finish the day at the exquisite Seljalandsfoss waterfall, tucked underneath the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Take a chance to walk behind it and visit it's hidden cousin, Gljúfrabúi, before heading back to Reykjavik.

Sólheimajökull: Kayaking by the Glacier

3. 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.

Reykjavík: South Coast & Jokulsarlon Sightseeing Tour

4. Reykjavík: South Coast & Jokulsarlon Sightseeing Tour

Join a guided day trip from Reykjavik to the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon in southeastern Iceland. Visit other iconic natural landmarks such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls on the way. Discover a stretch of black sand at Reynisfjara Beach and Diamond Beach on the south coast. Start your day of adventure with a pickup from one of the designated points in the Reykjavik downtown area. Make your way to the first stop, the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the few waterfalls in Iceland that you can walk behind. Next up is the powerful Skogafoss waterfall, nestled in the peaceful area of Skogar. Explore the largest waterfalls in Iceland surrounded by beautiful scenery. Follow the trail on the right side of the waterfall for a chance to view it from several angles. Then, visit the fishing village of Vik and make a stop for lunch (at your own expense). After your meal, continue to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, a scenic sight that you might recall from various Hollywood movies. See majestic icebergs floating in the lagoon at Jokulsarlon. You can pay for a boat ride (optional) at the lagoon if you'd like to get closer to the icebergs. A short walk away from the lagoon lies Diamond Beach. See diamond-like icebergs on the black volcanic beach. After some exploration, it’s time for dinner at Skaftafell (at your own expense). If visiting in the summer, make use of the long daylight hours and stop by the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach on your way back to Reykjavik. Known for the amazing scenery all around, most notably the unique basalt column formations, Reynisfjara is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland.

Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Small Group Tour

5. Reykjavik: Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Small Group Tour

Tour Iceland's southern coast and see natural wonders, including Jökulsárlón and the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Learn about the area from your guide as you visit quaint villages and black sand beaches. Begin with a visit to the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a must-see attraction for trips down the coast. Then, stop at the southernmost village of Iceland, Vík í Mýrdal before riding east. Watch the scenery transform from lush farmlands to darkened plains and black deserts. If the conditions allow, pay a visit to the stunning river canyon of Fjadrargljufur. Finally, arrive at Jökulsárlón, and be struck by its ethereal ambiance and glittering icebergs. Keep an eye out for curious seals and dive-bombing Arctic Skuas. Walk between the icebergs on the “Diamond” Beach, known for its black sand near the glacier lagoon. On the way back, stop to see an old turf church and note its striking resemblance to "hobbit holes." Learn more about this and the region from your guide.

Reykjavik: Small-Group South Coast Tour

6. Reykjavik: Small-Group South Coast Tour

You will be picked up from Reykjavik in the morning by your friendly, experienced guide. From here you will start your adventure as a small group of guests traveling in the minibus, guaranteeing that your experience will be both comfortable and personal. One of your first stops will be at the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. This falls, which are over 60 meters tall, tumble from a cliff that curves inwards. This means when there is no ice on the ground, you are able to walk behind it, allowing for some excellent photograph opportunities. Skogafoss Waterfall is next on your list. Though as tall as Seljalandsfoss, it is many times wider and much more powerful. The scale of it is incredibly impressive, especially considering the amount of spray rising as the water smashes against the rocks below. Whilst here, you will be free to walk as close to the waterfall as you dare. If the weather is clear, you’ll even be able to see Eyjafjallajokull, the famous glacier and volcano that erupted back in 2010. You will then travel to Solheimajokull. This fascinating glacier tongue stretches from the greater ice cap Myrdalsjokull, which covers the volcano Katla, with eruptions even bigger than Eyjafjallajokull's. Afterwards you will travel to the Reynisfjara black sand beach. This stretch of coastline is renowned for its beauty, eeriness, and dramatic geology. It is another very photogenic place containing many hexagonal basalt columns, and throughout summer, you may spot puffins up on the cliffs. The furthest stop on this tour is Vik, the southernmost village of Iceland. When you walk down the beach, you will be amazed by the sea stacks. Legend has it that the stack is in fact made up of the frozen figures of trolls who were turned to stone while playing in the sea. With all these features packed into a single day, you will return to your minibus and be whisked back to Reykjavík.

Reykjavík: Small-Group Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Tour

7. Reykjavík: Small-Group Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Tour

Get ready to enjoy Iceland's nature and culture as you explore the Golden Circle, the most popular route in Iceland. Marvel at the thundering Gullfoss Waterfalls, the Geysir Geothermal Area, Thingvellir National Park, and the Secret Lagoon. After pickup in Reykjavik, set off on your tour in a minibus. Make your way first to the Gullfoss Waterfalls, and admire this powerful and hypnotizing natural phenomenon. Continue to the stunning Geysir Geothermal Area and witness the Strokkur Geyser erupt every few minutes. Next, feast your eyes on Thingvellir National Park, the site of the ancient parliament of the Viking Commonwealth, founded in 930 A.D. Enjoy the unique chance to walk between two continents in a rift valley created by the drifting apart of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Afterward, stop for lunch (not included) at Friðheimar tomato farm where green geothermal energy is used to harvest tomatoes. Following this, prepare to pamper yourself with a visit to the "Gamla Laugin" thermal pool. This thermal pool, now renamed Secret Lagoon, is perfect for avoiding the crowds and mingling with the locals. Formed in 1891, it boasts the oldest swimming pool in Iceland and is maintained at a constant temperature of 38-40° Celsius.

Iceland South Coast Full-Day Minibus Tour

8. Iceland South Coast Full-Day Minibus Tour

After an early wake-up and pick-up in one of the coolest cities of Europe, take a great 10-hour tour to see Iceland. Make your first stop at waterfall Seljalandsfoss, with no doubt one of the most famous one in the country. This is a waterfall you can walk behind, with a drop off 65 meters and a part of the river Seljalandsá which has its origins underneath the glacier Eyjafjallajökull - the famous volcano that erupted in 2010 and put the world's flights on hold.  Head to the stunning waterfall Skógafoss, one of the largest at a width of 25 meters and drop off 60 meters. It can also be seen from above as there are footsteps that lead above the waterfall. Stop in Reynisfjara for lunch. Try Icelandic meat-soup or many other dishes. Take a walk on a black sand beach and maybe see  puffins if you are lucky. After that, drive to the Village of Vík for a short stop. Sólheimajökull Glacier is between the volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull, and a part of the larger Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Be dropped off in the parking lot and take a 15 to 20-minute walk along the glacier. On the way back to the city, hear the stories about all the trolls in the rocks, the elves and stop at some secret places, before you arrive back in Reykjavik at around 6:00 PM.

From Reykjavik: Small Group South Coast Tour & Glacier Hike

9. From Reykjavik: Small Group South Coast Tour & Glacier Hike

Depart Reykjavik and travel to the amazing Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the magnificent cascades and get some memorable photos. Continue to Solheimajokull Glacier and hear the ancient ice crack as you hike the glacier tongue with a certified guide. Next, marvel at the black sand beach and basalt columns of Reynisfjara. Go for a stroll to see the cliffs and sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. End with a visit to the majestic waterfall of Skógafoss and walk right up to the 60-meter high cascade to feel the spray on your face. Get a bird's eye view of the landscape of an optional climb of the 527 steps.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Iceland Guided Sightseeing Tour

10. From Reykjavik: South Coast Iceland Guided Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Iceland’s southern coast and witness some of Iceland’s most iconic natural sites. See the glacier-covered peaks of Eyjafjallajökull, the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and much more. Take in panoramic views of the most remote interior regions of the highlands. Marvel at the beauty of the Sólheimajökull glacier and the unearthly basalt columns in Reynisfjara. Walk along the spirited black sand beaches of Dyrhólaey. Experience one of the most geographically diverse routes in Iceland on this 10-hour tour. Return to Reykjavik in the evening with memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 338 reviews

Faultless from start to finish. Even the wet and windy weather cleared up for us while on the glacier. Also visited 3 waterfalls and a black sand beach. Just enough time at each stop and still managed to get back to Reykjavik for about 8pm. Plenty of rest stops en route. Small group of 9. Our guide (Thomas) was excellent with lots of local, geological and historical knowledge. Also had an excellent sound track playing on the bus.

Amazing trip! So happy we went. We saw so many things and had enough time to explore all of them without rushing. It was absolutely spectacular. The glacier walk being the absolute best thing! And the guide was really cool and knowledgeable. Totally recommend!

Fantastic tour and guide! An itinerary that doesn't clash with most golden circle tours makes this a great second day of touring. A long day but full of amazing sights. We'll worth the price

Wonderful experience. Amazing sights, great guide small group. The tour exceeded our expectations.

This was an incredible day trip with a great guide! I couldn’t recommend it more!