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Experience the splendors of south Iceland on this full-day trip from Reykjavik. With a guide, board an air-conditioned coach and explore some of the natural wonders of the country’s southern landscapes, including volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and more. See the waterfalls at Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and check out the black sand beach and basalt cliffs at Reynisfjara. Pass through the foothills of the Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes and, as a highlight, behold the Sólheimajökull glacier, a tongue of ice that dates back 700 years.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of south Iceland with transport from Reykjavik
  • Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two famous Icelandic waterfalls
  • Stroll along the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara to see its basalt rock stacks
  • Explore the 700-year-old Sólheimajökull glacier and admire its rock formations
  • See Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes (weather depending) as well as the Westman Islands across the ocean

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What You Can Expect

South Iceland Tour from Reykjavik: Waterfalls, Volcanoes and Glaciers

Walk behind the water of Seljandsfoss Waterfall

After morning pickup from your central Reykjavik hotel, relax into your air-conditioned vehicle and journey toward Iceland’s spectacular south coast.

On route, admire the barren but beautiful scenery as your guide shed lights on the geological forces that have sculpted Iceland’s extraordinary volcanic landscapes.

Bring some food and drinks for lunch, or if you wish, use a stop on route to buy snacks (own expense). You’ll get a break to enjoy your lunch around midway through your tour.

Drive through fertile farmlands and typical Icelandic villages and listen to tales of their rich Viking history and heritage. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and snap photos of its rushing waters as they plunge from a former sea cliff. If you wish, take a walk along the path behind the fall to enjoy close-up views of the curtain of water.

Catch glimpses of the Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes (depending on the weather), and stop to see the Sólheimajökull glacier. Marvel at this rugged tongue of ice, a raw finger of ancient frozen water characterized by jagged ridges, sinkholes and other ice formations.

Look for the Westman Islands rising steeply off the coast, and travel to the black beach of Reynisfjara, where black pebbles sit beneath cliffs of pillar-like basalt stacks. Legend has it that the stacks were formed when two mischievous trolls were turned to stone.

Make a stop to see another of Iceland’s picture-postcard waterfalls — Skógafoss. Admire the 196-foot (60-meter) cascade and then relax on your ride back to Reykjavik. Your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Enrique T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of the best experiences in my life. The glacier hike was amazing and the waterfalls and black sand beach are sights that never get old to look at

Laura S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is a must do when you are in Iceland. You will experience and see things on this tour that you will never see anywhere else. The glacier hike was the highlight for us. Our guides were terrific and the experience breathtaking. Everything from pick up to drop iff was well organized and we were treated to a day of fun and adventure with our experienced guides.
I want to return and brig my boys with me so they can experience it for themselves...already been back 2 weeks and still sing about it!

Matthew T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour guide and fantastic views! This was a great trip and we were able to learn a lot about the history and culture of Iceland through our tour guide. A must-do adventure!

Gregorythomasd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great tour! Some suggestions on the poor description online:

1 We only drove past the volcanoes 5KN away, and at no point had intentions on getting closer. I wouldn't include this in the name of the tour but rather keep it as a description in What you can expect.
2 Food is not included, however, there is a rest stop that has coffee/food. As well this is a restaurant at the black sand beach. Do bring cash in the event the c/c machines are down. We had this issue but fortunately stopped at a local Bonus grocer and made our own sandwiches for the trip.
3 The Glacier was AMAZING. Nowhere in the description does it truly explain what you will be doing. This was by far the best part of the trip. You will have the opportunity to put on a pair of crampons, helmet and harness and hike up the glacier with your tour guide.
4 I would recommend bringing snow pants, if you have them, as well as a pair of dry socks. I would also avoid wearing jeans in the event they get wet.

Law G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was one of the best excursions I had ever taken. It was a tour of the southern coast. Our guide, Willy, was great about stopping and giving us information, answering questions, and making suggestions of what to do after the trip was over. He knew the country well and gave some great insight. The glacier hike was beautiful and the waterfall visits were quick but breath taking. A good trip for those that are either alone or in a small group because it was a smaller tour than you might get from other companies. I can't say enough good things about Grey Lines and am looking forward to taking more of their guided tours in the future if I make it back to Iceland.

Jacqueline T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic tour. Especially the glacier hiking. Totally awesome.

Mary Lou R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful day trip! The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The waterfalls were beautiful and you were able to hike up close to them. Especially enjoyed the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara since the Puffins were still there, the tide low enough so you could go into the caves, and the rock stacks along the beach absolutely amazing. But the highlight for me was the glacier hike. This is a definite must to see before they disappear! I definitely recommend this tour.

amgallus23

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an amazing tour! The tour guides were very knowledgeable and they gave us lots of good information about Iceland and it's history. The glacier hike was the highlight of my entire trip.

Joe L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jeannie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was great. The waterfalls were beautiful only to be surpassed by the black sand beach. The tour guide was friendly and educated us about the history of the area. Everyone should take this tour.

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