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Experience southern Iceland’s incredible scenery, including Thorsmork National Park, on this day trip from Reykjavik. With an expert guide, drive across the heath-covered Hellisheioi plateau, and visit the picture-postcard waterfall of Seljalandsfoss. Walk behind the cascade and then continue to the Stakkholtsgja canyon, a fairy tale-like gorge with a high waterfall. Lastly, explore Thorsmork National Park, a craggy valley of vast glaciers, mountains and gullies. Drive across gushing rivers, follow the trails and absorb this untouched wilderness as your guide explains its formation and constant evolution.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik day trip to Thorsmork and the South Coast
  • Drive over the Hellisheioi plateau and through Selfoss, Hella and Hvollsvollur
  • See the Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Explore Thorsmork, a natural reserve shielded by glaciers, mountains and rivers
  • Hotel pickup included

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What You Can Expect

Thorsmork and South Coast Day Trip from Reykjavik

Thorsmork and South Coast Day Trip from Reykjavik

Depart your Reykjavik hotel by air-conditioned coach in the morning and venture south through barren countryside to the Hellisheioi plateau in southwest Iceland.
Take in the views over the wide-open heathlands of the plateau and drive through the small towns of Selfoss, Hella and Hvollsvollur. Mak a stop in one of the towns to buy a snack lunch (own expense), and then continue to the picturesque waterfall of Seljalandsfoss.
Hop out of your coach here and drink in the views over this beautiful waterfall, where the waters gush over an ancient sea cliff, leaving space to walk behind the cascade. If you wish, follow the path behind the fall for stupendous views and take snaps of the tumbling waters.
After crossing the Steinholts River, leave the coach and take a walk in the stunning Stakkholtsgja, a rocky canyon of otherworldy cliffs and streams crowned by a fairy tale-like waterfall.
From here, head into Thorsmork National Park, whose name translates as 'Thor's Woods' – an untouched volcanic valley framed by mountains, rivers and the three glaciers of Myrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindafjallajökull.
Learn how the area was a fjord some 12,000 years ago, and marvel at the remarkable scenery: a canvas of gullies, birch forests and icy rivers enclosed by steep mountains that can only usually be reached by heavy-duty vehicles. As you enter, drive across rivers formed by the glacial melt-offs — on some days the waters are little more than streams, while on others, they form rushing torrents.
Then, take time to explore this strange and beautiful wilderness. Behold the remote jagged mountain ridges, glaciers and winding gullies, and make your way to vantage points to take in sweeping panoramas of the valley.
After exploring Thorsmork, drive back to Reykjavik where your trip finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Roger C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was amazing scenery and so much to see and do.

pat.mcgivney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A great day seeing the country but get ready for a bumpy ride while crossing rivers and lava fields!

kh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a fabulous off the beaten path tour this was! Bouncing along in a huge 4X4 truck - and I do mean bouncing - was a lot of fun. Driving into the interior landscape was very beautiful and rugged. Our hike to higher vantage points was a good opportunity to stretch our legs and eat wild blueberries picked along the path. The side trip into the canyon was amazing. Our driver/guide was friendly and enthusiastic, providing history, anecdotes and pronunciation lessons along the way. Don't miss this trip!

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Phenomenal trip. Villy, our tour guide was very good. He took us on hiking tours and driving routes rarely seen by others. This tour was well worth the time and money spent.

hazel r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

well worth going on this trip. Excellent guide who explained about the landscape.

Smukh77

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

GREAT trip. the topography is incredible and this is a tour not to be missed!

clarkp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved this tour and our guide who was a native Icelander. Our guide was enthusiastic and it seemed it was important to him for us to gain an understanding of the country you could tell he was so proud of. We took some great hikes and going to the site of the 2010 volcanic eruption was a highlight. Awesome day and way to experience Iceland if you want to do more than just sit in a bus and look at the sights as you drive by.

Anna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is a perfect tour if you're looking for something with a little more freedom than the get on the bus/get off the bus model of the standard Icelandic sightseeing tour. Our small group of about a dozen people had plenty of time to hike, take pictures and wander in awe through various parts of Thorsmork, a stunning park with enchanted valleys, glaciers, cliffs and waterfalls. The tour guide and driver Oskar was informative without being overbearing, and allowed us plenty of freedom to explore different locations on our own while still keeping an eye on everyone's safety. Hiking trails included both easier and more challenging options, so as long as you bring your boots and sensible clothes, hikers of all levels should be good to go. That said, you can definitely make things a little more exciting by scrambling up a cliff or behind a waterfall! The drive itself was also really cool, with our van leaving the road behind to cross rocky fields and even small rivers. It did make for a bumpy ride, though, which bothered one person on the tour who had back problems, so if this is an issue for you please keep that in mind. Overall, an unforgettable experience.

ishtiakfaruk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely stunning day trip. Great off road vehicle with amazing scenery of the south coast of Iceland. 2 great hikes with spectacular landscape of Thorsmork and the waterfall of course

Nancy Muoi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great view. It is a beautiful and great tour.

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