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From Reykjavík: Waterfalls, Black Beach & Glacier Day Trip

1. From Reykjavík: Waterfalls, Black Beach & Glacier Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland’s unique natural landscape on a guided tour from Reykjavík, discovering the island’s south coast. Admire picturesque waterfalls, the Black Beach of Reynisfjara, and the glacier volcano of Eyjafjallajökull, with an optional hike on the Solheimajokul glacier. Start with pickup from your hotel in Reykjavík. Meander your way along the coast onboard the minibus, admiring the scenic views. Visit the 2 great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss, taking some time to gaze up at the powerful cascades. Make your way to the smaller, but no less impressive, waterfalls of Glufrabui. Stop by the serene Irafoss waterfall, which is often missed by many travelers. Continue the adventure as you drive beneath the gaze of the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap. If you’ve selected the option with the glacier hike (available on selected dates between April and October) you will embark on a guided trek across the Solheimajokull glacier. Hear the crunch of ice crystals beneath your feet and enjoy a rare opportunity to experience a glacier up close. Continue to Reynisfjara, also known as the Black Beach, and see the waves crash upon the pitch-black sands and hexagonal basalt columns. After taking some time on the beach, hop back onboard the bus and relax on the journey back to the capital, with drop-off at your hotel.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Tour & DC-3 Plane Wreck

2. From Reykjavik: South Coast Tour & DC-3 Plane Wreck

After being picked up from your selected pickup spot in Reykjavik, you will head towards Iceland's southern coast. Drive past moss-covered lava fields as well as quaint farms and villages going through an area rich in viking history, heritage, and folklore. Go past several major volcanoes - such as Katla, Hekla, and the famous Eyjafjallajökull. With luck, on clear days you will have a view of the Westman Islands just off the coast. The first stop will be Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a majestic site with a path that leads visitors behind the cascading water. If it is not frozen during the winter time, you will be able to walk behind the 60 metre waterfall. A three minute walk brings you to Gljúfrabui, another spectacular waterfall, hidden inside of a cave. Afterwards, stop at Skógafoss Waterfall, where it is possible to climb 572 steps to the top to view the magnificent vista and rainbows above. After exploring the beautiful waterfalls of the South coast you will spend the rest of the day visiting glaciers and the black sand beaches. At the vast plain of Solheimasandur, you will see where, in 1973, a US Navy DC-3 plane crashed. Nearby is the famous Reynisfjara beach. At the end of this adventurous tour, you will return to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Sky Lagoon Admission Day Tour

3. From Reykjavik: South Coast & Sky Lagoon Admission Day Tour

Leave the city of Reykjavik behind to step into a world of wonder on a day trip to the South Coast and the Sky Lagoon. Walk up a winding path leading behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and view the mighty Sólheimajökull glacier. Watch the waves on Reynisfjara beach and wind down at the Sky Lagoon. Make your way to the bus stop in the morning and head out towards the South Coast. Admire breathtaking scenery passing by your window on the drive and get ready to be blown away by what's to come. Arrive at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and feel the power of its roaring waters. This unique waterfall has a walking path that leads all the way up and behind the flowing tide. Climb up and take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pose for a photo or see if you can find the hidden Gljúfrabúi waterfall. Continue on to the magnificent Sólheimajökull glacier and learn about the importance of these geological behemoths. Walk towards the ice wall and wonder at the lagoon formed at its base and fed by the meltwater. Take a break for lunch in the picturesque coastal town of Vik and explore the charming streets. Look out onto the imposing basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar where the sea disappears over the horizon. Cross the short distance from Vik to the renowned Reynisfjara black sand beach. Listen carefully to the directions and warnings of your guide as this wild and windy beach is utterly beautiful but also dangerous. Experience surreal views of the beach from a safe distance and look out for the waves. Tick-off another monumental sight of the South Coast at the Skógafoss waterfall. Hear the deafening roar of the 60-meter falls from below or climb up 370 steps to the top for idyllic views of your surroundings. Head back towards Reykjavik and make your final stop of the day at the trendy thermal spa Sky Lagoon. Immerse yourself in the 7-step ritual program and renew your body, mind, and soul after a tiring day of sightseeing with the warm waters of the infinity pool.

From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

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

South Coast's greatest hits! Marvel at the Skógafoss waterfall where fantasy meets the power of nature. Feel the wind on your face and walk on the Reynisfjara black sand beach, renowned as one of the top 10 most beautiful places on Earth. It has captured hearts worldwide for a reason! Walk behind the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in its grandeur. You might get wet but the smile on your face and the photos will be worth it. Learn the enchanting secrets of Gljúfrabúi, a sheltered waterfall that is waiting to be discovered by you. Adventure awaits underneath the vast Icelandic sky. After safety instructions, walk on centuries' old ice, peek into a crevasse, drink glacier water on a Sólheimajökull glacier hike. Reykjavik to Skógafoss Waterfall Meet Skógafoss, a fantastic 60-meter waterfall where the Skógá River concludes its journey over ancient sea cliffs. The coastline here took a step back, unveiling this breathtaking vertical cascade. The energy and might of the falls weave a constant mist, sometimes painting vibrant rainbows on sunny days. It's like nature's own magic show! Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull Get ready for the tour's highlight: a thrilling 2.5-hour hike, with 1.5 hours spent right on the Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier from the fourth-largest Icelandic glacier, Mýrdalsjökull. After gearing up for safety (crampons, helmet, ice axe), your highly trained guide will take you on the ice. Ever wanted to peer inside a crevasse or taste glacier water while learning about the history and geology of Iceland's glaciers? This is your chance. And yes, it's safe! Reynisfjara black sand beach After a quick ride, we'll pull over at the enchanting Reynisfjara black sand beach. Imagine this: once your foot touches the black sand, you will know why it was voted among the top 10 most beautiful non-tropical beaches. Being close to basalt columns, a domed cave, the famous black sand, and the iconic Reynisdrangar rock formations will give you plenty of thrills and serve as magnificent drops for your photos. You should only stay away from the sea, the waves are extremely dangerous. Seljalandsfoss waterfall On the way back to Reykjavik we'll stop at the must-see Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This beauty sits beneath the famous Eyfjallajokull, the volcano that made headlines in 2010. Get behind-the-waterfall view when you take a walk behind its thundering cascade. Gljúfrabúi (e. Canyon Dweller) waterfall Close by you will find Gljúfrabúi, whose name is translated from the Icelandic as Canyon Dweller. It is one of the hidden gems of the South Coast, and thus an excellent spot for photographers and those seeking to admire nature in peace. Cameras at the ready... Return to Reykjavik full of life-long memories, and why not choose another tour with us, such as the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Minibus Tour?

From Reykjavik 2-Day South Coast Tour with Blue Ice Cave

5. From Reykjavik 2-Day South Coast Tour with Blue Ice Cave

Explore the geothermal landscapes of the south coast of Iceland on a 2-day tour to some of the most amazing waterfalls, ice caves and black lava sand beaches. Day 1: South Coast - Waterfalls - Reynisfjara Depart Reykjavík and drive along Route 1 en route to Seljalandsfoss and the Gljufrabui (Hidden Falls) waterfalls beneath the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Continue to Skógafoss waterfall to watch the Skógá River fall 60 meters at the powerful cascades. Walk on the world-famous black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Drive on to the East to spend the night at a hotel with private bathroom close to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Search the sky for the Northern Lights if conditions are favorable. Day 2: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Blue Ice Cave Day 2 starts with visit at Vatnajokull National Park where views of the wilderness will take your breath away. See the icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon as they crack off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float out to sea.   Drive by Super Jeep to one of the ice caves that form in the winter and get about 1 hour to explore the magical blue caves. Return to Jökulsárlón to take the bus back to Reykjavik. Make a quick stop in Vik for refreshments along the way. 

From Reykjavik: 3-Day South Coast Winter Tour with Ice Cave

6. From Reykjavik: 3-Day South Coast Winter Tour with Ice Cave

Explore the geothermal and frozen landscapes of the south coast of Iceland on a 3-day tour. Marvel at amazing waterfalls and explore an ice cave. Be wowed by black lava sand beaches, walk on the shores of Glacier Lagoon, and feel the thrill as you encounter spectacular geothermal features. Day 1: Golden Circle & Kerið Volcanic Crater On the first day you will visit all the best-known places in Iceland that make the Golden Circle Route: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Golden Waterfall and Haukadalur Geothermal area that is home to Strokkur Geyser. Before heading to your lodging for the night you will also visit the volcanic crater lake of Kerið. When spending the night in a lovely village of Hveragerði you can walk around Geothermal Park or by Reykjafoss Waterfall searching for Northern Lights (if weather conditions are favorable). At your hotel there are also geothermal hot tubs - be sure to pack your swimwear and end your day in the famous Icelandic geothermal pools! There is no better way to enhance your evening than soaking in warm waters full of minerals! Day 2: South Coast of Iceland Second day will start with drive across the South Coast of Iceland to reach your first destination - Seljalandsfoss waterfall and nearby hidden waterfall of Gljufrabui. Continue to Skógafoss waterfall to watch the Skógá River fall 60 meters at the powerful cascades. After seeing three stunning waterfalls comes time to walk on the worlds-famous Black Sand Beach of Reynisfjara. Dark volcanic sands stretch as far as the eye can see, with mighty Atlantic waves crashing into the Reynisdrangar, fingers of volcanic rock that tower into the sky just offshore. Second night, this time spent in remote location in South-East Iceland, brings more chances to spot aurora. Day 3: Ice Caving Expedition and Glacier Lagoon This day takes you deep into the Vatnajokull National Park. Walk on shores of Glacier Lagoon and on ice scattered beach called Diamond. The highlight of the whole tour is an ice caving. Equipped with all the necessary safety equipment you will jump on the super jeep taking you to the stunning natural ice cave laying underneath the biggest glacier in Europe - Vatnajokull. The Blue Ice Cave really shows the tremendous forces of Icelandic nature, as they are formed naturally in glaciers when fresh water freezes in the plunging winter temperatures. New caves are created every year as the glaciers freeze and melt and refreeze into different shapes. On that day you will also stop by a traditional turf church and take another look at basalt columns when having a refreshment break in the village of Vik.

Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

7. Iceland: 3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, & Glacier Tour

Experience the beauty of southern Iceland on this 3-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Explore the Golden Circle, sleep in Hveragerði Village, and marvel at the power of Geysir Strokkur. Watch the waves crash against Reynisfjara black sand beach and relax with an optional cruise on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Day 1:Start your tour by visiting the highlights of the Golden Circle. Visit Thingvellir National Park where you can stand with one foot in Europe and one in America. Next, see Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, and marvel at the Geysir Strokkur as it erupts every 5-10 minutes. Discover the Mars-like landscape of Kerið, a magical crater lake of brilliant blue-green water surrounded by bright red soil. Spend the night in Hveragerði Village before starting the next day on the south coast. Visit the geothermal park and try bread baked in the hot ground, boil eggs, or simply relax in the mud baths. Day 2: Visit the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss, as well as the lesser-known waterfall of Glufrabui. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap where you'll can enjoy an optional glacier hike. Finish your second day at the iconic Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes on the black sands. Admire the great, hexagonal basalt columns and black rock sea stacks. Rest at an overnight stay in the remote Suðursveit County. Day 3: Spend time gazing at majestic glaciers and lagoons before heading to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Immerse yourself in the scenery with an optional boat tour and have the chance to see seals swimming around the huge icebergs. Finally, the last stop is at Fjáðrárgljúfur River Canyon. At the end of your tour experience, head back to Reykjavik with an estimated arrival time of 9:15 PM.

Reykjavík: 2-Day Tour with Icebergs, Glaciers & Waterfalls

8. Reykjavík: 2-Day Tour with Icebergs, Glaciers & Waterfalls

Explore Iceland's South Coast on a 2-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Experience stunning views of Solheimajokull glacier and listen to the waves crashing into Reynisfjara black sand beach. Spot seals swimming in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and admire Fjadrargljufur River Canyon. Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfall of Glufrabui. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you can take part in an optional glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. Admire the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. After overnighting in an Icelandic countryside accommodation, take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. Choose to enhance your experience with a 1.5-2 hour-long guided glacier hike. Pick this option and have with all the necessary safety equipment to enjoy the stunning blue ice. Visit the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and take an optional amphibious boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. See the huge chunks of ice crack off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float slowly out to sea. See icebergs lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin. Spot seals swimming around the huge icebergs before visiting the turf-roofed church Hofskirkja and Fjadrargljufur River Canyon. The canyon was formed a few thousand years ago during a glacial period, leaving a snaking river behind when the ice sheet retreated.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Guided Group Adventure

9. 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 its hidden cousin, Gljúfrabúi, before heading back to Reykjavik.

Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull

10. Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull

This tour is the perfect length of time for 'first-time riders' and individuals looking for a scenic, fun-ride, exploring and experiencing the wilderness, the glacier and the breathtaking views over south Iceland. In perfect conditions the jaw dropping view includes Westman Islands, the whole south coast all the way to Ingólfsfjall and even a big part of the highlands! The tour starts from the base, Gljúfrabúi by Road 249. After a short briefing where your guide takes you through safety procedures you dress up in a snowsuit and helmet and hop into a modified Super Jeep. You then drive towards Eyjafjallajökull and up it's slopes, onto the glacier base where the snowmobiles are kept.  The duration of the tour varies from season to season since you drive up to the ever-changing snow-line to reach the snowmobiles but the snowmobiling itself is about 1 hour.  In winter time it is easier to reach snow so the tour is about 2 hours, but in the summer time you need to drive higher to reach the snow-line, then the tour can take up to 4 hours.

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Amazing views, GREAT guide (Valerio) as he was super knowledgeable, careful with safety and nice. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone without hesitation. I would only say do select your pick up location in Get Your Guide with few days in advance as we selected it a day before and it didn’t get to Holidays Tour, however, I called on the same day and it was sorted super quickly.

A very cool experience. Especially if you don't want to rent a car and take the risk of driving if the weather is bad or snowy. They have taken us to all the points described. The explanations have been very good. We would definitely repeat, it has been very comfortable and even more so in winter.

This was a really fun trip and a great way for a chance to see the northern lights. We were really lucky and did see the aurora! It was great that they provided us with giant warm Norwegian lifeguard overalls to put over our coats because it was a cold night.

Thomas, our tour guide, was incredible. He was so funny and friendly, made our tour enjoyable. Thank you so much:

The tour guide was soooooo lovely, sweet and friendly! She is super recommendable person! Lovely!!!