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From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

1. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

See a less-visited part of Iceland with a day tour from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar and Hjálparafoss. See a stunning double-pronged waterfall, hike through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and soak in a hot spring. Begin the day with pickup in central Reykjavík. Head east out of the city to Þjórsárdalur valley to stop at the roaring Hjálparafoss waterfall. Marvel at the two massive waterfalls that make up Hjálparafoss waterfall, framed by a stunning basalt formation. Continue to the 122-meter high Háifoss waterfall, Iceland's fourth largest. Next, head to Hnausapollur, an ancient crater lake formed by volcanic eruptions. Marvel at the turquoise blue hue of the water before continuing to Landmannalaugar. Enter the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and drive through colorful rhyolite hills, lava fields, and geothermal activity. Join your hiking guide for a moderate hike through this beautiful landscape. Soak your feet in a hot spring before returning to Reykjavik.

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

2. South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

On this full-day tour, you’ll follow the coastline from Reykjavík into the volcanic and glaciated wonderland that is Iceland's south coast. Walk behind the thundering veil of spray at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógafoss waterfall. Your tour begins with a drive through lava fields, passing by the active Hengill volcano, and then down to rich coastal farmlands. On clear days you’ll be able to see the Hekla volcano, and in the distance the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano rises majestically above the coastal mountains. Just a few kilometers off the coastline and easily visible are the volcanic Westman Islands, an archipelago of around 15 small islands, only one of which is inhabited. Stop at the Sólheimajökull glacier, which is every photographer’s dream. Next on the itinerary is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. See the powerful Atlantic waves crashing on the black sands, the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave. Next you’ll head to the coastal village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the island’s main ring road. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants), it is the largest settlement for 70 kilometers. On your way back to Reykjavík, you’ll stop by the powerful Skógafoss waterfall for a short walk up a flight of steps to admire one of Iceland´s most scenic views. The view takes in glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches. The last stop is at the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, best known for the hidden pathway behind and around it.

Iceland: Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano Hiking Experience

3. Iceland: Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano Hiking Experience

Enjoy a day tour to the Southern Highland of Fjallabak to explore the wonders of Iceland's Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area. Dive into a bubbling wonderland with caramel colored peaks, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear blue lakes.  Landmannalaugar, together with Hekla, an active volcano in its neighborhood, is one of Iceland's most unique destinations and a must for all who love to explore the beauty of nature. Discover one of the most active geothermal areas flanked by rhyolite mountains and steaming hot springs. Start the day with lunch and set off on a 4-hour hike through the sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, Vondugil Canyon and up to the summit of the colorful mountain of Brennisteinsalda with its steaming vents and Sulphur deposits. Descend through the Grænagil canyon, carved as a result of geodynamic activity of mountains, volcanoes and glacial rivers. If time and weather conditions allow, climb Bláhnúkur, a circa 60,000-year-old volcano with panoramic views of the Landmannalaugar Valley.  Have a bath in a natural hot pool, where both hot and cold water flow out from beneath Laugahraun, mixing together and forming the perfect bathing conditions. Remember to take your swimwear and a towel with you.

Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

4. Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of Iceland on a Jeep tour to Landmannalaugar, known for its rugged landscape, magnificent colors, clear rivers and bubbling hot springs. Make your way to the crater lake of Ljótipollur, one of Landmannalaugar's most spectacular spots. Gaze in awe at the turquoise water set against the red slopes of the coastal hills. Get the chance to go for a dip in the geothermal pool, or set off on an energizing hike through the lava fields, if you prefer. Next, head towards the active volcano of Hekla – known as the Queen of all the volcanoes in Iceland – and reach an altitude of up to 900 meters, when conditions allow. Take some time to appreciate the panoramic vistas that can extend for up to 100 kilometers in all directions and includes 7 glaciers when visibility allows.

From Reykjavik: Iceland's South Coast and Glacier Tour

5. 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.

South Coast, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Winter Tour

6. 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.

From Reykjavik: Small Group South Coast Tour & Glacier Hike

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

Uncover the wild side of Iceland on this day trip from Reykjavik. Visit Seljalandsfoss falls, Skógafoss falls, and the sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. Go for an adventure with a guided walk on Solheimajokull Glacier. Stay connected with free WIFI aboard the climate-controlled van. 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. Marvel at black volcanic sands, smooth pebbles, and unique rock formations of the beach. 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.

Reykjavik: Private Golden Circle and South Coast Tour

8. Reykjavik: Private Golden Circle and South Coast Tour

You will start your premium Golden Circle and south coast tour by driving along the beautiful Nesjavallaleid scenic route with your jeep. This road winds through mountains and volcano craters, offering great views of Thingavallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake. The first stop of the tour is the Thingvellir National Park, which is famous for being the site of the first parliament both in Iceland and the world. You will then continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area. Geysir erupts every 8-10 minutes, and you can walk around the area and take pictures of the hot springs before we head to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, another unmissable place to see in Iceland. Your journey then continues towards Fludir, stopping at Faxi Waterfall first and then reaching the Secret Lagoon (only during the months of April - September). This beautiful natural hot pool is one of the oldest in Iceland and is definitely a gem you should not miss. After a relaxing bath in the Secret Lagoon (optional and at your own expense), you will continue towards the South Coast. As you drive south, you will get closer to one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, Hekla. In the middle ages, Hekla was known as the “gateway to hell”. You will have a beautiful view of the volcano as you drive towards the Lava Centre, your next stop, where we can observe the monitoring of active volcanic systems, earthquake activity, and surface movements in Iceland. You will then make a quick lunch stop at Katla Restaurant, which is in the Lava Centre. Following lunch, you will continue to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Get your cameras ready and make sure you wear a raincoat, as you will have time to walk behind Seljalandsfoss, becoming drenched in the pristine cascading water. Following the waterfall, you will drive past Iceland’s most infamous volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that froze air traffic in 2010 and made Iceland famous all over the world. Your next stop is Solheimajokull, a beautiful glacier tongue which is easy to walk to. Here you have a chance to walk close to the glacier and admire its blue, white, and black ice. You will finally continue to the Dirholey Cliffs and Reynisfjara, where you can admire black sand beaches, sea stacks, and basalt columns.

Private South Coast & Eyjafjallajökull Tour

9. Private South Coast & Eyjafjallajökull Tour

Take a trip with a private guide and vehicle to the South Coast of Iceland with its many natural wonders to enjoy. You will drive through lava fields and past mountains and glaciers to the southernmost part of Iceland. Visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall, the Solheimajokull glacier, and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara with its rich birdlife, magnificent basalt column cliffs, and stunning sea stacks. On the road, enjoy a nice view of Hekla volcano, Iceland's most active volcano, and the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier which erupted in 2010. Get a stunning view of Mýrdallsjökull, known as one of Iceland's largest glaciers.

From Reykjavík: Full-Day Jeep Tour of Landmannalaugar

10. From Reykjavík: Full-Day Jeep Tour of Landmannalaugar

Experience the magic of Icelandic nature from the comfort of a jeep. You’ll be picked up in Reykjavík by a luxurious vehicle, built to go off-road. After pickup from Reykjavik and the South Coast of Iceland, drive towards Hekla. Stop in the roots of Iceland’s most active volcano. Then, continue the drive toward Landmannalaugar or Dómadalsleið to Landmannalaugar and stop for 3 hours. There are hiking options for all skill levels available. Usually, the hike is 4.5 kilometers long and takes 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to take a dip in the natural geothermal pool. Drive back, stop at Hnausapollur and marvel at the large volcanic crater with blue water inside. Move to your next stop, the infamous Sigöldugljúfur, then Sigöldufoss and Hjálparfoss before heading back to Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Hekla, Keldur

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based on 1,602 reviews

Southern Coast with GreyLine is absolutely worth it! First, I picked it because I loved their schedule of the sights because we tried to do most things with light (it is winter and there are only a few hours of sun), including the Black Sand Beach which resulted in awesome pictures and nice photo lighting. And I was right. The guide was fantastic and managed to do it all. She shared a lot of facts about the local people history, storytelling of sagas, the island’s geology and more. She was kind and handled a lot of guests very well. Couldn’t ask for a better experience! Thanks to her, I learned a lot while seeing incredibly beautiful places in this must-do itinerary (along with Golden Circle). I believe a good guide is very important for a good tour. Driving was safe as well, lots of ice in the road and no problem.

Really great trip! driver at the top, he masters all situations. the guide explains the different things you see along the way. at each stop there are toilets, and regularly supermarkets if you have not planned to eat. They adapt the route according to the weather. I really recommend this experience. In the evening, they dropped us off at the bus stops closest to our accommodations, it's really very nice.

We had an amazing day trip on the south coast tour, informative and friendly guide with plenty of stories and tales about Iceland to keep the journey really interesting. The locations were amazing with plenty of time at each stop! Well worth the money and would absolutely recommend!

Excellent trip all round! Great knowledge and commentary delivered brilliantly by Karen. Himli our driver was amazing in treacherous driving conditions.

It was a delightful experience . I love the dry humor of our tour guide ....