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From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

4.9 / 5

36 reviews

From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

Activity provider: Reykjavik Tourist Info
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From US$ 171.78 US$ 120.25 per person

Explore Iceland's magnificent south coast with this day trip from Reykjavík. Take an an adventurous glacier hike. See Skógafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and a fishing village.

About this activity

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick-up takes place between 8:00 and 8:30, so please be ready at you pick-up location at 8:00.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit a hidden waterfall that is tucked into the mountainside at Gljúfrabúi
  • See Seljalandsfoss waterfall which is under Eyjafjallajökull volcano
  • Learn about Icelandic Sags
  • Hike on top of a glacier at Mýrdalsjökull in a small group tour
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavik
  • English-speaking guide
  • Free WIFI
  • Glacier hike
  • Safety gear for the glacier hike
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Outdoor clothing

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Bare feet

Know before you go

  • Even though the hike is created for first-timers, some of the terrain goes through icy and steep terrain
  • If you don't like to be on your feet, the glacier hike may not be for you
  • All the necessary is gear is provided but full mobility is required in order to have a safe trip on the glacier
  • The guides have a lot of experience with glacier hikes and they will make a final decision whether you are able to participate or not at the glacier
  • If a guide refuses to let you go on the glacier, the decision is made with your safety in mind
  • Please dress according to the weather
  • Stormy weather or heavy rainfall can make the glacier inaccessible
  • If the glacier becomes inaccessible, the hike will be moved to the valley next to the glacier with some extra stops added in
  • Good hiking boots are required for the glacier hike (minimum crampon size EU 36/US 5,5 / UK 3,5)
  • Please bring your camera
  • There are stops during the tour where you can purchase food and snacks, but you can also bring a packed lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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Did not go far enough onto glacier and not enough time given to climb steps on first waterfall stop yet still finished trip ahead of schedule. Now my two negatives that were not the view of my wife or the other participants is out of the way, the guide was instructive and kept everyone safe on the ice. Had a relaxed and friendly personality which always helps. Overall I was very pleased and that's an achievement in itself.

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May 12, 2022

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.

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April 25, 2022

The tour was fantastic. Great to see amazing waterfalls, black sand beaches, little towns, countryside and the glacier from a viewpoint. Sadly, due to weather we could not do the glacier hike. Safety first. I was impressed that the tour guide and also the company reached out proactively to give us a partial refund for that portion of the day. Still an awesome experience! Thanks!

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April 15, 2022

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