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South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing
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Walk behind the thundering veil of water at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógar waterfall. You’ll also visit the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara and the charming coastal village of Vík.

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Duration 10.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
Please be ready outside or at the reception of your Reykjavik accommodation 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Note that the local partner does not offer pickup at private or Airbnb housing. Because of traffic limitations, for some areas, you will have to make your way to the closest pickup spot. Your hotel receptionist or the local partner's website can help you find out which one that is. If you are staying in private accommodation, please contact the local partner to confirm a pickup location. Pick-up is available from the cruise port. For this, please indicate which cruise port you will be arriving to.

Experience

Itinerary
6.5 hours
  • Reykjavik

  • 1.5 hours
  • Hvolsvöllur (break)

  • 30 minutes
  • Sólheimajökull

  • Reynisfjara Beach

  • Vik

  • Skógafoss

  • Seljalandsfoss

  • 2 hours
  • Reykjavik

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Take a walk behind the veil of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Marvel at the basalt columns at the Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Visit the coastal village of Vík
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Admission to the sites visited
  • Free WiFi, and USB charger at each seat
  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of languages
  • Lunch
  • Pick-up from your accommodation (unless you have chosen tour option with hotel pick-up)
  • Headphones for audio guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Date

Meeting point

This tour option does not include hotel pickup. Your tour starts from Reykjavík Terminal, centrally located at Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavík. please be at the terminal 15 minutes before your departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Headphones
  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  • Teenagers 12-15 years receive a 50 percent discount, and children 0-11 years join for free
  • The tour is available all year round (depending on weather)
  • There is no minimum number of participants
  • No age limit applies
  • Dress according to the weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended
  • In-bus audio guide: It is a good idea to bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones or forgot to bring them, you can purchase earphones on board
  • Duration of the tour: 10-11 hours, including a minimum 30-minute stop at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Sólheimajökull glacier and Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Total distance covered during the tour: 350 kilometers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1003 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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This excursion goes through very touristy places, where buses flock, but nevertheless impressive (whatever the weather, and it rained all day...). As for the guide, he was friendly and funny. We preferred to listen to his troll stories and anecdotes in English, rather than using the audio guide in our native language. Plan a sandwich to limit the costs.

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August 10, 2022

Very beautiful. Simply brilliant drive along the south coast that you have to see. The waterfalls are fantastic and the glacier and the black beach are awesome! Very doable even in bad weather. Our tour guide and bus driver was very cheerful and told interesting stories. For me who prefers remote hikes makes a nice change.

August 7, 2022

This was an amazing experience! The tour guide shared interesting information without overwhelming us with lots of content. The locations were fantastic and we just about had enough time at each location for a great time. Also happy with the order of this tour (starting with glacier then black beaches then on route back stopping at waterfalls).

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August 5, 2022

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