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From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

1. From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland along with its coastline on a full-day sightseeing tour from Reykjavik. Along the way, discover a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Following a pickup from listed hotels or guesthouses by bus in central Reykjavík, travel to the gorgeous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. At the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, walk behind the cascades and feel the spray on your face. Continue to Skógafoss to marvel at the 60-meter drop. Pass the black sand beaches of the southern coast and enjoy the power of the sea. Visit the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull to see an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Admire the ever-changing feat of nature up-close. Then, look at the basalt sea stacks at Reynisfjara, Iceland’s southernmost village just south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before returning to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

2. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour by bus. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, leaning about its history and formation from your local guide. Following a pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will visit the Diamond beach with black sand, and there will be an additional stop in Iceland's southernmost village at Vík for dinner.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Guided Group Adventure

3. 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 it's hidden cousin, Gljúfrabúi, before heading back to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

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

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.

Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

5. Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

Travel through the farming regions of southern Iceland and experience the Land of Fire and Ice on this full-day bus tour from Reykjavík, with a tour guide and optional hotel transfers. Encounter the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, thundering waterfalls, and majestic glaciers. Choose from a private tour option with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, a group tour with hotel pickup and drop-off, or a group tour from a centrally-located meeting point. Relax on the drive through the rugged countryside of the south. Admire stunning natural landscapes that have been shaped over the centuries by the combined activity of glaciers and volcanoes. Marvel at the rainbows which hover over Skógafoss waterfall. Take a walk on the black sand Reynisfjara beach while observing its surrounding basalt columns. Learn about the Icelandic legend regarding the columns and let yourself wonder if they are actually mischievous trolls who were turned into rock by the rising sun. See dramatic cliffs and caves and walk behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Return to Reykjavík at the end of your tour. 

2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

6. 2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfalls of Glufrabui, Kvernufoss, and Irafoss. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you will take a glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. A bit further is the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. You will be staying overnight in a very cosy accommodation, close to the famous Seljalandsfoss. On the second day you will take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. After a stop in the lovely village of Vik, you drive to visit the waterfall Foss á Sidu and the National Park in Skaftafell, where you will stop to buy lunch. Then you head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you will have an amphibious boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. The lagoon is full of huge chunks of ice which crack off Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash onto the shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin. There is a good possibility of seeing seals swimming around the huge icebergs. After enjoying this wonderful experience, you will head back in the afternoon towards Reykjavik.

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

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

See some of the most amazing sites in southern Iceland on this 3-day guided tour. On day one, you'll start your tour by visiting the highlights of the Golden Circle. You'll visit Thingvellir National Park where you can stand with one foot in Europe and one in America, and see Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. Marvel at the Geysir Srokkur as it erupts every 5-10 minutes, and discover the Mars-like landscape of Kerið, a magical crater lake of brilliant blue-green water surrounded by bright red soil. You'll spend the night in a cozy guesthouse near the great waterfall of Seljalandsfoss You'll start day two of your tour by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as the two lesser-known waterfalls of Glufrabui and Irafoss. Then drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap where you'll enjoy a 1.5-hour glacier hike to get a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. End the day at the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes on the black sands, and you can see the hexagonal basalt columns and black rock sea stacks. Overnight at the same guesthouse as the first day. On the last day of your tour, take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. After a stop in the lovely village of Vik, you'll drive east to visit the waterfall Foss á Sidu and Skaftafell National Park. Then, head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you will have a boat tour, sailing on the lagoon. The lagoon is full of huge chunks of ice which crack off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. There is a good possibility of seeing seals swimming around the huge icebergs. At the end of your tour experience, head back to Reykjavik with an estimated arrival time of 9:15 PM.

From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

8. From Reykjavik: South Coast & Glacier Hike

Journey to Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you get the chance to walk behind the 60-meter fall. There will definitely be a drizzle behind the breathtaking waterfall, so put on your rain gear and get your cameras ready. Continue the adventure at Skógarfoss waterfall, a 60-meter drop from what used to be the coastline. You can enjoy the beautiful view from above after running up the 527 steps leading to the top. Skógarfoss was a filming location for the Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Thor: The Dark World as well as several music videos. On the iconic black sand beach, discover magnificent basalt columns as well as the rock pillars named Reynisdrangar. Be sure to watch out for the unpredictable sneaker waves while enjoying the magical view of the beach and Dyrhólaey cliffs in the distance. Between June and August, you can enjoy the company of hundreds of puffins that like to nest in the columns. Finally, get geared up with the necessary safety equipment to hike up one of Iceland's most scenic glaciers on the South Coast, where you can see the fast-melting ice formations and learn about the area’s ancient geology and environmental importance.

Reykjavík: South Coast & Jokulsarlon Sightseeing Tour

9. Reykjavík: South Coast & Jokulsarlon Sightseeing Tour

Join a guided day trip from Reykjavik to the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon in southeastern Iceland. Visit other iconic natural landmarks such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls on the way. Discover a stretch of black sand at Reynisfjara Beach and Diamond Beach on the south coast. Start your day of adventure with a pickup from one of the designated points in the Reykjavik downtown area. Make your way to the first stop, the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the few waterfalls in Iceland that you can walk behind. Next up is the powerful Skogafoss waterfall, nestled in the peaceful area of Skogar. Explore the largest waterfalls in Iceland surrounded by beautiful scenery. Follow the trail on the right side of the waterfall for a chance to view it from several angles. Then, visit the fishing village of Vik and make a stop for lunch (at your own expense). After your meal, continue to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, a scenic sight that you might recall from various Hollywood movies. See majestic icebergs floating in the lagoon at Jokulsarlon. You can pay for a boat ride (optional) at the lagoon if you'd like to get closer to the icebergs. A short walk away from the lagoon lies Diamond Beach. See diamond-like icebergs on the black volcanic beach. After some exploration, it’s time for dinner at Skaftafell (at your own expense). If visiting in the summer, make use of the long daylight hours and stop by the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach on your way back to Reykjavik. Known for the amazing scenery all around, most notably the unique basalt column formations, Reynisfjara is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland.

South Shore Adventure Tour from Reykjavík

10. South Shore Adventure Tour from Reykjavík

This full-day coach tour of Iceland’s stunning South Shore from Reykjavik is ideal for nature lovers, as you will drive through one of the country's most scenic regions, reaching as far as Vík, surrounded by high cliffs that attract an abundance of birdlife. Departing from Reykjavik, you will drive to the gorgeous Seljarlandsfoss Waterfall, unique in the fact that you can walk behind it through to the other side. Continue to the majestic, and much photographed, Skógafoss Waterfall. Located on the former coastline of Iceland before it receded seward, the 200-foot (60-meter) drop is one of the biggest in the country. Continue through the glacial landscape of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, where the icecap covers the active Katla volcano. Drive along the black sand coastline, where the beaches are formed out of black basalt, and see the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations near Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland. Located on the main road that circumnavigates Iceland, it’s approximately 110 miles (180 kilometers) from Reykjavik, where you will head back at the end of a long but awe-inspiring journey.

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What people are saying about Reynisfjara Beach

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,362 reviews

The trip was planned well with enough breaks and photo opportunities. Definitely the best was the amazingly knowledgeable Howser. He made it so much more fascinating with detailed information and tales embellished with humour. The beauty of Iceland is unparalleled no doubt and has made an indelible mark in my life thanks to your well curated trip. The only criticism i have is perhaps more leg room for such a long tour.

We booked this last minute, but we’re really glad we did; it’s hard to compare the Golden Circle with the South Coast because they’re so different but complimentary. You’ve got to do both!

Truely magical scenery.... Well organised, Well presented, Well informed and friendly guides!!!! Dont consider it.... Just do it.... You wont be disappointed!!!!

Julian was amazing! The tour exceeded expectations. Julian was a great communicator, knowledgable and enthusiastic! Thinking about booking? Book!

It was an amazing day I definitely recommend this tour , the stuff it’s so cool as the driver as the guide !