Sólheimasandur

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Sólheimasandur: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • South Coast: ATV Quad Bike 2-Hour Safari

    1. South Coast: ATV Quad Bike 2-Hour Safari

    The adventure starts with a short safety briefing and instruction on how to operate the ATV's. When everyone is ready, it's take off time, when you'll head for the majestic black sand plains of Sólheimasandur. Crossing this desert-like landscape, stop by the famous DC3 plane that crashed on the sands on 1973. The guide will lead the group further over the sands to the spectacular coastline to witness amazing views of the surrounding area. From the beach, you will be able to see Dyrhólaey peninsula, the southernmost tip of Iceland. looking inland, the marvellous Mýrdalsjökull glacier can be seen in the distance. Heading back over the sands and following the Jökulsá river, this amazing adventure will conclude as you cross a river to enter a stunning mountain valley.

    This tour was the highlight of our trip! Our guide Simeon was great and took us on some amazing trails! You go through rivers, onto the beach, and past some airplane wreckage. The end was my favorite when we went through moss covered canyons. Honestly it is well worth the money and I would absolutely do it again! Just book it. You won’t regret it.

  • South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

    2. South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

    A day on the glacier is a great way to experience Icelandic nature. Only 2-hours away from Reykjavík is a glacier called Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull glacier), an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull (Myrdalsjokull glacier). It lies just east of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010 and caused trouble all over Europe. When arriving at the glacier, your guide will get all the necessary equipment ready such as crampons and ice axe and then the group will head up to the glacier. Your guide will lead you through wonders of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses while telling you everything about the behavior of these ever-changing giants. About 2-hours will be spent on the ice. On the way back to Reykjavík, there will be a stop at the impressive waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

    Great tour that combined some stunning waterfalls and scenery with a Glacier Hike. We had a great tour guide who was driving the minibus to the south coast and telling us lots of interesting items about where we visiting and Iceland in general. What was really handy was the bus driver had some rubber cramp on type items for our feet to help us grip, as it was cold, snowy and icy at the waterfall's we visited these helped us get to the best spots for the great views (One viewing platform was really icy, but we got to it no problem). The Glacier Hike was amazing, and had all the proper gear (Ice Axe, Harness, Crampon's) to help us navigate up the glacier and to the plateau. Awesome views and amazing going through the glacier, just a shame it's melting so quickly.

  • From Reykjavik: South Coast and Black Beach ATV Ride

    3. From Reykjavik: South Coast and Black Beach ATV Ride

    Ride a powerful ATV over a large, black, volcanic beach, walk behind the thundering veil of water at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and take in the incredible view over Iceland's South Coast from the top of the cascade Skógafoss on this fantastic day tour.  After being picked up early in the morning or meeting up with your guide at Reykjavík Terminal, head to Iceland's South Coast, famous for its dramatic coastline and cascading waterfalls. Your first stop is the black desert of Sólheimasandur, in the shadow of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, where you'll swap the bus for a powerful ATV quad-bike.  After traversing the stark, black beaches of Island's South Coast on your ATV bike, make your way to the DC3 plane wreck from 1973, recently seen in Justin Bieber’s music video and photo shoots. Looking northwards and inland, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises majestically, while to the south you can sens...

  • From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour

    4. From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour

    Hop in a comfortable Super Jeep for a private tour with a maximum of 7 people. Spend the day exploring the scenic South Coast of Iceland. Begin by visiting some of the areas that were most affected by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, during which volcanic ash halted all air traffic between North America and Europe. Learn how volcanic eruptions have shaped the geology and culture of Iceland. Continue on to admire the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Follow your guide down the path directly behind the fall to reach the mighty Skógafoss waterfall. Walk and drive down black sand beaches pounded by the Atlantic surf. Check out the towering, bird-inhabited cliffs surrounding the quaint coastal village of Vík. Stop in at local restaurants and cafes in Vik to get a sense of Icelandic life.  Enjoy the flexible itinerary of this private tour and feel free to make requests or...

  • From Reykjavik: Private South Coast Tour

    5. From Reykjavik: Private South Coast Tour

    The tour starts when the comfortable jeep picks you up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Then head towards our first stop, Urridafoss, a hidden waterfall. From there continue to Seljalandsfoss, the famous waterfall with the path behind it that will give you the opportunity to take stunning photos. Just 5-minute walk from the Seljalandsfoss in the canyon hides another beautiful waterfall Gljúfrabúi, which you will have time to visit. Then continue to Skogafoss, a mighty waterfall visible from the road. A staircase winds up the grassy slope beside the waterfall, walk up there if you want to catch some spectacular views of the waterfall andIceland’s South Coast. On a sunny day, both waterfalls will be made even more beautiful by splendid rainbows. Your next stop is the Dakota Plane Wreck. Located on the stunning Solheimasandur black beach in South Iceland, the Dakota Plane Wreck has la...

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What people are saying about Sólheimasandur

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

This was such an awesome addition to our trip. Victor did a wonderful job leading us along a trail through some short stream crossings, a couple tunnels, out to the black sand beach, to the DC-3 plane crash, and a couple other beautiful stops along the way, both along the beach and in a scenic mountain valley. We were able to have some fun and speed up quite a bit along the smooth sand, while mixing in some gritty terrain, too. I would definitely do this again.

Amazing experience to explore never ending black sand beaches, see the airplane and have fun driving an ATV! Our guide has been super and we definitely believe this is one of the most beautiful excursions we did. In 2H we saw so many landscapes and got a lot of info about Iceland. If you want to see some picture or ask me anything follow me on Instagram @francesco_bonamassa.

This tour was the highlight of our trip! Our guide Simeon was great and took us on some amazing trails! You go through rivers, onto the beach, and past some airplane wreckage. The end was my favorite when we went through moss covered canyons. Honestly it is well worth the money and I would absolutely do it again! Just book it. You won’t regret it.

Fortunately there were many good and brisk drivers in our group. So it went at a good pace and was accordingly fun. Great landscape, river crossings ... everything was there ... Great tour!

Awesome adventure!! A great way to see multiple sites and have fun riding an ATV. I would definitely recommend.