South to the capital city of Reykjavik lays a coast full of mystical natural features and exciting and spine chilling activities. You are invited to join this expedition to the South Coast with an opportunity to hike Sólheimajökull glacier. The tour includes numerous stops at the most picturesque spots – Seljalandsfoss waterfall, majestic Skogafoss, and Reynisfjara beach (also known as the Black Sand Beach) where you get to see the waves of Atlantic Ocean. Your adventure begins when the guide picks you up in a comfortable minibus in the morning and whisks you off the scenic South Coast.
The Four Stop Tour
The first stop in this tour is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This waterfall allows you to walk behind and get a unique point of view while feeling the vibrations of the water hitting the ground. This is an Instagram worthy site. Next to it is Gljufrabui, a smaller waterfall that is hidden in a narrow gorge that is accessible only by walking through the small stones in the river.
Skogafoss is the pearl of the South Coast. It pours down from the height of 60 meters, from the cliff of East Eyjafjoll Mountains, making it one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the country. With time, the waterfall has carved itself into the mountain, tucking the waterfall into a small gorge. The often sights of rainbow give your picturesque moment. Along the waterfall, lays a staircase up to the cliff with views looking down into the gorge and onto the waterfall. It has 527 steps up to the top, providing a warm-up for the glacier hike.
A Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier
This adventure continues to the next destination – Sólheimajökull Glacier. It is an outlet of Iceland’s 4th largest glacier – Mydralsjokull. The experienced guide provides you with helmets, harnesses, crampons, and ice axes before you begin the hiking on the ice for 1 to 1.5 hours. The guide is trained and licensed and ensures a safe, entertaining, and informative hike. You experience the spectacular ice formations that are surely breathtaking and some rare natural phenomena.
Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach
When you head further east, you get to visit Black Sand Beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline where waves hit the basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. The rock pillars in the water and the cliff of Dyrholaey are seen in the distance. The area of the south is a paradise for bird lovers. You can catch sight of puffins and dozens of other unique species nesting on the top of these cliffs during summer from June to August.
How does it begin?
This is a 12-hour long tour that begins from Reykjavik. There is a free pick-up from Reykjavik city center. The pick-up starts at the scheduled time for the tour. You meet the experienced guide who provides you with information about the trip, the geography of the sites you would be visiting. He or she also provides you with equipment required for glacier walking and hiking.
Glacier Equipment; helmet, harness, crampons & ice axe
Wi-Fi & Icelandic music on board the minibus
What to bring
Good to know
- This tour is operated in small groups – maximum 21 persons
- No glacier hiking experience is required for this tour – it is perfect for beginners as well as those with experience.
- We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds on this tour.
- This tour is only available with a pick up from Reykjavik.
- You can bring snacks and beverages on the tour if you like.
- We recommend that you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles during the winter time. It is possible to rent hiking boots at the time of booking.
Interesting locations in the area
Most frequent questions and answers
For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, we ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour. We offer free pick-up from Reykjavik city center. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time for the tour can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready in their listed location so they can be easily found.
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.
Find the closest designated pick up location using the map below: