Experience the best of Iceland’s south coast on this luxurious private tour of the south coast and check a number of must-visit places. The south coast is laden with closely-packed glaciers, black sand beaches, beautiful small towns, waterfalls, glacial lagoons, some of the most powerful rivers, and many other beautiful places will be a part of this tour which means a day packed with everything that one must see when south coast is concerned. So, pick up your day back and your spirits for you are about to be introduced to a brand-new world of natural wonders.
The Tour Itinerary
Since this is a private tour, you can always catch up with your private guide if you have any special requests. Here below you can find some ideas of what your itinerary could look like, but you can skip some of these stops and add some new ones instead.
- The Geothermal Energy Exhibition: This is an interactive museum Hellisheiði Power Plant which shows how Iceland’s volcanoes processes and how the geothermal forces under the surface of the earth along with explaining the functions and purpose of the power plant that has been erected adjacent to the museum. Geothermal energy is the source that provides naturally hot water in Iceland which is also a huge tourist attraction. This makes it a pretty interesting and important thing for the Icelanders as well as an interesting topic to explore for the tourists, especially geology and science buffs. The museum offers several guided tours along with multimedia presentations with pictures and videos making it fun for kids as well. There is also a café and a gift shop in the arena where you can buy souvenirs.
- Urriðafoss: This waterfall is probably the most unique one in existence in the country. With a drop of only 12 feet, this waterfall transfers water at an average flow rate of 360 m3/s which makes it the most voluminous waterfall in Iceland and the second highest in terms of volume in Europe. Urriðafoss is popular for being a habitat for salmon which is why it got its name – Urriðafoss or the ‘Salmon Waterfall’. It is a huge probability that you will find a few fishermen in the arena fishing for salmon upon your visit. This is also the only waterfall in the world where salmon breed despite being made up of glacial water.
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall: Seljalandsfoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and also one of the most popular tourist location. The visit to Seljalandsfoss is well worth it. The waterfall looks beautiful from the front, but you can also walk behind the waterfall and get a totally different view of the waterfall and surrounding area. There is nothing quite like it to be standing behind the drizzling waterfall.
- Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center: This is a small museum located in Hvolsvollur on a farm and owned and operated by a family. It is dedicated to the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which not only required immediate emergency evacuation but also left an ash cloud huge enough to leave the air quality incredibly bad had shut all European aircraft for months. The museum shows the volcano and the eruption along with the surrounding landscape and presents several facts and figures about the eruption.
- Skógafoss: This is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland and is hands-down one of the most beautiful ones. Dropping from a height of 62 meters and flaunting a width of about 25 meters, the Skógafoss waterfall will render you speechless and will make everything seem smaller. The part is that there is a high possibility for you to see a beautiful rainbow at the foot of the waterfall which practically makes the visit perfect.
- Folk Museum: Located in Skogar, this folk museum of Iceland is the perfect place to learn more about the history of the country, its culture, traditions, and history. The museum was established in 1949 and was initially popular for its curator Þórður Tómasson who has retired now. You will find fishing and farming equipment, artifacts from the Viking Age, and rebuilt houses of Vikings which are a part of the open-air part of the museum.
- Reynisfjara & Reynisdrangar Black Sand Beach: Located very close to the Dyrhólaey arch, the Reynisdrangar black sand beach is one of the most popular black sand beaches in Iceland and is a very popular tourist spot on the south coast.
- Vik Village: With over 300 residents, Vik is the southernmost settlement of the country. The village is loaded with a variety of restaurants, cafes, a swimming pool, hotels, and a beautiful red-roof church.
If there area any other locations that you would like to explore on your tour you can always contact your private guide beforehand and we can help you make an itinerary that is suited best to your wishes. Check out more locations on the south coast here.
Recommended Add-On Destinations
The LAVA – Iceland Volcano and Earthquake Center: The center represents a quiet and interactive display of the epic force that we know as nature, along with the formation of the planet and the creation of Iceland. From volcanoes to glaciers, rifts, lagoons, and lava flows, you will find a great, knowledgeable show about a lot of interesting things.
Other activities that you can possibly add to your private tour:
Information on the Tour
The tour will begin from the capital city and the first stop will be The Geothermal Energy Exhibition. The next stops in line are Urriðafoss, Eyjafjallajökull visitor center, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Folk Museum, Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and the Vik village. You can add a few more stops according to your mood and travel goals as well. The tour vehicle will pick you up from the location of your choice in the capital city area. The options for pickup can be found when you book the tour.
Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area.
Private Guided sightseeing to all the best locations on the South Coast.
Entrance fee to Skógar Museum.
Entrance fee to Eyjafjallajokull visitor center.
4G Internet WiFi on the vehicle.
Premium Icelandic Glacial Water Bottles.
Eyjafjallajokull visitor center
What to bring
Dress according to weather
Gloves & Headwear
Comfortable walking shoes
Good to know
- You can choose a vehicle for your private tour in the booking engine. We have vehicles for up to 16 people.
- The price that will show up in the booking engine is per vehicle / group.
- We recommend that you visit the LAVA – Iceland Volcano and Earthquake Center, an interactive display of nature’s epic forces that shape our planet and created Iceland. You can add it to your trip in the booking engine.
- Lunch, dinner, or any other meals along with additional entrance fees are not included in the tour fee unless mentioned otherwise.
- You can choose departure time fort he tour in the booking engine.
- This tour is perfect for groups.
- The total duration of the tour is about 10 hours and can increase depending on the number of stops you decide to add to the tour.
- Premium glacial water is available for you on board.
- The vehicles are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi.
- We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and sturdy shoes with a water and windproof shell outer layer to stay safe from cold weather and water splashes.
Most frequent questions and answers
You can choose a pick up in Reykjavik or the capital area.
You can add a visit to the LAVA Centre to your trip in the booking engine.
Please send us an email if you would like to add some other activities to your private tour.
When booking the tour, you can choose your vehicle.
– Scoda Superb Limo; 1-3 persons
– VW Caravelle Executive; 4-7 persons
– Mercedes Benz E-Class; 1-3 persons
– Mercedes Benz V-Class; 1-5 persons
– Mercedes Benz Sprinter; 6-11 persons
– Mercedes Benz Sprinter; 12-16 persons
– Mercedes Benz S-Class; 1-2 persons
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
– We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event
– We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before event
– We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before event
Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
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