South Coast & Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

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Duration

12 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small

Available

All year

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Operator
Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

12 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small

Available

All year

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Days

Day Tour

Departures

Reykjavik

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Highlights

Solheimasandur DC-3 Plane Wreck

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Skógafoss waterfall

Gljúfrabúi waterfall (Feb – Sep)

Sólheimajökull Glacier & Glacier Lagoon

View of Dyrhólaey cliffs

View of Hekla & Eyjafjallajökull Volcanoes

Small Groups

Season

All year

Pick Up

Reykjavik

Duration

12 hours

Starting Time

8 am

Group

Small: 1 – 18 people

Price

ISK 18,990 per person

$139 / €128 / £109

About Tour

Embark on an extraordinary sightseeing adventure with our unparalleled day tour, unveiling the breathtaking wonders of Iceland’s South Coast. Your journey commences along the picturesque South Coast, unveiling the allure of three cascading waterfalls: the enchanting Seljalandsfoss, the hidden gem Gljúfrabúi, and the powerful Skógafoss, each a masterpiece in its own right—a visual symphony destined to etch memories that linger for a lifetime.

Venturing further, we traverse the otherworldly expanse of the Sólheimasandur Plains, where a legendary relic awaits— the iconic DC-3 Plane Wreck. Our odyssey continues to the majestic Sólheimajökull Glacier and the captivating Reynisfjara Beach, culminating in an awe-inspiring sojourn.

For those seeking the epitome of enchantment along Iceland’s South Coast, this meticulously crafted tour stands as the quintessential day trip during your Reykjavik getaway. Brace yourself for an unparalleled experience, where every moment is a canvas painted with the wonders of nature.

Included

  • Pick up from Reykjavik
  • Guided tour to the South Coast
  • Minibus & Small Groups.
  • Shuttle to the DC-3 Plane Wreck.
  • Professional local tour guide on location.

What to bring

  • Winter clothing
    • Gloves
    • Hat
    • Wind & Waterproof jacket
    • Waterproof pants
  • Hiking boots

Good to know

  • The tour will last around 12 hours in total.
  • We recommend wearing warm and comfortable clothes and sturdy hiking boots.
  • You can rent some of these items during the booking process.
  • The weather in Iceland is very changeable – meaning that waterproof clothing is essential.
  • We also recommend bringing snacks and a water bottle.
  • Food is not included in the tour.

Contact us for more information about this tour

Itinerary

Commencing our journey, we’ll collect you from your selected location in Reykjavik and set forth along the Ring Road.

For your convenience, we’ll pick you up and drop you off at your chosen collection point in Reykjavik at 08:00 am. Kindly note that the pick-up window is within 30 minutes, and we appreciate your patience in advance.

Traverse sprawling moss-carpeted lava fields and rustic farms, delving into lesser-known facets of Iceland while immersing yourself in the rich Viking history that weaves through the country.

As we venture onwards, the landscape unfolds, revealing legendary volcanoes such as Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Understand the essence of Iceland as the land of fire and ice, where the juxtaposition of these natural forces has shaped the very fabric of this remarkable country.

The South Coast - Waterfalls

South Coast Iceland, Seljalandsfoss waterfall - south Iceland tour guide

Our initial highlight awaits at the breathtaking Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, where its steep cascade plunges 197 ft (60 m) into a tranquil pool below. In the summer months, an exceptional opportunity emerges – a walk behind the expansive curtain of water, offering an unparalleled perspective on the beauty of nature. Following this, a brief stroll leads us to Gljúfrabúi Waterfall (accessible from February to September), a hidden gem tucked away in a lush canyon. To reach this secluded spot, a tranquil stream must be forded, making waterproof clothing an absolute necessity.

Our journey then unfolds to the imposing Skógafoss Waterfall, with its expansive cascade spanning 80 ft (25 m) and a remarkable drop of 197 ft (60 m). Ascend the steep steps adjacent to the waterfall to capture stunning panoramic views of Skogafoss and the encircling mountains.

Keep an eye out for intriguing rock formations, surrounded by local legend suggesting that these rocks were once trolls captivated by the falls’ beauty, ultimately petrified as they forgot about the sun.

DC-3 Plane Wreck

Solheimasandur plane wreck on Solheimasandur black sand beach in south Iceland

Embarking from the South Coast, our journey continues towards the expansive Sólheimasandur Plains—a vast volcanic desert stretching far into the horizon. Shaped by glacial meltwaters from the Sólheimajökull glacier, this region lacks natural landmarks, offering a unique and stark landscape.

In November 1973, a US Navy DC-3 plane met its fate in this desolate expanse, yet, remarkably, no lives were lost. What remains is a striking memorial, providing hikers with a remarkably photogenic scene. The battered plane rests on the black beaches amidst the Icelandic wasteland, serving as a poignant reminder of our modest place in the natural order.

Positioned approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) from the road, the site is secluded, creating an ideal space for quiet contemplation on our connection with the natural world.

Returning to the minibus, our journey proceeds to the Sólheimajökull Glacier, where a leisurely walk unveils the mesmerizing glacier tongue and the surrounding glacier lagoon. Witness these icy marvels in their full splendor from a captivating vantage point.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar basalt columns at sunset

Our next destination takes us to the globally renowned Reynisfjara beach, celebrated for its dark volcanic sands and captivating rock formations, earning its status as the most popular beach in all of Iceland.

Witness the iconic Reynisdrangar sea stacks gracefully rising like stone ships near the coastline, encounter the majestic hexagonal Gardar basalt columns, and marvel at a diverse array of captivating birdlife. Be sure to have your camera handy, as the juxtaposition of the white-crested waves of the Atlantic against the jet-black sands creates an ideal photo opportunity!

After immersing in the coastal wonders, our journey concludes with a scenic drive back to the capital. We trust you relished the tour and eagerly anticipate welcoming you on your next adventure.

Solheimasandur plane wreck on Solheimasandur black sand beach in south Iceland

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