The South coast of Iceland is filled with magnificent places that are must-see when you visit this beautiful country. The landscape on the South Coast is very divergent so there is no surprise that it is the most visited region of Iceland. Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover its stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, black beaches, strong rivers and waterfalls
For two days you will be travelling across truly astonishing rural countryside. Setting off from Reykjavík you will head East along the Icelandic South Coast - mainly famous for its majestic waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, the spectacular Black Beach of Reynisfjara and the beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. In addition to these popular sights the area has so much more to offer, the South is packed with multiple eye-catching destinations and interesting sagas related to them and on this tour you will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy many of them.
After driving from Reykjavik through lovely villages in the South, Seljalandsfoss waterfall is the first sight of the day greeting you from the distance. This is by many considered the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland and must be visited while in Iceland! Seljalandsfoss originates from Seljalandsá which runs from Eyjafjallajökull glacier and finally falls from a tall cliff. Its most distinguishing feature is a pathway that you are so lucky to be able to walk behind. But please be careful, as it can be a slippery slope. Be prepared to get a little wet as well, but the view is totally worth it.
Just within a short walk there is another waterfall waiting to be explored by you. Gljubrabui is often called the „Hidden Waterfall“ and there is a reason for it – it is mostly obscured by the tall cliffs, so many travellers tend to skip it. On this tour you can explore this hidden gem! Next on the agenda are another two waterfalls, each offering an amazing different visual experience. Irafoss is another less known waterfall but offers a striking contrast to the others being located off the main road in a peaceful secluded area. Last, but definently not least, is Skogafoss. This fascinating and eyecatching creation of nature continously powers off the cliffs pummeling down over 60 meters into the Skoga river beneath.
As we continue we will drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano (you might recognize it after newscasters tried miserably to pronounce it in 2010 when the volcano erupted) and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap. At Solheimajokull (an outlet of Mýrdalsjökull ) you can particiapate in a very unique activity – a Glacier Hike. Admiring a glacier from a distance is one thing but exploring them by foot, using provided safety gear, is a completely different world a part. The sensation of placing on foot in front of the other whilst consciously realizing the magnitude and power of what lies beneath is an unforgettable feeling.
Last stop on day one is at the Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. Accordingly to the National Geographic the black beach Reynisfjara is one of top 10 non tropical beaches in the world that are a must to be seen. Even though the ocean seem appealing be careful because the waves can be hazardous.
This tour does include the overnight stay at Icelandic Country site where you can relax and enjoy the peace of this tranquile part of the island. You can choose the standard of the accommodation you wish to have during booking process.
First on the itinerary is a visit to the village of Vík – a charming, remote village located in a beautiful valley along the dramatic coastline and with great views over the Reynisdrangar cliffs. On the top of small hill you will find a little church looking like something straight from a fairy-tale book. Once you pass Vík you will enter totally new world – a barren wasteland decorated by moss, rocky peeks and lava fields. One area especially worth mentioning is the Eldhraun (or Fire Lava) Lava Field. What makes this place unique is definitely its size – Eldhraun was created during the biggest lava flow know in the history of mankind. An eruption of the Laki Volcano lasted for nearly two years (1783 and 1784). That was the reason why on the British Isles, the sky was completely covered with volcanic ash for the whole summer (often referred to as the „Sand-Summer“) and some even believe that hunger caused by this event tiggered the French Revolution.
Then it is onto one of the most recognizable canyon in Iceland – Fjaðrárgljúfur, that got international attention after being featured in the music video of one of the Canadian singers. 2-kilometers long, 100 meters deep ancient canyon with quite a unique serpent-like shape is on the bucket list of many visitors and locals alike. Please note, that due to fragile vegetation it might happen that canyon will not be accessible during your tour. If that happens we will arrange another amazing sightseeing spot in this area, that is full of charming creeks and falls.
Today, you will also take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons located in the Vatnajokull National Park – the biggest one in Iceland covering almost 1/3 of country´s territory. The jewel inside the National Park is the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This is the place where melting ice from the Vatnajokull, Europe´s biggest glacier, form the lake filled with ice chunks drifting towards the Atlantic Ocean. Some of them are being washed back ashore and lay there dazzling in contrast to the black sand, aptly named the Diamond Beach – nearly as famous as the lagoon itself.
Jokulsarlon is also home a seal colony – you can spot these friendly mammals resting on drifting icebergs, black sand beach or swimming around in ice-cold waters. During the summer months (May-October), when the water surface is not completely covered with solid ice, you can take a boat tour on the lagoon and sail between the blue icebergs.
Available: Nov. – Mar.
Duration: 2 days - 1 night
Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving
Minimum age: 5 years old
Friendly cancellation & refund policy
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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