Reykjavik, Iceland

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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Iceland’s south coast is one of the country’s scenic wonders, but often overshadowed by the Golden Circle sights. This full-day trip from Reykjavik covers it in detail, showcasing its lava landscapes, waterfalls, glaciers, and beaches. In addition to visiting the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, walk up close to the Sólheimajökull glacier, and admire the black cliffs and rocks at Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey. A stop for lunch (own expense), and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • 10-hour trip to Iceland’s South Coast from Reykjavik
  • See the south’s beaches, ocean cliffs, waterfalls, and glaciers
  • Visit the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, and black sands and cliffs at Reynisfjara
  • Admire the cliffs and rock arch of Dyrhólaey, Iceland’s southernmost point
  • Get up-close to the ancient ice of the vast Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Stop for lunch (own expense) at Vik or Reynisfjara
  • Round-trip air-conditioned transport, with hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik
After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and set out southward from the city. Along the way, gaze at Iceland’s barren scenery and listen as your guide shed lights on the geological forces that have sculpted the lava plains, pastures, and mountains.

After roughly 1.5 hours , stop for a coffee (own expense) at Hvolsvöllur, before continuing to your first destination: the magnificent waterfall of Skógafoss.

Take photos of this spectacular 196-foot (60-meter) cascade, and then travel onward to Reynisfjara beach, one of the south coast’s most stunning beauty spots. Stroll on the black sands and view the striking basalt sea cliffs that tower over them, as the waves crash onto the beach.

Stop for lunch (own expense) at either Reynisfjara or in the small seaside village of Vík. Then, drive to cape Dyrhólaey, Iceland’s most southerly point, famous for its towering sea cliffs and natural rock arch.

After admiring the scenery here, make your way to the Sólheimajökull glacier, and take a 15-minute walk to near the icecap. Capture pictures of the tongue of ice, an expanse of ancient frozen water composed of jagged ridges, sinkholes, and other formations, and if the conditions are right, get close enough to reach out and touch the ice.

Next, enjoy the scenery as you make the 30-minute drive to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Absorb the sight of this fairy tale-like fall, and if the weather is mild enough, take the opportunity to walk behind the curtain of water, cascading from what was a former ocean cliff.

Afterward, return to your vehicle and relax on your 2-hour ride to Reykjavik, where your tour ends with a drop-off either at or near your hotel.

Reviews

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M
, Oct 2018

The trip was excellent! Our tour guide, Anna, was very knowledgable regarding both Icelandic culture and geography. The vistas were superb; waterfalls, glacier, black sand beach (and sheep!). We saw more that we had anticipated seeing. We took the smaller bus (deluxe tour) which was very enjoyable. We had a fair amount of time at each site. I highly recommend this tour. I would take it again.

C
, Sep 2018

This was a small group on a mini bus. They had USB's to charge your phone and camera as well as wifi. This came in handy. Be sure you bring a normal size charging cord as I didn't. Rain pants were needed for the falls. Waterproof gloves also are recommended as Iceland is cold no matter the time of year.

P
, Aug 2018

This was a beautiful tour. I really recomend

m
, Jun 2018

I am so, so impressed with Sterna Travel and the wonderful guide of my tour, Annie. She was so informative and funny and laid-back. She seemed to really enjoy answering all of our questions about Iceland's history and fauna. The weather also happened to be fabulous on this day, making the whole trip even better. We saw some awesome sights and even got a couple of extra stops in because it was such a small group of people. Thank you so much, Annie, for making this such a fun experience! Can't recommend this company and specific tour enough.

N
, Mar 2018

A nice day trip to see the south coast. Got back on time.

k
, Feb 2018

The weather was all over the place but there are almost no words for how beautiful Iceland is in the winter. Our tour guide was THE BEST. He was very knowledgeable, hit all the places we were meant to see, gave us enough time at all the stops and even snuck in a few not on the list. But most importantly, he was really funny and kept us all awake and entertained throughout the 10-hour trip. I only caught his last name - Mimirsson. I cannot recommend this tour enough.

R
, Dec 2017

Unfortunately we had a cloudy day, but Chris was a great guide. Very informative and rearranged our stops to make sure we could see everything despite the weather. Highly recommended!

W
, Nov 2017

This tour was amazing!

m
, Oct 2017

A great excursion! You have the opportunity to witness a variety of natural wonders. Would highly recommend this particular day trip.

P
, Oct 2017

This trip was amazing. We were in a small van that held about fifteen people and our guide also did all of the driving. I've been on a lot of tours and I'd never seen that before--a guide both guiding and driving, but the woman in charge was phenomenal at both. Sterna Travel, if you see this, please give the woman who ran the October 11th tour a raise--she definitely deserves it : She provided loads of information about the attractions we were visiting as well as Icelandic social and cultural background. She gave us tips about how to get the best experiences at each of the stops and she took us on a hike out to the edge of a glacier, which is something you don't get with some of the bigger South Coast tours.

We had plenty of time to explore each of the stops, which were an Icelandic greenhouse, Skogafoss Waterfall, Vik, Reynisfjara black sand Beach, a second stop overlooking the black sand beach that I think had to do with Game of Thrones, the edge of the glacier, and Seljalandfoss Waterfall, that you can walk behind. I highly recommend the tomato soup at the greenhouse stop--it's one of the more affordable food options and it was so delicious. Overall this is a great value for your money made even better by a fantastic guide who answered questions, provided information, but then let us rest on the way back to Reykjavik when many of us were tired after a long day. I would recommend it to anyone looking to see more of Iceland beyond the more popular Golden Circle tour. The only downfall is that it doesn't go all the way to Jakusarlon to the glacier lagoon, another breathtaking sight you should try to make it to eventually.


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