South Coast Wonders

Man by a glacier sinkhole on South Coast Wonders tour
  • Tour Overview
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Highlights:

  • Stunning waterfalls
  • Towering cliffs and menacing mountains
  • Glacier lagoon & Diamond beach
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Hiking on a glacier

Description:

Travel like true Vikings through lunar landscapes where rivers roar through black deserts sands and experience what the natural coastline has to offer. In the course of two days, you will explore the ancient waterfalls that stand guard before the highlands and the black sand beaches that adorn the southern coast; you will voyage through the Skaftafell Nature Reserve towards the crown jewel of the south, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon; and you will have the chance of standing on an abyssal blue glacier where you witness the merciless effects of global warming first hand. You will have plenty of time to take in the views from shore, or to catch an optional boat ride onto the lagoon for an up close encounter with the icebergs and the seals that swim around them.

This is a mini-bus trip that exposes you to experiences that are simply unparalleled by anything you will see on a large coach bus. To provide intimate and personal services, we only travel in small groups composed of adventure-seeking travelers and have organised the itinerary in a sequence that ensures that you avoid the main crowds. Feel free to ask our experienced guides as many questions as you like, and you’ll be rewarded with fascinating, and often fantastic, knowledge about this Nordic island and the strange people who call it home. This is a tour for those seeking to have a unique adventure, without missing out on the iconic attractions that have made Iceland one of the world’s most treasured travel destinations. Check booking availability now by choosing a date, and remember that during the peak of summer, you will experience the midnight sun, whose soft light casts a natural filter no Instagram or photo app can replicate.

Daily Itinerary:

  • Day 1

    You will be picked up from Reykjavik, and from there, set out to explore the countryside, heading towards the South Coast of Iceland.

    Seljalandsfoss waterfall

    The adventure begins when we pick you up in Reykjavik in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the South. Our arrival is announced by the powerful theatrics of Seljalandsfoss. Bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. The scene behind the fall and the trembling ground from the power of the falling water makes for an automatic Instagram blockbuster!

    Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

    Skógafoss waterfall

    Further east along the coast is Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss is an incredibly picturesque sight. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skoga tumbles down a 60 meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the gorge a staircase can take you to the shelf above the waterfall for stunning views. See if you can count your steps on your way up.

    Skogafoss Waterfall

    DC-3 Plane Wreck on Sólheimasandur

    After that, we head out to Solheimasandur desert where a US Navy DC-3 Plane crash landed in 1973 after running out of fuel in midair. The wreck has since then been immortalized in numerous music videos and viral photographs. Hike over volcanic sand and ash towards a black sand beach containing a crashed Navy airplane deemed too far away to salvage.

    Douglas Dakota plane wreck

    Reynisfjara, the Black Sand Beach

    Heading further east, we visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline presents massive waves hitting the unique basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. Rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dyrholaey are seen in the distance. This area of the south is also a paradise for bird lovers, as puffins and dozens of other unique species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime from June to August.

    Reynisfjara Beach

    Day 2

    Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

    We will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country, Vatnajokull. After meeting our highly trained glacier guides and strapping on our safety and glacier equipment, including helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice axes we hike on the ice for an hour and a half. A spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. Skaftafell area has been used as a filming location for many famous TV shows and films, such as Game of Thrones, Interstellar, James Bond, and others… Follow the steps of your favorite characters into the glacier!

    Glacier Hiking

    Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon

    Heading off on the second day, you’ll head to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. Enormous icebergs come from Breidamerkurjokull all year round so the lagoon is usually filled with ice that floats south. We will give you the opportunity to book a boat ride between the icebergs during summer time and get a closer look of the millenary ice. If boating is not your thing, then we walk alongside the glacier lagoon enjoying the magnificent views and dead silence of Icelandic nature.

    Glacier Lagoon - Jokulsarlon

    Diamond Beach

    On the other side of the road the icebergs from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon float into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts, guaranteed to make your Instagram account pop!

    Diamond Beach

    Come and join us to check all the fun stuff we can do in the southern region, including glacier hiking! This is the ultimate Icelandic experience with a small group and experienced guide guaranteed. Start your adventure now by selecting a date.

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Availability:

  • All Year
Duration: 2 days

Difficulty:

  • Rated 2 out of 5 or Easy

Pickup:

  • Yes

Minimum Age:

  • 12 years old
Price: ISK 49,900

Included:

  • Professional and fun English speaking guide
  • Glacier hiking on Solheimajokull
  • Mini bus transfer
  • One night of accommodation in a Hotel (breakfast included)

Not included:

  • Meals & drinks

What to bring:

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Meals & drinks (stops are also made)

Pickup times:

  • 08:00 AM

Departures:

  • 08:30 AM

Operates:

  • Every day

Extra's:

  • Single supplement fee, ISK 10,000
  • Hiking boots, ISK 1,500
  • Glacier Lagoon boat ride, ISK 5,800
  • Bus ride to the DC-3 plane wreck, ISK 3,000

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