Glacier hiking, Volcanoes & Waterfalls
Glacier Hiking and South Coast Classic from Reykjavik
South Coast tour from Reykjavík including an easy glacier walk on Sólheimajökull glacier in a small group setting. Visit Skógafoss waterfall, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Reynisfjara black sand beach and more.
Glacier hike, Volcanoes & Waterfalls is an easy South Coast tour with an adventurous twist. The sights are breathtaking, the grandeur unforgettable. Where else in the world can you stand on 700 years old glacier ice overlooking volcanoes, walk behind a 65 meters high waterfall and stroll along a volcanic black sand beach in one day? This tour is for those who would like to experience everything that the amazing South Coast has to offer in a small group.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Solheimajokull Glacier
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Eyjafjallajokull Glacier / Volcano view*
- Hekla Volcano view*
- Gljúfrabúi - The Hidden Waterfall
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Guided Tour to the highlights of the South Coast
- Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Specialized Glacier Gear
- Small Group Minibus Tour
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Join us for a memorable journey along the south coast visiting all the major sites of the area and hiking on a glacier. Our first stop of the day is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall one of Iceland’s greatest attractions. Here you have the opportunity to walk behind the magnificent wall of water and feel the power generated by the fall. Seljalandsfoss is an excellent place for a memorable photo shoot. We will visit the hidden waterfall, Gljúfrabúi and enjoy a short hike between the two waterfalls. Next step on our journey is a giant step for those that have never set foot on a glacier. Hear the ancient ice crack as you safely enjoy your hike on the glacier tongue with our certified glacier guide. After the thrill of the glacier, we head for Reynisfjara where you can leisurely stroll along the black sand beach known for its famous basalt columns and caverns. Witness the Reynisdrangar cliffs and basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea which Icelandic legends say are mischievous trolls turned into rock by the rising sun. We end this great day tour with a stop at the majestic Skógafoss waterfall. Here you can walk right up to the 60-meter high thundering waterfall and feel the spray on your face. You can even walk up the 527 steps to gain a bird’s eye view of the cascading water and rainbows.
Experience all those incredible places as we pass through the fertile farming lands and small villages of south Iceland, an area rich of Viking history and heritage, watched over by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes. On clear days, you will have an excellent view of these renown volcanoes along with the Westman Islands rising steeply from the ocean just off the coast.
Pick up: Pick up starts at 08:00 am. You will be picked up from your selected Reykjavík pickup location and please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive. You will be picked up in a bus and will have an Arctic Adventures glacier guide during the tour.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or on location. Booking these items in advance is recommended.
This tour has a small group guarantee, meaning that the tour is always operated in a minibus giving you a more personal experience. Arctic Adventures reserves the right to alter the itinerary if the weather is too bad to go on the glacier walk. If this cancellation occurs a part refund is given for missing the glacier hike.
We meet you at Sólheimajökull parking lot and the distance from Reykjavik is approx. 164 km / 101 mi. The drive takes around 2-2,5 hours.
For GPS: 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.
Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.
You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.
When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.
When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland, it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.
Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.
This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.
Did the Glacier and Waterfalls tour and definitely got our money’s worth. The tour guide George was super-friendly and more than willing to pull over whenever we wanted to take photos. (There were only six people on our tour, which was really cool too, and a nice break from the giant bus full of tourists.)
George was also nice enough to take us on a couple detours.
Had a great time and would recommend this tour and tour company to everyone.
"Amazing day tour with Gilli"
We took the South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier hike tour and it was beyond expectations. In my opinion it was better than the Golden Circle as there was a greater variety of landscapes. The waterfalls are amazing! Also the glacier hike was easy and fun. The glacier hiking guide was really friendly and funny. Also the trip was even more fun thanks to our bus driver/tour guide Gilli who went our of his way to make our trip unforgettable. Thank you so much once again!
"Highlight of our Icelandic trip--Glacier hike and waterfalls!"
Our driver Michael picked us up at our hotel at 7:30am with a bus of 16 people. He was communicative, fun spirited and did a great job driving and navigating the roads around the city and out in the countryside. At the glacier, the staff helped us strap on our gear and our guide Kat lead the way up the glacier. She is extremely knowledgable about the trail and the landscape, providing us with a great picture and lesson on Iceland’s geological history and future. We felt extremely safe with Kat and the staff of AA. The glacier walk was one of the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever seen! And the waterfalls we visited were as equally breathtaking!