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Sensational Iceland - South Coast, Glacier Hike & Northern Lights

Waterfalls, Glacier, and the Aurora Borealis on the South Coast

Take in the majesty of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, hike up to the top of the most famous glacier in Iceland, and cross the Northern Lights off your bucket list.

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Take to the road to see the greatest landmarks of south Iceland and will create memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll embark on the most exciting glacier hiking tour of your life, hunt for treasure at Skógafoss Waterfall, capture the incredible panorama of the black Reynisfjara beach and, when darkness falls, soak up the luminescent colors of the Northern Lights.

 

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    16 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    24.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Glacier hike on Solheimajokull
Black sand beach at Reynisfjara
Reynisdrangar peaks and cliffs
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier/volcano*
Views of Hekla volcano*
Northern Lights hunting*
Gljúfrabúi (The Hidden Waterfall)
Included
Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes and Waterfalls Tour
Visit to all Highlights
Guidance Throughout
Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull
Certified Glacier Guide
Glacier Hiking Equipment
All Required Safety Equipment
English Speaking Tour Guide
Evening Northern Lights Tour
Northern Lights Photos
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Your adventure of south Iceland will begin at 8:00 a.m. We’ll pick you up from your hotel or at a nearby pick up point. Once at the waterfall, you’ll take a short hike, where a unique photo opportunity of the waterfall awaits. The waterfall is 196 feet (60 m) tall, consequently, you will encounter occasional water spouting, so make sure you have waterproof clothes.

Solheimajokull Glacier and Reynisfjara Beach

Traveling onwards through the stunning scenery of southern Iceland, we’ll arrive at Sólheimajökull glacier. Glacier hiking should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list, and there is no better place to do it than Solheimajokull. Once there, your certified glacier guide will get you geared up and instruct you on the safety guidelines. Together, we’ll become glacier explorers and make our way across the glacier tongues–take note to listen for the ancient crackling sounds of the ice on the way.

Next, we’ll be heading to Reynisfjara – the world-famous, iconic black sand beach. The beach is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Iceland because of the majestic basalt columns just off the shore, roaring waves of Atlantic ocean, and unusual black sand. Local legend says that the basalt columns looking at you from the ocean were once trolls pulling ships to the shore. Once the dawn gleamed over them, they turned into these magnificent rock formations. Don’t forget your camera, as the scenery here is remarkably picturesque.  

Once you have a picture with Reynisfjara’s magnificent trolls, we’ll drive on to the majestic and one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland – Skógafoss. A pathway of 527 steps leads up to the crest of the waterfall, giving you a front-row view of the South Coast lowland below. According to another legend, the first Viking settler, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure chest in the cave behind Skógafoss, so it’s definitely worth the visit. Once we find the treasure, we’ll head back to Reykjavik, have dinner and get ready for our next experience – the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at around 20:30 (8:30 p.m.). The Northern Lights phenomenon heavily depend on the weather conditions, so the exact place we’ll go to is unknown until the last minute. The moment you spot the first hint of glimmering bright colors in the dark sky is always spellbinding. Red auroras, from luminescent orange to flaming rose, and lustrous violet auroras are more common in Iceland than anywhere else in the world, so get your camera ready and prepare to experience something out of this world.

After the unforgettable light show, we will take you back to the Reykjavik around midnight.


Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical Information

What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, scarves, water bottle, snacks and a small backpack is always useful. Strong hiking boots are absolutely essential, ice crampons are provided for your glacier walk, it is not possible to fit them to any other kind of footwear.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
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.


Please note

This is a combination tour which blends together two immensely popular tours, Magical Auroras Northern Lights and Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes and Waterfalls tours.

You have time to get supper from a café/restaurant in Reykjavík, meals and beverages are not included on this tour.

As the success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel this part of the tour until 18:15 on the day of departure. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer you the chance to join another evening´s departure free of charge upon availability. Note that you need to contact us to re-book.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

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.

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

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.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

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.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

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.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

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).

What are crampons?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.

What equipment is provided when taking part on a Glacier Hike?

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

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.

What if it is raining?

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.

Where can I find more information to prepare me for my Glacier Hiking tour?

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

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