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South Coast, Waterfalls, and Glacier Hike from Reykjavik are sightseeing at its best. Visit the highlights of the South Coast, see the magnificent waterfalls, discover volcanoes, walk on a glacier, stroll on Reynisfjara black sand beach, and more!

Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajokull Glacier / Volcano view
  • Hekla Volcano view

South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike is an easy sightseeing day trip with an adventurous twist.

Get your chance to walk behind the 65-meter cascade of Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and admire Skogafoss Waterfall up close. Stroll onto a volcanic black sand beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Join our certified glacier guides on an action-packed hike out onto a 700-year-old glacier tongue!

Join us for a memorable journey along Iceland’s South Coast, Waterfalls, and Glacier Hike visiting all the major sites of the area and hiking on a glacier.

Availability All Year
Duration 12 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • 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

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good hiking boots are recommended

Not Included

  • Meals

Itinerary

South Coast Waterfalls

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall at Winter Season in Iceland

Our first day stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of Iceland's greatest attractions. Here you'll have the amazing 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 photoshoot.

Hekla Volcano Panorama during Winter in Iceland

Experience all those incredible places as we pass through the fertile farming lands and small villages of south Iceland, an area rich in Viking history and heritage, watched over by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes. On clear days, you’ll have an excellent view of these renowned volcanoes and the Westman Islands off the coast.

Group Glacier Hiking in South of Iceland

The 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 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.

Cave at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach in South Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall during Winter in Iceland

We end this incredible day tour by stopping at the majestic Skógafoss Waterfall. 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.

Pick-up: Pick-up starts at 08:00 am. You will be picked up from your selected Reykjavík pick-up location. Please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive. You will be picked up on a bus and will be accompanied by a glacier guide during the tour.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Please note: 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 unfit to carry out the glacier walk. If this cancellation occurs, a part refund is given for missing the glacier hike.

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Reviews

4.8
Based on 41 reviews

South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike

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South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike with Ronan

Reviewed on July 27, 2022 by DavidJShelton Review from TripAdvisor

We did the South Coast, Waterfalls, & Glacier Hike with Ronan as our guide. He was fantastic! So knowledgeable about Iceland.

He has a great perspective on what we would find interesting and he kept us entertained.

Highly recommended Ronan as your guide.

Lifetime experience and birthday pressie

Reviewed on March 05, 2022 by Cheryl Review from TripAdvisor

Wow wee what can I say, amazing tour (south coast tour, waterfalls and glacier tour with artic adventures) and a once in a lifetime experience. Guide was great and gave us local knowledge that you wouldn’t normally hear. Saw everything we had booked for, glacier walk was magical and the best birthday present for our son. Felt very safe with Maria on the snow/glacier.
Waterfalls were out of this world and having our picnic on the black sand beach was different and breathe taking. Our guide really did watch out for everyone’s safety and let us have enough time at each place.
Well worth the money and a slightly smaller tour think there was around 16-18 of us. Free WiFi on the mini bus. Great with children.
Recommend taking layers, sun cream for face, picnic as don’t want to waste time buying food and also take a good camera.
We had the perfect weather however in Iceland does change a lot.

Will book again with this company when we return. South coast tour with waterfalls and glacier hike is a must. The hike was 1.5hrs on the glacier and was doable for all ages and fitness as you stop and start. The mini bus driver/guide does stay on the mini bus so it’s your job to walk and nose around at your leisure - the guide does say where to look and what to becareful of. Make sure to wear sensible walking and waterproof ankle high boots and thermals.

Amazing guides and breathtaking scenery.

Reviewed on February 22, 2022 by Julie B Review from TripAdvisor

We booked the South Coast, waterfalls and glacier hike which I can’t recommend enough. Our guide for most of the day, Tristan, was friendly, knowledgable, helpful and happy to answer questions. Our guide for the glacier hike was (the wonderfully enthusiastic and funny) Maria, who was passionate about the glacier and a wealth of information; keeping us safe and away from any dangers. I would completely recommend considering the glacier hike as it was not exerting if you are of average fitness. Moreover, sadly the glacier has retreated a significant amount in the past 10 years and who knows what might happen in the next 10. An amazing and truly humbling experience! Thank you to both guides. x

Mesmerizing waterfalls, black sand beach and glacier hike!

Reviewed on January 15, 2022 by Karen93160 Review from TripAdvisor

I booked this tour because I wanted to discover the South Coast of Iceland and experience glacier hiking for the first time in my life.
I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and the raw and authentic character of the black sand beach and its 2 types of basalt. You had to be there to breathe, experience and absorb these magnificent landscapes and fresh air.
My favourite highlight of the tour was the glacier hike. Pavel, our hike guide, made sure we had the necessary equipment for safety reasons and showed us how to put on crampons. It was an amazing experience to walk on ice, the Solheimajokull was so blue!
And our tour guide, Pascale, was great. She was very knowledgeable on the geology of Iceland; she also showed us very old farms and recommended a good restaurant in Reykjavik where I met some of my tour fellows on the evening of the tour.
Unforgettable!

Fantastic adventure with stunning views!

Reviewed on December 13, 2021 by Heather O Review from TripAdvisor

The tour left on time and the guide Vernon provided us with interesting facts and information about Iceland (especially its volcanic and glacial activity). He was also very entertaining to listen to and offered to take lots of pictures throughout the day to capture the experience!
Thoroughly enjoyed all the stops organised on the trip from waterfalls to black beaches with enough time to enjoy and take in each location.
Top highlight - likely because the weather was fantastic - was the glacial walk! We were given clear instructions about how to use necessary climbing equipment as well as a safety briefing and quickly got started on our climb! The glacial guide took us through incredible crevices with beautiful views and it was an experience I will never forget!
I would recommend this to anyone seeking a bit of an adventure and great to do if you're travelling solo as you get to meet and spend time with other people on your tour group as you are out for a full day.
Fantastic experience all round!

Beautiful views

Reviewed on October 25, 2021 by Cindy H Review from TripAdvisor

My favorite part was the black sand beach and basalt columns. Our guide Ellie was the best! Since I am elderly, I didn’t feel able to do the glacier hike with my son, so she offered to walk with me up to the glacier and back to keep me company. That was over and above!

Great trip with an Good driver with lots of knowledge.

Reviewed on October 09, 2021 by O3020DIpatrickd Review from TripAdvisor

Fantastic tour along the south past of Iceland. The bus was a mini van witch was nice. It was a small group of people from different countries. Although items a raining day , we had a lot of fun and information from our Tourleider Baldwin. He told us a lot about the island and lot of facts over about everything weasels him.
He drove us past beautiful waterfalls, glaciers and black beaches. It was a wel organised trip. Many thanks.

South Coast Tour

Reviewed on October 04, 2021 by Amy S Review from TripAdvisor

This tour was absolutely spectacular. Words can’t describe the amazing views. Vieran and Peter were the best tour guides I’ve ever experienced and added so much value to the trip. They knew the perfect spots to take pictures and pointed out things we would have missed had we been on our own. They also took care to keep everyone safe and were extremely personable. I highly recommend this tour.

Most Memorable Tour with Vjeran

Reviewed on September 28, 2021 by Cheery H Review from TripAdvisor

Absolutely amazing tour. We were so lucky to have Vjeran as our guide. He was the most knowledgable, kind and patient guide to have! He knows where to go, incredible detail of history and storytelling to keep everyone entertained, comfortable and happy. He always offers to take photos for you to make your trip incredibly memorable. Be sure to have the honey almond cod at the pit stop by the beach! The secret water fall, rainbows over the waterfalls, glacier walk is a must. Thank you so much Arctic Adventures, I can't recommend you enough.

Lifetime experience and birthday pressie

Reviewed on March 05, 2020 by CheekyCheryl Review from TripAdvisor

Wow wee what can I say, amazing tour (south coast tour, waterfalls and glacier tour with artic adventures) and a once in a lifetime experience. Guide was great and gave us local knowledge that you wouldn’t normally hear. Saw everything we had booked for, glacier walk was magical and the best birthday present for our son. Felt very safe with Maria on the snow/glacier.
Waterfalls were out of this world and having our picnic on the black sand beach was different and breathe taking. Our guide really did watch out for everyone’s safety and let us have enough time at each place.
Well worth the money and a slightly smaller tour think there was around 16-18 of us. Free WiFi on the mini bus. Great with children.
Recommend taking layers, sun cream for face, picnic as don’t want to waste time buying food and also take a good camera.
We had the perfect weather however in Iceland does change a lot.

Will book again with this company when we return. South coast tour with waterfalls and glacier hike is a must. The hike was 1.5hrs on the glacier and was doable for all ages and fitness as you stop and start. The mini bus driver/guide does stay on the mini bus so it’s your job to walk and nose around at your leisure - the guide does say where to look and what to becareful of. Make sure to wear sensible walking and waterproof ankle high boots and thermals .

Amazing guides and breathtaking scenery.

Reviewed on February 22, 2020 by Julie B Review from TripAdvisor

We booked the South Coast, waterfalls and glacier hike which I can’t recommend enough. Our guide for most of the day, Tristan, was friendly, knowledgable, helpful and happy to answer questions. Our guide for the glacier hike was (the wonderfully enthusiastic and funny) Maria, who was passionate about the glacier and a wealth of information; keeping us safe and away from any dangers. I would completely recommend considering the glacier hike as it was not exerting if you are of average fitness. Moreover, sadly the glacier has retreated a significant amount in the past 10 years and who knows what might happen in the next 10. An amazing and truly humbling experience! Thank you to both guides. x

Awesome experience!

Reviewed on January 31, 2020 by tdotnyc Review from TripAdvisor

This tour overall was great as the waterfalls were wonderful. We particularly loved our glacier hike. Our guide, Chris, kept safety as the priority, but was also extremely knowledgeable and helpful to some in our group who weren't experienced hikers. The glacier was beautiful and was the highlight of this tour.

Brilliant, professional, friendly - 10/10!

Reviewed on November 17, 2019 by worldtraveller9389 Review from TripAdvisor

We booked the South Coast, waterfalls and glaciers tour with Arctic Adventures (through Extreme Iceland) - in fact I’m writing this review on our bus back to Reykjavik.

I’ve been on countless tours previously and have extremely high standards so it’s very difficult to impress when it comes to group tours, however from the start of the day I have been blown away by this tour - prompt, professional, friendly, relaxed and informative.

The bus arrived at our pick up location before the estimated time, meaning we could be off on our way slightly earlier than we’d expected. The tour appears to be a maximum of around 20 people so no large groups - extremely comfortable minibus with reclining chairs, USB ports and free WiFi.

Our guide, Ollie, introduced himself and was friendly and personable throughout the day, sharing his and his family’s personal experiences of living in Iceland for many years. He is definitely one of the best guides I have ever had for a group tour - he made sure everyone was happy and allowed us enough time at each stop without being rushed.

The stops are all of course incredible, and would be so with any company. Arctic Adventures made the whole day just run smoothly - the glacier walk itself was a highlight and the guides that take you onto the glacier clearly very experienced. They ensured more nervous members of the group were relaxed and happy with the hike and the pace was perfect for everyone with plenty of photo stops (safety permitting!).

Overall I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company. We felt so smug with our friendly guide and small group when pulling up next to huge tour buses of 60+ people all trying to see the same sight within a short space of time. Brilliant day, thank you Ollie!

Amazing day

Reviewed on November 14, 2019 by Reece H Review from TripAdvisor

Lots to see and do. Walking through the caves was amazing Gilli and Hawk where fantastic guides and made the experience all the better.

Would definitely recommend and come back again. I will use Arctic Adventures in the future!

Great tour to see highlights

Reviewed on August 08, 2019 by Merilyn L Review from TripAdvisor

We had about 13 people in our group. It was nice to be dropped off at the highlights and given some time to explore the sites by ourselves. I found the time short to appreciate the beauty of the places but we did have many places and a glacier hike to go for. Sigour, our driver, was sharing a lot during the drive and was a delight to listen to. The glacier hike was awesome. Our guide, Vjeran was fun and passionate about his job (points to the glacier "welcome to my office!) . He made sure we were all safe and felt comfortable during the hike. Go for this!

Accomplished More Than We Thought We Could!

Reviewed on July 31, 2019 by Wandering Tattler Review from TripAdvisor

Began the tour by stopping at the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall....very scenic AND you get to walk behind it! Then we made a stop at the Black Sand Beach....amazing rock formations and beautiful black rocks. Then we capped off the tour with another waterfall stop and we hiked up on top of the Solheimajokull Glacier! Our guide at this hike, Aphol, did an amazing job helping all of us make it up and down safely. He also shared a great deal of knowledge about the glacier itself. Awesome Tour!

Fabulous Day!

Reviewed on July 23, 2019 by jillwt Review from TripAdvisor

Although a lot was packed into a day...it was at a relaxing pace. Terrific guide, Bastian, was informative, helpful and a safe driver. All experiences were quite memorable and enjoyable. A lovely memory of Iceland.

Awesome Tour

Reviewed on June 28, 2019 by Lindsey Review from TripAdvisor

The Glacier Hike was an unforgettable, amazing experience! Absolutely breath-taking and our guide, Vjeran, was the best!! He was extremely knowledgeable and shared so much information about the glacier and its features on our hike.
The waterfalls were also breathtaking! I would definitely recommend this tour and consider yourself extra lucky if you can get Vjeran to be your guide!!

Beautiful stops - some like from a nature documentary

Reviewed on June 01, 2019 by Peter D Review from TripAdvisor

(At the time of this review, the Arctic Adventures web site titled this tour, "GLACIER HIKING AND SOUTH COAST CLASSIC FROM REYKJAVIK.")

We were picked up promptly at our designated bus stop in the morning. Although the trip was billed at 11 hours, we returned 12 hours later because our driver, Bjerk (sp?), added a bonus waterfall due to it being a rare, cloudless day. It was worth it.

Because we were in a smaller bus (a Mercedes Sprinter) than the more common big tour buses Bjerk was able to get us close to each stop's site so we could spend more time exploring it and less time walking to it from the parking lot.

The Reynisfjara black sand beach was gorgeous on this calm day. The sight of birds soaring along the towering cliffs above the beach and in and out of their nests there made us feel like we were in a nature documentary.

The highlight of the day was hiking the Sólheimajökull glacier with our guide Vjernan. He diligently ensured that each of us was properly outfitted with hiking boots, crampons, ice axe, harness, and helmet. Earlier in the day he had cut steps into the glacier in some of the steeper places to make it easier to navigate. He was very attentive to those members of our group that needed extra assistance.

While hiking the glacier, it can sometimes be difficult to stop and take a photo or video without losing contact with the group. Instead, use an action camera, like a GoPro, mounted on yourself, so both hands are free for balance and using the axe.

We did the Golden Circle Superior tour with Arctic Adventures the day before. That was fun, but if you only have one day, we'd recommend this tour. Go Team Vernon!

Unforgettable experience

Reviewed on June 01, 2019 by Navi Review from TripAdvisor

Arctic adventures are very professional.well timed,enough for every stop.the guide gave good info especially on where to buy food etc on the way.best was our glacier hike with coach Vernon.he is an excellent teacher.I am not much of a hiker,but this isnot so difficult especially who want to have the experience of climbing on ice.Vernon gave every detail very well on how to use the equipments,how to balance and info on the glaciers.he knew exact stops for taking good shots.this itenary covers excellent scenic stops and adds adventure at the same time.A must do when in iceland that too with Arctic adventure.we rented waterproof trousers that helped near the waterfalls.not required for the glacier though and renting shoes is definitely not required for this trip.All in all this was one if the memorable days of my life.Thank you Arctic adventures

Interesting trips, need better buses

Reviewed on May 30, 2019 by welovetravel2013 Review from TripAdvisor

We took two separate 1 day tours with Arctic Adventures, reviews as follows:

South Coast Waterfalls & Glacier hiking trip - this is a long day but that is clearly explained on the website so no surprises and it is worth it for the combination of sights that you see (the waterfall to walk behind, the black sand beach and the glacier walk) but do go prepared with food and drinks as there are limited options on the route and note that there are no facilities at all at the glacier walk location. Bus organisation could do with a bit of improvement, we waited 30 mins for the bus to arrive (again this is clear on the info but not ideal when waiting in the cold - luckily for us iceland was experiencing a heat wave!) then when it turned up it was a mini-bus that was really cramped and claustrophobic with no leg room at all. Fortunately we were swapped for another bus (more like a mini-coach layout with 2 seats on one side and 1 on the other with tall windows for the views) but for a 12 hour trip the bus was a bit old and bumpy.

We also did the golden circle premium day trip which is a packed day of the 3 key sites of the golden circle but also plus a trip to a geothermal power plant which was really interesting. Same comment about the bus it was a bit old and tired.

Both guides (Paulmi and Fifa) were very good as was our guide on the glacier walk (marcello)

Amazing Day!

Reviewed on May 05, 2019 by allie2443 Review from TripAdvisor

This was my absolute favorite tour/day during our time in Iceland. Good John was a great guide, very knowledgable. Our group was very small- only 7 of us. The waterfalls were beautiful and we were given plenty of time to see everything at each stop. The glacier hike was very cool-the only downfall there was they add more people to your group for the hike. So we had about 12 or 14 people and some were too scared to move which slows the pace and amount you can do for the entire group, definitely not the guide or companies fault. Overall a fantastic day with stunning sights! We had great weather but bring rain paints, you'll need them!

Wow!!

Reviewed on February 11, 2019 by sital_27 Review from TripAdvisor

I did the Golden Circle, Southshore Adventure and the Northern Lights tour with Arctic Adventures and all three were excellent!
The tour guides vere very knowledgeable and packed in as much as possible as well as some extras that weren't actually part of the tour.
I loved every minute of it.

Misinformed of pick-up time, and other glitches

Reviewed on January 13, 2019 by Wendy V Review from TripAdvisor

The tour itinerary itself is very good, and especially the very helpful guide for glacier hiking who went out of his way to make sure am able to hike up and down.

The biggest issue we faced is the coordination of the pick-up. We received advise via email a day before the tour that pick-up is at 8am. So we started to be at the pick-up station at 7:45am. It was raining and very cold, up to 8:15 there was no pick-up and I called up the reception and was advised that the pick-up is at 9am. The person who received my call mentioned that they sent the revised pick-up time via email that morning itself. How can they expect their visitors to have access to internet and check their emails??

The driver who picked us up, left his license or driving card or something, and he had to drive to his place.

During the drive, the driver was talking about the sceneries, but the windows are very dirty and cannot see anything outside! At the first stop, I talked about it to one of the passengers and he must have heard and the windows were cleaned with better view when we hopped back to the bus.

My only consoldation is the guy who guided us during the glacier hiking. He is so nice, because I was panting and asked that I go back, he helped me the whole time to to climb up and down the glacier hills.

Awesome!

Reviewed on December 11, 2018 by Frank P Review from TripAdvisor

This was a great tour. We truly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend this adventure. Got to see the black sand beaches, waterfalls, and hiked the sólheimajökull glacier.

Stop going in circles - get straight on this tour bus

Reviewed on November 12, 2018 by hornbeamVal Review from TripAdvisor

On our way back from England we took advantage of the Icelandair Stopover for 3 nights. We looked for a trip to take in some of the many waterfalls and as it was my birthday I had decided I wanted to walk on a glacier, this is the tour that covered both.
We were picked up from Bus Stop 13 which is outside the Tourist information Office, you can stand inside and wait for your coach/mini bus if the wind is bitter but watch out for your tour as the drivers have other stops and they don’t dally.
We had a great driver and he gave us a good commentary as we drove along the beautiful south coast. After a quick coffee/restroom/buy a hat break we were off to our first waterfall. Note at the café stop there are toilets inside the shop, there was a long queue for the individual toilets however there is a block of toilets out to the side of the store – very clean and I had the place to myself!
Seljalandsfoss. Not the biggest waterfall but you can walk the trail behind the falls. The trail itself is quite rugged and obviously wet and slippery, rain gear is a necessity and good hiking boots. If you continue the trail to the other side of the falls you will need to scramble up some pretty good size rocks to join the trail. We had about 45 minutes here so time to wander along and see a few of the other waterfalls.
On to Skogafoss. It is possible to climb up to the top of these falls (can be done in 5 mins said the driver!), we only had 30 minutes here and I hesitated for a moment whether I should go for it. The trail of people looked like ants climbing the 500 odd steps, but feeling in fairly good shape I said “see ya” to hubby who wisely stayed to see the falls from the bottom. Well if you are in a rush be of good health as it was a bit of a grunt, I did stop a few times to take in the views (puff, pant) at the top there is a viewing platform where the water rushes over, quite spectacular. Going down of course was a breeze and I made encouraging remarks to the poor souls slogging their way up, luckily I didn’t need to do CPR on anyone! Halfway down I was met by hubby - he didn’t want me to have all the fun. If you are lucky, as we were, and the sun is out, you get to see a beautiful rainbow over the falls.
Back on the bus and on to Reynisfjara, the black sand beach and a place for a spot of lunch and perhaps more important a place to “spend a penny” (your ISK). If you wait till you get to the glacier to use the restroom you will need to walk a distance across the rocky parking lot and time is of the essence as your group will be gearing up for the glacier hike. I think the charge there was 300 ISK.
The tour describes the Solheimajokull glacier hike as 1 ½ hours however you are there for about 3. You do sign a waiver and you do need to be in good health as it is quite a hike. You must wear high top hiking boots, they check, and if necessary you can rent some at the time you make your reservation. We got fitted for crampons (but you carry them until you reach the glacier), put on a harness, helmet and got an ice axe and then our excellent guide talked a bit about the dos and don’ts of the hike. Off we went for about 20 minutes over some rough terrain and then stopped at the bottom of the glacier to put on our crampons and learn how to walk in them. The guide will put you in single file and that is how you will be for most of the hike. We kept up a good pace with a few stops to talk about how to maneuver round/up/through but mostly the aim is to get up onto the glacier so you have a bit of time to look around. The glacier from a distance looks pristine white, up close it is covered with a layer of ash. We got to learn a little about the different features, looked in some moulins –shafts in the ice where water has percolated down, the guides took photos of us and then it was time to head back down - we were at about 1000’ elevation (no the helicopter doesn’t appear to whisk you away, not on this tour anyway!)
On the bus back to Reykjavik we rested our aching limbs, watched a gorgeous sunset, connected to their free wifi and sent off pictures of our grand day out. It was a memorable birthday and certainly whet our appetites for another trip back to Iceland.

Great Day with a Great Tour Guide

Reviewed on October 27, 2018 by nadia186299 Review from TripAdvisor

A really impressive tour with great guides

Reviewed on October 17, 2018 by Cheryl E Review from TripAdvisor

I would like to thank our guide Alberto who drove and educated us about the waterfalls, beaches, volcanoes and glaciers we saw. I would also like to thank Ledle (not sure if correct spelling) who was our glacier guide. She made the amazing experience of walking on the glacier (Solheimajokull) fun and safe. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic!

Brilliant day out

Reviewed on September 06, 2018 by travelling193 Review from TripAdvisor

This was a fantastic tour. It was a long day but the places we went to and the scenery definitely made it worthwhile - beautiful waterfalls and a fabulous black beach. The glacier walk was excellent - our glacier guide, Luke, was very patient and gave clear instructions. Our tour guide, Bjork, was also excellent-helpful, informative and enthusiastic. I would definitely recommend this trip - it was the highlight of our week.

Great tour but make sure you bring hiking shoes with ankle support

Reviewed on August 02, 2018 by EAGB Review from TripAdvisor

Awesome tour. Loved it. We had low hiking shoes and found out at the glacier that we needed boots with ankle support. Fortunately, we were able to rent them from the company at the glacier but if I had known ahead of time, I would have brought my own.

Awesome day from beginning to end!

Reviewed on June 23, 2018 by Tricia032017 Review from TripAdvisor

If you only have time for one tour during your time in Iceland, I would highly recommend this one. Beautiful waterfalls, stunning landscapes and a chance to strap on crampons and walk on a glacier!

Becca was our guide & driver for the day and was great – very friendly & gave lots of interesting tidbits and info throughout the tour. She also gave me a personal recommendation & tip for another tour which I wound up booking :)

Adam was our guide on the glacier hike and was great as well. He was so much fun, friendly and very personable. He made an effort to get to know everyone in the group (there were 8 of us) and was also very attentive throughout the hike to make sure everyone was doing okay/keeping up. The hike itself was such a cool thing to experience; I would definitely sign up to do something like it again.

Thanks Becca, Adam and Arctic Adventures for such an awesome day!

Good tour guides, but bad quality of rental equipments

Reviewed on June 04, 2018 by Vivian L Review from TripAdvisor

The tour guides of glacier hiking are very nice and helpful.
Unluckily we completed the tour with heavy rain. We had rented 3 pairs of hiking shoes, but one of the pairs was broken and with a big hole. It made my feet got all wet before the glacier hiking. The driver told me that I can only change to another pair of shoes when arriving the meeting point of glacier hiking. However the shoes there were wet too...so i wore a pair of wet shoes for the whole tour of glacier hiking. It was very irresponsible to bring broken shoes for customer, especially on the day with extreme weather conditions.

Great Value Tour Company!

Reviewed on April 08, 2018 by Smurf1971 Review from TripAdvisor

I've just returned from a trip to Iceland and I used this company on three separate occasions. Firstly I did their Sensational Iceland Day Tour which visited the South Coast during the day and then transferred you over to a Northern Lights Tour. Both fantastic trips with 2 friendly and informative Guides (Biggie & Bill). Plenty of stops for photos and to explore waterfalls, the Black Sand Beach and Glacier Hiking. The Northern Lights making an appearance that night was the icing on the cake and the company was able to share its photos of the night and Lights with you which was great.

The subsequent two trips was the Goldent Circle Complete and the Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Our tour guide was the same on both days, Alvaro. We were able to stop on plenty of occasions for photo stops, refreshments, walks and to explore. Again...both brilliant trips.

I would use this company again. Everything was on time, relaxed and with plenty of opportunities to take pics and explore. Unforgettable and memories made! Thanks guys!

Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed on March 28, 2018 by seeingspots Review from TripAdvisor

AN Amazing day. First it was great to be on a small group tour. You got to know the people you traveled with and the tour guide. Our guide was very informative about where we were going but also his life in Iceland. We learned about a lot of things as we drove and he gave us great advice at each spot. The black beach was incredible. The water falls amazing - and we got to walk behind one. The glacier was unbelievable. Yes its a long day but it was broken up well and went by fast. We also stop each way at a gas station and bathroom. We were such a good group with timeing that we were rewarded with lunch in VIK.

Great experience.

Reviewed on March 14, 2018 by Hairudin Review from TripAdvisor

We did the solheimajokull glacier hiking plus south coast. The minibus was clean and comfortable. Each stops at south coast was sufficient. We had great driver cum guide who call himself the viking warrior. Even it was a long day trip and he was the only driver cum guide, he always try to tell us stories and history of the places. He was quite funny and very helpful to contact the hiking guide to lend my wife gloves as she had lost one of her gloves at skogafoss. Maria was our hiking guide. She was funny and always ensure our safety during the hike. The glacier hiking is a great experience and one of the highlights during our Iceland vacation. Overall a good and professional company.

What an amazing day!

Reviewed on February 23, 2018 by 3amann Review from TripAdvisor

We were picked up from central Reykjavik by our tour guide Kata in a minibus. She was very friendly and told us lots of interesting facts and stories about the places we visited and about different things we could see whilst driving around South Iceland. The drive out of Reykjavik was a bit long but we stopped at a service station to stretch our legs and use the toilets. We saw two waterfalls, Seljalandfoss and Skogafoss, first. It was a bit busy with other tours, but not unpleasant. We then headed to Reynisfjara, the black sand beach, which was incredible but also very windy! The basalt formations and cave were impressive. We finished the day with an easy hike up the Solheimajokull glacier, lead by our hiking guide Ravi. It was so beautiful and a once in a lifetime sort of experience.

I would definitely recommend this tour. Bring a camera, wear a waterproof jacket and trousers, and good, sturdy hiking books - and have fun!

WOW - what a great day!!!

Reviewed on February 18, 2018 by Steve P Review from TripAdvisor

Artic Adventrures did an exceptional job showing us teh most beautiful waterfalls and coordinating a hike on galcier -highly recommended.

Bus pick up is painless and for us right on time. Artic Adventures bent over backwards working to get tardy travelers to the bus. Going so far as to call one traveler who had overslept and swining back to pick her up. Can't say i appreciated the daly but if I had been that traveler ( and we have all been there) I would have been very grateful.

Van tokj our small group right up to the waterfalls - fanstasic view and great time.

Highlight for me was the glacier walk. If you are the least bit mobile and in shape this is a no brainer. you strap on crampoons and a helmet and pick up an ice ax (mostly a photo prop) and literally hike up to and across an actaul glacier. I mean blue ices, crevasses etc. An amazing thing to see. Our guide provided running commentary on the history of the area, facts about galciers and a whole host of interesting and relevant information.

Reccommend doing this trip as the galcier is receding rather quickly, It is alarming to see where they have marked the actual location for the last 10 years and see how far it has moved (100m per year).

Highly recommend the trip and Artic Adventures!!

Very enjoyable day out

Reviewed on February 12, 2018 by Luis R Review from TripAdvisor

We were lucky in that there were only about 10 people on the tour. Of those 4 disappeared before lunch to do the glacier hike.

Our tour guide and driver George, despite not being a native Icelander, was very knowledgeable and insightful about life and culture of the country. We had plenty of time at the main stops.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day out. Stunning scenery.

Tip. Bring a pack lunch and a flask to eat by the beach in Vik.

Fantastic Glacier Hike!

Reviewed on February 08, 2018 by Lisa Review from TripAdvisor

We were only in Iceland for 2 days and booked this 12 hour extravaganza. It was well worth it! We were in a small bus and visited waterfalls and the black sand beach before spending 2 hours on the glacier. You don't need to bring food, the driver/guide stops at a rest stop so you can get water, a sandwich, or other snacks. You do need to dress warmly and your gear needs to be water proof/resistant - think skiing in snowy weather.

Amazing!!!

Reviewed on February 07, 2018 by nicolep0195 Review from TripAdvisor

recommend to anyone we had a fantastic time. Pepe was our guild and was very funny nice guy that will answer any question you have for him. it was a good steep climb with lots of small breaks for you to take pics and chatch your breath. the rest of the day seeing the waterfalls was also nice lots for photo spots and options for if u wanted to buy things or just see the sights

Amazing Day!

Reviewed on November 28, 2017 by CLS2611 Review from TripAdvisor

We have just returned from Iceland and by far the best trip we did was the combo day excursion followed by the northern lights. The hike on the glacier was amazing the staff were friendly, great knowledge and made the day really enjoyable. Our glacier guide Pepe deserves a special thank you as does our driver for the lights tour Klembie. He was wonderful, humerous and entertaining and really explained the lights, how to take the best pictures and was so excited with us when we saw them. Cant recommend enough the trip or the company - excellent!

FAQ

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, crampons, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

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.