South Coast tour from Reykjavík including an easy glacier walk on Sólheimajökull glacier. Visit Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss and more.
Glacier & 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, walk behind a 65 meters high waterfall and stroll along a volcanic black sand beach in one day? This tour is for you who would like to get something little extra to the traditional south coast trip.
8 am - 8 pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Sólheimajökull glacier
- Reynisfjara black sand beach
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Eyjafjallajökull glacier / volcano view*
- Hekla volcano*
- Guided tour to the highlights of the south coast
- Glacier walk on Sólheimajökull
- Certified glacier guide
- Specialized glacier gear
Pick up starts at 08:00 am from your 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 by Iceland Excursions and will have an Arctic Adventures glacier guide during the tour.
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. 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.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.
Arctic Adventures reserves the right to alter the itinerary if weather conditions change and the glacier walk is canceled. If this cancellation occurs a visit to the Skogar museum and Vik village is offered.
* Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Hekla Volcano are subjected to weather conditions.
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).
Iceland is known for colorful 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 to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. 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 reflection off of the glacier.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.
You can bring you 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 and we have also gladly refunded our guests that had booked well in advance of finding out the happy news. 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 each trip glacier tour we offer.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
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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.
“Glaciers and Waterfalls”
I did the Glaciers and Waterfalls tour and I’m so glad I did. Our tour guide was great, providing lots of information about the Icelandic culture. We had ample time at each waterfall and the glacier hike was amazing. Our tour guides were great and explained to us the glacier descriptions – we even got to drink water from the stream from plank/pushup position! Our tour guide was efficient, ensuring that the waterfall that you walk behind was the last stop – important since you DO get wet if you decide to walk down to the bottom! Great company and great tour! And we got to ride in an off-roading type monstrous vehicle!