This tour gives you the chance to see all the most beautiful sights on the south shore. There is a good reason the southern parts of Iceland are such popular destinations. Locals have been admiring it for centuries, now it’s your turn. Enjoy the mesmerizing waterfall of Skógar, go behind the magical Seljalandsfoss, walk on the volcanic black sand beach of Reynisfjara and get in close contact with a glacier.
This tour is a real highlight catcher for anyone traveling to Iceland.
Suitable for most people in fair condition. You have to be able to walk on uneven surface and hike for at least 2 – 3 hours at a slow pace, with breaks. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
Meet on location
Guide to client ratio
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
Vík in Mýrdalur
Small Group Tour
Pick- up & Drop Off
Guided Visit to South Shore Highlights
Free WiFi on the Bus
Pick-up: The tour begins at 8 a.m. most of the year. However, during high winter season (16th of November – 31st of January) it begins at 7 a.m. to make the most of the daylight. Available pick-up points:Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
We pick you up at your selected pick up location in Reykjavik and head towards the east, over Hellisheiði pass and through the southern lowland to Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s 4th largest glacier. From there we move towards Iceland‘s most famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, where the roaring Atlantic ocean fiercely hits the shore. Just off the beach, Reynisdrangar basalt stacks majestically rise from the sea. Our next stop is Vík, the most southern town in Iceland here we’ll stop at the local church. After we have explored Vik, we turn around and start making our way back to the city. On the way back we will stop at Skógafoss, the roughly 65m high cascade, and the picturesque Seljalandsfoss, where you’ll have a chance to walk behind the waterfall. At all sites, you will have enough time to enjoy and make great memories to take home.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves and sturdy shoes.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries? Don’t worry, you can always rent waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
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 Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Disclaimer 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.
Huge thanks to George, our guide for this fabulous 10 hour trip taking in two amazing waterfalls, one you can walk behind, close enough to touch a glacier, black sand beach and basalt columns and caves. Thoroughly recommend the small group trip, much more sociable and George couldn’t have been better – offering to stop for photos etc, plenty of time at scheduled stops too. Thanks!
“Amazing Sights, Amazing Guide! - South Shore Tour”
Thank you so much Arctic Adventures for the most amazing day.
Not only was your tour the best priced by far out of all of the similar tours from other tour operators your guide (I think his name was Thomas) clearly loved Iceland and went above and beyond to tell us so many interesting bits of information as we passed through the south coast of Iceland!
The tour bus was comfy and warm and there was only a small group which was lovely! We saw so many beautiful places and learnt so much about Iceland! We would 100% book with you again if we were to come back and will recommend all our friends!
The tour guides are so accomodating to everyone’s needs and are very kind even offering to help take photos! Thank you again so much!
We had only one day and chose to take the South Coast tour. Our guide Pauli was incredfible. The mini van seated 12 but our family of 6 were the only ones on that tour so we had very a individualized tour. Pauli made a couple of extra stops and could stay longer at some stops than others. We even got to see a few early puffins. What a great intro to Iceland!
I had a fantastic tour of the south coast,the tour company uses minibuses which is great as it is far better to tour in small groups,the bus picks up from all the main hotels and hostels in Reykjavik and drops you back,the driver/guide [Norris] was excellent and so friendly,i would highly recommend this tour and tour company.
"Well worth the money."
3 weeks agoReviewed by swigle
Booked the South Shore day tour with Arctic Adventures. Hotel pick-up was included and on time. Driver /guide was very informative & friendly. Trip included 2 waterfalls, a glacier, and the black sand beaches. There are plenty of places to get refreshments throughout the trip (or take your own lunch with you). Well worth the money. A great day out.
South Shore Adventure | Average rating: 4.7/5 based on 27 customer reviews
"More genuine experience with Arctic than other tour companies I went with" | By
So happy I found time for this tour--the black sand beach alone made the time/cost worthwhile, the waterfalls were spectacular, and all the landscapes we got to see from the bus windows were breathtaking and unique. We had a little extra time, so the guide made a few other quick stops that weren't on the agenda that were a great bonus-just ask and they'll do their best to accommodate any special requests. Overall the guide (Pauli?) contributed great information on everything we saw and passed by (much better than the pre-recorded tablets used by other tour companies!) and the smaller group made it very easy to ask questions and not feel like we were just being herded around. Unfortunately I discovered Arctic Adventures on my last day when I saw a different tour I wanted with someone else was sold out, otherwise I think I would have booked all of them through Arctic. On the plus side, I'll definitely be coming back again and know where to look first next time...
"Excellent tour!" | By
Alice Wu 29/01/2018
"Amazing" | By
Nicole Pretor 29/01/2018
What an amazing day, my tour guild pepe was fun, witty and full of information . The tour was the perfect amount of time on the glacier lots of small breaks as you get very warm as its hard work with the steep climbs. The company supply the correct equipment for walking on the ice. It was also nice to see a few waterfalls at the end of the day.
"Glacier Hike from Reukjavik" | By
This tour was great and the Glacier experience was amazing. Thank you to Francoise, Nick and the brilliant Ravi for guidance and friendliness. Francoise and Ravi in particul were full of interesting information.
Wonderful sights and an adequate amount of time spent at each made for a snappy and interesting tour.
"We had a lovely time" | By
Holly Jones 01/02/2018
We had a lovely time on the south shore adventure with George. The only thing I think could've been improved was maybe 15 more at each location to really get the most out of the tour as there were so many lovely things to photograph at each place! That being said I didn't feel rushed at all. All the locations we stopped at had toilets and a café which was helpful.
"Awesome Tour!" | By
Jeana Beilstein 05/02/2018
This was a great option for visiting Iceland in the winter when you don't want to brave the roads yourself. Timely guides and made some great friends on the tour!
"South Coast Tour" | By
I went on the South Coast tour. I’ll start with the one negative thing; I choose the grey line stop as my pickup terminal. I got picked up at 8am and it took about an hour to pick up all the guests. So, I was on the bus an hour before everyone else. Keeping in mind how long you actually have to be on the bus in total, it was a bit too much.
Positive: Even though it took too long (in my opinion) to pick up ALL the guests, the bus was on time! it was a very nice tour, when you’re on the way to the first destination you get to enjoy the icelandic landscapes which was nice. Our tour guide was extremely friendly and tried his best to speak english well. He even helped some of the people who wanted to join the glacier tour instead of going to the black beaches. Very nice guy. He also made sure we got enough time to see the beautiful places and had time to make pictures/ bathroom breaks. The wifi on the bus was also very nice, which is fun since you have something to do while driving.
"It was an incredible tour" | By
Cem I. 23/02/2018
It was an incredible tour. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Iceland. The tour guide was also exceptionally well. I booked 2 tours with this company and both were amazing!
"The tour was wonderful" | By
The tour was wonderful. the tour guide was professional, helpful, and most importantly, friendly. the tour was well-arranged and the places we visited were absolutely stunning.
"Our guide was great and filled in the time between stops with great stories" | By
Scott Johnson 06/03/2018
Our guide was great and filled in the time between stops with great stories. He obviously loves his country and sharing it with visitors. We had a wonderful day and the sights were spectacular!!
"Great tour! Glacier Hike was great fun" | By
Caitriona Hartnett 06/03/2018
Great tour! Glacier Hike was great fun.
Would have liked a bit more information in advance about the clothing to wear for the glacier hike and the costs to rent clothing at the site.
"Amazing experience" | By
We had such a great experience, from the start of getting all the gear to the excellent guide to the amazing views and experience of climbing up an glacier- every step was great!
This is one of our best excursions and we’ve been on some amazing ones!
Would recommend this tour to anyone.
It has made us want to do more similar and tougher glacier walks
"Great Tour Guide and Tour" | By
Melissa English 05/03/2018
This was a very informative and fun tour. We saw an amazingly beautiful black beach, waterfalls, a historical town and one of the famous glaciers. Our guide was phenomenal, informative and fun (and a great driver too on some scary roads).
I would definitely recommend this tour for those wanting to learn more about the history of Iceland while seeing some beautiful and breathtaking sites.
"South Shore Adventure - great sights, miserable transportation" | By
Steven Peters 06/03/2018
This tour was excellent in every way EXCEPT for the bus we traveled in (I believe the manufacturer was The Bus Company and our tour guide told us the bus was brand new). The seats are very uncomfortable and have leg room that might accommodate a child but not an adult. I am of average height (5'10"" or 178cm) and could not put my legs in front of me. Fortunately I was on the aisle so I could dangle my feet in the passage but this meant sitting on an angle. My seatmate was not so fortunate. I was in the back half of the bus and I believe everyone sitting around me would make the same complaint. I suggest you remove at least one row of seats (more if need be) to allow passengers who have to sit in the bus for most of the 10 hour tour to feel comfortable. Also the seat back are pretty much vertical, so one cannot lean back at all. I observed my fellow passengers falling asleep on the way back and having their heads roll around because there was no way to lean back.
There was no wifi because the tour guide/driver didn't know how to find it in this bus.
I would definitely consider another tour with Arctic Adventures but I would first ask about the leg room. If insufficient, I would not go. I strongly recommend that Arctic Adventures modify their buses.
"Amazing experience!" | By
We had an amazing time on the glacier walk and south shore tour. Everything about this tour was extremely well organized. George was a wonderful tour guide and probably the friendliest person we encountered while in Iceland! He was very knowledgeable about the area and allowed plenty of time at each stop. I wish we would have done our other tours through Artic Adventures!
"South shore tour" | By
Sofie Kørting 11/03/2018
We had an amazing Tour, thanks to our extremly anthuastic guide George.
He was very passionate and told us Lots about iceland and the things we were about to see. He also made severel spontanius stops so We could take pictures and see horses.
Will defently book another Tour at your Company Next time We are visiting iceland.
"Amazing Experience and Tour Guide" | By
Vanessa Darby 12/03/2018
Had the most experience doing the glacier and waterfall tour! Our tour guide George was amazing and took the time to get to know everyone on the bus! An unforgettable experience!
"Good company" | By
Sabrina Kretzschmar 19/03/2018
I like arctic adventures a lot because of the small groups. The guides are all very friendly and know a lot about Iceland , which they share. I would always recommend to go on a tour with arctic adventures
"Wonderful experience" | By
Daniel G 19/03/2018
We had a wonderful time exploring the south coast. Our tour was combined with the glacier walk tour and we ended up having the tour to ourselves for part of the time. We had a wonderful experience at the Black Sand Beach, and some great shopping in Vik. Our guide was very polite and informative. An overall fantastic experience.
"Our tour guide was absolutely amazing" | By
Our tour guide was absolutely amazing. I can’t quite remember his name but he really really deserves recognition. He made the tour so entertaining and full of energy and was always looking for ways to make it even better for us whether that meant taking photos or even stopping for us to interact with some beautiful Icelandic horses. He was wonderful and I hope the adventure team really value him. Thankyou again it was a great experience . I would reccomend this over Reykjavík excursions, you have much less time restrictions and it is much more relaxed and comfortable.
"Amazing adventure" | By
This trip is fantastic and a must if you are lucky enough to venture to the beautiful Iceland. Brilliant value for money and you will be travelling in style with a superb guide.
We loved this trip and would highly recommend that you do it as you won’t be disappointed.
"Great trip, well organised" | By
Nicola King 23/03/2018
Great trip, well organised.
Got to see some of the wonderful sights of the South Coast of the island.
Our guide was Bjord who was very friendly and informative.
Would recommend the trip to friends and family and would definitely book again with Arctic Adventures.
"The full Icelandic experience" | By
Despite the wind gusting to 85mph Holly managed to get us down the South Coast tour safely and improvised the routing to make the most of the challenging weather. Top marks considering the conditions. Thanks Holly
"Great way to see a lot in a short amount of time!" | By
The small group tour was ideal for us since we wanted to see a lot but only had 2 days. Unfortunantely, I did not feel that we had enough time at each location. If, like us, you have are on a short vacation then it is worth booking a tour. Otherwise I would opt for a self-guided tour so you can travel at your own pace.
"South Coast tour" | By
Natalie Ryan 12/04/2018
Our tour guide Becca was great. Very knowledgeable and accommodating. Wet liked her very much!
"The itinerary covered most of the interesting features in the area" | By
Paddy Wardell-Yerburgh 20/04/2018
The transport was on time and comfortable. Access to Wi fi was very useful. The itinerary covered most of the interesting features in the area I believe. Our our guide was very pleasant and did take us to see an extra feature which was unscheduled. However, his strong accent did make it rather difficult to understand what he was saying whilst we were driving along which was a shame because I am sure he had a lot of interesting things to tell us.
The guide on the previous excursion (8th April) was so much easier to understand which greatly enhanced the experience.
"South Coast Tour" | By
Kathleen Mayerhofer 23/04/2018
I couldn't give our guide "Diddy" a better review and it made our tour so much more memorable! We learned so much history and background of not only Iceland's South Coast, but also of Iceland's history in general in an easy, entertaining way. We had a personal story teller combined with the stunning views-I would recommend this tour to everyone considering an Arctic Adventures tour!