South Coast tour | Audio guided in 10 languages
Jump aboard this incredible bus tour to marvel over the beautiful South Coast of Iceland, while receiving commentary in your native language. This unique, personal and modern bus tour is sure to inform, entertain, and stay with you for life.
You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation from 08:30 am, and the first thing you will notice is the features on the bus. Each guest has a tablet with free-wifi, USB plug-ins, and, most importantly, a ‘Smart In-Bus Audio Guide’. This will allow you to listen to commentary about your surroundings in English, Spanish, Mandarin, German, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese and Korean.
Of course, your audio guide cannot answer questions, so you will also have a host on board who can help with any additional queries that you have. Therefore, by the end of the tour, you will know everything you want to about each of the many features that you will pass.
The South Coast tour takes you through a wealth of incredible landscapes. The first you will come across after leaving Reykjavík is the Hengill area, best known for its volcanic peaks, otherworldly lava fields, and hot springs. On clear days, you can see Hekla volcano, and sometimes even Eyjafjallajökull, the notorious glacial volcano that erupted in 2010.
As you travel from here, just a few kilometres off the coastline, you may also be able to see the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, also called the Westman Islands, rising dramatically from the surface of the ocean.
The next stops will be at two waterfalls, each as unique and as they are beautiful. You’ll have a chance to stroll through the verdant fields at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and even take a path behind the plunging water. At Skógarfoss, you can walk right up to where the water is crashing down, and take a flight of stairs to the very top. The views from up here are magnificent.
Sólheimajökull glacier is the next stop on the way; you will be able to walk right up to the edge of the glacier and marvel over its striations of black ash and vivid blue ice. Its diverse colouration and the contrast of the snow against the surrounding black lava make this a very popular site for photographers.
Your final stop is at Reynisfjara black sand beach. This is considered one of Iceland’s most beautiful coastal stretches. It’s mighty rock arch, Dyrhólaey, has rare hexagonal black columns, and is home to many puffins during the summer.
Offshore, you will see two magnificent sea stacks rising tall from the ocean surface. These are called Reynisdrangar and are believed to be wading trolls that were petrified to stone in the light of the morning sun.
The South Coast is absolutely magnificent, and to hear all about it in your native tongue is not an opportunity many are lucky enough to get. Don’t miss your chance to experience it. Check availability by choosing a date
- Available: Oct. - Aug.
- Duration: 11 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Solheimajokull is a beautiful outlet glacier of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.
Solheimajokull is a rugged glacial tounge riddled with crevasses and spectacular ever-changing ice formations, jagged ridges and sinkholes and is popular for hiking and ice climbing.
The glacier river Jokulsa a Solheimasandur has its source at the glacier, flowing over the sand plain of Solheimasandur towards the sea.
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal.
With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
Reynisfjara is found around 180 km from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, and is a popular stop-off for those taking a sightseeing tour along South Coast. Driving to the beach is particularly easy, taking an approximate two and a half hours from the capital.
Upon visiting the beach, travellers will immediately observe rocky sea stacks sitting off the shoreline, known as Reynisdrangar. According to local Icelandic folklore, these large basalt columns were once trolls engaged in trying to pull ships from the ocean. However, as bad luck would have it, the dawn quickly arose, turning the trolls into solid stone.
Another legend tells of a husband whose wife was kidnapped and killed by two trolls. The man followed the trolls down to Reynisfjara where he froze them, ensuring that they would never kill again.
The sea stacks themselves are home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Species that can be found here include Puffins, Fulmars and Guillemots, making it a must-see location for all birdwatchers out there.
Visitors to Reynisfjara must be made well aware of the potential dangers present at the beach. First of all, the rolling, roaring waves of Reynisfjara are particularly violent, often pushing far further up the beach than many would expect.
Visitors are advised to never turn their back on the waves, don't go chasing after them and keep a safe distance of 20-30 metres.
Aside from these sudden and dramatic shifts in tide (known as “sneaker waves”), the currents off the shore are infamous for their strength and ability to drag helpless people out into the freezing cold open ocean. A number of fatal accidents have occurred at Reynisfjara, the last of which occurred in January 2017.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Reynisdrangar are rock formations situated near the shore of Reynisfjara beach by the coastal village Vík í Mýrdalur on the South Coast of Iceland.
The formations are large and impending sea cliffs, made up of the rock type basalt, that serve as a vital part of the area’s allure as they shoot dramatically out of the ocean under the looming cliffs of Mt. Reynisfjall.
- Visit Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar on these South Coast Tours
The village of Vík only houses around 300 permanent inhabitants, but on a daily basis, travellers scouting the South Coast make their way there to visit what has been voted as one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. The beach of Reynisfjara, however, can be highly dangerous if proper caution is not taken. As is evident from how the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash upon Reynisdrangar, the currents here are strong, and sneak waves can easily carry anyone that’s standing too close out to sea. The beach is not for wading, but for admiring, and especially the mighty surf bursting on the base of these rocky cliffs.
There is an Icelandic folk tale that explains the origin of the pillars’ eerie appearance. According to legend, a couple of trolls were busy dragging a stranded three-masted ship to shore when the sunlight hit them and turned them into pillars of rock for all eternity. In fact, numerous rock formations in Iceland carry with them tales of trolls or elves, and one has only to look at them to fathom why.
Surroundings & Wildlife
An alternative view of the bewitching cliffs and their surrounding sea can be enjoyed by venturing up Mt. Reynisfjall, by a road to the west of the village. The mountain furthermore functions as a puffin colony every summer, from April to September, meaning guests can enjoy the view in good company. Other birds can be seen gliding around the cliffs such as Arctic terns, fulmars and seagulls.
- See also: Puffin Watching Tours
Starting time : 08:30
Pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavík
Expert local guide in the bus
Admission to all sites
Audio guide on bus with a variety of available languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish)
Free Wi-Fi & USB access for each seat
What to bring:
Warm clothing and outerwear appropriate for chilly or rainy weather
Good to know:
Weather changes in Iceland are swift, so it is best to be prepared for wind, rain or cold weather no matter how sunny it may be at the start of your tour. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, hat and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.
Toll! The tour was great, guide and driver are both professional and friendly, I'll recommend that to friends~
It was great tour! Nice people, nice guide and driver, and the logistic itself was very nice. Although first two stops were not much justified FMPOV - long stop for morning coffee in petrol station was just twice as long as it could be, and the stop at glacier (there is not much to do there is you are not going to glacier hike), but the rest was just perfect. Nice views on the sea, amazing Black Sand Beach, and the waterfalls - it was legendary trip to remember.
It was good to be in the group.