All Day South Coast Tour with Northern Lights Hunt
Hop on a specially modified 4x4 SUV with Dagur Jonsson your local guide for this day tour of the south coast, one of the most scenic routes in Iceland. The tour will take you from the Reykjavik capital area through the lava area of the Reykjanes peninsula to the delightful scenery of the south coast all the way to the village of Vík. This trip is for someone who would like to see the most famous locations on the south coast in just one day.
This is packed schedule, so expect to spend up to 12 hours or more on your trip. You will stop for short break and optional lunch at Fákasel and revisit the place for a dinner and a horse show or a Northern Lights show. Finally, if the weather is suitable and the forecast is favorable, you have a chance to enjoy the Northern Lights on the way back to Reykjavik.
You’ll see places like Kleifarvatn Lake, the largest lake on Reykjanes and a peaceful spot on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Then, see Krísuvík geothermal field, a steamy place of hot springs and bubbling mud pots not far from the lake and nearby Strandakirkja church.
Then, you can choose to have lunch during a stop at the Icelandic Horse Park Fákasel. After you finish up and say goodbye to the friendly horses, you’ll pass by Kirkjufjara beach near a popular puffin nesting area, the charming village of Vik, and Reynisfjara black beach on the coast.
Then you can see some of the famous Skogafoss waterfall, Seljalandsfoss waterfall with its walking path taking you behind the water, and Gljúfrabúi waterfall.
Finally, end the evening by returning to the Fákasel Horse Theater for dinner and a show (admission not included). If atmospheric conditions are right and the skies are clear, you can search the skies for Northern Lights show after the horses have gone to bed.
Grab this opportunity to see the beautiful south coast, an Icelandic horse show and the Northern Lights in one exciting day! Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."
- Available: Sep. - Apr.
- Duration: 12 hours
- Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 6 years old
- Languages: English, Icelandic
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
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.
Krysuvik is a geothermal area in the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, situated in the middle of the fissure zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
At Krysuvik you may see all kinds of solfataras, fumaroles, hot springs and mud pots. The soil is colourful, giving of hues of green, red and bright yellow. We also recommend the crater lake Graenavatn, with its luminous green colour, Kleifarvatn, Reykjanes's largest lake and the birdcliff Krysuvikurberg, nesting place of around 77 thousand sea birds, including kittiwake, auk, fulmar and gull.
Ca. 15 minutes drive eastwards from Krysuvik, by the sea is the old church Strandakirkja in Selvogur. The sea waves there are breathtaking.
This area offers some of the most awe-inspiring breaker waves that you are likely to see. The church itself has been central in Icelandic seamen’s prayers for centuries and is definitely worth a visit.
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.
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, 9,1 km², as well as one of Iceland's deepest lakes, reaching a depth of 97 meters. It lies on the fizzure sone of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Kleifarvatn is is located in the southern part of Reykjanes, near the Krysuvik geothermal area and another geothermal area to the east. Following an earthquake in 2000 the lake started receding but has now recovered. However, steam may still be seen rising by the lake's border. The steam comes from hot springs that were revealed during the earthquake.
The crime novel Kleifarvatn by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason was named after this lake.
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.
Gljúfrabúi ("Canyon Dweller“) is a beautiful waterfall located at Hamragarðar in South Iceland, close to its better known counterpart, Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
The 40 metre high Gljúfrabúi can be considered somewhat of a hidden gem. It is indeed partially hidden behind a huge cliff that lends much atmosphere to the scenery.
To enjoy a view of the fall you need to wade the Gljúfurá river into a narrow opening in the cliff or follow a steep path up the cliff. Both endeavours are demanding so utmost caution is advised.
As mentioned, this waterfall is less known than its neighbour but as a result may provide for all the greater serenity, in addition to excellent scenery.
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 : 09:00
12-hour tour of the south coast
Experienced driver & guide
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in the Reykjavik area
Crampons for shoes (if needed)
Extra rain suits
Dinner at Fákasel
Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated
What to bring:
Warm clothing and outerwear suited to the weather
Good waterproof outdoor shoes or Hiking shoes
Camera / Extra battery / Tripod
Good to know:
This tour is guided by Dagur Jonsson an Icelandic based photographer and local driver-guide. He will take you to a visual journey through his native land and share his knowledge about the country and how experience it in a unique way. His photography page is http://dagurjonssonphotography.com/.
During the tour together, Dagur will be happy to help you take pictures, or take a picture of you and your family or friends at each location.
There are a limited number of seats on these tours. The regular small-group tour can be upgraded to a private tour with a pace set by you, the customer. E-mail the tour provider to find out more.
I have been on this tour this June so even though I missed out on the hunt for northern Lights, nonetheless, I had the most amazing time! Being an avid photographer and a knowledged local, Dagur took me to the best spots in addition to the popular ones and he also guided on how to take the most amazing shots. Going on this tour was one of the best decisions I made, because I got to see this beautiful country much more up, close and personal. Dagur was extremely helpful throughout and I got to know so many little stories about the different places we visited which makes me feel very connected to Iceland. This was one hell of a scenic trip with one very charming man. :) I'd highly recommend this trip! Best decision ever!!