Jump aboard this personalised tour of Iceland’s South Coast. This excursion should not be missed by any who wish to see the classic sites that make this country famous, such as its waterfalls, beaches, glaciers and volcanoes.
You will be picked up from Reykjavík early in the morning, and begin to make your way south-east. En route to the coast, you will pass through some scenic towns you may stop at for photographs or refreshment, such as Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur. From these locations, you can already start to note some of Iceland’s major sites, such as the volcano Mount Hekla.
Your first major destination, however, is one of the nation’s most famous falls, Seljalandsfoss. Pouring in a narrow stream from a concave cliff, it is one of the few waterfalls in the country that you can walk all the way around; photographs taken from behind it are guaranteed to be unique and beautiful.
Not far from Seljalandsfoss is another waterfall, Skógafoss. At just over sixty metres, it is the same height as its neighbour, but its flow is much more powerful, and its spray an enormous cloud that sits at its base.
Both of these waterfalls are fed with meltwater from the surrounding glaciers, which, in clear weather, you’ll be able to see; these ice caps are Mýrdalsjökull, which sits over Katla volcano, and Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010.
After witnessing these waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes, you’ll continue to a completely different site, Reynisfjara. This beach is renowned for the eerie black sands that cover it, as well as for its dramatic geology. Reynisdrangar, for example, is a pair of rock pinnacles that jut from the ocean, said to once have been two trolls who were frozen by the sun.
Nearby, you will also be shown the Dyrhólaey rock arch and cliffs. In summer, thousands of puffins nest here, and it is by far the closest place to Reykjavík to admire them from land. Dyrhólaey also has views of the spectacular geology of Reynisfjara, such as the hexagonal basalt columnar cliffs, which are difficult to find around the world.
Finally, you will visit the charming, historic village of Vík, where you can pick up refreshments and admire the views before heading back to Reykjavík.
Witness the waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and black-sand-beaches of the South Coast of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.