Small Group South Iceland Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach Tour

Based on 6 traveller reviews

Do not miss this exploration of the South Coast, with an included glacier hike. This tour is perfect for anyone who seeks to see Iceland’s most iconic and beautiful sites without missing out on a minute of adventure. 

You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and the sightseeing component of this tour will begin immediately. Your experienced guide will whisk you to the South Coast, along which are many iconic attractions. The first of these that you will stop at is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a beautiful feature that tumbles off of a concave cliff, allowing you to encircle it for some incredibly unique perspectives. 

After enjoying this scenic and unusual site, you will continue along the road towards the glacier you will be hiking. As you travel, if the weather is clear enough, you should be able to see the notorious Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano which erupted in 2010 and caused widespread problems with air travel. You may also be able to see the Westman Islands, rising in the distance from the ocean to your right. 

The glacier you are heading to is called Sólheimajökull, a tongue of the greater ice cap Mýrdalsjökull. Once you arrive, you will be provided with the necessary equipment (namely, a helmet and pair of crampons), receive basic safety instructions, then begin your ascent. 

No experience is necessary for this incredible experience. All you need to be able to do is walk comfortably across uneven ground. The hike promises to be mesmerising; the ancient ice twists into fascinating and unusual shapes, is coloured with veins of black ash and dashes of electric blue, and the views from atop it, across the verdant South Coast, are otherworldly. 

Once your easy yet exhilarating glacier hike is complete, you will continue along the South Coast to Reynisfjara beach. This stunning stretch of coastline is renowned for its black sands and fascinating geology. The two most notable features here are the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks, which rise from the surface of the ocean, and the Dyrhólaey rock-arch, the scale of which is magnificent. 

After enjoying the coastal scenery, you will return to the van and start to head back to Reykjavík. You will make one more stop, however, at the waterfall Skógafoss. Falling from over 60 metres high, and up to 20 metres wide, this falls is mesmerising. There is a staircase beside it that will allow you to observe it from several unique angles. 

Immerse yourself in the South Coast of Iceland, with this day of sightseeing and adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Skógafoss, Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, Katla, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Hvolsvöllur, Katla volcano, Sólheimajökulll, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:00, 08:01

  • Small group guarantee

  • Reykjavik pick up & return service

  • Guided visit to Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Solheimajokull & Reynisfjara Beach

  • Glacier walking with a certified glacier guide on Solheimajokull Glacier

  • All necessary glacier gear

  • Hiking shoes, waterproof jacket & waterproof pants (Can be rented directly from the operator for a small fee)

  • Food & drinks

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Head-wear & Gloves

  • Good hiking shoes are essential for the glacier walking and can be rented for a small fee from the operator

  • Packed Lunch

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour has a small group guarantee, meaning that the tour is always operated in a minibus giving you a more personal experience.


Average rating 4.3 / Number of reviews 6

This one of was the highlights of our time in Iceland by far. We started off the morning with a brief introduction from our tour guide/driver, Willy. Willy was friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and really wanted us all to have a good time. He made sure to point out significant landmarks or natural features on our way. Of course, the best part of the tour was the glacier hike. We had two tour guides who accompanied us, and they were fantastic - informative, friendly, funny. They set a good pace so that everyone in the group (a mix of younger and older) could keep up and feel comfortable. One of the best aspects of this tour in general was that you never felt like time was wasted, whether that would be too much driving time or too much time at one particular stop. The tour was well planned out so that even after the glacier hike - the main part of the tour - there was one or two stops so you didn't feel like you spent the entire afternoon driving back to the city. Overall, great tour guides, a great experience, and well worth the money.

The tour could have been better. I personally didn't have a great experience because of few reasons. I First the tour was supposed to start at 8am. In order to make it on time, I took a cab from the airport and paid $170 for the ride. However, the guide never showed up. Then I had to activate international calling on my phone to find out what was going on. They send another tour company an hour later to pick me up. Second - the guide rushed at each spot giving us only 20 minutes at the waterfall and hour an a half at the Glacier, (talked the whole time, hiked very little) and gave us an hour at the beach which was unnecessary because there is nothing to do at the beach. Third - He left us on our own everywhere to explore. So you are basically paying for the ride. Fourth - one of the waterfall was supposed to be at sunset in the way back but the guide did his own thing and didn't do so. In addition the bus had no AC and all the passengers were fried for the 10 hour duration. Another thing is they don't provide any service from the airport so you are on your own to figure out how to get to Rejyavik in a timely manner. At the end of the day I was out of $450 for the whole thing and very little excursion ( 3 hrs max). Try another vendor instead. This tour was offered through Arctic Adventures who never showed up and was picked up by Extreme Iceland guide instead.

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