Discover all the must-sees of the Icelandic South Coast: beautiful waterfalls, black sand beaches, spectacular volcanoes and more.
In the morning you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík. The first stop of our tour will be the magnificent Skógafoss, one of Iceland's most visited waterfalls. You can get close to the waterfall and see the birds living along the cliffs that surround it. You can also choose to climb up the staircase on the side of the waterfall to take a picture from above.
As you are driven along the famous Ring Road, you get closer to one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, Hekla. In the Middle Ages, this mountain bore the alternate name “gateway to hell,” due to its fearsome appearance and frequent eruptions.
After Skógafoss we will visit the Dyrhólaey sea cliff, from which you will have a fantastic view of the black sand beaches, the ocean, and the mountain peaks.
From the Ring Road, another Icelandic volcano will be visible as well—the infamous Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010 and grounded all air traffic in Europe for some time.
Next, we will stop for lunch at a restaurant close to Reynisfjara's famous black sand beach with its hexagonal basalt columns. If we are lucky enough, we may spot some puffins sitting above the lava columns (only in summer).
Our next stop will be at the picturesque town of Vik í Myrdal where we will admire the dramatic sea rock formations of Reynisdrangar and marvel at the beautiful Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. We will take a 15-minute walk toward the edge of the glacier to capture its magnitude and admire the black and blue glacial formations.
On our way back we will make a stop at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall to catch it in the rays of sunset. If we are lucky enough, we will observe the rainbow that appears on the wall of water.
To take the famous Seljalandsfoss photograph, we will be walking on the path behind the waterfall. Make sure you bring your waterproof jacket because it is very likely you will get wet.
Just a five-minute walk from Seljalandsfoss, in the nearby canyon, hides another beautiful waterfall, usually omitted by big bus tours: Gljúfrabúi.
There will be many coffee and toilet breaks during this private tour so that you can enjoy Iceland in comfort. If you join this tour in the wintertime, you will not be able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss because of icing, but you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights before heading back to Reykjavík.