Private 12-Hour Eco-Friendly South Coast Tour and Optional Glacier Hike from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
12 hours
All year
Minimum age
8 years old


Discover the stunning natural wonders of Iceland’s South Coast on this full-day private tour with a departure from Reykjavik. Eco-conscious travelers keen to witness some of the country’s best waterfalls, see a world-famous black sand beach, and try glacier hiking should book this private excursion now.

Your 12-hour tour begins with a private pick-up from Reykjavik at 08:00 a.m. Today you’ll travel with an experienced driver-guide in a fully-electric Mercedes, an excellent choice for environmentally-conscious travelers.

As you depart the city in your comfortable vehicle, you can relax knowing that your tour operator is committed to becoming the leading eco-company in Iceland. Your tour leader is passionate about showing you Iceland’s best natural attractions while minimizing your carbon footprint, and they plant a tree for every tour.

The day’s first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, one of the country’s most-loved waterfalls. With your waterproof clothing on, you can follow a path around the waterfall. It’s breathtaking from every angle, so ensure your camera is ready to capture lasting memories.

After Seljalandsfoss, you’ll visit Gljufrabui waterfall, a hidden gem tumbling into a narrow canyon. It’s close to Seljalandsfoss but lesser known, and therefore, a fantastic location to explore nature away from the crowds. 

Gljufrabui offers visitors a mini-adventure with a shallow stream wade and a small rock climb to reach the waterfall. This serene waterfall boasts a magical, cave-like setting and is a favorite spot for photography enthusiasts.

Next, your driver will take you to the beautiful Solheimajokull glacier. You can appreciate the glacier’s fascinating geological formations from the viewpoint or choose to get closer with an exciting glacier walk.

Prior experience isn’t necessary for glacier hiking, and it’s a superb way to marvel at the glacier’s features up close. An experienced glacier-hiking guide will ensure you have the safety equipment you need before they lead you on an unforgettable journey across the ice.

As you traverse the glacier’s rugged terrain, you’ll see several impressive features, including ice tunnels and crevasses. Solheimajokull is known for its spectacular panoramic views of the South Coast, the perfect reward when you reach the peak.

Throughout the hike, your tour guide will share information about the glacier’s geology and history so you gain a full appreciation of this majestic landscape. After a thrilling walk, you’ll return to your private vehicle to head to your next destination, the Reynisfjara black sand beach.

Reynisfjara is a must-see attraction with its striking black sand, powerful waves, dramatic sea stacks, and towering basalt columns along the shore. Its natural features offer an awe-inspiring backdrop for your photos, and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the area’s scenery.

The day’s final stop is at Skogafoss waterfall, much loved for its immense power and beauty. Its water cascades 196 feet (60 meters) from a cliff, but the massive 82-foot (25-meter) width gives it such a jaw-dropping presence. 

After a glorious day exploring top South Coast attractions, your driver will take you back to Reykjavik.

Don’t miss the chance to try glacier hiking and visit the best South Coast sites, from waterfalls to beaches, on this private, eco-friendly, full-day tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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A single tree planted for every tour
Professional driver-guide and glacier guide
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Private tour experience
National Park fees
Glacier equipment
Walking poles and crampons if needed
Icelandic bottled water and snacks
Complimentary Wi-Fi in the vehicle


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Hat and gloves
Hiking boots or good outdoor shoes


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