South Coast Day Tour | Black Sand Beaches and Waterfalls

Serenity can be found in South Iceland by walking around the gentle cascade of Seljalandsfoss in summer.
Spectacular rainbows are thrown from the spray of the South Coast waterfall Skógafoss, particularly under the summer sun.
The South Coast's black sand beaches are highly regarded around their world for their haunting beauty.
Two trolls stand frozen in the seas off South Iceland, called Reynisdrangar.
The beautiful Skógafoss with its signature rainbow, reflected perfectly in a body of still water.
The midnight sun will get no lower than this in the height of June, as seen from Reynisfjall on Iceland's South Coast.

Join this amazing day tour, which takes you to see all the classic sights on the South Coast. An expert tour guide will tell you about the area's history and nature while you visit natural wonders such as Reynisfjara black sand beach and the Reynisdrangar pillars, Skógafoss Waterfall and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

If the sky is relatively clear, you are going to be able to see notorious volcanoes Hekla, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull on the tour, and see how eruptions in past centuries have changed the landscape dramatically. Large areas of the south coast were covered in layers of ash after the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in 2010, and the glacial outburst flood caused rivers to overflow and change courses.

The first stop is at Skógafoss, a 60-meter tall waterfall named after the nearby farm of Skógar. On sunny days, you might be able to see a rainbow form in the spray from the waterfall. From Skógafoss we will continue to the small village of Vík for a lunch break. Lunch is not included in the tour, but you can either bring a packed lunch with you or buy a meal at a local restaurant.

The next stop will then be at the famous black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here you can see the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash on the shore and surrounding basalt columns. Further out, Reynisdrangar rock formations with their spiky peaks, jut out from the sea to make the view from the coast even more dramatic.

Then you will visit Sólheimajökull, a glacial tongue of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where you can see the ice from a short distance, before going to the last stop of the tour, Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by lush farmlands, and you can follow a trail to walk behind it.

Don't miss your chance of exploring all of the main natural features of Iceland's South Coast in a single day. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Mar. - Dec.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Shore, South Iceland, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, South Coast, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Pickup in the city

  • Bus tour with English guidance

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm and weather-appropriate clothing

Good to know:

Locations visited on the tour may vary, depending on weather and road conditions.

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Guide to Iceland does not add any fees, and as such, can not be liable for any accidents, losses, injuries, damages, delays, expenses due to any action or inaction on the part of the operator, guide or his/her services. As the terms and conditions of each tour operator may vary, please read the terms and conditions of each operator you purchase a tour from.

Iceland excursions terms and conditions
Complimentary pick up service
We offer complimentary pick up service for our passengers 30 to 60 min prior to tour departure at any hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik (please see individual tour descriptions for more details). We reserve the right to alter or change the itinerary according to weather and road conditions.

Change of reservation
It is possible to change a reservation up to 2 hours prior to tour departure free of charge.

Cancellations of tours must go through our office and should be sent at least 24 hours prior tour departure to or fax +354 540 1310. Confirmations of cancellations will be sent back within 24 hours during weekdays. 

Tour departure / Complimentary pick up service / Drop off service
All day tours booked start from our office at Hafnarstræti 20, 101 Reykjavík (Lækjartorg) at the departure time given on your voucher. It is the passengers responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in for their tour and to board the tour bus at the tour departure time written on their voucher. 
We offer a complimentary pick up service for all our day tours. Passengers wanting to take advantage of the complimentary pick up service are requested to wait outside their hotel 30 to 60 minutes prior to tour departure (please see individual tour descriptions for more information) in order to board the pick up bus.
Missing the pick up bus does not entitle to a refund of the price paid for the tour. 

Drop off after day tours may sometimes not be right in front of your hotel/guesthouse due to narrow streets and actual coach size used during the tour.

Passengers with special needs
If you have any special needs or requests you should notify the Iceland Excursions sales department as soon as possible. We always try to fulfill our customers wishes at all times.

It is permitted to have foldable wheelchairs in our coaches without charge. Passengers that are unable to sit in a standard coach seat must advise the company´s office prior to tour departure.

Our fleet at Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland includes coaches of all types and sizes, which are all equipped with safety belts. We have a limited number of Children's Safety Car Seats available. These can be provided on request, free of charge. The safety and comfort of our customers is one of our main goals.

Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather or road conditions. No responsibility is taken for losses or expenses due to delay or changes of flights, injury, damaged, negligence, weather, war or other unforeseeable causes. Seats cannot be guaranteed unless booked at least two hours in advance. The estimated duration of tours as indicated on our website are standard times and can vary according to road or weather conditions. Punctuality is a key objective in Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland operation. However, delays may occur for unforeseen reasons. The company cannot be made responsible for losses that a passenger may face due to delay, regardless whether the loss is direct or indirect.

Guide to Iceland cancellation policy:

Guide to Iceland charges a flat fee of 5000 ISK of each customer for online cancellations. 

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South Coast Day Tour | Black Sand Beaches and Waterfalls

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