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South Coast: Fire & Ice | Glacier Hike, LAVA Volcano Centre Exhibition, Waterfalls & Black Beach

Get up close to Skogafoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast.
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Find out first hand why Iceland is nicknamed the Land of Ice and Fire, with this exciting day on the South Coast that includes a glacier hike. This tour should not be missed by those seeking sightseeing and adventure.

You will be picked up from Reykjavík early in the morning of this tour, and driven along the country's ring-road to the south. You'll stop in the charming southern town of Hvolsvöllur where the newly built, award winning and interactive LAVA centre is lcoated. Your guide will take you through the exhibit, further explaining Icelands geology and volcanoes, many of which you will see over the day. It will start to make sense why Iceland is called the Land of Fire & Ice. Then a quick break for refreshments at their cafe before continue onto the glacier.

The glacier you will be hiking is called Sólheimajökull, and is an outlet of the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, which covers one of the country's most active volcanoes, Katla. This sits beside a more famous peak, Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010.

Once at the glacier, your friendly guide will gear you up in your crampons and helmets, brief you on the safety, then lead you onto its otherworldly surface. Your time here will no doubt be mesmerising, as you marvel over crevasses, ridges, snowscapes and the views of the South.

After an exciting glacier hike, you'll be driven further along the South Coast to the beach of Reynisfjara. While you just experienced the 'Ice' of the 'Land of Ice of Fire', this beach will also speak of the 'Fire'. The beach is of black sands, from the eruptions of years past, and intriguing lava formations, such as hexagonal basalt columns and dramatic seastacks, are all within sight.

After enjoying this spectacular coastline and lunch in the restaurant here (lunch not included), you will head back to Reykjavík. You will make stops at two amazing waterfalls en route, first to the mighty Skógafoss, which throws off a great cloud of spray, while Seljalandsfoss is just as spectacular and allows you to walk behind it in summer. You will be back in Reykjavik in time for dinner. 

Don't miss this ultimate tour of the South Coast with glacier hiking and LAVA Centre exhibition. Check availability by choosing a date.


Glacier hike on Solheimajökull with all glacier equipment (crampons, helmets, harness and axe)
Entrance fee at the LAVA Centre Exhibition.
Pickup and Drop-off in Reykjavik.
English speaking guide.


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Waterproof jackets and pants.
Strong, waterproof hiking boots that go above your ankle.

Good to know

The glacier hike is around 2.5 hours in total with around 1-1.5 hours spent on the glacier ice. The hike requires a moderate fitness level where you will hike up and over uneven terrain. If you have any issues, injuries or medical conditions that would affect walking around 3-4 kilometres (2 miles) over uneven terrain then please consider these before joining the tour, or discuss with your guide before going on the glacier. You do not have to do the glacier hike if you do not feel comfortable doing so. You can just walk to the front of the glacier with the group and then wait for the group to return.

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