South Coast & glacier hike on Solheimajokull | Medium difficulty

Based on 20 traveller reviews

Jump aboard this sightseeing tour of the South Coast, complete with a glacier hike upon Sólheimajökull. This tour is perfect for those eager to see some of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks without missing out on any adventure.

This tour begins when you are picked up from your Reykjavík city. The vehicle you will be travelling is a minibus that seats a maximum of twelve, so you can be guaranteed comfort, as well as a personal experience with your friendly, qualified guide.

The main road along the South Coast is lined with beautiful features. The first you will come to is a waterfall you can walk all the way around, called Seljalandsfoss. The stream that feeds this falls comes from the notorious glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010; you can see this peak on clear days. A little further along is another incredible waterfall, the wider and more powerful Skógafoss. If the weather is especially good, you should also be able to see across the ocean to the Westman Islands.

Your next stop after these waterfalls will be the glacier tongue of Sólheimajökull. Here, you will be provided with all the equipment you need to scale it, told about safety, and then led onto an exhilarating and fascinating glacier hike.

The ice-cap itself looks otherworldly, and the views from it are incredible. There are very few places in the world where ascending a glacier is so accessible; thus you will want a camera in hand to enshrine the memories that you make here.

After enjoying your time on the glacier, you will continue along the South Coast to the beautiful stretch of black sand beach called Reynisfjara. This area is renowned for its strange geology, with the enormous Dýrholaey arch, with its hexagonal basalt columns, and the sea stacks of Reynisdrangar said to be the remains of two trolls petrified by the sun. If coming in the summer months, this area has a wealth of nesting puffins you can admire.

Once you have appreciated the beauty of this beach, you will return to the bus and enjoy the scenic drive back to Reykjavík.

Do not miss this immersive, small-group tour to the glacier and along the South Coast. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Sólheimajökulll, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:30

Pick up starts 8:30am and can take up to 30 minutes. We start in the center of Reykjavik and move outwards. 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.
Included:
  • Professional and fun English speaking guide

  • Pick Up & Drop Off

  • Mini Bus

  • Glacier Expedition

  • Small group of friends

  • Icy Part of the Glacier

  • Food & Beverages

  • Warm clothes


What to bring:
  • Hiking Boots


Good to know:

We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds.



Map


Reviews

Average rating 5 / Number of reviews 20

The beautiful South coast! This area is so stunning that I can't even describe it! The glacier hike was the highlight of my trip. I highly recommend this trip!

Perfect day, perfect guide, perfect tour. Thanks!

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Iceland, Kristjand our tour guide was amazing and help us all the way including stoping in a cheaper supermarket to allow us to buy better groceries at the end of our trip. Kudos to him and to Troll workers. My daughter left behind her rain coat and pants and they send it to our hotel the next day. Very happy to recommend this tour operator to all visitors.

Amazing day spent travelling the South Coast of Iceland.. Even managed to steer my wife up a glacier which she loved in the end. Oddur was a quality tour guide as he guided us through this wonderous landscape, from lava caves and waterfalls through to the glacier hike with his "brother" (still not sure) with Icelandic music, Sigur Ros in particular a soundtrack for most of the trip.. Highly recommended 5* effort from Tröll Expeditions. Mark + Nathalie

5 star experience with troll expositions! Perfect tour, perfect tour guide, perfect experience. The best day so far in iceland!

David was an amazing tour guide!! I only had basically 24 hours in Iceland, and this honestly made the quick stopover perfect!! the waterfalls were gorgeous, and I loved the secret gem! The glacier hike was so cool and we biked out to see the plane wreck. Thanks for an amazing tour David!! 100% would recommend

A GREAT tour. Tour around the South Coast of Iceland is really fantastic. The waterfalls were great especially the secret stop we made. The black sand beach is truly one of a kind, and the glacier hike was really fun. I would easily recommend Troll Expedition.

Thank you Tröll Expeditions for a very well set up day, this was the highlight of all of the tours we have been on in Iceland. The glacier is beautiful and the guides are very safety minded, making sure that the level of fitness would suit the whole group. When mixing activities and sightseeing you get to explore Iceland in a mix of ways. We look forward to visiting again and hopefully try Ice Climbing that time.

WOW! What a time to be alive! I went on this tour with my friend and to be honest, it made our trip in Iceland! This amazing nature, those waterfalls and the black sand beach. This is something you can't even imagine, you have to see it for yourself. Last but not least, the glacier - sun world glacier, the hike was unbelievable! We had never hiked a glacier before but this was so worth it. Our guide was incredible and really friendly. He made our tour one of the best ever! THANK YOU!

My name partner in crime, David the tour guide, is the best! :) Two beautiful waterfalls, a glacier and a beach that has black sand! There is nothing that can beat that. Highly recommended!

I had the best day ever. This tour is definitely worth booking! I had a very energetic and funny guide. She was very knowledgeable about all the landmarks we went to and she even told us the best places to take pictures which was great! We got to see an extra waterfall, Glufrabui I think it's called. It was definitely the best waterfall ever! The high point of the day was the glacier hike, it's an experience I will never forget, 120% recommend!!

We had a great time in this tour with Mike. Even though he is not a native Icelander he truly knows the Icelandic nature. The South Coast of Iceland is a great place, the photos we got from this tour were one of a kind. Mike took us to all the best places. He is a very skilled glacier guide we felt very safe during our adventure.

Really amazing and memorable trip with our guide Mike. We were picked up at 8:30 at our hotel. Our first stop, Seljalandsfoss, was beyond words. We were able to walk behind the waterfall. Mike also took our picture at the waterfall with his DSLR camera. Following this waterfall, he had asked if we wanted an extra stop and took us to, Gljufrabui, which is a waterfall inside of what I can only describe as a cave with walls of moist moss surrounding us in all directions while we felt the power of the waterfall as it literally feel about 15 feet in front of us. We then went to Skogarfoss which was also fantastic. It's huge and Mike told us it was 60 meters tall and fed by a Glacier. Our Glacier hike lived up to all the hype. Not only was Mike taking the time to make sure our safety equipment was properly fitted, but also cracked some jokes while he was at. The tour itself was very through and we went to a few different locations. As an added bonus, Mike took us to his favorite spot "The Blue Abyss" and, after putting down some safety gear, let us look into this 150 foot hole in the Ice. I was literally at a loss for words. Before going home, we went to the Black Sand Beach and learned about the Basalt columns from Mike. This was an Epic tour which I could recommend to all of my friends. You will not be disappointed and make sure to ask for Mike, "The American Troll".

Awesome trip whit a fantastic tour guide Palli! Best day ever. Highly recommend it! Everything was perfect!

It is very cool. The best trip I've never had in my life! The iceberg, the waterfall and all the view I have seen in this trip. I have no idea before I climbed the iceberg, but after I did that, it's became one of the most beautiful things in my memory and also in my life. The best memory of Iceland.

Did this tour with Mike. It was awesome! Mike is so funny and kind and knowledgeable. We went to beautiful spots, but Mike's personality was really what made this tour excellent. Also the glacier hike was so so cool. Would 100% do again.

Super excited! We are really a small group but have three friendly and kind guides. The glacier is so exciting that I would definitely recommend this expedition! Good sight seeing and nice friends, everything is perfect. I would highly recommend it.

It was a wonderful experience! We were so lucky to have Sigga as our guide. She's such a professional, friendly and funny local friend. Laughter is all around our private trip. Seeing waterfalls and walking on Glacier are the most worthwhile experience ever. We'd love to have loads of fun with them again. ดีใจมากๆๆที่ได้มาเที่ยวกับTroll ค่ะ ไกด์ก็อธิบายดี๊ดีที่ได้เรียนรู้ชีวิตของเค้าเป็นยังไงบ้าง โชคดีมากที่หาเจอบริษัทนี้ในGuide to Icelandนะคะ

This was an amazing experience. You technically get to see 3 waterfalls. One is a "secret" waterfall at one of the other locations. Definitely make sure you have water proof boots on so you can walk in the water to see the amazing view! I guess it was a long drive but it didn't seem too bad as most of the trip I was talking to our guide Mike. He was absolutely amazing! The Glacier Hike seemed scary but was the best experience ever! The views from the top of the glacier are just breath taking! The black sand beach was incredible just be careful of the power of those waves! Best tour I have been on here in Iceland and Mike at Tröll has been the best guide! A must do for anyone coming to visit!

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