Small Group 2-Day Sightseeing Tour of the South Coast of Iceland with Transfer from Reykjavik
Explore the iconic waterfalls, black sand beaches, ice caves, and glaciers on this two-day tour of the South Coast of Iceland. Those eager to discover some of the most breathtaking natural sights in Iceland and hopefully catch sight of the northern lights should book this small group tour now.
Your tour begins when you are picked up from your accommodation or your agreed meeting point in Reykjavik. You’ll meet your expert tour guide and the rest of the group and board the minibus to start your South Coast adventure.
Guests can bring one small day bag and a larger bag up to 44 lbs (20 kg).
The first stop on the tour is Seljalandsfoss, one of the most well-known waterfalls in the country. Seljalandfoss waterfall is around 197 feet (60 meters) high. While here, you can take part in a unique and magical experience as there is a path behind the waterfall. This path means you can walk around it and look out from behind the cascade.
Next, you’ll visit another of Iceland’s famous waterfalls, Skogafoss. Marvel at the waterfall from ground level and then climb around 500 steps to view the falls from above.
Another stop on the itinerary for the first day of your tour is Reynisfjara black sand beach. Here you’ll see basalt sea stacks formed by the volcanic activity in the area.
After your first day of adventures, it’s time to head to your accommodation for the night in Skaftafell. If the forecast is good, your guide will show you where you have the best opportunity to see the northern lights. Of course, the aurora borealis is a natural phenomenon, and there is no guarantee that you will see them.
On the second day of this two-day South Coast tour, you will visit Vatnajokull National Park. Vatnajokull National Park is home to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you’ll see floating blue and white icebergs heading toward the sea.
After this, you’ll go inside a natural ice cave and see some incredible ice formations. Your expert guide will explain more about how ice caves are created.
At the end of the tour, your guide will transport you back to Reykjavik. If conditions are good on the way back, you may get another chance to see the northern lights, and your guide will make a short stop to observe them.
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Day 1 - The South Coast and northern lights
On the first day of your sightseeing tour of the South Coast of Iceland, you'll be picked up from your accommodation or another agreed meeting point in Reykjavik. You'll meet your expert, English-speaking guide and the rest of the small group you'll be traveling with on the tour.
Once on board the minibus, your driver will take you to the tour's first stop, Seljalandfoss waterfall. During your visit, you'll be able to walk behind the cascading water. Remember to wear waterproof clothing as you may get wet from the spray from the falls.
Next up is your second waterfall visit of the day, this time to Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss waterfall is situated at the bottom of the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. If the day is clear, you'll be treated to spectacular views of Myrdalsjokull, another volcano glacier.
Now you've had your fill of waterfalls, it's on to Reynisfjara black sand beach. On the beach, you'll see the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks. Formed by volcanic activity, these dramatic structures rise from the ocean in an awe-inspiring sight.
You'll make a stop for lunch in the charming town of Vik. Home to only 300 residents, Vik is surrounded by some stunning scenery. There are shops and cafes here where you can get lunch.
As night falls, it's time to start looking for the northern lights. Your guide will take you out into the countryside near Vatnajokull glacier. The conditions here are perfect for seeing the aurora borealis as it is away from the light pollution of the cities and towns.
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, and you may not see them during your trip. However, you will still have a great time looking for them.
Tonight, you will stay in hotel accommodation in Hof. You will have access to either a shared or private bathroom.
Day 2 - Vatnajokull glacier
On the second day of your sightseeing tour along the South Coast of Iceland, you will visit Vatnajokull glacier, explore an ice cave and see the fantastic Jokulsarlon ice lagoon.
Jokulsarlon lagoon has appeared in many movies, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Batman Begins, so you may recognize it. In the lagoon, you'll see icebergs of all shapes and sizes which have broken away from the receding Breidamerkurjokull glacier.
These icebergs float down the lagoon's surface, making their way to the Atlantic Ocean and out to sea. It makes for a spectacular and surreal sight. Some of these icebergs get washed onto the nearby Diamond Beach, which gives the beach its name.
The icebergs lie on the beach, glittering like diamonds. The blue and white colors make for an exciting contrast to the black sand of the beach.
Next up, it's time to head into the glacier. Your highly qualified and experienced guide will take you into the ice cave. Here you'll have the opportunity to snap some spectacular photographs and admire the shades of blue surrounding you. Ice caves are constantly changing, so no two experiences are the same.
Your guide will be able to tell you more about how ice caves are formed and how they change over time.
On the return leg of the tour, you'll stop at Skaftagell Nature Reserve. This area is home to breathtaking scenery, including glacier-topped peaks and jagged mountain ranges. Then it's time to head back to Reykjavik.
On your way back, your guide will keep their eyes peeled for the northern lights. If conditions are good, then you will make a short stop so that you can see them.
You'll be dropped off back in Reykjavik at the end of the second day of the South Coast sightseeing tour. Here you can head home or continue your adventures in Iceland.
What to bring
Good to know
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and so there is no guarantee that you will see them during the tour.
Each traveler is allocated a small backpack and one piece of luggage weighing up to 44 lbs (20 kgs). Extra baggage can be stored in the tour operator's Reykjavik office for a minimal fee.