Join this tour to go on a glacier hike and see the south coast of Iceland. Given clear weather, you may get a fine view of two of Iceland's most famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull.
At the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull you may also be able to glimpse the Westman Islands. You'll be hiking on Sólheimajökull glacier, a glacier tongue that crawls down from the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier. You'll be able to get up close and personal to the majestic ice sculptures and formations on an easy walk over this disappearing giant, and get information about the Icelandic glaciers and the threat towards them from your experienced guide. You'll be provided with crampons to attach to your hiking boots so you'll get a good grip on the icy surface, making the hike much more manageable.
After the hike you'll stop by the beautiful Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls on the way back.
Admire the ice in all its different forms on a glacier hike and see spectacular waterfalls on this best value south coast glacier tour! Check availability by choosing a date.
South Iceland is the most popular part of the country and contains some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iceland, among them the Golden Circle, some of Iceland's most famous active volcanoes as well as the beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
South Iceland is usually divided into the fertile South Icelandic lowlands between Hellisheidi and Eyjafjallajokull volcano on the one hand - and on the other hand the eastern part with the big volcanic glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull (home of Katla) and flattened sands stretching towards the sea.
The South Icelandic Lowlands stretch nearly 100 km from Hellisheidi in the west towards Eyjafjallajokull in the east as a very flat and fertile farming land. From the shore the lowland stretches about km towards the inland. This is the best agriculture area in Iceland. The whole area is geologically very young, mainly of tuff type, formed during the Ice Age by the lava flows of the numerous volcanoes of the area. The area is indeed surrounded by volcanically active mountains on all sides. The glacier rivers of the area have helped filling the lavas with sand and clay, leaving it more and less smooth and fertile. Very strong earthquakes are found in this area as well.
The most active volcanoes of the area are Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull. No less active and not far off, but on the east side, is Katla, which we’ll adress in the eastern part-section. South of the mainland are the volcanic Westman Islands, famous for the 1973 eruption as well as the eruption in 1963, when Surtsey island was formed. Closely linked to the volcanic activity in the south is the geothermal heat found in many places, the best known being the Geysir area, which forms a part of the famed Golden Circle, which also consists of Gullfoss waterfall , Iceland's most famous waterfall as well as one of its most beautiful, located in the popular rafting river Hvita and Thingvellir National Park, comprising three of Iceland's most beloved natural attractions.
The earthquakes of the area bear witness to the fact that Iceland is still in shape. This is further evidenced by the endless number of fissures in the lavas, fractures in the mountains and certain pieces of lands sinking. The area of Thingvellir is the best known example of this, showcasing the continental drift. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of the old parliament, Althingi, (now situated in Reykjavik) and one of Iceland's most important sites.
Another of Iceland's most popular attractions is the beautiful Thorsmork valley, situated between Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull.
Natural harbour-sites are hardly any on the South shore, due to sand produced by the glacier rivers. A few towns are found in the area, Selfoss being the biggest one, Hveragerdi is another, then there are Hella and Hvolsvollur, all conveniently located by the ring road. By the shore are three fishing villages; Thorlakshofn, Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri. Thorlakshofn the only one of those that can accommodate modern ships and ferrys. The ferry to the Westman Islands sails from there. A new harbour has been built on the sandy coast opposite the Westman Islands. The whole south shoreline offers some of the most gigantic braker waves that you are likely to see.
Culturewise, in addition to Thingvellir, we reccomend the ancient bishop seat of Skalholt (weekends at Skalholt further offer rich music life). Also, Iceland's most famous saga, Njal's saga takes place in the South lowlands. We further recommend the large reconstructed turfhouse near Stong and the ancient excavated ruins.
For sports, horse riding is popular in the area as well as catching salmon or trout, hiking, and river rafting in Hvita.
This is the area south and east of Myrdalsjokull. The volcanic glaciers Eyjafjallajokull (near the border of the eastern and western part) and Myrdalsjokull, dominate the view. The landscape has been shaped by volcanic eruptions and vast sands stretch to the sea. Some agriculture is found here, however, with the farms in a row alongside the mountains. A few large glacial rivers fall down in this area which also has striking waterfalls, such as Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
Eyjafjallajokull is already well known for its 2010 eruption, disturbing air communication all over Europe for many days. Much more serious,however, would be an eruption from Katla, a volcano in the eastern part og Myrdalsjokull.
Katla’s last eruption was in the year 1918, when an enormous flood of water exploded from the glacier in a matter of minutes, threatening the local farmers of the area. Large amounts of ash and muddy material were brought to sea to form a new land of sand, Kotlutangi, later washed away by the sea. No people were killed in this eruption. Eruptions in Katla throughout the ages have further created the vast sand area Myrdalssandur. Sixteen eruptions have been recorded for Katla since 930 at intervals of 13-95 years and the volcano is being closely monitored, as time may draw near to its next eruption.
In the same volcanic system as Katla (geologically speaking), are the Lakagigar craters, northeast of Myrdalsjokull. Those erupted in the years 1783-84; producing the largest amount of lava known in historic times. The ashes hindered the sunlight from reaching down to the surface of Earth, resulting in cold climate over northern Europe.
In this area – what we call the eastern part of South Iceland -, there are many places worth visiting: Solheimajokull is a beautiful glacier in a walking distance (an outlet of Myrdalsjokull); Skogar has a very interesting museum of older time traditions and Skogafoss is only a few km away from there. One of Iceland’s most famous hiking routes, Fimmvorduhals, starts from Skogar. Southwest of the village Vik is one of Iceland’s most spectacular beaches, Reynisfjara. Together with the promontory Dyrholaey, which is the southernmost tip of the mainland of Iceland, it offers a breathtaking view with amazing rock formations, a black pebble beach, an abundance of birds and the powerful waves of the North Atlantic Ocean crashing on the beach.
Further east stretches the world's most vast sand plain, Skeidararsandur. North of the sand is the fascinating Skaftafell preservation area. At its east end, south of Hvannadalshnukur, Iceland's highest peak, is Ingolfshofdi cape, with its rich birdlife, old fishermen's shacks and its lighthouse. Following the shore further east is the incredibly beautiful and ice-filled Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Not far off is the region of Sudursveit, featuring the culture center and heritage museum Thorbergssetur, erected in the memory of Icelandic author Thorbergur Thordarson.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Solheimajokull is a beautiful outlet glacier of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.
Solheimajokull is a rugged glacial tounge riddled with crevasses and spectacular ever-changing ice formations, jagged ridges and sinkholes and is popular for hiking and ice climbing.
The glacier river Jokulsa a Solheimasandur has its source at the glacier, flowing over the sand plain of Solheimasandur towards the sea.
Starting time : 08:30
Pickup from Reykjavík
All glacier gear
Warm clothes and outerwear suited to chilly or rainy weather (waterproof recommended)
Hiking boots for walking/hiking
It's our first time to visit Iceland and go glacier hiking. Those hiking guides were helpful and teach you how to put all gears on your body. Also, the guide will introduce how the glacier forms and the changes happens in these few months & years.
Great tour. Our guide on the glacier hike, Kiddy, was fantastic. Helpful, friendly and informative. Our group had six people of varying age and physical condition, and Kiddy made it work for all of us. The crampons make it easy to walk over the ice, and the views and the overall experience were memorable. We were soaked from a winter rain by day's end, but Kiddy and the tour company kept tabs on the weather to make sure that the conditions remained safe. The waterfalls, especially during winter, were almost afterthoughts, given the dusk and our rain-soaked jackets. But they afforded a chance to get much closer to the waterfall than, say, at Gullfoss (which we saw on another tour) or Niagara Falls. There is a stop for food on the way to the glacier; it's basically a 7/Eleven or Wawa type of place, with perhaps a few more hot offerings.
Our tour guide was kind, patient and funny. She had a wealth of knowledge about the glacier. The waterfalls were more "explore by yourself". Had a great time!
The glacier hiking was an amazing experience. The tour guide was very professional and very knowledgable. Learn so much about the glacier while walking through the different parts of the glacier.
Great tour, we were able to do everything that was written in description of the tour, amazing views of the volcanoes and waterfalls, the basalt formations on the Black beach are formidable. I never dreamed I would see a real glacier let alone hike on one. Both guides ( on the tour and on the glacier) were friendly and kind and very informative.
amazing, amazing... wonderful landscapes!! :)
This was perfect! We had the best day! The glacier hike itself was simply amazing. Our guide was professional, funny and friendly! It was the best day! The waterfalls were great, but definitely not the highlight. If we didn't have the hike, it wouldn't have been as wonderful. The beach was a wonderful place, but super cold with crazy wind and sleet in my face doesn't make for a pleasant experience:) I'd definitely recommend this tour!!
I initially ran into a bit of an issue with the tour. My trip was cancelled by accident by the company but I am happy with how the mistake was handled. I was offered another day and a partial refund because the Glacier Tour was booked. I went on the South Coast Waterfall tour and had an amazing time! My tour guide was Helga and she was sweet and funny. The views of the waterfalls and the black sand beach were amazing. I would recommend the tour to others.
The tour guide is very friendly and informative and considerate. The tour is very well designed with sufficient toilet break, and to make the most of a full day by seeing a lot of things.
Fantastic tour. It is highly recommended. We had only a few days in Iceland, and we wanted to see the maximum. So we have choosen two tours, one was this south coast tour. It is a full day program, very well designed, packed with a bit if adventureous glacier hiking. We had a perfect day. Our guides ( both on the tour and on the hiking part) were very professionals. It was a great experience, that gave us lots of nice memories about Iceland. Congrats to the agency, everything was very well organized! Thank you for the great tour! Agi& Vera
It was an amazing and memorable tour. I hadn't realized that the glacier wasn't flat, so there was a it of hiking involved but the guide was very helpful and knowledgable.
This tour is amazing. First time for glacier hiking. The money was worth it :)
Beside the weather (climbing the glacier was not possible - just walking to the beginning of it) a nice tour with a lot of different places to experience. We had also an awesome tourguide with a lot of humour!
This tour was was simply amazing. We've had a great time with a great and gentil tourguide who took his time to explain everything that was necessary. Climbing the glacier was exciting, since we've never done it before. Definetely a must do!