Enjoy this amazing 2-day getaway along the beautiful and picturesque South Coast of Iceland, discovering waterfalls, iceberg filled lagoons, and rugged coastlines. This tour is perfect for anyone looking to take a couple of days maximising their time on the South Coast, as well as those who wish to combine a touch of glacier hiking with their sightseeing.
The reason for the South Coast’s incredible popularity lies in the range and quality of the natural attractions found here. Rolling farmlands are intercut with trickling glacial rivers, whilst jagged coastlines bear the brunt of the ocean’s elemental forces.
Waterfalls cascade from ancient sea cliffs, creating great plumes of mist in their wake, whilst distant mountains forever crown the horizon line, providing some insight into the wild, majestic highlands region. All of this and more waits for you on the Icelandic South Coast.
Don’t wait up any longer! Make sure to secure your place on this incredible southern getaway and you too can experience all that makes the Icelandic South Coast so beloved. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your first day will see you leave the city limits of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, taking off along on one of the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland; the South Coast!
You will finally arrive at the coastal village of Vík í Mýrdal, which is itself located on the iconic black sand beach, Reynisfjara, known to be one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. This incredible area can be best characterised by its jet-black pebbles, striking basalt columns and the domineering rock stack, Reynisdrangar, that sits just off the coast.
After your time at Reynisfjara is over, it is time to take part in one of the more authentic activities available in Iceland; glacier hiking! You will be driven to a nearby glacial tongue, where you will meet your experience and professional hiking guide. They will proceed to hand out all of the necessary equipment, including helmets and crampons, then will lead you up the ice cap.
As you ascend, you will stumble across intricate and naturally formed ice sculptures, deep moulins and pale crevasses. You will also be privy to some truly incredible views of the South Coast.
That evening, you will be staying in accommodation in the Vík í Mýrdal area.
On the second day of this tour, you will begin by travelling toward what is colloquially known as “The Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The lagoon bares it nickname due to its incredible aesthetic, where enormous icebergs float serenely on the water’s surface, quietly making their way toward the open Atlantic Ocean.
Only five minutes away, you can find this exit point, the gorgeous Diamond Beach. The Diamond Beach is beloved by photographers for the striking contrasts between the blue ice, the black volcanic sand and the lapping surf.
After you have finished appreciating the beauty of the glacier lagoon, you will begin a hike through the exquisite Skaftafell Nature Reserve on your way to the waterfall, Svartifoss. This waterfall is framed on all sides by dark basalt columns and was, in part, inspiration for some of the capital’s most recognisable buildings, including Hallgrímskirkja Church.
After Svartifoss, you will begin the journey back along the South Coast to the capital, making another stop at Reynisfjara beach for a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. You will also be paying a visit to two of the most popular waterfalls in the region; Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is a much narrower cascade than the latter, boasting a shallow cave, whilst the second falls can be viewed from either the base or an observation platform by its lip.