South Coast day tour | Waterfalls, glacier hiking, and ice climbing

South Coast day tour | Waterfalls, glacier hiking, and ice climbing
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is located in an idyllic setting.
Glaciologists can learn a huge amount from the layers of strata in Sólheimajökull.
Sólheimajökull is riddled with crevasses.
Ice axes, crampons, rope and an experienced guide is all you need to ice climb on Sólheimajökull.
A stunning shot of Skógafoss waterfall, the second major waterfall on Iceland's South Coast.
All equipment needed to hike and climb Sólheimajökull will be provided.
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Jump aboard, for an immersive day tour of Iceland’s incredible South Coast. Combine sightseeing, waterfalls, glacier hiking and ice climbing for a trip that you won’t forget.

You will be picked up from Reykjavík, and make your way immediately along the south shore of Iceland. This is one of the country’s most popular routes, and for a good reason; there are a huge wealth of landmarks right beside the road. You will make stops at two of these before reaching the glacier, the first of which is Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

This is a beautiful feature in the landscape. Plummeting in a thin stream from a concave cliff, there is a path you can take that entirely encircles the falls. This gives you some incredibly unique views of the water, particularly when you are directly behind it and looking out across grassy green fields to the ocean.

The next stop you will make is another waterfall, Skógafoss. This fall is mightily impressive, cascading from the cliffs with enormous power and throwing up plumes of spray as it crashes to the ground. While you cannot walk around this one, you can approach it very closely, and ascend a staircase to its side for some excellent views.

After enjoying these falls, you will continue to Sólheimajökull where you will be partaking in your glacier hike. En route, it is worth looking over to the left, for a glimpse of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010, and to the right, where you can spot the Westman Islands across the sea in clear weather.

Once you reach Sólheimajökull, you will be introduced to your equipment. When your helmet and crampons are strapped on, and you have your ice axe in hand, you can follow your guide up onto the ice.

The world atop a glacier is fascinating and ethereal. Gleaming white snow, bands of black ash from centuries-old eruptions, and electric blue ice colour the ridges, crevasses, and strange formations surrounding you. Be sure to keep your camera on hand throughout, as you will want a physical memory of the incredible views of and from the ice cap.

Your guide will escort you to a sturdy wall on the glacier for you to partake in an ice climb. One by one, your group will be attached to ropes, and you will be able to have a shot at using the axes and crampons to scale the ice. Ensure your boots are sturdy, to make this as fun and easy as possible for yourself. Once you have reached the top of the wall (or decided you are high enough), you’ll be assisted in an abseil back down.

After enjoying the glacier, you’ll return to your vehicle for a leisurely and scenic ride back to Reykjavík. 

Do not miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the South Coast, and to explore an incredible glacier. Check availability by choosing a date

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - May.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Climbing, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Shore, Vestmannaeyjar, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

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.
  • Transport

  • Professional Guide

  • Glacier equipment

  • Safety gear

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Sturdy hiking boots and rain gear.

  • Food

  • Warm Clothes

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

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