Jump aboard, and explore the many diverse features that make the South Coast of Iceland famous. This tour is not to be missed by those eager to experience essential sightseeing.
You’ll be picked first thing from downtown Reykjavík early, as there is a lot to see today. First on the agenda is three waterfalls, two of which are very well known, one of which is overlooked by the vast majority.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the famous ones, known for its serene beauty. Over sixty metres tall, it is one of the few waterfalls in the world with a path that encircles it all the way around, allowing you to capture spectacular photos from behind the cascade.
While most tours would take you to the next major waterfall, Skógafoss, you will first see a hidden one, in a grotto enclosed by cliffs. Gljúfrabúi is far too often overlooked, yet its hidden location and beauty make it one of Iceland’s most breathtaking features.
Only after you marvel over this hidden gem will you move onto Skógafoss. This waterfall could not be considered hidden in any way; visible from Route 1, it is massive, with a thunderous cascade and great cloud of spray rising from where it hits the rocks. Though not as unique as the two features before it, it is probably the most awe-inspiring.
After enjoying the waterfalls of the South, you will next explore its beautiful coastline. The main features here are the Dyrhólaey cliffs and arch, and Reynisfjara beach.
Dyrhólaey is a fascinating geological place; the arch itself is massive, a true feat of nature, while up close, it has many hexagonal basalt columns. From May to August, it is also the home of thousands of pairs of nesting puffins.
Reynisfjara, meanwhile, is the most classic of the black-sand-beaches of Iceland. As haunting and strange as it is beautiful, it is most renowned for two things; its dangerous sneaker waves (stay well away from the shoreline to be safe) and the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks. These sea-stacks will be familiar to avid Game of Thrones fans, who will recognise it from the famous television hit.
After a brief stop in the quaint settlement of Vík, you will begin to make your way back to Reykjavík. En route, however, you will head to two new destinations, and for this leg of the journey, you will focus on glaciers.
The first of these you will head to is Sólheimajökull, a glacier tongue from the greater Mýrdalsjökull. This is one of the country’s most popular glacier hiking spots, and even though you will not be ascending it, you’ll be able to appreciate its scale and beauty.
Finally, you will head to a vantage point from which you can look at Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The volcano beneath this feature erupted in 2010, grounding aircrafts across Europe and tying tongues of newsreaders worldwide.
Don’t miss this thorough exploration of Iceland’s South Coast. Check availability by choosing a date.