Wild South Coast | Waterfalls & Black Beach with Glacier Hike

The waterfall Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous cascades in all of Iceland.
The waterfall Gljúfrabúi is a beloved hidden gem of the South Coast of Iceland.
Skógafoss is an impressive waterfall of the South Coast of Iceland with a drop of 60 metres.
The basalt rock formations of the black beach Reynisfjara are a prime example of Iceland's volcanic terrain.
Icelandic legend has it that the sea stacks Reynisdrangar on the South Coast came to be when trolls and their ship turned to stone.
The waterfall Kvernufoss on the South Coast of Iceland isn't seen by all visitors since it is tucked away behind cliffs.
Based on 30 traveller reviews

Experience the raw power of the nature of Iceland on this South Coast adventure. See the black beach Reynisfjara, the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and cascading waterfalls, and top it all off with a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull. If you are a nature and adventure lover, this tour is made for you.

After getting picked up in Reykjavík, you start with visiting the two great waterfalls of the South Coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as the lesser-known, more secret waterfalls Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss and Írafoss.

Each of these falls is different from the other but equal in allure, so remember to bring your camera for all the fantastic photo opportunities.

As the journey continues, you will drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, where you will hop off for a glacier hike to have a closer look at the Sólheimajökull Glacier.

Hiking up a glacier is the best and surest way to fully grasp its great power, where the scenery is dotted with icy crevasses and the air is incredibly crisp and restorative.

A bit further is the great Reynisfjara Beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. 

In just one day, you will see two volcanoes and discover five amazing waterfalls, visit Reynisfjara and get up close and personal with the sleeping ice giants that are our glaciers during the glacier hike. 

This is the perfect tour for the curious travellers and the inquisitive nature lover. Reserve it now to secure your spot on this South Iceland sightseeing adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Gljufrabui, South Coast, Kvernufoss
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

  • Round trip excursion

  • English guide

  • Free Wi-Fi on bus

  • Glacier hike for 1,5 hours

  • Hiking equipment (crampons & helmet)

  • Lunch and dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm, wind & waterproof clothes

  • Good hiking shoes (available for rent upon request)

  • Snacks

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour takes up to 11 hours. Meals are not included but we will stop for a lunch break and also for a coffee in the afternoon. The maximum number of passengers are 15 which gives a better atmosphere while travelling.


Average rating 4.9 / Number of reviews 30

My friend and I had a wonderful time on this tour. I was really excited by the glacier hiking while my friend was really hesitant about it. The guide, Antonio was incredibly kind and encouraging, offering his reassurance, his knowledge and his steadying hand, at times, to help her. So in the end, both of us had a terrific time on the glacier hike! The weather was pretty rainy and cold, so it wasn't exactly a "perfect" day to be out hiking or seeing waterfalls, but the knowledge, enthusiasm and personalization provided by our guide made the day a lot of fun in spite of the weather. The group was small (only 9 of us) and because the guide and the driver worked so well as a team, all of us got some individual attention and a chance to get our questions answered. As noted in the other reviews, the tour ended with a secret waterfall, off the typical tourist path. This waterfall was truly breath-taking, made further enchanting by the fact that such incredible power and beauty was just a part of someone's pasture! I would highly recommend this tour for people who want to experience Iceland's natural beauty while also learning about the country, being awestruck by its wonders and having fun!

My teenaged kids and I totally loved this tour. It's incredibly beautiful. Our guide, Lucia, was so interesting with all the stories and histories she told as we drove through the countryside. There are several companies that do a similar tour so they mixed up the order of what we saw to avoid crowds, which was really great. They took everyone's safety very seriously, especially for the glacier walk. They provide helmets, ice cleats, and picks for everybody and are careful that all the equipment is properly adjusted, that we kept together and all behaved in a safe manner. I do recommend bringing your own food if you can. There are lots of grocery stores, etc., in Reykjavik where you can get sandwiches and fruit and snacks for the trip, because it's a long day. Wifi on the bus helps pass the time while you look out at the beautiful scenery. The bus was clean and it was a good-sized group - maybe 12 or 14 of us. I really recommend this tour!

My favourite guided tour in Iceland! I absolutely loved the fact that we had enough time at every attraction, had a nice long lunch break and enough loo breaks, and our tour guides Lucia and Davida were just fabulous. To me, they were more like long-time friends than people I'd just met. Hope to see both of them in India soon :) I would definitely recommend this tour to any and everyone who has no problem walking and exploring beautiful places. Cheers to both of them and Nice Travel.

By far one of my favorite tours in Iceland. Our guide was amazing!

Absolutely amazing tour. Lucia and Navid (sp?) were spectacular guides. Both were so knowledgeable and so much fun. Felt like they were long lost friends. Will certainly seek them out for other tours when we return to Iceland. Highly recommend this tour company. We were the only 2 people who booked the tour on that particular day and instead of cancelling the trip, Lucia and Navid showed up in a SUV and gave us a VIP experience.

My husband and I along with our two adult daughters and their significant others took this tour April 2017 and I can't say enough about how wonderful it was. Aside from our group of 6, there was only another couple for a total tour group of 8 which lends itself to a very personal experience. From the moment the tour bus picked us up, I knew it was going to great! Our tour guide Antonio was so friendly, extremely knowledgeable about all the sites we visited and the history of Iceland. Our driver Thor was great and we all felt very safe. Both my husband and I are a "little older" and Antonio encouraged me every step. It was by far my best day in Iceland. My only regret was that I was leaving the next day and couldn't do another tour. I highly recommend Nice travel to anyone traveling to Iceland and wants a tour on a more personal level.

My friend and I took this tour in March 2017, and it was a really fun tour. Aside from us, there were only 3 other people in the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgable about Iceland, nature, and the waterfalls, glacier, and beach we went to. Highly recommend!

We took this tour January 2016 with Antonio and were not disappointed. He was attentive, informative, upbeat, and flexible- all the right traits for a wonderful tour guide. He made adjustments to our tour to satisfy everyone's tastes and abilities, and made it, by far, the best day of our 5-day vacation. In fact, we are returning to Iceland in March 2017, and have requested a different tour with Antonio. This tour, and the tour guide, are not to be missed when making your travel itinerary to Iceland. xox

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Antonio was amazing and very knowledgeable. We saw so many amazing sights. The waterfalls he took us to were incredible. This was one of the best tours we have ever been on! It was basically a private tour too as it was just my BF and me. If you want a fun tour with a small group then this is the one for you! Antonio took some amazing pictures of us at the waterfalls and went above and beyond to create a wonderful day for us! Thanks for the experience!!!

En esta excursión puedes ver una pequeña parte de Islandia. Me encantaron los paisajes naturales, las piedras magnéticas. Una excursión imprescindible para conocer esta isla. Nos tocó Antonio como guía y genial también

Es una excursión increible con unos paisajes preciosos. Nuestro guia, David, muy bueno y simpático. Totalmente recomendable!

What a great tour! Antonio was our tour guide. He was informative as well as entertaining. The south side of the island is an amazing mix of scenery. Highly recommend this tour. Love that the groups are small. Great job guys!!

Went on a tour with Antonio and David. The group was super small and it was so fun! Antonio was very knowledgeable, friendly, and took some time getting to know each of us. The waterfalls were gorgeous. Would definitely book with them again!

This is an amazing tour and highly recommend it. Our tour guide was incredible with the history of Iceland, the volcano's, the farming, Iceland's Resources and random facts. He was open to questions and there was 5 people on the tour, which made it very personable, even the driver was participating and having fun (they use the small buses). The scenery while driving to the waterfalls and the Black Beach is nothing you'll ever see! Each waterfall and scenery is different, none are the same.

Best and most fantastic tour ever! Small group - there were only two travelers, a Canadian and me! The driver is so nice that he even stopped to take us to pick up the blueberries off the road, which is very tasty. We have seen more than seven waterfalls, some of which are private and are like secrets behind the mountains. The minibus is new and the driver is knowledgeable. Strongly recommended! It was just like a private tour!

Loved everything about this tour. Small with only four of us, so that was a bonus. The guide was really great, knowledgable, and fun with enlightening facts about Iceland and the history. Highly recommended!

Best waterfalls and rainbows ever seen!

This was a great tour! We had a small group (only 4 of us) so it was much more personal than the larger tours. We got to see many of the waterfalls that most tours take you on, as well as some that the guides found on their own, so they're less touristy. The guide had a lot of information and was very accommodating. I would definitely recommend this tour!

That was a really nice tour! The views were amazing. The bus was cozy. Thanks to our enthusiastic guide, we enjoyed the sightseeing and the food in Iceland very much :)

The tour was great. We saw a lot of beautiful waterfalls. We also saw rainbows by the waterfall. I really liked the secret waterfall that we were brought to. The group was small, so it felt more personal. On the whole, I'd recommend the tour.

What to ask more? Me and my friend selected the Wild South Coast trip to visit Southern Iceland and to see some waterfalls. We could feel we booked a private trip. We were only 5 in the minibus which made the travel very comfortable with many stops. The programme was amazing. We visited sights with full of tourists, but also places where we were alone and took as much photo as we wanted without that anyone show up in our photos. The weather was beautiful. The guide was amazing and patient with us even if we were always those who come back late to the minibus and normally it was his day off. The driver was great also. I highly recommend to select this trip. It worth the price. (There was also a strong wi-fi in the minibus. )

I had a great time on this amazing tour. The guide was really friendly and helpful. I loved going to the secret water fall where no other tourist were brought to. I had an incredible experience on this tour and I greatly recommend it. The next time I visit Iceland I will book all my tour with through this company.

We had such a great and impressive experience for our waterfalls tour with Guide to Iceland. Our tour guide was Antonio and he was very nice and took us to a secret waterfall which very beautiful and there was no other tourist there except for us. We really enjoyed our tour and would recommend other to do so.

A great experience! Both the guide and driver were very friendly and very knowledgeable- we in essence had two guides, giving both an insight into the tour and life in Iceland. Both were always willing to make sure we were happy and attended to all our needs. It was very a personal tour, and everyone on the tour was very approachable to address our wishes and questions. The tour was fantastic and it became apparent as we continued that the visited areas not visited by other parties/companies; some of the tour's features were not even mentioned in our guidebook- we very much left feeling we had a unique experience. I have already recommended this tour to friends and family due to visit Iceland very soon.

Amazing tour! Our guide Antonio was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the tour, and really made us feel welcome as he shared his love for Iceland with us. Our driver Robert was also really skillful and the ride was always comfortably smooth; he was really friendly too! This tour was truly the best way of exploring the south coast and we had absolutely no regrets about not driving through it ourselves on hindsight. Even as I'm typing this I'm considering planning my next tour to Iceland in summer, and I will certainly look for the same guides to bring me around again! Thanks Antonio and Robert for the wonderful experience!

The locations we visited were wonderful but very little information was provided at the various locations and almost no information was shared as we were driving. Everyone was very nice but I had different expectations for a tour at this price level. Other tours of the same price level I took were far and away more engaging and informative. Most of group was there as a part of a volunteer tour and perhaps there was some miscommunication regarding the type of tour I had purchased and the tour we went out on. Wonderful people, disappointing tour.

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