Join this tour to see the most beloved natural attractions of south Iceland for the best value in a minibus.
If you want to see the true Iceland, the south coast of the country is the place to be. You'll view the most magnificent waterfalls, black sand beaches swept smooth by the waves, playful puffins nesting in the cliffs, endless white glaciers, volcanoes and charming Icelandic farms on rolling hillsides dotted with horses and sheep, all on this one 10-hour day tour!
If you are staying at a guest house or hotel in Reykjavik, you will be picked up at approximately 8 AM. To further allow you to enjoy the sites in cozy comfort, this tour is for small groups only – never more than 19 people per group!
You’ll stop at two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss and then you’ll take a look at the amazing glacier, Sólheimajökull. Seljalandsfoss is a picturesque waterfall popular for the walking path that allows you to walk behind the falls. It’s a new perspective to look out through the burbling water over the rolling fields and lava cliffs.
Then, you’ll make your way to the wonderful Reynisfjara, the black sand beach near the small town of Vik, were you might see some cute, orange-beaked puffins among the birdlife swarming the cliffsides in search of food. Be sure to take a keepsake photo in front of the pyramid-like basalt columns that mark the cliffs, called Garðar. Look out in the sea near the shore for a look at the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks called Reynisdrangar.
Finally, you'll get a look at the amazing Eyjafjallajökull, the glacier on the edge of the highlands whose eruption in 2010 brought European air traffic to a standstill for days due to the enormous amounts of ash spewed into the air.
Your Day Tours operates all their tours on a brand-new Mercedes Benz Sprinter with free Wi-Fi on board. Your experienced guide will tell you stories about the locations as you glide down the road in comfort. You'll also get a taste of traditional Icelandic snacks on your travels and there will be a stop for lunch, so you won't get hungry.
This tour only operates for few weeks each year, so don't miss it! Check availability by choosing a date.
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.
The glacier volcano of Eyjafjallajokull (1651 m) is located at the borders of the South Icelandic highlands. It featured prominently in world news in 2010 when ash from its eruption halted air traffic in Europe.
An ice cap of about 100 km with several outlet glaciers covers the caldera of Eyjafjallajökull that stands at the height of 1651 meters. The diamaeter of its highest crater is around 3-4 km2 wide and the rim has several peaks.
Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano lies north of Skogar, and to the west of Myrdalsjokull glacier and the massive volcano there; Katla.
Eyjafjallajokull is thought to be related geologically to Katla in Myrdalsjokull and eruptions in the former have often been followed by eruptions in the latter.
The end of 2010 saw some small seismic activity that gradually increased and resulted in a small eruption in March of 2010, characterized by a flow of alkani-olivine basalt lava.
This first stage lasted until April 12th and created the volcanic craters Magni and Modi at the Fimmvorduhals trail. They are so far Iceland's newest vocanic craters, and still eminate steam with lava glowing under the surface.
However it was the second phase of the eruption that started on April 14th that created the huge ash cloud that rose about 9 km into the skies.
This eruption halted air traffic in Europe for days, and its estimated that as many as 107.000 flights may have been cancelled during the week it lasted.
The ejected tephra measured around 250 million cubic meters. This ash cloud lasted for six days and some more localized disruption continued into May. The eruption was officially declared to be over in October 2010, as the snow on the glacier had ceased to melt.
Eyjafjallajokull erupted in years 920, 1612 and again 1821-1823.
Its latest eruptions were the two that occurred in 2010.
Future volcanic developments remain unclear. The area is still highly active and can be quite unpredictable. It continues, however, to be closely monitored by The Icelandic Meterological Office.
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.
The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
Starting time : 08:00
Traditional Icelandic snacks
Pick-up from your hotel or guesthouse (within Reykjavik only)
Icelandic music (traditional and contemporary)
If you are not staying in Reykjavik, pick-up is not available. Contact your tour operator to find out where you should meet your tour bus.
We took the south coast day tour was definitely worth it. The tour guide Magnus was very knowledgeable and had good stories to keep everyone entertained. I would definitely recommend this company and would use them again on my next visit.
My two friends and I had a great time on the South Coast tour. Our guide Pétur was wonderful; we learned a lot with him and he did a very good job leading our small group. I would definitely take this tour again if I was to go back to Iceland
Excellent and interesting tour, the guide (his name starts with letter B, I'm sorry for forgetting it)was very good ,told us many many stories about himself and Iceland and has a very good music playlist . Today's weather was rainy,windy,snowy and sunny,but everything was so great, the views are so so so amazing! Recommend this tour 100%
Your Day Tours was absolutely incredible. Our tour guide Kevin (real name: Garpur) was incredibly informative about the sites we were seeing and was very invested in making sure we had as good a time as possible. He also taught us a lot about the culture and history of Iceland through stories about his family and past events in Iceland. On the other hand I would not book through Guide to Iceland again as they were not helpful when things went wrong and didn't respond to us in a timely manner when we were asking for help. They seem to not care about their customer's satisfaction and are very unhelpful when tours get cancelled. If I were to travel to Iceland again I would book directly through Your Day Tours, not through Guide to Iceland.
Excellent tour, the tour guide Magnus was very entertaining and had many stories about his own family, iceland's history and the natural world. He is a wise old man at the tender age of 25. Nice to be in a small tour. Magnus was flexible and made a few extra stops for photographs not on the itinerary. A very long day but worth it. The weather was poor, but the tour company can't organise everything. Plenty of toilet breaks and stops for drinks. I would recommend this company.
This tour was amazing sights were beyond anything We could of imagined our guide was really great music and snack was really nice touch the only down side is that the buses are very tight and my fiancé and I were not able to sit together it wasn't the end of the world but does put a little bit of a damper on the day.we were the last pick up so all the double seats were taken maybe some sort of assigned seating or a warning ahead of time to pack lightly and that you may not be able to sit together would make it better
We have tried a few tourguides from different company during ourstay in iceland. Guidetoiceland is the best of all!!. We had a friendly and jovial tour guide cum driver ivar(soldier in iceland). He have shared a lot of things about iceland and definitely we have learnt so much from him. The wifi in the bus was superb! There was sufficient breaks and time given for us to take photos and for us to consume our lunch. Overall guidetoiceland is a superb and great tour guide company!!
Incredible tour! Needed every second of the 10 hours as it was pack full of amazing sights, my favourite being the black beach! Peter our guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyed being part of a small group as it made the tour more personal and efficient. One not to be missed :)
This tour is amazing! We were picked up promptly by a hilarious guide who made sure that we got to see everything the area had to offer. From hiking up with us closely to a glacier, taking photos of us, stopping in to Fákasel Horse Park simply because the weather and time were good enough - Your Day Tour's Small Group South Coast Day tour is NOT to be missed! I would definitely recommend this - beautiful landmarks, an entertaining and helpful guide, and all at a pace that is both manageable and convenient. Having lunch by the beach is also pretty great!
Ivar was a terrific guide---very informed about the places we visited. Also peppered information with funny family stories, so we learned a lot about local culture and tradition. The places we visited were special, my particular favorite being the black sand beach. Excellent trip, I highly recommend it.
We all 8 were very happy, with all the places we stopped, enough time to enjoy, sun and snow on the black beach, and the family stories of our guide, very funny. A perfect day.
Thanks for our helpful guide, we saw a lot of amazing landscapes and knew kinds of interesting stories and histroies. It was a small group and the whole schedule was well arranged. Our family had quite a good time during the trip, especially the hiking in the glacier.
Simply brilliant! Highlight of a truly amazing holiday! If I could recommend any excursion it would be this one!
I can only echo the great sentiments by the other reviewers on here. This was a great tour with a great guide! Ragna took us to all the amazing locations and despite some heavy rain everyone on the bus had a good time (even if we were soaked to the bone - can't help the weather some days in Iceland). The Icelandic snack and drink was also a nice little touch that you don't get with other tour operators. The tour didn't start at the closest waterfall either so that helped stay ahead of the bigger buses and we circled back later which worked really well throughout the day. Being in a small group was brilliant as we got a very personalised experience and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see some great visual places.
A billion wow's for this tour. I did a couple of tours while in Iceland and have to say that what stood out on this one was the guide's abilities to guide, teach and share. From the minute I got into the van the guide made us feel like we were embarking on a new friendship. Garpur introduced himself, his life and many, many stories. All of which gave the tour so much depth. He taught us Icelandic, history, ecology, about music, and photography. Literally couldn't have asked for more. He gave us plenty of time at each location, to really enjoy and explore. My biggest plus was his patience with teaching us camera skills. They carried me through my entire time in Iceland and I have some gorgeous pictures that I took myself to remind me of my trip. My ability has grown massively and I was so overwhelmed to finally be able to take a picture of the night sky. He even gave us little tricks to master as we were driving along. His knowledge was invaluable to my entire trip. I am so glad that this tour was my first. A million thanks for my day. You made my first solo holiday so special and I will never forget it <3
After the golden circle tour this tour was the next one and I would not have made better decision.I loved it so much!The waterfalls,glaciers these sights are just unmissable.these must be seen if you are visiting Iceland.Few things to mention.Well organised,professional service,enough time to see everything,knowledgeable and entertaining guide providing icelandic snack,drink,music and lots of information about everything.
We had a great time, our tour guide and driver Maki was a funny guy and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Our guide was amazing! Really funny and sweet. He had lots of great stories, legends and personal experiences to share. During our driving time we listened to Icelandic music superstars. I loved that part! The sights were gorgeous. Lots of puffins at the black sand beach. The guide even provided traditional Icelandic snacks! I highly recommend this tour and tour company!
I absolutely recommend this tour! I had such an amazing day on the South Coast with Your Day Tours. Our guide Bothi was really nice, funny and told us not just about the sights but also about a lot of other things related to Iceland, like its nature, culture and people. There was enough time at every sight and the group wasn't too big.
It was super awesome tour. The guide Bothi was super nice and talkative. The tour was well planned and you have enough time in each spot. I would recommend this to my friends. Your Day Tours is your best choice for one day trip in Iceland.
Awesome tour, tour guide Ivar was rocking and calm, witty. And tour spots were spot on. Black sand beach was the highlight while skodafoss waterfall was magnificent. Also the waterfall where you could get behind the fall. Glacier point of selmeijokull was picturesque. Ivar's collection of rock was soothing. Only point is that if the tour could be stretched to an hour more during summer like this and if Myrasdjokull could be seen from other side by turning the bus towards other side also.
We didn't go to black sand beach reynisfjara, this is the most important part for me to book this tour. The tour guide lady decide to turn back halfway because the Midsize bus not suitable in such strong wind, not sure whether big bus can make it. We went to a beach with black sand, but that is not "the black sand beach". Maybe just today, the bad whether, but very disappointed.