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About South Coast Tours in Iceland

Easily accessible from Reykjavík, the South Coast stretches from Reykjanes peninsula, in the west, to Höfn town in the East. The South Coast is one of Iceland's most popular sightseeing routes because of the many diverse natural features found just off the main road.

South Coast tours make it possible to partake in sightseeing, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, ice-caving and boat trips, to list only a handful of activities.

1. What are the most popular attractions along the South Coast?

The South Coast is best known for the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss; the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull; the black sand beach Reynisfjara; Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon; Skaftafell Nature Reserve and numerous glacier ice caves.

2. When can I see the ice caves on the South Coast?

You can visit the ice caves of Mýrdalsjökull between October and April and the ice caves of Vatnajökull from November to March.

3. How far do day tours along the South Coast take you?

Some South Coast tours will take you all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, whereas others will turn back at Vík and Reynisfjara black sand beach.

4. How long does it take to travel to the South Coast?

To reach Jökulsárlón from Reykjavík takes four and a half hours without stops. A return journey would thus require nine hours of driving.

5. Where can I stay along the South Coast?

There are many options available, particularly around Hella, Hvolsvöllur, Vík, Klaustur and Jökulsárlón.

6. Do I need a 4WD to drive along the South Coast?

No, Route 1 covers the South Coast, which is paved and well-maintained. It is highly recommended you only drive a four-wheel-drive in winter.

7. Is the South Coast crowded?

In summer, the most popular sites, such as Seljalandsfoss waterfall, will undoubtedly have crowds. They can be avoided by travelling outside of peak times and making the most of the long days. Alternatively, you could try visiting Iceland in a quieter season.

8. Are there any active volcanoes on the South Coast?

Yes, most notably Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. Although both have erupted in the not so distant past, they are well monitored and pose virtually no risk to travellers.

9. Is the South Coast dangerous?

The most dangerous parts of the South Coast are Reynisfjara beach (due to its unpredictable sneaker waves) and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, especially for those who ignore the warnings and try to step on the icebergs. Otherwise, the South Coast is a very safe region.

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I liked this tour a lot! I can't believe that we got to see so much stuff during 10 hours and I didn't even feel rushed at all! I had enough time on every location to see everything and it felt like a once in a lifetime experience. I really liked our guide, she was really knowledgeable and had many good stories when we were driving from location to location:) I highly recommend!

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I still can't believe that I have been inside an ice cave! It is by far the most amazing thing I have ever done! Our guide was also very nice and we had a wonderful time on this journey! I feel like I know Iceland a lot more after this tour because our guide told us many stories. He also made everyone feel very safe so we enjoyed every part of the tour. I highly recommend!

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This tour was just amazing! I highly recommend it! It had everything I wanted to see and it was the cheapest tour I could find with all those amazing places! I really liked our guide, he was so helpful and nice:) This tour made my trip to Iceland unforgettable!

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I really liked this tour! It was so much fun to see the plane wreck! I've wanted to see the waterfalls for some time now and it was so amazing to finally see it! Our guide told us many stories about the Icelandic culture and I learned a lot. I highly recommend this tour!

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This tour was kind of demanding but it was amazing!! It was my first time trying on fat bikes and they are soooo cool!!! I got so many cool pictures on this tour and I will never ever forget this day! This is a once in a lifetime experience.

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This tour is so wonderful! I was so lucky with our small group and made some amazing new friends! Our guide Sol was so nice! You could see that he enjoyed being a tourist with us in his beautiful country! I've been on other trips in Iceland but I would say this one is a must see. I was amazed by all the scenery and had a wow moment at every location!

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Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

5 average rating | 10 reviews

Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

I did this tour with Siggi who is a 100% Troll but lives amongst humans. The tour was wonderful and every 15 minutes there is something magnificent to see and Siggi told us stories of his TrollTribe and hidden people and kept us energized with music and humour all day. I felt safe and comfortable, was a little scared at somepoints, I am not use to walking in nature but Siggi took great care of me and made sure I did not miss a thing. Thank you Siggi Troll and Troll Expeditions for the best day of 2018 so far.

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Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.7 average rating | 97 reviews

Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

This tour was the best tour that I have done in Iceland. Altough you have to get up early it is worth it to get out of bed early. The pick up near the guesthouse has been on time and everthing was well organised. I am not sure if we had luck with the weather for said our prayers well, but the weather has been very good, the sun came out for the entire day and it was quite warm. Albert who was our tourguide has been friendly and charming all the way. He provided us with loads of information and there hasn't been a dull moment. The tour is very long, but there are several bus stops where you can use the facilities and buy a drink or a snack. A lunchbreak and a stop for dinner was planned as well. My personal hightlight was the glacier lagoon. I have never been so close to a glacier and icebergs. The additional booked boat trip was defenitly worth the money. My second hightlight was walking behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. I have enjoyed the shower :-) Time flew by and the 14 hours were over too soon. I could have stayed on that tour for several more hours. Iceland is such a beautfiful and fascinating country. Booking a tour is a very stressless and good way to get around. Thank you Albert for being such a great tour guide. I can highly recommend booking this tour. I am sure that I will come back to Iceland, maybe next time in winter. This tour operator will be my first choice for another tour.

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Solheimajokull Glacier Hike

4.9 average rating | 75 reviews

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike

An amazing experience! We accidentally arrived a few minutes late for the morning tour, but Harold from the customer service kindly shifted our tour to the afternoon after we told him what happened. And we had an wonderful time on the glacier with our guide Agnes. Thank you Troll team!

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8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

4.7 average rating | 11 reviews

8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

My experience in Summer 8-Day Best Attraction Tour Package was excellent! Besides the typical activities such as Blue Lagoon hot bath, Golden Circle, Black Sand Beach, Glacier Lagoon, Myvatn Lake hot bath and sight seeings, we also took Glacier Hiking, Into the Volcano and Ice Tunnel walk. They were really a life time experience.Before I booked the trip I did a lot of studies about Iceland and their attractions. However, the real experience was far beyond my expectations! The glacier hike was a real challenge for me. It was a rainy day, windy and cold. Even with all the gears we had, it was not an effortless activity. It made me appreciate God's enormous creation and how tiny we are.It also gave me new perspective of how hard it was for the early settlers. The tour guide Christian was great! He is not only experienced, knowledgeable but also caring and considerate. It was a challenging activity but I enjoyed a lot. I would recommend to anyone who is still in good health to take this adventure. However, this is not for small children. We also took and tour Into the Volcano that erupted 4500 years ago and is inactive. The volcano was awesome and pretty. The technology to get down the bottom of the volcano was interesting, the hiking from the base camp was worthwhile, we hiked across the N.America and Euroasia tectonic plates on snow and rocks. Once got to the entrance area, a delicious hot soup/drink was waiting for us. The tour Operator TripAdvisor crew were fantastic. Too bad I did not ask their names. I would highly recommend this tour. The ice tunnel/cave tour is worthwhile too. The tunnel will disappear in 50-60 years. It is better now than later to visit. Overall,I enjoy this oncein a life time tour very much. I appreciate the agents Emla and Olafur's help in making my final decision on what activity and tours to take. Lily Tu

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6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.8 average rating | 11 reviews

6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We had an awesome time in Iceland thanks to the coordination of tours and accommodation provided by Guide to Iceland. The Troll Expedition Golden Circle tour guided by Hugi was phenomenal; as was the 2 day Southern Coast tour guided by Lisa. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour on April 25, 2018 was led by a guide who did not share much information nor stop at all of the places described in the itinerary. Of course the Blue Lagoon was amazing, and Reykjavík was a delightful city to explore. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone!

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I signed up for the 8 Day Circle Driving tour. Had a fantastic time. My guide Wiktoria was very helpful throughout. Highly recommend this

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8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

4.7 average rating | 25 reviews

8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

We signed up for the 8 day Circle Tour. We liked the freedom that this gave us. We got a car and hotel reservations, but we could decide which sights we wanted to visit and for how long and we could set our own pace for each day. The hotels ranged from refurbished historic buildings to ultra-modern new hotels. They were all clean and comfortable and the breakfasts they provided were all tasty and filling. There is too much of Iceland to see in eight days, but this tour gave us a chance to sample it all. I highly recommend it. Thank you Guide To Iceland.

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2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

4.8 average rating | 25 reviews

2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

We were so lucky to have Lu and Davide as our guides!! The best trip we have had in Iceland!! The guides are responsible, humorous, considerate, and willing to share so much interesting knowledge with us. The schedule is very good, not too tight and so we have enough time for every spots. Amazing lanscape and amazing tour <3

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8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

4.7 average rating | 11 reviews

8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

It was a great trip that we never had ! If possible, we would like go to Iceland again

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