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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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