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About South Coast Tours

The South Coast is one of Iceland's most popular sightseeing routes due to the many diverse natural features that line the main road. Easily accessible from Reykjavik, the South Coast stretches from the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the west, to the town of Hofn, in the East. Tours here make it possible to partake in Sightseeing, Glacier Hiking, Snowmobiling, Ice-Caving and Boat Trips, to list only a handful of activities.

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

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

2. Where can I stay along the South Coast?

There are many options available, particularly around Hella, Hvolsvollur, Vik, Klaustur and Jokulsarlon.

3. When can I see the Ice Caves on the South Coast?

You can visit Ice Caves at Katla between October and April and at Vatnajokull from November to March.

4. 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.

5. How far along the South Coast do day tours reach?

Some South Coast Tours will take you all the way to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, whereas others will turn back at Vik and the black-sand-beach Reynisfjara.

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

The South Coast is best known for the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss; the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull, Myrdalsjokull and Vatnajokull; the black sand beach Reynisfjara; the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon; Skaftafell Nature Reserve; and the Ice Caves.

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

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

8. Is the South Coast crowded?

In summer, the most popular sites, such as Seljalandsfoss, 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.

9. Is the South Coast dangerous?

The most dangerous parts of the South Coast are Reynisfjara Beach (due to its unpredictable sneaker waves) and Jokulsarlon 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.

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

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

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