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South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hiking Small Group Tour From Reykjavik

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South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hiking Small Group Tour From Reykjavik

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the splendors of the south shore of Iceland on this full-day trip from Reykjavik. With a guide, borad an air-conditioned mini-bus and explore some of the natural wonders of the country‘s southern landscapes, including volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and more. See the magical waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and check out the black sand beach and the basalt cliffs of the popular Reynisfjara beach. Pass through the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull and Hekla volcanoes and visit the great Solheimajokull glacier, a tongue of ice that dates back 700 years,  for a short glacier hike and exploration.
  • Visit the magical Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls on a small-group tour
  • Stroll along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara beach and see its basalt rock stacks
  • Explore the 700 year old Solheimajokull glacier and admire its formation during a short glacier walk
  • Spot Eyjafjalljokull and Hekla volcanoes (weather depending) as well as the Westman Islands across the ocean
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Small group guarantee
Reykjavik pick up with return
Guided tour to the highlights of the South Coast of Iceland in a mini-bus
Glacier walk on Solheimajokull Glacier
A visit to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
Certified glacier guide
Specialized glacier gear
Free wi-fi on board
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note that we only serve the pick-up locations specified in our pick-up list below. Due to traffic restrictions, we are not allowed to pick up from hotels in the city center nor from private Air BnBs. If your pick-up location is not on our pick-up list then we kindly ask you to find the closest pick-up point to your accommodation from our list:

22 Hill Hótel – Brautarholt 22-24.
Arctic Comfort Hótel – Síðumúli 19.
BSÍ Bus Terminal – Vatnsmýrarvegi 10.
Bus Hostel Reykjavík – Skógarhlíð 10.
Bus pick up/drop off nr.1 – City Hall, Vonarstræti
Bus pick up/drop off nr.2 – Tjörnin (The Pond)
Bus pick up/drop off nr.3 – Lækjargata (outside Hard Rock Café)
Bus pick up/drop off nr.4 – Miðbakki
Bus pick up/drop off nr.5 – Harpa Music Hall
Bus pick up/drop off nr.6 – Safnahúsið (The Culture House)
Bus pick up/drop off nr.8 – Hallgrímskirkja Church
Bus pick up/drop off nr.9 – Snorrabraut
Bus pick up/drop off nr.10 – Hlemmur on Laugavegur
Bus pick up/drop off nr.12 – Höfðatorg
Bus pick up/drop off nr.13 - Rauðarárstígur
Bus pick up/drop off nr.14 – Skúlagata
Oddsson Hotel - Grensásvegur 16a.
Cabin Hótel – Borgartún 32.
Capital Inn – Suðurhlíð 35d.
Eyja Guldsmen Hotel – Brautarholt 10.
Grand Hótel Reykjavík – Sigtún 38.
Grayline – Main bus terminal - Klettagarðar 4.
Hilton Reykjavík Nordica – Suðurlandsbraut 2.
Hótel Ísland – Ármúla 9.
Hotel Ørkin – Brautarholti 29.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura – við Hlíðarfót, Nauthólsvegur 52.
Kex Hostel – Skúlagata 28.
Klettur Hótel – Mjölnisholt 12-14.
N1 Gas Station – Ártúnshöfði
Radisson Blu Hótel Saga – við Hagatorg.
Reykjavík City Hostel – Sundlaugavegur 34.
Reykjavík Lights Hotel – Suðurlandsbraut 12.
Skarfabakki – Cruise Ship, Reykjavik Harbor, 105 Reykjavik

Departure Time

8:00 AM
After a morning pick up from Reykjavik, relax in a air-conditioned mini-bus on your journey towards Iceland‘s spectacular south coast. En route, admire the barren but beautiful scenary as your guide shed lights on the geological forces that have sculpted Iceland‘s extraordinary volcanic landscapes.

Remeber to bring some food and drinks with you for lunch, if you wish you can also use one of the stops  on the way to buy some snacks at own expense. Your guide will make sure you give you a break to enjoy your lunch around midway through your south shore tour.

Drive through fertile farmlands and typical Icelandic villages and liste to tales of the country‘s  rich Viking history and heritage. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall, make sur to snap photos of its rushing waters as they plunge from a former sea cliff. If you wish, you can also take a walk along the path behind the fall to enjoy close up views of the curtain of water.

Catch glimpses of the Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanos (depending on weather), and stop for a short glacier exploration at Solheimajokull glacier. Marvel  at this rugged tongue of ice, a raw finger of ancient frozen water characteried by jagged ridges, sinkholes and other ice formations. Lookfor the Westnan Iskabds rusubg steeply off the coast, and travel to the popular black sand beach of Reynisfjara, where black pebbles sit beneath cliffs of pillar-like basalt stacks. Legend has it that the stacks were formed when two mischievous trolls were turned to stone.

Make a stop to see another of Icelnd‘s picture-postcard waterfalls, Skogafoss. Admire the 196 foot (60 meter) cascade before heading back to Reykjavik where your  tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Reykjavik City Hall
Start your memorable journey on the south coast with a pickup from one of the selected stops in Reykjavik.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Seljalandsfoss
Our first stop to start the day is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s greatest attractions. Here you have the opportunity to walk behind the magnificent wall of water and feel the power generated by the fall. We will also visit Gljúfrabúi and take a short hike between the two waterfalls. Both are excellent places for a memorable photo shoot.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Solheimajokull Glacier
Next step on our journey is a giant step for those that have never set foot on a glacier. Hear the ancient ice crack as you safely enjoy your hike on the glacier tongue with our certified glacier guide.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Reynisfjara Beach
After the thrill of the glacier, we head for Reynisfjara where you can leisurely stroll along the black sand beach known for its famous basalt columns and caverns. Witness the Reynisdrangar cliffs and basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Skogafoss
We end this great day tour with a stop at the majestic Skógafoss waterfall. Here you can walk right up to the 60-meter high thundering waterfall and feel the spray on your face. You can even walk up the 527 steps to gain a bird’s eye view of the cascading water and rainbows.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Reykjavik City Hall
We will make our way back to the capital where you will be dropped of at your selected point.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years old
  • It is recommended to bring warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, packed lunch, gloves, hat and good hiking shoes
  • Please note that the order of the itinerary can be altered if weather conditions change
  • This is a small group tour ensuring a more personalized experience
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Arctic Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hiking Small Group Tour From Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hiking Small Group Tour From Reykjavik?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hiking Small Group Tour From Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hiking Small Group Tour From Reykjavik?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

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star-5
Very entertaining trip, the glacier-part is amazing and a must-do
Ronnie_Best
, Mar 2019
Excellent trip in a small group and a very good mini-bus. Pick-up was nice on time. Our guide was very good, telling a lot of stories about Iceland and the region, many times with a personal touch. The unplanned stop on the horse-farn was a nice bonus. The 2 waterfalls are interesting.,Walking behind teh Seljalandsfoss waterfall is worthwhile. Do keep in mind that the track back is very slippery. Reserving waterproof gear (we didn't do it) is advisable. The galcier-hike in the afternoon was amazing. We were lucky to be in a group of 8 with a nice enthousiastic girl from Slovenia as a guide. We went up quite far on the glacier and had an amazing time. Yoiu need to be relatively fit to do so but if you can don't miss out on this. Note: The booking via Viator was very easy and I paid a lot less than using the travel agency that I booked my Iceland trip. The information you get after booking is very good so you are well prepared for your trip.
star-5
Really enjoyed this tour! The...
mcflute11
, Apr 2018
Really enjoyed this tour! The waterfalls and black sand beach were beautiful and the glacier hiking a very fun adventure! It's a good combination of sightseeing and being active.
star-5
To this day, still the best day of...
Nakia F
, Apr 2018
To this day, still the best day of my life. Who can say they hiked a glacier? Unreal experience with excellent tour guides
star-5
Long Drive but definitely worth it...
emma_bone
, Jan 2018
Long Drive but definitely worth it! Fast paced tour to get everything in and in the winter is very cold so take layers.
star-5
We had a wonderful time. Our guide...
Sue
, Dec 2017
We had a wonderful time. Our guide Crazy Sven was tons of fun. He was very knowledgeable and kept us very amused!!!
star-5
Absolutely amazing! This tour is a...
davidr5022
, Oct 2017
Absolutely amazing! This tour is a MUST-DO while you're in Iceland if you want to experience adventure and the Icelandic landscape. Our tour guide was Magnus, who we felt was very informative and friendly. The waterfalls, landscapes, and glacier hike make this a great and memorable experience. Don't think twice before you book this tour!!!
star-5
We really loved this tour, the...
Mark C
, Oct 2017
We really loved this tour, the sights were spectacular. I would recommend making sure you are fit enough for the glacier hike and I also recommend hiking shoes and cold weather gear...it is a glacier after all. Our group had several very overweight and elderly people on the tour and it was a challenge for them and a couple of them left to return to the bus before we reached the glacier. It wasted some of our time on the glacier since we were waiting for them to return. The guide for the hike was really great but she was told by our main tour guide to get us back early so our hike was cut short by that, the older people returning to the van, and a rock slide that we had to wait to clear. I think our guide had evening plans and she was racing to get us back to Reykjavik. That did bother me that our time was cut short for her plans. We will never get that chance again so I didn't like cutting out even 30-40 minutes but we enjoyed the hike regardless. The waterfalls and black beach were also really amazing.
star-5
Amazing trip overall! The guides...
Fazal S
, Oct 2017
Amazing trip overall! The guides, the company and the experience was phenomenal... if we could rate them more than a five out of five, I would have rated them a seven. I was comparing multiple South Iceland tours from different tour companies and zoomed in on this for the simple reason that this offered the Glacier hike... even though this was about 75 higher compared to others... but I am glad I chose this trip! The whole tour takes about 12hrs and they are spot on with their timings. The trip begins at 8:00am and wrapped up by 7:45pm. The pickup arrived at 8:10am and we went around town picking other passengers and by the time we went on the tour it was around 8:35am. We were 19 of us... our guide Gulli Tisco was amazing overall. He was friendly, professional, friendly, patient and had a great sense of humor. He did a great job of keeping us all engaged, providing fun facts throughout the drive and keeping us entertained and ensuring we were all taken care of... it's been a while since I have experienced such amazing hospitality! Thank you Gulli:- The waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss falls were amazing to view and were mystic in its own ways. To me, the best part of the trip was the Glacier hike. We arrived at Solheimajokull Glacier after having lunch at the Reynisfjara black sand beach... and oh my, am I glad that I ate something there as the hike was 3.33miles 5.2km roundtrip and took about 3hrs! At the parking lot we were broken into groups of 12 as we were 36 of us. We were separated from Gulli and assigned to Josh and immediately my hear sank as I wanted to be with him. Well I couldn't have been more wrong as Josh turned out to be an amazing guide. He was funny, knowledgeable, adventorous, very caring and cautious yet allowed us to take safe chances if that makes sense... multiple times he carved out steps using his axe making it easy for us, took care of all the questions and yes we had a climate change activist who kept on pushing climate change topic, yet Josh calmly talked about facts and did a phenomenal job of directing there and not taking any sides! He is the guide I always want to go hiking as I know I am going to be safe and yet have fun, who knows the ins and outs of the trail. We traversed routes the other guides didn't take and got to explore so much more but at no point did I feel unsafe. He was always there for all of us and made sure that we all stayed together. We had some of us who were fast and others slow, yet Josh made it a point to ensure that all of us were together! Simply put he was logical, knowledgeable, entertaining, friendly and loved what he did. If I have to describe customer service and professionalism, I would simply say - Be like Josh!! Thanks Josh:- Gulli came in a close second and in hindsight maybe I would have wanted to hike with him and see how he compared to Josh... but no complaints about that! I thoroughly enjoyed the company of Gulli and his entertainment throughout the day. Based on this, I have already recommended my friends and family to look up Gulli and/or Josh for their South Iceland Tour. Thanks a ton Gulli and Josh for making this an amazing experience:-
star-5
great day in the southern part of...
mark c
, Sep 2017
great day in the southern part of Iceland ! was my last day of my vacation and was a perfect goodbye! tour guide most wonderful man - loved what he was doing and sharing the outdoors with us. of note -- he would not take a tip from me at the end because he said it made him happy just to see me enjoy the day. THAT was awesome !!!!
star-5
Great trip, amazing sights, tour...
Joseph M
, Sep 2017
Great trip, amazing sights, tour guides friendly and outgoing, bus clean and efficient. Can get a bit long so plan ahead with snacks, but overall great trip.

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