Waterfalls and glaciers of the South Coast tour, are some of the main attractions in Iceland
This full-day adventure tour will take you east of Reykjavik to the lowlands of Iceland’s South Coast. The landscapes here take all forms, from farmland to pristine glaciers, spectacular cliffs along the Atlantic coast and rampant waterfalls. We explore some of Iceland’s most picturesque corners as well as important historical and cultural events described in the Njals Saga. We are confident that as you travel the South Coast, you will be inspired by Iceland’s harsh natural beauty and be impressed by its ancient and beautiful history.
- A perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Explore Iceland in a privately guided tour
- Sweeping views over Iceland’s soaring waterfalls and black-sand beaches
- Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui Waterfalls
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Dyrholaey South Cape of Iceland
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Solheimajokull Glacier (no glacier hike)
|Travel Style||Privately Guided Day Tour|
|Availability||All Seasons, Daily|
|Tour Duration||10 Hours|
|Pickup/Drop Off||Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik (outside of Reykjavik is possible at the surcharge)|
|Departure Time||8:30 AM (pickup time can be changed upon your request)|
|Transportation||SUV or Minivan for a group of 1-6 people. Minibus for 6-15 people|
- Driver/guide services
- Private transportation
- Food and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Visiting the LAVA Center Exhibition in Hvolsvollur
The indicated price per person is calculated for 4 adults sharing a tour together. Prices and availability are listed in the booking form below. For getting a quote or customizing your trip, please send us a tour request.
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We depart from Reykjavik and drive through the Hellisheidi mountain pass, along with rough lava fields and jets of steam from the geothermal power plant at the root of the Hengill volcano. Further, we drive through the lowlands, make a short stop at the gas station in Hvolsvollur, and then continue driving toward the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the best-known waterfalls in Iceland. It is 63 meters in height and breathtakingly beautiful. It offers a fantastic walking on the path behind, especially on a sunny day when one can catch a rainbow. In wintertime, the path is closed when it gets too slippery. We shall find another waterfall called Gljufrabui, very close to Seljalandsfoss. Gljufrabui is 40 meters in height waterfall, falling into the gorge, with beautiful scenery inside.
Next, we drive to the east alongside farms, located under the former sea cliffs of the Eyjafjoll area, and arrive at the mighty Skogafoss waterfall, cascading down more than 60 meters (200 feet) with water running from the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. After visiting the waterfall, we recommend making a stop for lunch at Bistro Bar in Skogar.
Then we shall visit Dyrholaey, a rocky cape extending into the ocean in the southernmost part of the country. The roaring Atlantic ocean and its foamy waves wash the black sands at the foot of Dyrholaey. From there, you can enjoy the diverse and fantastic landscapes of the Myrdalur valley, fresh green fields, and pastures.
We shall continue our journey and stop for a walk along the shore of Reinisfjara beach, not far from the Vik village. It is widely considered the most impressive black sand beach in Iceland, with an amazing cliff of vertically shifted basalt columns resembling a stone step pyramid called Gardar. Going out to sea, you will see the stunning shape of Reinisdrangar basaltic stacks. However, beware of powerful waves and do not get too close to the water.
From the black sand beach, we drive toward Reykjavik and make a stop at Solheimajokull glacier, the outlet of Myrdalsjokull glacier, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. There is a path from the parking lot for reaching the glacier. We can walk there closed to the ice to enjoy the view of the glacier from a short distance.
From Solheimajokull glacier, we drive back to Reykjavik.
Please note: The itinerary could be altered according to weather and road conditions.
We assume that you may have questions while preparing for your trip. We would like to answer some of them in advance to provide you with complete information about our tours and make them as comfortable as possible. Below you can find the most frequently asked questions.
How do we pay for the tour?
Payments for day tours are collected online while booking. We accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. If you have any problems with using American Express, please contact us. If another way of payment is preferable, please contact us through e-mail at email@example.com.
Where do you pick up from?
Pick-up is included in the tour price and arranged from your lodging places or designated bus stops in Reykjavik. Please be ready outside the hotel or in a lobby at the pick-up time mentioned in the tour description. Please contact us, if you like to change a place or time for pick-up.
If your group is larger than 5 people and a minibus used for tour transportation, we have limited possibility for pickups in downtown Reykjavík due to driving/parking restrictions in the area. Then, we shall pick you up from designated bus stops or ask to meet a driver-guide at a nearby location, where we can pick you up. You can also preliminary e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we‘ll figure out the best pick up location.
Drop-offs are provided at the same place as pick-up unless otherwise arranged with the driver/guides.
What about food on tours?
We arrange refreshment stops at cafés or restaurants on every day tour, where you can purchase your lunch and snacks. Therefore, you are not required to bring your food for the tour, however, if you prefer to bring some snacks or drinks, that is accepted. Please note that food and beverages are not included in the tour price.
Can I get vegetarian meals on tours?
Nearly all restaurants in Iceland offer some vegetarian food. There is no problem with purchasing vegetarian meals on tours.
How many bathroom stops are on the tours?
The bathrooms are available at visitor centers at many stops on popular routes such as Golden Circle and South Coast. Some bathroom stops are available on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour. Your driver-guide will inform you about available places for bathroom stops on the route.
Can we cancel or change reservation? What is the Cancellation Policy?
Flexible Policy for Cancellations and Refunds
All Top-Iceland day tours are fully refundable, up to the day of tour delivery. You will receive a full refund of the tour price:
- If you cancel a booking before the start of the tour for any reason. Please note you will not receive any refund if you do not cancel the tour and do not show. Also, timing is calculated following the time zone of the tour;
- If Top-Iceland cancels the tour;
- If You cannot take the tour because of an unforeseeable event that is out of your control (“Unforeseeable Events”).
Refunds will be sent back to the original payment method used in making the booking. Depending on the bank’s processing time, it can take 7 business days for the refunds to reflect in your bank account or card balance.
All cancellations must be initiated by contacting Top-Iceland via:
- Emailing email@example.com
- Sending a Message through the website topicelandtours.com
- Telephone: +354 626 9000
Top-Iceland is not responsible for any incidental expenses you and/or any other participant may have directly or indirectly incurred as a result of the booking of a tour. These expenses include but are not limited to, the cost of visas, accommodation, vehicle rental, vaccinations, flights, and/or loss of enjoyment.
In any cancellation event, you may also choose to reschedule the tour, or take a credit towards a future booking, instead of receiving a refund. You can find more details for cancellation policies on the page Terms & Conditions
Please contact us if you have any questions about our cancellation policy.
What to bring for tours? Which clothes are recommended?
Solid, warm & waterproof shoes, as well as warm rain & windproof outdoor clothing, is recommended for all the tours. (Please see the question below about weather and temperature).
What is the weather like in Iceland? How cold is it?
Here below, a table with average temperatures, precipitation, and daylights by months in Iceland:
|Month||Avg. High||Avg. Low||Avg. Rainfall||Avg. Sunlight|
|January||36°F (2°C)||28°F (-2°C)||4 inches||5 hours|
|February||36°F (2°C)||28°F (-2°C)||4.3 inches||8 hours|
|March||38°F (3°C)||30°F (-1°C)||3.7 inches||12 hours|
|April||43°F (6°C)||34°F (1°C)||2.9 inches||16 hours|
|May||48°F (9°C)||40°F (4°C)||2.3 inches||18 hours|
|June||54°F (12°C)||46°F (8°C)||2.1 inches||21 hours|
|July||57°F (14°C)||49°F (9°C)||2.7 inches||19 hours|
|August||55°F (13°C)||47°F (8°C)||3.5 inches||16 hours|
|September||50°F (10°C)||42°F (6°C)||4.6 inches||13 hours|
|October||44°F (7°C)||36°F (2°C)||4.5 inches||9 hours|
|November||39°F (4°C)||30°F (-1°C)||4.2 inches||6 hours|
|December||36°F (2°C)||29°F (-2°C)||4.1 inches||4 hours|
Please remember, that weather in Iceland changes rapidly and you cannot count on long-term forecasts. Two most reliable sources of the weather forecast: https://www.vedur.is/ and https://www.yr.no/
How about the daylight? Is it completely dark in winter?
Fortunately not, even on the shortest days of the year, there are several hours of daylight every day – between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you wish to check a specific time of a year we recommend to use https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/iceland/reykjavik
How long in advance should we book tours?
In general – the earlier, the better. Consider the fact that most of our tours are privately guided, and therefore an availability on certain dates might be limited.
How about tipping in Iceland?
Tipping in Iceland is not required but always appreciated.
Is it obligatory to have child seats/boosters?
Yes, it is requested by Icelandic law to have child seats/boosters. Some families are already traveling on their own, but if you would like us to provide child seats and/or boosters on the tour, please send us an e-mail.