The most dramatic scenery Iceland has to offer will unfold in front of you as you travel along Iceland's southern coast to the town of Vik and back again.
It was Led Zeppelin who once sang about Iceland “We come from the land of the ice and snow from the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow” in their famous hit ‘Immigrant song’. These lyrics come from the reputation Iceland has as being a country born of fire and Ice, a reputation that will become incredibly clear to you as you Journey along our countries southern coast where Glaciers and Volcanoes await you.
On what is perhaps one of our most popular day tours you will get to see black sand beaches at Reynisfjara, glorious waterfalls (including one with a unique surprise) in the form of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, Glaciers, Volcanoes and of course the sleepy little fishing village of Vik.
For nature lovers, this is NOT a tour to miss!
Black Sand Beaches
Village of Vík
Your adventures along the southern coast of Iceland will begin in the city of Reykjavik with our fast and efficient pick up service. All you need to do is tell us where you are staying or the nearest approved pick up location and we will take care of the rest.
Once we have all of our guests on board we will begin the adventure that will take us away from the concrete and steel of Reykjavik so that we may enjoy the serenity of the Icelandic countryside. The South coast of Iceland faces the north Atlantic ocean and as a result, this means that this area often faces the most extreme weather conditions in the country. This has been a major factor in the sculpting of the dramatic landscapes the south coast is famous for. The contrast of these things creates a trip where you will never be without something amazing to look at.
Speaking of amazing things to look at, the first stop we will make will be at the Skógafoss waterfall. This waterfall is one of the tallest of its kind in Iceland, standing at an awe-inspiring 200 feet tall. The waterfall itself is incredibly gorgeous and for those who are willing, you can even climb a set of stairs and stand at the top of the waterfall to get a whole new perspective on the landscapes that you have just been travelling through. Be sure to take plenty of pictures of the waterfall but don’t get too close as the front rows will get wet!
From Skogafoss we then travel to the picturesque town of Vík í Mýrdal which is the southernmost town on the whole island and a perfect spot to break for lunch. This old fishing town may only have a residency of 300 people but you will find more than enough here to suit your needs and help you recharge your batteries for the rest of the day ahead. There is also a lot of places here where you can buy handcrafted gifts that will be perfect reminders of your time in Iceland.
Even with its small size, Vik is the only inhabited area for around 70 Km and with its close proximity to the Katla Icecap has a constant threat looming over it. It is believed that an eruption of the volcano under the ice cap would melt enough ice to flash flood the entire town but thankfully they practice regular evacuation drills to a nearby church whose elevation is believed to be high enough to keep everyone dry.
Our third stop is the one that people come from all over the world to see, the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara. This strip of black volcanic sand is regarded as one of the most beautiful of it’s kind in the whole world with National Geographic going so far as to name it as one of their top 10 non-tropical beaches. The highlight of the area though is not just the black sands but also the striking basalt columns that are found here in abundance, some of which could possibly be the petrified body of a troll that got caught in the sunlight!
Following the beach, our fourth stop will take place at Sólheimajökull which is a glacier tongue of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier which caps the Aforementioned Katla volcano. While Katla is not quite as well known as her sister volcano Eyjafjallajökull she is much bigger and as of the time of writing quite overdue for an eruption. While you won’t be able to hike up onto the glacier we will get you as close as we can to it so you will be able to witness its majesty first hand.
Our fifth stop will be at our second waterfall of the day Seljalandsfoss and as you may recall we promised a waterfall with a unique surprise!
Seljalandsfoss (Sell-ya-lands-foss) waterfall is a little shorter than Skogafoss with a height of only 197 feet but it more than makes up for it with the fact that you are able to, with the use of a small path which may be closed in the winter months, walk behind the cascade and witness a whole new view on the stunning Icelandic coastline. Bring a few extra memory cards on this tour because you are likely to fill up several with pictures at this stop. Your camera will thank you!
After Seljalandsfoss we will once again hit the ring road (road 1) as we travel back through the Icelandic countryside to deliver you safely back to Reykjavik with a lifetime of memories to share with the people back at home.
The duration of the tour is 10 hours
There is no food included on this tour but there will be stops where you are able to purchase food
Pick-up and drop-off from accommodations and special Tour Bus Stops in central Reykjavik
Warm, water- and windproof clothing are always useful in Iceland.
All tickets are e-tickets so there is no need to print them out.
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