The most dramatic and variated scenery Iceland has to offer will unfold in front of you as you travel along Iceland's southern coast visiting glaciers, waterfalls and black sand beaches
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 the sleepy little village of Vik.
For nature lovers, this is NOT a tour to miss!
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 buzzing capital to reach the serenity of the Icelandic countryside. The South coast of Iceland faces the north Atlantic ocean and as a result this area often faces the most extreme weather conditions in the country. Therefor we decide the order of places we visits, day to day, according to ever-changing Icelandic weather elements and micro climates.
Our first stop on this magnificent road is Skógafoss waterfall, standing right at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. This waterfall is one of the tallest of its kind in Iceland, dropping an awe-inspiring 60 meters down from old sea cliffs. 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 mountain foots and waterfalls to the North Atlantic Ocean. The black sand beaches of Reynisfjara are next up. 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 beauty of the beach does not only come from the black sands but also the striking formations of basalt columns that are found here in abundance and majestic sea-stacks, that could possibly be the petrified body of a troll that got caught in the sunlight!
On the other side of Mt Reynisfjall stands quirky village, Vík í Mýrdal. Vík is surrounded by beautiful features; bright green mountain peaks, black basalt sand, magnificent sea-stacks and a romantic country side church overlooking the town. Vík 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 safe.
Refueled after lunch break we had to the stunning glacier worlds of, Sólheimajökull (The Glacier of the Sunny worlds). Sólheimajökull is a glacier tongue crawling down from Mýrdalsjökull ice cap which covers the beforementioned Katla volcano. A rough path takes you through sand, gravel and moraines until you reach the glacier landscape of Sólheimajökull outlet-glacier and it's glacier lagoon. Your guide will help you explore this icy worlds and take you as close to the ice as your endurance, conditions and safety allows each day.
Please note: The exploration of the glacial landscape requires a walk on uneven terrain. Please keep in mind to wear good sturdy water-resistant shoes that preferably support your angle.
The last stop of the day is a waterfall with a unique surprise!
Seljalandsfoss (Sell-ya-lands-foss) droops down from the foot of Eyjafjallajökull volcano which is old sea cliffs formed after last ice age. The sea has formed a depression in the rock enabling us to walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the scenery from the other side, when conditions are safe enough. Please don't forget to wear your waterproofs when you scoop behind the scenes. The spraying from the powerful water has no manners! 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.
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