(US$187 / €189 / £162)
Our South Coast: Fire & Ice tour is an exciting day that allows you to experience the best parts of the south coast of Iceland, all the way to the picturesque town of Vík. Throughout the day we will witness massive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, volcanic black sand beaches, infamous volcanoes and even see re-melted lava indoors at the Icelandic Lava Show. All in one spectacular day.
Take a walk to the front of the mighty Sólheimajökull glacier for an incredible view with your guide, learning all about the glaciers changes over the years (this tour does not include a glacier hike). Feel the mist and spray from the thunderous Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Be in awe of the powerful waves crashing onto the volcanic black sand shores of Reynisfjara Beach with its unique rock formations. Have lunch in the picturesque town of Vík. Learn all about volcanoes and geology at the unique Icelandic LAVA Show, where they literally re-melt lava rocks from the 1918 Katla Volcanic eruption in front of your very eyes. All of this led by one of Hidden Iceland’s wonderful guides who will ensure you do not miss a thing.
This Hidden Iceland tour really has it all, and you can experience it in one unforgettable day. Read more and book below!
Step By Step Itinerary
The South Coast: Fire and Ice tour starts with pickup in Reykjavik from 8:30 am. We head out along the south coast, driving through the beautiful Icelandic landscape to the town of Hvolsvöllur where we will have a quick snack stop before getting into the exciting parts of the south coast. During the darkest winter months (Nov – Jan) it will be good to load up on snacks and food to have on the go today, allowing us to use more of the daylight hours at the wonderful sights.
Our first stop, is at the famous Skógafoss waterfall. This 200ft fast flowing vertical waterfall can be enjoyed from afar or up close. Just remember to wear your waterproofs if you go to the very front. You can hire some Hidden Iceland waterproofs if you want to get really close. On sunny days you might be treated to a rainbow appearing in the mist of the waterfall. The majesty of this waterfall is not lost on popular culture either with Game of Thrones, Vikings and even Eurovision using this location for filming.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Next up, we head to Reynisfjara to see the amazing rock formations at this spectacular black sand beach. The angular basalt columns with their hexagonal shapes are the perfect photo spot on calm days. In summer you might get to spot some very cute puffins nesting in the cliffs overhead. In winter you are often treated to some intense crashing waves. One thing is for sure, you’ll get lost in thought as you wander along the volcanic black sand.
Fire: Icelandic Lava Show
As we approach lunch time, we make a stop at the newly added Icelandic Lava Show. This is a family friendly indoor show that pours real lava over blocks of ice mere metres from where you are sitting. The lava that turned to rock during the 1918 Katla Eruption is literally re-melted in a furnace to show you up close what it feels like to be this close to lava. This is not a simulation, trust us. You will feel the heat (from a safe distance) as your local guide delights in telling you all about his grandfathers narrow escape from this historic eruption. There will be plenty of learning to be had too with an informative video detailing Iceland’s turbulent volcanic past. You will even get a chance to take some of the newly cooled lava glass home with you.
The Soup Company is located in the same venue, and is the perfect lunch stop to keep you fuelled for the day, serving various sorts of delicious soups, panini’s, and other exciting dishes, and of course freshly baked bread and desserts! During the darkest winter months we will need to order food to have on the go, so that we can use the precious short daylight hours at the wonderful South Coast sights. Lunch is not included in this tour.
Vík í Mýrdal
No south coast trip is complete without a pit stop at the famous town of Vík í Mýrdal, though village might be a more accurate portrayal of this quaint coast settlement. This is the southernmost town in Iceland and despite its small population of 750 people, it is an important base in the south of Iceland for many locals and travellers alike. The view of the sea stacks sticking out of the ocean with the beautiful Vík í Mýrdal Church in the foreground is as iconic as it gets. This is where we’ll likely have lunch and where the Lava Show is hosted, in the shadow of the volcano, Katla. This is as far east as we go today.
Ice: Sólheimajökull Glacier Valley Walk
A short drive back west, through some awe inspiring scenery and we arrive at one of the true highlight of the trip. We get ready for a valley walk to the front of the stunning Sólheimajökull glacier. This mighty glacier flows down from the enormous Mýrdalsjökull icecap. The ice cap sits directly on top of one of the most powerful and feared volcanoes in the country, Katla. Past volcanic eruptions and the moving glaciers create the stunning landscapes that are unique to this area.
The valley walk is considered easy, but there is some areas with uneven slopes that require full mobility of your ankles and knees. The walk takes around 20 minutes in each direction. Although this is an easy walk, we are entering a wilderness setting that inevitably comes with risk. One danger that needs to be considered is the potential rock fall along the edge of the glacier. On rainy, windy days this can become a safety concern. Therefore, it will be the decision of your guide on the day if they stay far back from the front of the glacier for fantastic panoramic views. Or if they will creep a little closer to the front. It depends on rain, wind and temperature on site. Two things are certain, you will be safe throughout and you will get stunning pictures to take home with you.
WE DO NOT WALK ON THE ICE ON THIS TOUR, WE TAKE A GUIDED WALK DOWN THE VALLEY TO A GREAT VIEWPOINT
The action doesn’t stop there though. Our final stop of the day on the South Coast: Fire and Ice tour is at the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. A similar height to Skógafoss but with one key difference; you can walk behind this one when it’s not icy. The waterfall is a result of melting glacial ice pouring down from the peak of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The cave behind the waterfall is massive enough to walk all the way around for the ultimate view. In winter it is often not possible to walk behind due to ice. During these months you are then treated to the wintery scene of snow, icicles and a partially frozen waterfall. In the darkest days of winter the waterfall is lit up, and we will likely be reaching this stop at sunset or afterwards, so we may be seeing the often icy waterfall lit up in the dark.
South Coast Sights
The drive back to Reykjavik allows you to sit back in comfort and take in even more of the beauty of the south. It also gives you the chance to admire and share all your treasured photos from the day. On clear days the view from your comfortable Hidden Iceland vehicle adds so much to the tour. If you’re lucky you might see a few more volcanoes in the distance. Notably, the cone shaped Hekla volcano and the archipelago of the Westman Islands. We’ll get you back in time for a late dinner in the city.
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Included: Interactive Show at the Icelandic Lava Show, Guided valley walk to the front of the Glacier. Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik, transportation in modern mini bus with WiFi, and one of Hidden Iceland’s wonderful English speaking guides. Also included is Hiking Boots, Rain Jacket and Rain Pants if these are needed (these need to be chosen in the booking process, otherwise they cannot be guaranteed).
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Good to know
We will stop in the south coast town of Hvolsvöllur to load up on snacks and drinks for the day and we also make sure there is ample time to have lunch at The Soup Company located within the Icelandic Lava Show premises. The soups are filling and delicious, as well as their panini and sandwiches. Check out their mouth-watering menu here. During the darkest winter months (Nov – Jan) we will need to order food to have on the go, so that we can use the precious short daylight hours at the wonderful South Coast sights. Lunch is not included in this tour.
The front of the glacier can sometimes be unsafe or inaccessible due to weather or rock fall conditions in the mountain by the glacier. This can often be as a result of high levels of rainfall, strong winds and frost-thaw conditions. Hidden Iceland consider safety to be our number one priority. Your guide will always only take you to the closest viewpoint of the glacier that is safe to access and where you will be able to get great views and photos of the glacier.
All tours are charged in Icelandic Krona (ISK). Other currencies shown on the website are only indicative and are subject to currency fluctuations.
We look forward to exploring with you on our South Coast: Fire and Ice tour soon.