Our South Coast: Fire & Ice tour is an action packed day that allows you to experience the best parts of the stunning south coast of Iceland. The south coast has some of Iceland’s best sights; massive glaciers, ice caps, powerful waterfalls, volcanic black sand beaches and infamously destructive volcanoes. The South Coast of Iceland really has it all, and you can experience it all in one unforgettable day.
This trip starts with pickups in Reykjavik from 8:00am. We will then head out of town, driving through the beautiful Icelandic landscape to the town of Hvolsvöllur. Here we visit the newly opened, award winning, interactive LAVA centre, where we can learn all about the volcanoes we will see throughout the day. We also make time for a quick coffee break and a chance to buy some snacks to keep us going for the day. From there, it is not long until we arrive at one of the highlights of the trip, the stunning Sólheimajökull glacier*, flowing down from the enormous Mýrdalsjökull icecap. The glacier hike on the tour is around 2.5 hours in total with around 1-1.5 hours spent on the glacier ice, hiking around 3-4 kilometres (approx. 2 miles). The hike requires a moderate fitness level where you will hike up and over uneven terrain. There we will be able to hike and explore the unique ice features. After our hike we head to Reynisfjara to see the amazing rock formations at this spectacular black sand beach as well as eat lunch at the Black Beach Restaurant.
We will then make our way back to Reykjavík, but not before stopping at some of the most breathtaking natural sights in Iceland. The Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls will impress in their own way. On clear days you will be in awe of the infamous Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, as well as the towering Westman Islands, rising straight out of the North Atlantic Ocean. We aim to be back in the city just in time for late dinner.
***NOTE: During the darkest days of the year (December and January) timing at each stop may be shortened and or the order of stops amended to get to every stop in the light. We make our best effort to give the most amount of time possible at each stop in the short daylight hours of these months.
Operates: All year
Duration: 11-12 hours
Pick-Up Time: 8:00 am
Group size: Minimum 1 / Maximum 12
Minimum age: 10 years old
Level of difficulty: Moderate (glacier hike) – full mobility of knees and ankles is required.
Price: 19,990 ISK
Included: The entrance fee at the Lava Centre Exhibition in Hvolsvollur, a glacier hike* with all the glacier safety gear you need (crampons, helmet, harness and axe). Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik and transportation with a small group and an English speaking guide.
In the morning we will make a quick stop in the town of Hvolsvöllur to load up on any necessary snacks and beverages for the day. You can bring (or buy) food for the day if you want to spend more time at the sights during lunch. We do allow enough time to have lunch at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Restaurant, which is a great option for lunch in the area. Lunch is not included in the price of this tour.
PLEASE NOTE: The glacier hike on our scheduled trips are aimed for first timers. However, the ice can be steep and uneven in sections. If you struggle with walking for one to two hours at a good pace or don’t enjoy walking on uneven and sloped ground, the glacier hike may not be for you. The steepest sections involve stair like features and slopes. You will be wearing crampons (spikes on your feet) but full mobility of your ankles and knees is 100% necessary. Each guide on the trip will make the final decision at the time of the hike. If they refuse to let you on the ice please know it is purely for the safety of not just you, but also for the rest of the group.The glacier hike on this tour is around 2.5 hours in total with around 1-1.5 hours spent on the glacier ice, hiking around 3-4 kilometres (approx. 2 miles). The hike requires a moderate fitness level where you will hike up and over uneven terrain. There we will be able to hike and explore the unique ice features. To learn more about the glacier hike you can check out our Glacier Hike Guide.
Please note that the glacier hike is NOT a mandatory part of the tour and the amazing views of the glacier lagoon, glacier and the valley walk are a great alternative for those that are uncertain about getting on the glacier.
For choosing your PICKUP LOCATION please read this important information.
* The glacier can sometimes be unsafe or inaccessible due to weather or conditions at the glacier. This can often be as a result of high levels of rainfall which can cause flooding of the river/lagoon or then windy conditions. We always take yours and our safety as the number one consideration. If we will not be able to do the glacier hike then when possible we will walk up the glacier valley to the glacier as far as we can safely go to get a view of the icy giant. We will then continue our tour along the south coast, adding in a couple of our favourite hidden sights as we go to make up for not doing the glacier hike. These are stops that we otherwise would not have time to visit in the day. We look forward to exploring with you and showing you our favourite south coast sights.