This tour covers a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers along Iceland’s southern coast.
As you work your way east from Reykjavík, Route 1 (the Ring Road) emerges into austere volcanic foothills punctuated by surreal steam vents, around Hveragerði, then swoops through a flat, wide coastal plain, full of verdant horse farms and greenhouses, before the landscape suddenly begins to grow wonderfully jagged, after Hella and Hvolsvöllur. Mountains thrust upwards on the inland side, some of them volcanoes wreathed by mist (Eyjafjallajökull, site of the 2010 eruption), and the first of the awesome glaciers appears, as enormous rivers such as the Þjórsá cut their way to the black-sand beaches rimming the Atlantic.
The majestic Seljalandsfoss is the first stop on of the day, a waterfall where it’s possible to walk behind, a very unique experience in itself. From Seljalandsfoss we keep heading east along the south coast making our way towards the black volcanic beach of Reynisfjara. Vík is a village on the black sandy beach of the south coast and an excellent lunch stop. From Vík we start to head back to the city with a few interesting stops on the way. The first is by the roots of Sólheimsjökull glacier. Sólheimajökull is an outlet-glacier from Mýrdalsjökull-glacier, the 4th largest in Iceland. Outlet glaciers are channels of ice that flow out of ice sheets, ice caps or icefields, but are constrained on the sides with exposed bedrock. Sólheimajökull is a textbook example of this but because of the warmer climate, the glacier has been receding dramatically for the past decade. We walk from the parking lot to the edge of the glacier so please bring your good, solid shoes on this tour. On the way to Reykjavík from Sólheimajökull glacier, we stop by the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and hear about its hidden treasure reflecting in the rainbow before calling it a day.
Around Iceland’s professional guides have extensive experience of the region. They will share not only the must see sites but local knowledge, great stories and personal recommendations.
Travel with Around Iceland will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour.
– Seljalandsfoss where it´s possible to walk behind the waterfall
– Skógafoss the 60 meter high impressive waterfall
– Sólheimjökull – an opportunity of an easy walk to the edge of the glacier
– Reynisfjara – a black sand beach with fantastic view of the ocean
– Vík – a charming village in the south, with a stop at one of the oldest wool factorys in Iceland with a chance of shopping
English speaking guide
Pick-up and drop-off @ hotel or guesthouse
Group size: max. 19 guests, providing an intimate experience, good personal connection with the guide, more flexibility, more free time and more spontaneous encounters than travelling in larger groups.
Around Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients.