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South Coast Day Tour (From Reykjavík)

On the South Coast Tour you will witness some of the most dramatic scenery the country has to offer.

The tour includes many of Iceland’s best-known locations. You’ll visit waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and the cosy village of Vík.

If you want to experience several of Iceland’s most breathtaking landscapes in a single day, this tour is for you.

Reserve your spot now and prepare to be amazed.

South Coast Iceland Tour
Available: All Year
Duration: 10 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Live Guide: English
Pickup Available

What will I experience on this tour?

Iceland has a reputation as a country born of fire and ice.

The reason for this reputation will become incredibly clear as you journey along the country‘s southern shore, where glaciers and volcanoes await you.

The south coast of Iceland faces the North Atlantic Ocean, which means this area often has the most extreme weather conditions.

This area’s glaciers, volcanoes and weather have played a major part in sculpting its dramatic landscapes.

From black sand beaches to acres of green lava fields, these contrasts create a day trip with something amazing to admire at every moment. Prepare for an adventure!

The Iceland South Coast day tour includes some stunning sights. It’s a great introduction to Iceland’s unique landscapes, from the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls to Sólheimajökull Glacier, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the village of Vík.

More on each location in a bit.

Highlights – Iceland’s Most Dramatic Scenery

Look up at the magnificent Skógafoss Waterfall
Visit the cozy village of Vík
Stand on marvelous black sand beaches
Get a close-up view of Sólheimajökull Glacier
Walk behind Selalandsfoss Waterfall (conditions permitting)

What’s included?

Guided coach tour
Friendly English-speaking guide
Pickup and drop-off in central Reykjavík (additional stops available for an extra fee)
Free Wi-Fi on the bus
Lunch (you’ll have chances to buy food throughout the day)

What should I bring?

Warm waterproof clothing
Sturdy waterproof shoes
Your e-ticket – you can either print it or show it on a digital device

For your comfort: Dress to be ready for any weather! In Iceland the weather can change suddenly, so it’s always wise to wear/bring warm, waterproof clothes. We recommend a waterproof jacket and pants, hat and gloves, warm socks and waterproof shoes.

What others are saying

Excellent tour and tour guide. Took in all the sights and one or 2 unscheduled stops to look at other sights. Very informative and the sights were amazing.


Reviewed February 28, 2019 on Tripadvisor

Southern Iceland is a beautiful part of the country and a must see when visiting Iceland. Our tour was amazing. We stopped at beautiful waterfalls, amazing black sand beaches, and glaciers. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and ran a great tour. Seeing the countryside was great, you felt like you got to See the real Iceland. I would highly recommend this tour when visiting Iceland.


Reviewed March 8, 2019 on Tripadvisor

Great day – long but well worth it. Plenty of snow and sunshine. Big supermarket near the black sand beach offers relatively cheap food for Iceland. Cafe and restaurant food also available. Take plenty of warm clothes and listen to the advice to be wary of the waves!


Reviewed March 24, 2019 on Tripadvisor

Detailed Itinerary – Multiple locations in one day

With an informative and entertaining tour guide, you will manage to see many of the most beautiful places of Iceland in just around 10 hours.

If you don’t have a lot of time, it’s one of the best ways to see Iceland.

The scenery along the south coast is very beautiful and diverse. Let’s look at the attractions in more detail.

From the huge to the small and cosy

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The first stop is at Skógafoss Waterfall. This 65-foot-tall waterfall is gorgeous in its own right, and no less impressive in winter than in summer.

The view from the top is stunning. You will get a birds eye view of the surroundings with all the contrasts of the scenery on full view.

From here we will travel to the southernmost village in Iceland, called Vík.

This is a beautiful little fishing village with only 300 inhabitants.

It’s a small community but there are plenty of places for you to refuel and recharge. You can even pick up some handmade gifts made by the locals.

Wild black coastlines

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Close to Vík is the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach.

The coastline has black sand beaches as far as the eye can see.

These are widely regarded as some of the most impressive black sand beaches in the country – but the real highlight of the area has to be the basalt columns.

Beware: this beach can be dangerous if you don’t follow your guide’s instructions.

Feel the ice melting

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More stunning locations await you as we head towards Sóheimajökull Glacier. It’s a glacier tongue branching from the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.

This destination is a popular spot for glacier hikes since it’s more accessible than other glaciers.

An adventure all of its own

Southern Iceland Tour

Our final stop on this guided tour is the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, another stunning waterfall. But it might surprise you that it has a hidden secret.

Seljalandsfoss gives you an amazing photo opportunity (conditions permitting): a small path leads you right behind the mighty cascade of water.

Yes, you can walk behind the waterfall! It’s a truly unique angle.

This well-organized day tour from Reykjavík combines some of Iceland’s best locations into a single day. We can easily say that it’s one of Iceland’s top tours.

What other important details do I need to know?

Pickup is available at selected hotels and at special tour bus stops throughout Reykjavík, for an extra fee.

If you don’t select a specific pickup location please wait at Tour Bus Stop 12 (Höfðatorg on Þórunnartún). Please be ready at the designated time on your ticket.

Be aware that pickup can take up to 30 minutes starting from the time on your ticket.

Meals are not included, but you will have the opportunity to buy food at stops along the tour.

Please note:

Reynisfjara black sand beach is dangerous! The waves may look harmless, but they are not.

Please do not stand close to the water. Smaller waves are always followed by a big one, which can catch you and carry you out to sea within seconds.

Please study the signs carefully.

  • Don’t go too close to the water
  • Don’t stand with your back to the water
  • Follow the instructions of your guide

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your booking with more than 24 hours’ notice you will get a full refund. Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance are non-refundable.

Other South Iceland Tours

If you want to experience all these attractions in even more comfort, we recommend the South Coast Minibus Tour. It’s a small group tour, providing a more intimate experience.

Start your adventure along the southern coast of Iceland – it’s an experience not to be missed.

Book your seat now before it’s too late!

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