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The South Coast day tour is very popular with our guests, and offers a magnificent and diverse experience of Icelandic nature. Driving through farmlands, you have a view of some of Iceland’s volcanoes, numerous ice caps, Glacier outlets and Glacier Rivers.
Majestic waterfalls, wide black sandy plains and beaches of black and fascinating basalt rock formations.

This tour will give you a vivid picture of Iceland, its geology, its culture and landscapes. While driving on this beautiful stretch of the South Coast tour, you will get a view of the island’s glaciers and quite a number of Iceland’s still active volcanoes. Hekla volcano a 1490m high snow topped mountain where devastating eruptions throughout Iceland´s history has taken place. We also pass the infamous Eyjafjallajökull which suddenly put the world to a hold in the spring months of 2010, grounding around 20 million airplanes worldwide as very fine ashes from its crater spewed ash high up into the atmosphere.

An optional visit to the small, but very informative Eyjafjallajökull Eruption Center at the Þorvaldseyri farm certainly puts things in perspective, understanding and grasping the impact the eruption had in the local area. Whilst the world was coping with the paralyzed modern aviation system grounded, the locals where fighting for theirs and their animals sheer existence.

Iceland has abundance of waterfalls and on this tour we visit two powerful and majestic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss.

Upon returning to Reykjavík later in the day, the tour takes us to the most southern part of Iceland around the small coastal town Vik in Mýrdal. The black sand beaches of the south coast with its incredible black basalt column formations and its fierce sea of the South Coast is a place of interest. A beautiful and wild destination, some even say one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth. However, also a spot to be extremely
cautious. Here, Atlantic rollers can attack with full force, as there is no landmass between there and Antarctica.
In the same area Dyrhólaey rises 120 meters high and is 12 kilometers long. It offers a breathtaking view in all directions, across the distinctive black sands stretching east and west. Dyrhólaey is a haven for birdwatchers, who can get up close with the many species of birds living there, including the puffin, probably considered the king of the island.
On our return towards Reykjavik in the afternoon, a visit to one of Iceland’s many outlet glaciers is a possibility. A light walk and visit to the tongue of Sólheimarjökull Glacier is considered a general introduction to the many Icelandic glaciers of Iceland.
The summer-scenery gives way to dramatic icy cliffs and glaciers in the winter, which gives you the impression of stepping into a black and white dreamscape. Every season has its charm and power.

Duration: 8-10 hours.

Please note: Subject to seasonal availability.

Remember to bring your camera, warm clothes, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Meals not included, lunch stops and shorter breaks will take place.
Tour highlights:
Vík in Mýrdal
Black Sandbeach
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Cape of Dyrhólaey