The tour starts with pick-ups in Reykjavik from 8:00am. You will then head out of town, driving through the beautiful Icelandic landscape to the town of Hvolsvöllur. This is where you visit the newly opened, award winning, interactive LAVA Centre, teaching you everything there is to know about the volcanoes you will see throughout the day. Here you will also have time for a quick coffee break and a chance to buy some snacks to keep you going throughout the day. From here, it is not long until you arrive at one of the highlights of the trip, the stunning Sólheimajökull Glacier*, flowing down from the enormous Mýrdalsjökull icecap. There you will be able to hike and explore the unique ice features. After the hike you’ll head to Reynisfjara Beach near Vík to see the amazing rock formations, the pitch black sand as well as eat lunch at the Black Beach Restaurant.
You will then head back to Reykjavík, but not before stopping at some of the most breath-taking 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.
Operates: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
Duration: 11-12 hours
Pick-Up Time: 8 am
Number of people: maximum 12
Minimum age: 10 years old
Level of difficulty: Moderate (glacier hike)
Price: 19,990 ISK
Included: The entrance fee at the Lava Centre Exhibition in Hvolsvöllur, 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. We also allow time to have lunch at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Restaurant, which is one of our favourites in the area. Lunch is not included in the price of this tour.
Be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. You must also have strong, waterproof hiking boots that go above your ankle in order to wear the crampons (spikes) that are required on the glacier. Hiking boots, waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process.
* 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.
Operated by Hidden Iceland