Small Group: South Coast — Fire & Ice Tour
The 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 quintessential sights, including vivid blue glaciers, numerous 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 make 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 head back to Reykjavik, 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 and 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. Our last stop before reaching Reykjavik will be the newly opened interactive LAVA centre, where we can learn all about the volcanoes we have seen throughout the day, before reaching the city in time for late dinner.
The entrance fee at the Lava Show in Vik, a guided walk down the glacier valley to a viewpoint at the front of the glacier, pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik and transportation in our comfortable vehicle with wifi,with a small group (max of 12 people) and one of our wonderful English speaking, driver guides for the duration of the day. Waterproof jackets, pants and hiking boots can be hired during the booking process for no extra fee, but these must be booked in order to guarantee their availability.
What's not included
Meals are not included, but there is plenty of opportunity to buy lunch and snacks throughout the day.
What do I need to bring
Waterproof, or water resistant jacket and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof gear can be hired in the booking process. These can be rented in the booking process for no extra charge if you need these.
- Weather appropriate clothing is required
- During the darkest winter months we will need to order food to have on the go, so that we can use the precious short daylight hours at the wonderful South Coast sights. Lunch is not included in this tour. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy food during the day, and you are welcome to bring food along.