Views of glaciers and volcanoes
Picturesque waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
Black volcanic sand beach at Vík Village
Beauty of Skaftafell Nature Reserve
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Basalt columns of Reynisfjara beach
This overnight tour of South Iceland takes you from Reykjavik along the south shore to the exceptional Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at the edge of Vatnajökull glacier. On the way you will visit some of Iceland‘s main attractions and travel past infamous volcanoes and glaciers.
Out of Reykjavik the tour takes route 1 east across Hellisheiði heath, past Mt. Hengill volcano, an active central volcano with an enormous magma chamber that powers some of Iceland‘s geothermal energy plants.
Descending from Hellisheiði down into the south lowlands, you travel past the green house village of Hveragerði and through Selfoss town, the commercial hub of south Iceland. Continuing east from Selfoss crossing the farmlands of Flói area and the bridge over Iceland‘s longest river, Þjórsá you enter the village Hvolsvöllur and make a short break before venturing on to explore the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Arguably the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland, the 60 m tall Seljalandsfoss cascades down from ancient sea cliffs into a shallow pool. Walking behind the waterfall provides some excellent photo ops with spectacular views out to the countryside.
Just east of Seljalandsfoss waterfall the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Glacier volcano rises 1666 metres above sea level. Erupting in 2010 Eyjafjallajökull made the world news when an ash cloud paralyzed much of Europe's airspace for six days.
Next stop is at Skógar to visit the famous Skógafoss waterfall that by many is considered by the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. From Skógar you travel eastwards past Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the formideable Mt. Katla volcano to the charming village of Vik where you will explore black sand beaches and enjoy fantastic views out to picturesque rock formations of Reynisdrangar.
Continuing from Vík across the sands of Mýrdalssandur you enter the enormous lava field Eldgjárhraun produced during a massive volcanic eruption of Eldgjá volcanic fissure in 934. The lava field covers an area of about 700 km2 and is considered one of the largest lava flows to occur in Iceland since the end of the last ice age.
From one sand plain to another the tour crosses Skeiðararsandur plains a vast desolate area of black volcanic sands between Skeiðarárjökull glacier and the sea. Snaking through the sandy plains, the river Skeiðará is crossed on the longest bridge in Iceland, extending almost one kilometre.
Next up is the beautiful nature reserve of Skaftafell located in Vatnajökull National Park. Toungues of glaciers that flowing down from the enormous Vatnajökull glacier create majestic scenery begging to be explored.
From Skaftafell you journey to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon located at the end of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier that branching the great Vatnajökull glacier. With a depth of around 250 metres, this roughly 18 square kilometre lagoon is packed with huge pieces of ice that have broken loose from the glacier, silently floating towards the sea.
After you have enjoyed the dramatic scenery of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon the course is set for a nearby accommodation where where we will enjoy dinner (dinner is not included in tour price) and relax for the remainder of the evening.
During winter time, if the weather is good skies clear, you might be able to experience the amazing northern lights flickering in the sky over Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
After breakfast, you get to spend some time at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and also take a walk by the lagoon and explore the black sand shores where seals are commonly seen basking
Returning west towards Reykjavik tour will take you to Dyrhólaey island, a beautiful promontory that constitutes the southernmost point of the Iceland‘s mainland. Formed in a sub-aquatic eruption thousands of years ago Dyrhólaey is about 120 metres tall, home to an array of seabirds. Visits to Dyrhólaey Island may be cancelled due to weather conditions.
Heading back towards the capital you will have one last stop to explore the amazing Reynisfjara shore and the strangely shaped basalt columns of Reynisdrangar.
Bring proper hiking shoes, balaclavas and winter gloves, warm socks
Bring clothing with wind proof and rain proof outer layer, light and warm inner layer (wool, fleece or thermal)
Please present a printed copy of your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure. If for any reason you cannot print your voucher, then show your digital copy or e-mail confirmation.
Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar is the central departure point for our tours.
How pick up and drop off works
Our pick up coaches collect passengers from over 160 hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik and deliver to the Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar for check in.
Pick up from hotels and guesthouses starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Standing by for pick up
To help ensure the quickest possible collection we kindly ask you to stand by for pick up in front of your hotel or guest house when pick up starts. Boarding the pick-up coach please present a printed copy of your electronic voucher / ticket to the driver.
Returning from your tour
Returning from your tour you''ll be dropped off at the pickup point you were collected from or at the closest possible point.
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