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 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 Centre Exhibition in Hvolsvollur, a glacier hike with all the glacier safety gear you need (crampons, helmet, harness and axe), 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, glacier and driver guide for the duration of the day.
Waterproof, or water resistant jacket and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof gear can be hired in the booking process.
You must also have strong, waterproof hiking boots that preferably go above your ankle in order to wear the crampons (spikes) that are required on the glacier. Hiking boots can be hired in the booking process.
- Denim jeans are not suitable to wear on the glacier. Waterproof (or resistant) clothing is required.
- Waterproof hiking boots are necessary. No sneakers.