Full Day Small Group South Shore Tour by Minibus

Day Trips & Excursions in Reykjavík
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Tour description

A small group tour by modern, comfortable Mercedes Benz minibus with a maximum 19 passengers and a driver/guide. The guides commentary is always in English and fill the day with fun, facts, figures and of course spectacular sights and scenery.This 8 to 9 hour tour starts and ends in Reykjavik with pick up and drop off at all accommodation that is in or near to downtown Reykjavik.The main sights of the day, with longer stops to explore are Skogafoss waterfall, Solheimajokull Glacier, Reynisfjara black sand beach, near to the village of Vik and Dyrholaey headland and Seljalandsfoss waterfall.At the guides discretion, guides may also make a couple of unscheduled stops, depending upon whether the guide feels that there is extra time available and upon weather and road conditions. Lunch is not included, but there will be stops during the tour at restaurants or gas stations where food can be purchased and restrooms available.

You will be picked up from your accommodation or nearest pick up point in Reykjavik between 8:30am and 9am to drive out of the city, up over Hellisheidi mountain region and then across open farmland areas, a drive of around 1 hour 45 minutes. The first stop is simply a bathroom break before driving a short distance to reach the first of the amazing features of the South Shore region.From here, the scenery becomes dramatic, with short journeys between glaciers, coastal cliffs and black sand beaches.The first stop is the powerful Skogafoss waterfall with its 60 metre (200ft) drop and formidable spray. On sunny days, the waterfall often has a rainbow to add to the view.  From Skogafoss we head to Solheimajokull Glacier which tumbles down from the Myrdalsjokull ice cap. Here, we park the bus and walk for around 20 minutes over surreal black sand and rock outwash plains to reach the edge of the glacier and get close to the white, blue and grey ice. At such close quarters, you get a real feel for the scale and grandeur of the glacier. After exploring the edge of the ice,  we walk back to the bus and drive a little farther east to Reynisfjara black sand beach which is near to the village of Vik and Dyrholaey headland. Make a stop of around 1 hour at Reynisfjara which boasts a spectacular black sand beach, basalt columns and cliffs, sea stacks and in summer between May and August there are often puffins roosting and nesting on the grassy ledges along the cliffs.  The beach also has a nice café where you will also be able to get some lunch.Then turn back west along the coastal road at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull volcano and make a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall.  This beautiful column of water tumbles off the cliffs and you have the possibility of walking around behind the falls and through the spray, so be sure to bring your waterproofs, as you might get wet.  This is saved this stop for last, as getting wet at the end of the day is much better than starting the day wet.Then drive back to Reykjavik where you will be dropped you off at your accommodation.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Driver/guide
  • All activities
  • Entry/Admission - Seljalandsfoss
  • Entry/Admission - Skogafoss
  • Entry/Admission - Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Entry/Admission - Reynisfjara Beach

What's not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus