Waterfalls and glaciers of South Coast, one of the main attractions of Iceland
This journey will take place along the lowlands of the southern coast of Iceland, where landscapes take all possible forms: from farmlands to pristine glaciers, dramatic rocks at the ocean coast and rampant waterfalls. We are confident that having gone on a trip along the southern coast, you will be inspired by the harsh beauty of Iceland and will fall in love with its ancient and beautiful history. After all, behind each of these delightful places are no less beautiful sagas and legends.
Seljalandsfoss and Gljudrabui waterfalls
Dyrholaey South Cape of Iceland
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Solheimajokull glacier (no glacier hike)
Reykjavik – South Coast
Depart from Reykjavik and drive through the Hellisheidi Mountain pass, along rough lava fields and jets of steam from the geothermal power plant at the root of the Hengill central volcano with plenty of steaming boreholes, giving the area a mystic atmosphere filled with the smell of sulfur. Driving across the lowlands we shall make a short stop at a gas station in Hvolsvollur and then continue drive to the east forward to the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss and Gludrabui waterfalls
Seljalandsfoss is one of the best-known waterfalls in Iceland. It is 65 meters tall and it is breathtakingly beautiful. A path goes behind the waterfall. It is fantastic walking behind Seljalandsfoss, especially on a sunny day when one can catch a rainbow. In winter time the path is closed when it gets too slippery. You will find another waterfall called Gljufrabui, very close to Seljalandsfoss. Gljúfrabúi is 40 meters high and in front of it is a big rock almost covering it, making it difficult to see the lower part of the waterfall.
Eyjafjallajokull volcano and Skogafoss waterfall
Next, you will drive to the east alongside farms, located under the former sea cliffs of Eyjafjoll area and arrive at the mighty Skogafoss waterfall, cascading down more than 200 feet with water running from Eyjafjallajokull. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. After visiting the waterfall, we make a stop for lunch at Bistro Bar in Skogar.
From there, you will drive along to Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier from the south-west part of the Myrdalsjokull glacier ice cap, which occupies a valley.
Dyrholaey, South Cape of Iceland
Next, you will visit Dyrholæy, a rock promontory reaching out into the ocean in the southernmost part of the country. The roaring Atlantic and its foamy waves wash the black sands at the foot of Dyrholaey. From there you can enjoy the sight of the varied and fantastic scenery of the Myrdalur valley, fresh green fields, and pastures.
Reynisfjara Black sand beach
You will continue your drive, and stop to walk around on the Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik. This is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland, featuring an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Gardar. Out in the sea, you will see spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. However, beware of the powerful waves that can sweep you of your feet if you go too close. From Reynisjara we turn back to Reykjavik.
Return to Reykjavik Please note: The itinerary could be altered according to weather and road conditions.