South Coast of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

Private & Custom Tours in Reykjavík

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Tour description provided by Viator

Waterfalls and glaciers, some of the greatest sights in Iceland. This tour goes through the lowlands of south Iceland with their diverse landscapes of lush farmlands, glaciers, dramatic sandy coastlines and striking waterfalls. This trip will bring you to amazing Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers, spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, South cape of Iceland at Dyrholaey rock, and Reynisfjara black sand beach with basalt columns.
Depart from Reykjavik around 8:30am for a day packed with activities and beautiful sights. Start with a 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, you can see the Hekla volcano and then reach Hvolsvollur placing you within the settings mentioned in the Saga of the Burnt Njal. From Hvolsvollur you drive to the east and stop at the beautiful Seljalandsfoss, where you are able to stand behind the plummeting 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. 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.Next, you will visit Dyrhólaey, 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 Dyrhólaey. From there you can enjoy the sight of the varied and fantastic scenery of the Mýrdalur valley, fresh green fields and pastures. 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. When the tour has finished, you will be returned to your departure point around 6:30 pm.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Jeep or minibus transportation

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)


  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4