We explore the South Coast of Iceland, go glacier hiking, see amazing waterfalls, visit a black-sand beach and then look for the Northern Lights if possible. This minibus tour from Reykjavik gives you the opportunity to make the most of your holiday in Iceland. This is a combo tour. Make the most of your day.
Duration: ~16 hours
Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30
19 persons, on tour 1
28 persons, on tour 2
Sept - Apr
Age limit: 8 years old
- Glacier Walk on Solheimajokull
- Black Sand Beach
- Reynisdrangar Ocean Cliffs
- Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss waterfalls
- Northern Lights Search
- See Glaciers & Volcanoes
Summer version: Sensational Iceland (without Northern lights), click here.
Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, guided glacier hike for 1 hour, glacier gear such as crampons, ice axes and helmets. Northern lights searching in a minibus.
Not included: Lunch, dinner (we will stop at a restaurant / diner, and cafés)
Bring with you: Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy boots, gloves (a raincoat could be handy if you want to walk behind the waterfall). You need real hiking boots for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons, and they cannot be attached to normal shoes.
Combo tour: This tour is a combination of two tours. First, we do the Sensational Iceland tour (south coast and glacier hike). We then drop you off in downtown Reykjavik and pick you up again at 08:30pm (20:30) for the northern lights tour. The pick-up location is the same for both tours. Don't worry, you'll have time for dinner between tours!
Reviews on TripAdvisor
"This was by far the best tour of our entire trip. Our guide, Bjorn, was awesome, and the small group made for a much more enjoyable day than had we been on one of the big bus tours. Bjorn was incredibly knowledgeable about all the sites we were taken to, pointed out many interesting things we were driving past, and told us many interesting stories along the way"
Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.
We depart from Reykjavik for a day packed with activity and beautiful sites. So gear yourself up in warm clothes and good shoes - and don't forget your camera!
Along the route we pass a geothermal power plant shrouded in mystic atmosphere as your guide explains the many different ways of utilizing clean energy.
Passing through the countryside in winter gives you an opportunity to see Icelandic horses in the fields and you may even stop to take photos of these hardy little beasts.
Our first scheduled stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, unique because you can walk behind the falling water. Stand behind the 60 meter high waterfall and make a secret wish as you view the world through the watery wall.
Glacier hiking & the South Coast
After the running water of Seljalandsfoss you should be ready for some frozen environment - the glacier. We gear you up with crampons, harnesses, iceaxes and helmets and do a safety briefing before venturing on to the glacier. Sólheimajökull glacier is a part of Myrdalsjökull, Iceland‘s fourth largest glacier that covers the infamous volcano Katla. The one hour hike is fairly easy and should be suitable for all over the age of ten that are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.
Reynisfjara, the black sand beach is where we go after the hiking. Beware of the powerful waves that can sweep you of your feet if you go too close. In Reynisfjara you encounter stunning basalt columns, vast black sands with the majestic sea stacks of Reynisdrangar dominating the horizon.
Before dinner we make stop in the twilight at Skógafoss Waterfall with water running from Eyjafjallajökull. This majestic waterfall is one of the most visited sites in Iceland and for a good reason. Legend says that a treasure is buried beneath it. Nobody can get at the treasure except someone who is born at Skogar farm and has been raised to the age of fourteen only on horsemilk and horsemeat never hearing God‘s name mentioned.
You are dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavík at around 19:00 pm. There are many great restaurants in Reykjavik so don't worry - you can get something to eat.
We then pick you up for your northern lights minibus tour at 21:30 pm, outside your accommodation. Your friendly guide will head out with your group to find the best places in the countryside to see the aurora.
Northern Lights Tour in a minibus
Understandably, there is no promise of viewing the auroras. We will hope for the best and be prepared if luck smiles on us. We will drive to beautiful locations not far from Reykjavik, we will get out of the minibus and check for the northern lights. We will go to locations where there is no light-pollution, so that we can get a good view of the Auroras. We will be back in Reykjavik at around 00:00 - 01:00, depending on conditions.
If we still don't find the magical green lights, we look at the cloud cover and the aurora forecast and the guide will decide whether to go next. And on the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery (if its not too dark).
The Aurora Borealis are usually neon green, though white, red and purple colours may also appear. To watch the northern lights surrounded by the magical Icelandic nature is like walking into a storybook full of mystical beings and locations. According to ancient religion the dancing northern lights are the fierce Valkyrie riding into battle in Valhalla.
If the Northern Lights don't show up on your tour you can contact our sales team here and we will book you on the Magical Auroras tour, free of charge upon availability. Please remember to mention your booking number in the email.
Map - (click to enlarge)
Note: this this is the route for the south coast and glacier hike part. The northern lights route can vary.
Disclaimer: glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers. Read more about winter information