The South Coast of Iceland - Super Jeep - SJ02
Waterfalls and glaciers - some of the greatest sights
This tour takes you to the lowland region of South Iceland with a diverse landscape of lush farmland, glaciers, dramatic sandy coastline and striking waterfalls. Your guide will take you on a journey where important historical and cultural events took place, including Iceland's greatest medieval story, Njal's Saga. This trip continues to the glaciers Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull, with stops at the amazing Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.
39 900 ISK per adult
Children (0-12): 50% off
Duration: 9-10 hours
Pick up: 08:30
Available: Wed, Fri and Sun, all year
*Minimum: 2 persons on Wed, Fri, Sun - 4 persons on other days
Included: Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik, guided tour in a Super Jeep.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
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Your guide will drive you from Reykjavik along the road over the Hellisheidi mountain pass. Here rough lava fields and the jets of steam from the geothermal power plant at the root of the central volcano Hengill can all be viewed. The latest eruption here was around 2000 years ago. An eruption in the Hellisheidi area was thought to have occurred around 1000 AD at the time when the Icelandic Parliament was meeting at Thingvellir, however, this eruption is now known to have occurred at a vent about 5 km away in the Brennisteinsfjoll volcanic system.
The high-temperature Nesjavellir geothermal area, north east of the uplifted hyaloclastite ridge forming the Hengill central volcano, and the Helllisheidi geothermal field south west of Hengill are major producers of geothermal energy for Reykjavik.
On a clear day you will see the volcano Hekla as you drive across the lowlands and reach Hvolsvollur which places you within the settings mentioned in the Saga of the Burnt Njal. From Hvolsvollur we drive east and make a stop at the beautiful Seljalandsfoss where you are able to stand behind this plummeting waterfall.
From here we drive to Gigjokull, an outlet glacier from the unpronounceable Eyjafjallajokull. This is quite a special place as in the 2010 eruption the Eyjafjallajokull volcano not only awoke and gushed ashes into the upper atmosphere, floods of melting ice and glacial water poured down and a nice little lagoon that was situated at the edge of Gigjokull glacier was swept away. Today it is again possible to hike into this area and be reminded of the enormous power of nature!
We drive east alongside the farms located under the former sea cliffs of the Eyjafjoll area and arrive at the mighty Skogafoss waterfall, cascading down some 65 metres. From here your guide will take you to Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier from the south-western part of the Myrdalsjokull ice cap. This occupies a valley trough that is about 8 km long and 1 km broad at its broadest. The total surface area is about 42 sq km and the average thickness of Solheimajokull is about 270 m, but it reaches a thickness of 600 m at most. The sub glacial is placed at around 50 metres below sea level.
Solheimajokull has generally been retreating since the end of the 19th Century, about 900 m between the years 1930-1964, but in the period between 1974 and 1995 it advanced significantly, by more than 400 m. Presently it is retreating at the rate of about 100 m/year and if this rate of retreat continues it will lead to the formation of a glacial lake in front of the glacier.
We continue our drive and stop to walk on black sand beaches pounded by the Atlantic surf and to see the bird cliffs that surround the small coastal town of Vik, these cliffs are teeming with life in spring and summer. On the way back to Reykjavik, we will stop at the greenhouse town of Hveragerdi, so called because the abundant geothermal activity in this area has made it possible to grow all kinds of plants and produce in row upon row of geothermally heated greenhouses.
Do not forget to see the newest hot springs in the village - they started up after the earthquakes of 2007, sending steam and smoke up into the air in the hills just above the village.
The sights on this south shore tour of Iceland are classics and exploring them in a super jeep provides the ultimate way to travel.
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