Sensational Iceland - South Coast - Glacier Hike and black sand beaches

Sensational Iceland - South Coast & Glacier Hike - EI37

Feel the power of nature with your senses - up close and personal

Glacier Hike Sólheimajökull Solheimajokull Cool Iceland

Glaciers are very dynamic elements, and so are we!

South Coast of Iceland. Up close and personal on a glacier - the best way to experience Iceland! On this tour along the South Coast we will go glacier hiking, we will see waterfalls, volcanoes, black sand beaches and many other natural wonders.

You will smell the sulfur, walk on a glacier, get wet at the waterfalls, hear the roaring ocean, and much more!

From 18 990 ISK per adult

Minimum age: 10 years old

Note: Moderate

Total duration: 10-11 hours

Maximum: 21 persons

Available: Daily, all year

Pick up: 08:00 - 08:30*

Difficulty: Moderate

Map (click here)

*Pickup information: Pickup is from 08:00 - 08:30. If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

Tour highlights:
Glacier Walk on Solheimajokull
Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar Ocean Cliffs
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
See Glaciers & Volcanoes

Transport: This tour is operated in a minibus, small groups for a better experience.

Aerial footage from the south coast

Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, guided glacier hike for 1 hour, glacier gear such as crampons, ice axes and hard hats.

Not included: Lunch (We stop at a local restaurant/diner)

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, a raincoat. You need real hiking shoes 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. To be sure you have shoes that suffice, we recommend renting shoes when you book the tour. You can also rent them on-location.

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Sensational Iceland & The Northern Lights (Combo tour)

South Coast in a minibus (no glacier hike)

Note: 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.

Waterfall Seljalandsfoss

Solheimajokull glacier is a spectacular tongue of ice that flows down from Myrdalsjokull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. Travel through the south Iceland farming lands to the black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes and majestic glaciers on Iceland´s south coast.

The first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall where we can walk behind this magnificent wall of water.

Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull

After the excitement of Seljalandsfoss and getting a little bit wet, you should be ready for the glacier hike.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall Cool Iceland

A very pretty waterfall, Seljalandsfoss

We gear you up with crampons and go over safety features before we set foot on the glacier. Sólheimajökull glacier is a part of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland‘s fourth largest glacier that covers the infamous volcano Katla.

We spend one hour hiking on the glacier. This is not that difficult, but sometimes there is a 30 minute walk to the glacier (depending on conditions). The glacier hike should be suitable for all over the age of ten that are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces.

Glacier Walking in Iceland

Walking on the glacier is a unique experience

The black-sand beach and Skogafoss

Then onwards for a leisurely stroll along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. This beach features stacks of basalt columns that wall off surrounding cliffs scattered with caves.

Offshore you will see Reynisdrangar pillars, basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea. Icelandic legend says they were trolls turned into rock by the rising sun when they came home late after a fishing trip. We round off this great sightseeing tour with a stop at the Skógafoss waterfall.

black-sand beach Reynisfjara Cool Iceland

The black sand beach Reynisfjara

On a clear day you may have a good view of famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. When we drive under the foothills of Eyjafjallajökull you can get a glimpse of the Westman Islands, rising steeply from the ocean just a few kilometres off the coast.

This tour is great value and easy with an adventurous twist. Sights are breathtaking and where else in the world can you stand on the ice of a  glacier, walk behind a waterfall and stroll along a volcanic black sand beach on the same day?

Disclaimer: all glacial trips that are undertaken are the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.

Extreme Iceland reserves the right to alter the itinerary if the weather is too bad to go on the glacier walk. If this cancellation occurs a visit to a local museum is added and a part refund given for missing the glacier hike.

Here you can read about useful winter information

Map - click to enlarge


See also:

2-day tour to Jokulsarlon in the South Coast

Sensational Iceland & The Northern Lights

South Coast in a minibus (no glacier hike)

Glacier Hike Sólheimajökull Solheimajokull Cool Iceland

Glaciers are very dynamic elements, and so are we!

black-sand beach Reynisfjara Cool Iceland

The black sand beach Reynisfjara

crampons hiking shoes Cool Iceland

Those crampons do their jobs

Glacier Hike Skogafoss waterfall south iceland

The magnificent waterfall Skogafoss is part of the tour

Seljalandsfoss waterfall Cool Iceland

A very pretty waterfall, Seljalandsfoss

Glacier Walking in Iceland

Walking on the glacier is a unique experience

Glacier Walking in Iceland

Enjoying the amazing scenery on the glacier

Glacier Hike ice caves Solheimajokull

During the ice walk we may find
some interesting small crevasses

The right kind of shoes for a nice trek

You need real hiking shoes for the glacier hike


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Sensational Iceland - Rated 4.6/5 based on 19 customer reviews

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Best Day in Iceland

5 stars by Verified customer
I had an absolutely increidible day with extreme Iceland. It was just me and one other person, which made the tour very personalized and engaging. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a superb day!

Wear proper clothing

5 stars by Verified customer
Understanding that the weather was pretty uncooperative, I found it disappointing that some excursions had to be cut short due to other people not preparing for the forecasted weather conditions. In the future, I would recommend turning those people away for the betterment of the entire tour and for safety reasons. Otherwise, it was a great tour and the tour guide was exceptional!

Great Tour with guide Dan

5 stars by Verified customer
We have a great day in Iceland with your guide Dan. We got to see some amazing places all in one day without feeling that we where being rushed. All and all a tour we would recommend to others.


5 stars by Verified customer
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The glacier walk was definitely the highlight, but the black sand beach and waterfalls were breathtaking. Our guide, Bjorn, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He kept us informed all throughout the trip. As we were driving from destination to destination he told us a bit of Icelandic history and folklore. Thanks, Extreme Iceland for such a wonderful time!


5 stars by Verified customer
Incredible tour-beautiful waterfalls, unbelievable glacier views. Felt very safe the whole time and learned so much!

Nice guide- time slightly disproportionate

5 stars by Verified customer
Had a lovely tour-- my only comment was that the time at the black sand beach seemed longer than we needed. More time a the other falls would have been nice. I understand it was a dinner time for thE driver, so I don't begrudge it.. just a thought. I loved the tour as a whole.

The tour exceeded my expectations

5 stars by Verified customer
The tour exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend it.

Amazing Day Trip to Glacier and Waterfalls

5 stars by Verified customer
My group of three had an awesome time - climbing up the side of one waterfall and waking behind another! And then experiencing an easy climb onto a glacier. We finished our tour with a trip to the ocean to see the black stones and basalt formations! Truly amazing!!!

Even though it was raining, it remains the tour that we liked the most

5 stars by Verified customer
Christian, ou guide came to pick us up at the port where our ship docked. Our guide commented the most important points, stopped when required. For sure you can never predict the weather in Iceland, therefore any weather is nice. We walked on the glacier, walked on the black sand beach visited a couple of waterfalls. Overall, it was a fantastic experience. The only point we were questioning, it seemed that everyone had the opportunity to borrow the hiking boots and created a bit of confusion in my head. Christian asked us if we brought the boots back??? Was there a pair of hiking boots reserved for us in the bus??? beside that, We have no negative point at all and recommend this tour. We saw things we never saw before, we did things that we never did before. I took a lot of pictures as there was time for it. Thank you so much for this day we had.

Phenomenal Tour

5 stars by Verified customer
Rob was a fantastic guide. We learned a ton and had a great adventure!


5 stars by Verified customer
We enjoyed the whole tour very much, it one of the best things we did while in Iceland. Besides being well organized it had the right amount of pauses and just about the right amount of time to visit the sites making the day relaxing, not rushed. Our tour guide was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable about everything and made the tour interesting and fun. The places we visited were spectacular, but I think it was our guide that added the special touch to this memorable day. Carla, Carrie, Carlo, Maurizio.

Short time on the glacier

5 stars by Verified customer
The time walking on the glacier was too short. We could barely see a few things and we returned to the base camp. With half an hour more it would be perfect

Great Experience

5 stars by Verified customer
This was a great tour and glad to see so many sights in one day. Other than the late pick-up from our Airbnb (almost 30 min. behind), everything was on time. Karolis, our tour guide on the glacier hike, was very helpful and informative. He always had our safety in mind and provided excellent facts and commentary that exceeded our expectations. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

Awesome experience

5 stars by Verified customer
Diddi was our tour guide/bus driver who was extremely personable, knowledgable, and did an overall great job. Joe was our guide for the glacier hike. He kept everyone safe, we had an unbelievable experience, and would not hesitate to do it again. One of the best tours/experiences of our trip to Iceland. Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

Great Tour

5 stars by Verified customer
Everything was fantastic. The tour guide (Kristof? I'm not sure how he spells his name) was wonderful. Everything was great.

Great trip!

5 stars by Verified customer
Scott was a great guide, he was funny and knowledgeable, really wanted us to enjoy the tour. Will certainly recommend this tour and use your service again when I visit next!

Action packed tour

5 stars by Verified customer
We were picked up on time and guide was very funny, knowledgeable and friendly. We felt sufficient time was allotted for each location. Our guide on glacier hike (Bori?) was excellent. He thoroughly explained how to use the crampons, equipment, safely navigating the glacier. He shared lots of great information along the way. Things I wish had been different: The seats on the bus were very small and cramped. I'm a petite 5ft women but my husband is over 6ft and so my legs were falling off side of foot rest since not enough room for both of us. The storage area above our seats were too small to even accommodate my backpack which I rested on my seat or lap entire trip. I also did not anticipate how intense the glacier hike would be. I even went back to website thinking I missed some information. I have been physically active my entire life and in moderate condition and really struggled to complete this hike.

Fantastic tour

5 stars by Verified customer
The tour was great- definitely our favorite day of our trip. The guide was great - funny and informative. The glacier walk was absolutely the highlight - I'm so glad we did this tour!

Tour Guide Was AWESOME

5 stars by Verified customer
I couldn't recommend this tour enough. My Wife and I had an amazing time. The only downside was a scheduling mishap because EXTREME ICELAND changed the time of our tour to an hour earlier and there was some communication issue with it. We ended up going on a later date, which ended up working out well for us. But a confirmation email the night before with the updated time as a reminder would have been very helpful.
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