South Coast by Minibus - Sightseeing day tour - EI02

Black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers and more

The South Coast of Iceland has many natural wonders and quaint villages to explore. During this tour we will travel through lava fields, past mountains and glaciers to the southernmost part of Iceland. We will visit the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the Solheimajokull glacier and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara with its rich birdlife, magnificent basalt column cliffs and stunning sea stacks.

Small Group Experience

Free Wifi on Bus

Duration: ~10 hours

Pick-up: 07:00 - 07:30*
08:00 - 08:30

Group maximum: 19 persons

Available: All year

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy / sightseeing

Tour Highlights:
  • South coast of Iceland
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Vik Village
  • Reynisdrangar sea cliffs
  • Solheimajokull glacier

*Pickup information:  

Feb 16 - Nov 1: Pickup is from 08:00 - 08:30.
from Nov 1st - Feb 15th: Pick up is from 09:00-09:30

Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, free WiFi on the minibus and a professionally guided tour of the south coast.

Not included: Lunch (we will make a lunch stop at a restaurant/diner)

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. Spikes that fit over shoes to give extra grip on ice (in winter).

Groups: This tour is available as a private tour all year.

Footage from the tour

Pictures from Reynisfjara black sand beach

See more pictures from the south coast

11 990 per adult

Children (6-15): 25% off

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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.

Tour Description

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Admire the view of Reynisfjara at night

We depart from Reykjavík driving east up onto the Mid Atlantic Ridge, through rugged lava fields, past a geothermal power plant giving the area a mystic atmosphere filled with the 'sweet' smell of sulphur. We continue over a mountain pass to the lowland South Iceland area. We pass the steaming town of Hveragerdi (Hot spring garden) with its many greenhouses as the tour continues through the largest agricultural area of Iceland. Icelandic horses (not ponies !) are grazing in the many fields we pass and offer inviting photo opportunities.

Approaching the Eyjafjoll (Island mountains) we have views to the Westman Islands and the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted in 2010. The magnificent 60 m (200 ft) high waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss cascade down the sides of Eyjafjoll and offer unique opportunities for getting up close and personal. But don't worry, we'll visit them on our way back to Reykjavik.

seljalandsfoss waterfall south iceland

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is a waterfall which you can walk behind :)

Glacier Solheimajokull

We get right down to business by heading through the south coast and drive straight to the magnificent Solheimajokull glacier, an outlet glacier from Myrdalsjokull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. We detour to the edge of the glacier and take a short walk to experience the unique formations of the landscape of ice, mountains and water.

The Black Beach Reynisfjara

Our next destination is the dramatic black sand beach Reynisfjara. Powerful waves have hammered the shore and basalt cliffs giving shape to some of the most famous natural wonders of the area. Cliffs with caves and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks are just off the shore. The long and stark black sand beach reachs to the 120 m (400 ft) high Dyraholaey promontory, the southernmost tip of Iceland. The cliffs in the area are home to a rich variety of birdlife, among other species you might see fulmar, guillemot, razorbill, gannet and various types of seagulls - during the summer you will also see a large puffin colony.

skogafoss waterfall south iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall is one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls

Village of Vik

Our next destination is the small town of Vik where we will visit the local wool and gift shop. The village of Vik is the southernmost village in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful valleys, beaches, cliffs and mountains. It has about 300 inhabitants and is 192 km from Reykjavík.

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The beach of Reynisfjara and its basalt rocks

Waterfall Skogafoss

Continuing east we drive along the picturesque cliffs of Eyjafjoll to the Skogarfoss waterfall. Now we have to opportunity to take a hike to the top of the waterfall to view its majestic power from above. The 25 m (80 ft) wide waterfall is one of the largest in Iceland and due to the amount of spray a rainbow can often be observed during sunny days.

Waterfall Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is one of few waterfalls that is actually possible to walk behind and view from the inside out. Falling in a majestic arch from the ancient sea cliffs it crashes down with intense power into a deep pool literally at our feet.

After a full day it is now time to return to Reykjavik, taking with us our beautiful images and memories from the south coast of Iceland, a place which you perhaps visit again one day.

reynisfjara black sand beach

Reynisfjara black sand beach

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South Coast by Minibus - Rated 5/5 based on 23 customer reviews

Brilliant guide and amazing day

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-05-21
Such a brilliant day Couldn't have wished for a better guide, tour or experience Can't recommend this highly enough

Great guide

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-06-13
Our guide not only gave us insightful information about the destination. He also provided us with lots of information about the culture of Iceland. It was great.

Well done

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-06-22
I was very happy with the tour. Our guide was excellent. We had a few issues with people being late, she was very professional and had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed the small size of the tour the van was comfortable. I hope to travel with you again sometime.


5.0 by Verified customer 2017-07-01
Great tour!! My only concern is that the guide had the volume on the radio turned up too loud. Would have preferred quiet or a lower volume when playing the radio.

Great experience.

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-07-05
Great tour with excellent guide. Our third time with extreme Iceland, and always very satisfied.

Holly was a fantastic tour guide

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-07-06
Not sure that I picked the right tour above, but my guide, Holly, did a fantastic job on Thursday, June 22. She kept us entertained on the long bus ride and pointed out great things for us to see. Getting to see Gljúfrabúi briefly after Seljalandsfoss was an unexpected and wonderful addition to the trip. One thing that might be helpful is to repeat questions asked by people at the front of the bus before answering them - I was sitting only a row or two back and I sometimes had trouble figuring out context for the questions; people in the back of the bus were likely struggling a bit more. This was a fantastic tour and Holly was a fantastic guide. Thanks for a wonderful day!

Outstanding Day Tour!

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-07-18
Our tour guide, Ragnar, was excellent! He provided a safe, smooth minibus ride. He provided interesting cultural knowledge, and amusing tidbits along our route. Ragnar was funny and very personable. We liked that the bus was relatively small, thus our group was pretty nimble and able to stick to the timeline well. We also had excellent weather, which of course added to our overall level of enjoyment. We would highly recommend the South Coast minibus tour to friends and family!

Amazing tour guide!

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-07-26
We had the best tour guide! I called him Doc Brown! He was so knowledgeable and informative about Iceland. He was kind and thoughtful of everyone's needs and wants on the trip. It was one of the best tours I have ever had!

All excellent

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-08-02
The tour was excellent, beautiful places and our guide was very professional and nice. The top!!

Fantastic experience

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-08-03
My wife and I chose this tour to finish off our honeymoon in Iceland and we couldn't have picked a better tour. Everything about it was perfect, the guide Bjorky(?) was very knowledgeable and a thoroughly nice bloke. The scenery is like nothing I have seen before. We will heartily recommend the tour to everyone who is going to Iceland

Excellent tour company!

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-08-09
We booked 2 tours with Extreme Iceland and we were extremely satisfied with the tours as well as the communication regarding pick up etc. I highly recommend them!

Svava is the best tour guide ever

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-08-27
The astonishing beauty of the South Coast makes it worthwhile, but an amazing tour guide like Svava just makes it so much better. She has such a passion for her native country, and she told us so many wonderful stories about life in Iceland. It was riveting to listen to her. I wish I could request Svava if I took another tour with this company. Here is what I did not like: I received multiple emails prior to the trip, changing the start times. I understand this was beyond the control of the company, but what was inexcusable was that my final email and gave me the wrong start time. The nature of the correspondence made me nervous, so when I was in Iceland I actually called to confirm the time, and Linus in the office was wonderful. He double checked and give me the proper time, which was not the time I have been given via email. Had I not called, I would have missed the whole tour.

So Fun We Forgot the Rain!

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-09-02
What a wonderful tour. Our driver was kind enough to customize a few things based on the group's interest and he made sure everyone had a great time. The tour timings were well planned and have plenty of time to explore without dragging on too long

Sven was awesome

5.0 by Verified customer 2017-09-08
The tour guide Sven was absolutely hilarious and fun and full of information. He definitely made the tour more fun than it would have been otherwise. I'm sure it woul have been great either way, but he made it better.

5 by Jeff 2018-09-09
The guide was very friendly and knowledgable. The sights they brought us to were fantastic. I am glad I went on this tour and would do it again.

South Shore Adventure with Jonas

5 by Amanda 2018-09-12
My best friend and I booked this tour and it was the true highlight of our trip. The scenery on this tour is breathtaking, some of it doesn't even seem as though it could be real. Jonas, the tour guide, was absolutely fantastic. He was extremely knowledgeable about both the geology of Iceland and the myths and folklore and made both equally fascinating to listen to!

I Love Iceland!

5 by Deborah 2018-10-28
My husband and I enjoyed our tour immensely! Beautiful, beautiful landscape! Our guide was very informative and did an excellent job. I would highly recommend Extreme Iceland. I really liked the fact it was a small group. Keep up the great work!

Great tour into the South of Iceland

5 by Gabriela 2018-10-02
The day that we took the tour was really sunny so we had an amazing day seeing the different landscapes and beaches of the South of Iceland. Our guide told us about the history of this amazing country which help us to understand and appreciate more what we were seeing. The overall experience was really amazing.

4 by Nicole 2018-10-28
"The Southcoast Tour was really nice and we were lucky with the weather, but what made a true difference to other tours it did so far was our guide Pascal. While we were most likely the two-hundredth tour she did that year, she didn't make us feel like another random tourist group. By the stories she shared about the country, nature and people as well as some personal, it was overall a really fun and meaningful experience. Many thanks"

Glacier Hike

5 by Ray 2018-11-02
"A fantastic experience to be able to hike on a glacier on an active volcano. Simon was a superb guide, very friendly, knowledgeable and particularly supportive to my wife as she was very nervous coming down the ice. Another one of the bucket list."

Amazing Southern Iceland Tour!

5 by Zarah 2018-11-29
Our tour guide Emily was amazing, and had the most fun little tidbits and details about all the places we visited. We we're VERY lucky with the weather that we had the day we took the tour. We were able to see the ice/snow caps on all the volcanoes and get a stunning view of Eyjafjallajökull. Emily made it possible for us to make some stops during the tour in order to marvel at some of the magnificent views and even to let us have a bit of shopping time at the Icewear flagship store in Vic. I will always remember the views from this experience and I will definitely be back to explore more of Iceland soon!

Great Day Out with an Excellent Guide

5 by C Jones 2018-12-06
We booked the mini bus South Coast Tour. Everything worked out as briefed, we had a great day out with an Excellent guide who added to the enjoyment of the day. The tour allowed adequate time at each stop and our guide provided lots of interesting information at each location.

Southern Shore and Northern Lights

5 by Daina 2018-12-11
"The Southern Shore trip involved a lot of driving, but we stopped at spectacular waterfalls, a glacier lake, admired snow topped volcanoes and walked on the black sands at Vik with the amazing basalt cliffs. Tomasz spoke good English and maintained a good line of information. Because of the long day, we returned to Reykjavik with barely enough time to catch the bus to go Northern Lights hunting, and went without supper. We had a different guide in the evening, Nick, who took us out of town and manged to organise a spectacular Northern Lights display for us. We were lucky! Nick was great and spent most of the time taking group photos and individual photos of us, so we were able to avoid the ubiquitous selfies. Great trip."
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