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South Coast & Airplane Wreck - Day Tour - TRO01

Iceland South Coast Tour: Waterfalls, Glacier Hike, Lava Cave, Plane Wreck and Geothermal Pool

This action-packed tour will take you the most incredible locations on the South Coast. We’ll visit Iceland’s two most famous waterfalls, hike across a glacier, quad-bike across a black desert to a lonely plane wreck, explore a lava tunnel and bathe in a geothermal pool in the middle of nowhere. Join us for a day that will live long in the memory!


Duration: ~ 14 hours

Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30

Group maximum: 16 persons

Available: From March to October

Age limit: 14

Difficulty: Demanding

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Tour Highlights:
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull
  • Sólheimasandur black desert
  • Fat bike ride to the DC-3 Plane Wreck
  • Seljavallalaug geothermal pool
  • Secret Lava Cave

Included:

  • Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik
  • Friendly and fun English speaking guide
  • Traveling with a comfortable Minibus
  • Free Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
  • Hiking on the glacier for 1 to 1,5 hours
  • Glacier hiking equipment
  • Lava caving equipment
  • Fat bikes

Not included: Meals and refreshments

Bring with you:

  • Warm and comfortable clothes
  • Sturdy hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
  • Warm clothing (base and insulation layers)
  • Waterproof clothing (shell layer)
  • Swimwear (from late April to November)
  • Snacks and water bottle

Please note: Due to the lack of daylight, the geothermal pool is not visited during the winter time, from October to late April

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27 300 per adult

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Tour Description

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

The day begins at the amazing Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where a cylindrical torrent of water crashes into a rugged volcanic gorge below. There is a hidden cave located behind the cascade, allowing us to see this majestic natural wonder from a totally unique perspective. Everyone who visits the waterfall agrees that it is one of the must-see sights in Iceland. Then as an extra treat, we will head to the nearby Gljúfrabúi Waterfall, a secret gem located in a narrow mountain gorge. There a steady stream of water flows down a moss-carpeted cliff face, generating a beautiful scene that lies well off the beaten track. We recommend wearing waterproof clothes at Gljúfrabúi as the narrowness of the gorge means that it is almost impossible to see it without being splashed.

Skógafoss waterfall

From there we will travel to the majestic Skogafoss Waterfall, where a wide cascade crashes more than 60 meters down into a gorge below. Behind it lie the impressive Eyjafjöll Mountains, whose snow-capped peaks provide a gorgeous contrast to the craggy cliffs of the falls. There is a winding staircase that has been cut into the hillside, allowing us to scale the 527 steps and enjoy spectacular vistas over the waterfall and nearby mountains. Skogafoss is also steeped in myth and legend, with local tradition claiming that the two strangely shaped rocks on the way to its summit are petrified trolls who were turned to stone by the rising sun.

Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull glacier

The next part of our adventure will take us to the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier – a vast icy wilderness that unfurls like a tongue from the larger Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. It all starts at our base camp at the foot of Sólheimajökull, where one of our friendly guides will equip you with all of the gear that you need, including helmets, harnesses, crampons, and ice axes and also give you a short safety briefing. Then once everyone is ready, we will start our one-and-a-half-hour hike across the spectacular rugged scenery, replete with ice sculptures and fascinating rock formations. There is nothing like walking on a glacier and we guarantee that this adrenaline pumping experience will remain with you forever.

Fat bike ride to the DC-3 Plane Wreck on Sólheimasandur

Once we have completed our glacial adventure we will head to the dramatic Sólheimasandur Desert, whose spectacular landscape has been crafted by volcanic activity over the millennia. It is most famous for the lonely fuselage of a US DC3 airplane that ran out of fuel in mid-air and crashed in 1973, which now stands abandoned as a testament to the power of nature and the smallness of humanity. It is located around 4 kilometers from the road and we will reach it by taking an adrenaline-pumping fat bike ride across a stunning volcanic desert. The combination of the bike ride, the remnants of the plane and the gorgeous volcanic scenery will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure and you are bound to treasure the memories that you create there forever.

Seljavallalaug geothermal pool

Our next treat will be a relaxing soak in a geothermally heated pool – the perfect way to blow off some steam after the heart-pounding fun of the previous few tours. It is known as Seljavallalaug and was rated as one of the best hot springs in the world by the Guardian. The pool was built in 1923, making it one of the oldest in Iceland and is surrounded by rolling green hills. There is no better place to kick back and relax amidst stunning natural scenery, dotted with fascinating rock formations and much, much more. Please note that the visit to the pool is only available between late April and early October and patrons need to remember their swimming costumes.

Secret Lava Cave

Our final stop of the day will be a subterranean lava cave, which was created by a volcanic eruption more than 5000 years ago. We will head down into this spectacular rugged world, where we will be greeted by stunning rock formations that have been dyed various shades of red and blue by the geothermal activity that occurs beneath the ground. Our friendly guide will provide us with helmets and flashlights and tell us all about how this underground natural wonder was created.

How does that sound?

There is no better way to explore the land of fire and ice, than on this stunning adventure, which will take you to places that are away from the crowds and off-the-beaten-track. We are especially proud of our DC3 plane wreck tour, which is a best seller – don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

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