Why we love this tour
Explore the South Coast of Iceland Go glacier hiking See amazing waterfalls Visit a black-sand beach Look for the Northern Lights
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.
We now drive to Ingolfsskali our switching point, where you can order dinner which is not included in the tour price, buy snacks and coffee, or eat packed dinner. We then go on a separate minibus tour, The Magical Auroras. We drive from Ingolfsskali and go searching for the northern lights. Estimated arrival time in Reykjavik is between 00:00 – 01:00.
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.
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.
What's included and excluded
- 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
- Lunch, dinner (we will stop at a restaurant / diner, and cafés)
What you need to know
Pick up between: 09:00 – 09:30
Duration: 15-16 hours
Minimum requirements: 10 years old
Small groups:Operated in a minibus
Available:Sept 15 – Apr 15
Remember to bring: Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy shoes, gloves (a raincoat could be handy if you want to walk behind the waterfall). 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.
New regulations have been implemented regarding the shuttle traffic in the downtown Reykjavik. We have therefore offered 12 pick up points instead of directly picking up guests from accommodations . Please click here for further information.