South Coast Elements | Glacier Hike, Lava Caving, DC-3 Plane Wreck & Hot Springs

Explore the wonders of Iceland’s incredible south coast on this comprehensive day tour; see famous and unique locations, hike a glacier, bathe in a hot spring, and explore a lava cave.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation in the morning and begin your journey southeast. This stretch of coastline is famed for its wealth of landmarks and diverse scenery, all visible from the main road. Before you even reach any attraction, for example, you will be able to see Eyjafjallajökull, the sub-glacial volcano that erupted in 2010, and perhaps even the Westman Islands in the seas to the south.

The first stops, however, will be at two famous waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is unique in the sense that it is possible to fully encircle the plunging water for some incredible views. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is much more classic, with a powerful, dramatic cascade.

You will reach the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull next, where you will partake in your glacier hike. The landscapes atop an ice-cap are ethereal and the hiking itself is an adventure of a lifetime. Your guide will fascinate you with stories about the history and natural laws behind this incredible natural phenomenon and all the necessary equipment will be provided, just do not forget to bring some sturdy boots.

After this excursion, you will head into the black sand desert of Sólheimsandur, where the wreckage of a crashed aircraft lays alone in the desolate landscape. This is an excellent spot for photography, and you will learn all about what happened to this plane from your guide. For those who love even more adventure we have added the option of Fat-Bike ride down to the airplane wreck.

After this, you will unwind a little by basking in a geothermal pool. Seljavallalaug is one of Iceland’s oldest swimming pools and located in a beautiful natural setting.

Once you have recharged, you will go on one caving adventure before heading home. There is a fascinating, beautiful world beneath the surface of Iceland’s lava fields, formed by volcanic forces, and few are lucky enough to get the chance to explore it. Again, all the equipment needed for caving will be provided.

Enjoy glacier hiking, lava caving, hot-spring bathing and classic sightseeing all within a day on this immersive tour. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull, Sólheimasandur, Gljufrabui, Seljavallalaug, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

Included:
  • Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik.

  • Professional and fun English speaking guide.

  • Glacier hiking, glacier gear is provided

  • Small group in a minibus

  • WiFi in the minibus

  • Fat-Bike ride of a lifetime

  • Meals and snacks


What to bring:
  • Swim suit and towel

  • Good shoes for hiking

  • Warm clothes


Good to know:

1. We will stop in a number of places where you can buy food and snacks.

2. In case of extreme weather we will make extra stops instead of the DC-3 plain wreck and Seljavallalaug.

3. During the winter months (okt-april) we will not be visiting Seljavallalaug Geothermal Pool because of the short days and the cold weather.



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