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

South Coast Elements | Glacier Hike, Lava Caving & DC-3 Plane Wreck
Iceland's subterranean cave systems offer a unique glimpse into the core of the country's volcanic nature.
The beautiful Gljúfrabúi waterfall is only a short walk from the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall is one of Iceland's most popular waterfalls to visit, and it's not hard to see why!
The DC-3 plane wreck on Sólheimasandur is perhaps one of Iceland's most haunting attractions.
Glacier hiking is an activity that's fun to do with a group of friends or family!
Iceland's glaciers are vast and spectacular, and you must visit with a guide and all the necessary equipment.

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 Sólheimasandur, 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. 

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, geothermal bathing and classic sightseeing all within a day on this immersive tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Sólheimajökull, Sólheimasandur, Gljufrabui, South Coast, Arnarker, DC3 Plane Wreck
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up starts 8am and might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully if you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). For walking distance to bus stops, please check

  • Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik

  • English speaking guide

  • WiFi in the minibus

  • Small group

  • Cave Equipment (helmet, flash light)

  • Glacier Equipment (helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe)

  • Meals and snacks

What to bring:
  • Hiking Boots with a slip resistant sole (can be rented at the time of booking)

  • Warm clothes as first layer

  • Waterproof clothes as second layer

Good to know:

Pick up is available from designated areas in Reykjavík city.

You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like. There will stops to buy packed lunch.

We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers if you are visiting in the winter. Hiking boots are available at the time of booking.

In case of bad weather conditions, we will make extra stops instead of glacier hike & DC-3 plane wreck.

We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers if you are visiting in the winter. Hiking boots are available when booking.

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