What are the best tours of South Iceland? South Iceland is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and diverse landscapes. This region attracts travellers seeking adventure, natural wonders, and cultural experiences, from majestic waterfalls to black sand beaches and from erupting geysers to magnificent glaciers.

Whether you’re in the mood for an adrenaline-pumping adventure, a peaceful retreat, or an eagerness to learn more about Icelandic traditions and history, South Iceland has plenty of options. In this post, we’ll look at some of the best tours in South Iceland, each offering a special way to explore and appreciate the incredible environment.

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The Golden Circle and Silfra Snorkelling Tour

A tourist snorkeling in Silfra fissure

The Golden Circle and Silfra Snorkeling tour combines an unforgettable snorkelling experience in Silfra with the exploration of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle. Starting with a guided snorkelling adventure in the crystal-clear waters of Silfra, you’ll float through its four main sections, enjoying visibility unmatched elsewhere, thanks to the glacier meltwater filtered through lava for about 50 years. The tour provides all the necessary equipment and introduces you to the mesmerizing underwater world, regardless of the season.

Following the snorkelling, the tour heads to the Golden Circle. It features visits to the Geysir Geothermal Area, home to the erupting Strokkur geyser; Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site significant for its historical and geological importance; and the impressive Gullfoss Waterfall, where water cascades 32 meters into a canyon. This tour offers adventure, history, and natural beauty, making it a must-do in Iceland. If you want to learn more about the Golden Circle, check out our blog on What the Golden Circle is!

The Katla Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik

Starting from Reykjavik, the Katla Ice Cave Tour takes adventurers on a journey through Iceland’s rugged terrains to the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, which Katla Volcano is a part of. This is one of the best tours of South Iceland if you’re looking for a short adventure.

At the glacier, the group gears up with crampons and helmets for the trek to the ice cave. As you enter the cave, prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking display of ice formations and volcanic ash layers that reveal Iceland’s geological vibrancy. Guides provide insightful commentary on the glacier and cave’s history, enriching the experience.

The return journey will be picturesque, and we may visit additional smaller ice caves. Depending on the season, the tour may conclude with visits to the iconic Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, rounding off the day with memorable sights.

The Secret Lagoon Geothermal Pool in South Iceland

You can relax in the Secret Lagoon during the Golden Circle Platinum Tour

The Secret Lagoon, known as Gamla Laugin in Icelandic (The Old Pool), is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. It was established in 1891 in the geothermal area of Hverahólmi near Flúðir. It is fed entirely by water from nearby hot springs. They ensure a continuous supply of warm, sulfur-rich water at a consistent temperature of 38-40°C year-round.

The authentic Icelandic setting of this lagoon offers a unique blend of relaxation and health benefits. The tradition of geothermal bathing at Hverahólmi dates back centuries, with the pool serving various community roles over the years, including as a site for Iceland’s first swimming lessons in 1909.

In 2005, a restoration project revitalized the Secret Lagoon, which had fallen out of use in the mid-20th century. The lagoon was then reopened in 2014. For those eager to explore Icelandic geothermal pools while avoiding the high costs associated with the Blue Lagoon and yet desiring to experience the untouched natural beauty of Iceland, the Secret Lagoon is unmistakably one of the best tours of South Iceland.

Check out the various Secret Lagoon tours available here.

The South Coast and Glacier Hike Tour

Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland

If you’re looking for an opportunity to witness the beauty of a glacier up close and visit some of the most breathtaking places along the south coast of Iceland, the South Coast and Glacier Hike tour is perfect for you.

Departing from Reykjavik, the tour stops at two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Skógafoss stands out for its impressive size. Seljalandsfoss provides a unique opportunity to walk behind the cascading water—a rare and memorable experience for visitors.

The journey also takes in Reynisfjara’s black sand beach, known for its striking contrast of sand, waves, and basalt columns, alongside the Reynisdrangar rock formations. The highlight is a guided hike on Sólheimajökull glacier, allowing participants to experience the icy landscape directly. This tour combines natural beauty with adventure, making it one of the best tours of the South of Iceland.

The Volcanic Westman Island Tour in South Iceland

Nestled in the southern reaches of Iceland, the Westman Islands beckon with their rich history and stunning natural beauty. Home to the world’s largest Atlantic puffin colony, this archipelago is a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

Starting from Reykjavik, the Volcanic Westman Islands Tour embarks on a scenic drive to Landeyjahöfn harbour. There, travellers board a ferry bound for Vestmannaeyjar. Along the journey, breathtaking views unfold, providing opportunities to spot puffins and dolphins amidst the waves.

On Heimaey, the main island, visitors explore the lava fields formed by the 1973 Eldfell volcano eruption. As well as delve into Iceland’s history at the Eldheimar Museum.

Lunch at Gott Restaurant offers a taste of local cuisine, followed by a stroll to the southern shores to observe puffins in their cliffside burrows. For an added adventure, guests can opt for a 1-hour RIB boat ride with RIB Safari. Exploring sea caves and encountering wildlife.

With its blend of natural wonders and cultural insights, the Volcanic Westman Islands Tour offers an unforgettable experience, making it one of the best tours in South Iceland.

Boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the best attractions in Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is a must-visit attraction in Iceland that offers a captivating glimpse into the country’s natural wonders. It is where you can witness massive icebergs that have broken off from the Vatnajökull glacier, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

To enhance your experience at Jökulsárlón, you should consider taking a boat tour on the lagoon. It offers a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the icebergs and potentially spot seals in their natural habitat. The Zodiac Tour, in particular, provides an exhilarating experience, making your visit to Jökulsárlón even more unforgettable.

Check out the Jökulsárlón tours available.

Zip-line Vik in South Iceland

Zipline Vik people waiting in a line

If you’re looking for an adventure that will get your adrenaline pumping, we highly recommend trying out the Zip-line Vik. Located near the village of Vík on Iceland’s South Coast, this experience offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and river canyons. This makes a unique way to explore Iceland’s beautiful landscapes.

Participants hike for 5 mins to first zip-line, Big Russ. Upon arrival, they will receive safety gear and a brief instruction to prepare them for the adventure. After Big Russ, they experience The Gentle Giant & hike through Grafargil rock formation to reach Little Russ, which includes a waterfall ride & Leap of Faith river crossing.

Participants will hike back to the base if the weather permits, although a short drive-back option is available. As with any outdoor adventure in Iceland, it’s essential to dress appropriately for the weather. We recommend wind and rainproof clothing. Closed-toe shoes, preferably hiking boots, are a must for the hike to the start point.

We hope you found something to your liking in this blog post!

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