The South Coast – Fire and Ice Tour

The South Coast Fire and Ice Tour
The South Coast Fire and Ice Tour
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  • Duration11.5 hours
  • Group SizeMax 12
  • Meeting LocationPick up and drop off anywhere in the great Reykjavik area, between 8:30-9:00

Tour description

The South Coast – Fire and Ice Tour

This South Coast – Fire & Ice tour allows you to visit and admire the most beautiful places in Iceland. Throughout the day, we will witness massive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, volcanic black sand beaches, infamous volcanoes, and even re-melted lava indoors at the Icelandic Lava Show in the charming town of Vík. 

The tour departs from Reykjavík, and your pick-up starts at 8:30 AM anywhere in the city center. 

Skógafoss Waterfall

After a short coffee break in Hvolsvöllur, the first sightseeing stop is scheduled at one of Iceland’s most famous and impressive waterfalls – Skógafoss Waterfall. Standing next to a wall of water 60 meters high is incredible, but be ready to get wet if you want to come closer. On sunny days you can expect to see rainbows here; it is one of the most picturesque places in Iceland. 

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach 

Next up, we head to Reynisfjara to see the fantastic rock formations at this spectacular black sand beach. The angular basalt columns with their hexagonal shapes are the perfect photo spot on calm days. In summer, you might see cute puffins nesting in the overhead cliffs. According to many, it is one of the most stunning places in Iceland, and while admiring the beauty of this beach, you can lose track of time here.

Please, be careful at Reynisfjara; the waves are sometimes inconspicuous and always dangerous

Fire: The Icelandic Lava Show

As we approach lunchtime, we stop at the Icelandic Lava Show. This family-friendly indoor show pours natural lava meters from where you are sitting. The lava that turned to rock during the 1918 Katla Eruption is re-melted in a furnace to show you what it feels like to be this close to lava. This is not a simulation; trust us – you will feel the heat (from a safe distance). You will even get a chance to take some of the newly cooled lava glass with you. The tickets to the show are included. 


The Soup Company is located in the same venue as the Icelandic Lava Show. You can try their various delicious soups and other great dishes, but we highly recommend ordering the best-seller, The Red Hot Lava Soup, in a black bread bowl. It’s delightful. 

Vík í Mýrdal

This is the southernmost town in Iceland, and despite its small population of 750 people, it is an essential base for many locals and travelers alike. The view of the sea stacks sticking out of the ocean with the beautiful Vík í Mýrdal Church in the foreground is iconic. This is a town where we stop for lunch and from where we move towards the glacier. 

Ice: Sólheimajökull Glacier Valley Walk

After a short drive back west, we get ready for a valley walk to the front of the Sólheimajökull glacier. This mighty glacier flows down from the enormous Mýrdalsjökull icecap. The ice cap sits directly on top of one of the country’s most powerful volcanoes, Katla. Past volcanic eruptions and the moving glaciers create wonderful landscapes here. 

The valley walk is considered easy, but some areas with uneven slopes require full mobility of your ankles and knees. The walk takes around 20 minutes in each direction. From this viewpoint, you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the glacier and admire the power of Icelandic nature. This can be a touching moment.

Please note that this is not a glacier walk on the ice

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Last but not least is the unique Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. The waterfall is a result of melting glacial ice pouring down from the peak of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The cave behind Seljalandsfoss is massive enough to walk around for the ultimate view. Looking at the waterfall from the perspective of behind the wall of water is an amazing experience. 

The tour slowly ends, and you will be dropped off at your chosen location in Reykjavík. 


What's Included

  • Guided minibus tour - 12 pax max
  • English speaking guide
  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
  • Wifi on board
  • Interactive Show at the Icelandic Lava Show
  • Guided valley walk to the front of the Glacier

Good to know

  • The Soup Company in Vík for lunch (not included)
  • Hiking shoes recommended

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

Explore the Icelandic South Coast and experience the power of nature in the Land of Fire and Ice.

This is a complete and exciting South Coast tour in a small group. 

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