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South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing
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Walk behind the thundering veil of water at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógar waterfall. You’ll also visit the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara and the charming coastal village of Vík.

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Duration 10.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
Please be ready outside or at the reception of your Reykjavik accommodation 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Note that the local partner does not offer pickup at private or Airbnb housing. Because of traffic limitations, for some areas, you will have to make your way to the closest pickup spot. Your hotel receptionist or the local partner's website can help you find out which one that is. If you are staying in private accommodation, please contact the local partner to confirm a pickup location. Pick-up is available from the cruise port. For this, please indicate which cruise port you will be arriving to.

Experience

Itinerary
6.5 hours
  • Reykjavik

  • 1.5 hours
  • Hvolsvöllur (break)

  • 30 minutes
  • Sólheimajökull

  • Reynisfjara Beach

  • Vik

  • Skógafoss

  • Seljalandsfoss

  • 2 hours
  • Reykjavik

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Take a walk behind the veil of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Marvel at the basalt columns at the Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Visit the coastal village of Vík
Full description

On this full-day tour, you’ll follow the coastline from Reykjavík into the volcanic and glaciated wonderland that is Iceland's south coast. Walk behind the thundering veil of spray at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógafoss waterfall. Your tour begins with a drive through lava fields, passing by the active Hengill volcano, and then down to rich coastal farmlands. On clear days you’ll be able to see the Hekla volcano, and in the distance the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano rises majestically above the coastal mountains.

Just a few kilometers off the coastline and easily visible are the volcanic Westman Islands, an archipelago of around 15 small islands, only one of which is inhabited. Stop at the Sólheimajökull glacier, which is every photographer’s dream. Next on the itinerary is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. See the powerful Atlantic waves crashing on the black sands, the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave. Next you’ll head to the coastal village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the island’s main ring road. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants), it is the largest settlement for 70 kilometers. On your way back to Reykjavík, you’ll stop by the powerful Skógafoss waterfall for a short walk up a flight of steps to admire one of Iceland´s most scenic views. The view takes in glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches.

The last stop is at the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, best known for the hidden pathway behind and around it.

Includes
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Admission to the sites visited
  • Free WiFi, and USB charger at each seat
  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of languages
  • Lunch
  • Pick-up from your accommodation (unless you have chosen tour option with hotel pick-up)
  • Headphones for audio guide

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Date

Meeting point

This tour option does not include hotel pickup. Your tour starts from Reykjavík Terminal, centrally located at Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavík. please be at the terminal 15 minutes before your departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Headphones
  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  • Teenagers 12-15 years receive a 50 percent discount, and children 0-11 years join for free
  • The tour is available all year round (depending on weather)
  • There is no minimum number of participants
  • No age limit applies
  • Dress according to the weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended
  • In-bus audio guide: It is a good idea to bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones or forgot to bring them, you can purchase earphones on board
  • Duration of the tour: 10-11 hours, including a minimum 30-minute stop at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Sólheimajökull glacier and Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Total distance covered during the tour: 350 kilometers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1151 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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A terrific day with detailed information from the guide as we drove south about 2 hours to our first stop, a glorious waterfall. We heard more info for the next 30 minutes til we stopped for lunch in a remote village, then a quick ride to the black sand beach. Our guide was adamant about our safety and the dangers of the rogue waves, which we were grateful for. It was fascinating to see the beach! Last stop was another waterfall then a quiet ride back to the city. A wonderful, exciting, and informative day!

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January 18, 2023

Fantastic tour with a great itinerary. We had plenty of time at each stop to explore and take photos. Emilia was an amazing tour guide and was hugely knowledgeable. She shared many folk stories which made the time on the bus go quickly. Peter was a very good driver especially given the small icy roads. This is a must do tour for anyone staying in Reykjavik.

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January 11, 2023

Southern Coast with GreyLine is absolutely worth it! First, I picked it because I loved their schedule of the sights because we tried to do most things with light (it is winter and there are only a few hours of sun), including the Black Sand Beach which resulted in awesome pictures and nice photo lighting. And I was right. The guide was fantastic and managed to do it all. She shared a lot of facts about the local people history, storytelling of sagas, the island’s geology and more. She was kind and handled a lot of guests very well. Couldn’t ask for a better experience! Thanks to her, I learned a lot while seeing incredibly beautiful places in this must-do itinerary (along with Golden Circle). I believe a good guide is very important for a good tour. Driving was safe as well, lots of ice in the road and no problem.

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January 5, 2023

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