Iceland

South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Travel across lush farmlands of south Iceland past volcanoes and thundering waterfalls and take a walk in a spellbinding glacier landscape

Highlights

  • The picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Black volcanic sand beaches and rock formations
  • Walking on Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Reynisdrangar rock pillars
  • Skógafoss waterfall

Inclusions

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off for hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • One hour glacier walking tour on Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Certified glacier guides
  • Specialized glacier gear (climbing harness, glacier crampons, helmet and other safety equipment)

Exclusions

  • Meals

Please Note

  • Bring with you warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head wear and gloves, and preferably proper hiking boots
  • You can also opt for renting sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, and pants as an extra with this tour (please select from "Optional extras" on the booking panel)
  • Minimum age for glacier hiking is 10 years

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Mar 28 2017
good experience. very informative driver and friendly. would highly recommend to friends
Mar 11 2017
This was a fantastic day! Smaller group (17 people) on a smaller coach with wifi all the way and a friendly, informative driver. Our driver was keen to point out lots of things on the way and kept us entertained with his stories. We even made a couple of unscheduled stops when he spotted something we would find interesting. The tour ran to schedule and included both a truckstop and a lunch stop. The hike onto the glacier was with Arctic Adventures who kitted us all out with crampons, ice axe, harness and helmet before leading us up onto the glacier. The glacier hike is an unforgettable experience, quite unlike anything else I have ever done. I would add that you need a good level of fitness to make it all the way up and back down again - this isn't mentioned in the tour description. Perhaps plan a day relaxing at the Blue Lagoon for the day after the tour to soothe your aching muscles!
Mar 05 2017
The tour should all more time at the black sand beaches to allow people to enjoy the scenery and get lunch - definitely not enough time to both! Felt rushed and the view was so beautiful
Mar 04 2017
Was deciding between Grayline and another company for this trip and finally decided to book it with them online in the early hours the day before. It was successful and payment was taken.When I came back around 11pm that night I received an email sent around 8pm (12 hours before start of actual tour) saying they've overbooked the bus and to email them urgently if we wanted to book for the following day instead.We had to call them straightaway to get it sorted otherwise we'd have a whole day wasted! The one good thing about this company, in my experience, is the call center. She was efficient and managed to book us the tour without the glacier bit and offered refund. We were even allowed to cancel the tour before start of trip should we manage to book a tour with another company.On the tour, the tour guide was poor in English and was sometimes a little rude. WiFi was poor and and to get restarted occasionally.All in all, my partner and I wished we would have booked with a different company and maybe we'd enjoyed the experience better.
Itinerary

ITINERARY

This tour takes you to south Iceland travelling through lush farmlands with views of powerful volcanoes and glaciers, black sand beaches and thundering waterfalls.

First in a series of natural landmarks is Skógafoss waterfall, arguably the country‘s most iconic waterfall and one of south Iceland‘s star attraction. Viking legends tell of a treasure buried in a cave behind the waterfall.

From Skógafoss we travel east to Reynisfjara beach that features the dramatic and imposing Garðar, a pyramid of basalt columns known as the “organ pipes” that jostle the surrounding cliffs and caves.

From Reynisfjara you travel west to Sólheimajökull glacier for a 2 hour walk in a spellbinding glacier landscape. Combination of expansive views, jagged peaks, cool blue glaciers and wide-open sky provide a steady stream of amazing photographic opportunities.

Heading back to Reykjavik from Sólheimajökull your last but by no means the last is the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can literally walk behind a curtain of water which is certainly a moment you’ll want to capture on camera.

Pickup points

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Redemption Instructions

Please present a printed copy of your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure. If for any reason you cannot print your voucher, then show your digital copy or e-mail confirmation.

Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar is the central departure point for our tours.

Pick up and drop off
Our pick up coaches collect passengers from over 160 hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik and deliver to the Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar for check in.

Pick up from hotels and guesthouses starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

To help ensuring the quickest possible collection we kindly ask you to stand by for pick up in front of your hotel or guest house when pick up starts. Boarding the pick-up coach please present your tour voucher.

Tour status
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Returning from your tour
On return you'll be dropped off at the pickup point you were collected from or at the closest possible point.

Need assistance?
Our call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: 354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is

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