South Iceland Tours

Explore Iceland's most spectacular nature

Brimming with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and black sand beaches, the South Coast of Iceland offers an adventure at every turn. Browse all the ways that you can experience this magical part of the country and choose from our wide variety of unique tours. For more information on the South Coast of Iceland, scroll down the page

South Coast Iceland Tours

South Coast Iceland Tours

 

Golden Circle & South Coast

The Golden Circle and South Coast come together to create an unforgettable tour with breathtaking nature and captivating culture

Duration: 11 hours
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South Iceland, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach

Travel through the ever-changing landscape of south Iceland and discover some of country’s most iconic volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls

Duration: 10 hours
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From: $ 89
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South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Travel along the south coast of Iceland and visit the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls

Duration: 14 hours
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From: $ 158
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South Iceland & Glacier Hike Adventure

Travel across lush farmlands of south Iceland visiting volcanoes and thundering waterfalls and take a walk on the Sólheimajökull glacier landscape

Duration: 10 hours
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From: $ 151
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South Iceland & Snowmobile adventure

Visit Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls before heading to Mýrdalsjökull for a snowmobile ride

Duration: 10 hours
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From: $ 313
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South Iceland Sightseeing & ATV Adventure

Explore the magnificent waterfalls on the South Coast of Iceland and fly through black lava sand fields on the back of a four-wheeler

Duration: 10 hours
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From: $ 313
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South Coast & Glacier Lagoon 2 days

Journey across south Iceland, visiting the country's most iconic waterfalls before reaching Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Duration: 38 hours
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From: $ 329
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South Coast, Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave 2 days and 1 night

Unforgettable two-day adventure exploring Iceland's South Coast, including Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Vatnajökull glacier Ice cave

Duration: 38 hours
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From: $ 458
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South Coast, Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Hike - 2 days and 1 night

Overnight adventure exploring the beautiful South Coast, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and hiking on Svínafellsjökull Glacier

Duration: 38 hours
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From: $ 377
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South Iceland & Black Sand Beach private tour

Journey along Iceland’s most spectacular coast and witness the beauty that defines the land of fire and ice

Duration: 10 hours
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From: $ 539
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South Iceland & Paragliding adventure

Explore countless attractions and beautiful sights in south Iceland and experience the ultimate sightseeing adventure on a tandem paragliding flight

Duration: 10 hours
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From: $ 382
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All About Iceland’s South Coast 

South Iceland is home to Reykjavik (Iceland’s largest city), waterfalls, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, geothermal areas, farmland and did we mention waterfalls? With so much to see and do, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This is your complete guide to South Iceland.

Most Interesting Attractions in South Iceland

South Iceland is known for its amazing waterfalls, the Golden Circle route, and breathtaking landscapes. It can all be a little overwhelming but we've broken down the highlights for you below:

Waterfalls

With massive glaciers come meltwater and gorgeous waterfalls!

●     Skógafoss - Pronounced sko-uh-foss, this impressive 60-meter tall waterfall has its own campground. Campers can fall asleep to the rushing water and open the flaps of their tents the next morning to a handsome waterfall. 

●    Seljalandsfoss - A delicate stream of water in comparison to most other major waterfalls, this one has a special feature— a ledge leading behind the waterfall to give visitors a glimpse behind the watery curtain.

●    Gljúfrabúi Waterfall - This waterfall near Seljalandsfoss is often overlooked because it’s partially concealed. Follow the stepping stones in the stream just north of Seljalandsfoss, through a small canyon to discover this stunning hidden gem.

●    Svartifoss - Named for the dark columnar basalt that surrounds it, Svartifoss (Black Waterfall) is one of the highlights of a visit to Skaftafell National Park.

 

Golden Circle

If you want to get the most out of a short stay in Iceland, following the route known as the Golden Circle in South Iceland is the way to go. The Golden Circle includes these main sites:

Thingvellir National Park - the birthplace of Iceland’s democracy and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Geysir Geothermal Area - home of Geysir for whom all geysers are named

Gullfoss - a majestic two-tiered waterfall

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As well as:

Faxi Waterfall – a lovely waterfall with a picnic area and a salmon ladder

Kerið - a crater lake whose waters appear blue in sharp contrast against the surrounding dark volcanic rock.

Skálholt Cathedral & Museum - the former cultural, educational and religious epicenter of Iceland

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach - on this beach covered in black sand, you’ll find towering basalt formations, and the craggy rock formations just offshore are said to be petrified trolls.

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is where the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull (part of Vatnajökull) meets the ocean. Giant pieces of ice calve from the glacier and fall into the lagoon where they tumble about and float out to sea. Some of these hunks wash back up onto shore, creating the so-called Diamond Beach. 

Skaftafell National Park

Part of Vatnajökull National Park, it features a large campground that is open all year round, easy to challenging hiking trails, glaciers to explore and Svartifoss waterfall.

Glaciers

Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier are popular destinations in South Iceland due to their size and proximity to Reykjavik. Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, covers much of south-central Iceland. One of its offshoots Skaftafellsjökull is easily accessible from Skaftafell National Park. 

What to Do Around the South Coast

In between seeing all the natural wonders of South Iceland, there are several other activities to check out as well.

For Kids & Families

Slakki Petting Zoo – for the whole family in Selfoss

Sólheimar Eco-Village - invites visitors to have a peek into environmentally friendly communal living

Friðheimar Greenhouses - where they serve tomato soup made from their very own tomatoes in a greenhouse surrounded by tomato vines

Lava Show in Vík - see an unforgettable show featuring real flowing lava. Real. Flowing. Lava.

 

For Culture Mavens

Skálholt cathedral & museum - for a bit of Icelandic history and culture

Reykjavik museums - there’s a museum for just about everything in Reykjavik so you can learn just about everything about all things Icelandic

Taste the local fare at the many restaurants in Reykjavik and across South Iceland    

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For Spa Junkies & Couples 

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa - For almost a century the locals of Laugarvatn have been enjoying the healing powers of the lakeside geothermal area. Laugarvatn Fontana wellness centre is built over this area and features geothermal steam rooms, hot pools and outdoor mineral baths and a fantastic view of the lake.

Secret Lagoon - The Secret Lagoon, or Gamla laugin as it is referred to by locals, offers a unique and authentic experience of Icelandic open-air geothermal bathing. Even though it’s an outdoor natural pool there are top notch locker rooms, showers and changing facilities plus a bar and dining area.

Blue Lagoon - The Blue Lagoon is considered by many to be an intrinsic part of the whole Iceland experience. Slap on a mud mask, get and in-water massage and sweat it out in the saunas. The Blue Lagoon is not to be missed.

 

For Adventurers

Gjabakkahellir Cave - explore this fascinating cave in Thingvellir National Park.

Hvítá River – a variety of activities, including white water rafting
  
Silfra Fissure - snorkeling and scuba diving in amazingly clear water

 

What to Eat

South Iceland has many delicious food options. Most restaurants make a point of using local ingredients ensuring visitors get a real taste of Iceland with every bite.

● Did you know that Icelanders use greenhouses to grow much of their produce? Stop by Friðheimar Greenhouses and try out their famous tomato soup made from their very own Iceland grown tomatoes.

Gullfoss Café is a great place to refuel after walking up, down and around Gullfoss.

Héraðsskólinn Restaurant and Bistro will have something tasty for everyone from pizzas and bruschetta to falafel and vegan chickpea salad.

● Get a bite to eat after your spa day at Laugarvatn Fontana Kitchen & Café, where you can enjoy lunch and dinner buffet.

Minilik Ethiopian Restaurant Ethiopian food in Iceland? Yes, delicious Ethiopian food in Iceland and the best cup of Ethiopian coffee around.

Restaurant Mika offers locally sourced dishes that not only look good but also taste good plus they have handmade chocolates.

Þrastarlundur is perfectly situated in the town of Selfoss with plenty of tasty food options making it a great place to stop for dinner after touring the Golden Circle.

Where to Stay on the South Coast

Small towns dot the southern Icelandic countryside and can be great places to stay and take in the local color and flavor of the island.

● Vík
The village of Vík is near the Black Sand Beach. In town, you can visit the Lava Show and stay at a well-equipped campground if you like.

● Flúðir
Flúðir is very geothermally active and is home to the largest mushroom farm in Iceland. In Flúðir, you can also go horseback riding, swimming and visit the local folk museum.

● Hveragerði
Much of Iceland’s produce is grown in the greenhouses of Hveragerði. Make sure to get in a visit to the Geothermal Park while you’re in town.

● Selfoss
Route 1 or the Ring Road which runs around the entire island passes straight through Selfoss making the town a convenient base camp for all of your South Iceland excursions.

● Laugarvatn
Laugarvatn Fontana Spa calls this village home. Nearby lakes and rivers are popular for fishing, and the golf course attracts locals and tourists alike.

● Summerhouses
Renting a summerhouse is a great option for those looking for a cozier experience as they explore South Iceland.

Which South Coast Tours to Take

South Iceland, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Tour is great for families and gets you the most out of your exploration of South Iceland.

South Iceland & Black Sand Beach Private Tour is great for groups and couples.

Golden Circle & South Coast Tour will tick the must-see boxes for the culture maven

South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Tour is a photographer’s dream with all of the visual diversity of South Iceland and the unforgettable glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach for subjects.

South Iceland & Snowmobile Adventure, South Iceland Sightseeing & ATV Adventure, South Iceland and Glacier Hike Adventure, South Iceland & Paragliding Adventure Tours will work well for adventurers looking to kick their Iceland experience up a notch.

South Coast & Glacier Lagoon 2 Days, South Coast, Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave - 2 Days 1 Night and South Coast, Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Hike - 2 Days 1 Night Tours give nature lovers plenty of ways to bask in the beauty of South Iceland.