Our next adventure in Iceland was a tour of the south coast, complete with a glacier hike, waterfalls and a black sand beach. The tour picked us up at our hotel early, and we headed to downtown Reykjavik where we met up with the rest of our tour group and headed south. Unlike the first two days, the weather was very clear. In fact we were able to see Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla perfectly. (Two very large volcanos).
We headed to Skógafoss waterfall as well, and hiked all the way to the top. It was magnificent in the sunlight. As one who doesn’t like heights, the walk was a little unnerving, but worth it for the view.
The glacier hike involved a trek to get to the Sólheimajökull glacier, and we got crampons and ice axes to assist with our hiking. The tour was great, and the sensation of being on ice that was extremely old was different than anything I’d experienced. Our guides showed us the different ice formations, and the techniques for hiking. The volcanic ash actually insulates the ice so that is why there are black pyramids- the ash is slowing the melting of the ice below.
We then headed to the Seljandsfoss Waterfall, where you are able to walk behind the waterfall. It was not that warm, and we did get a little damp, but it was beautiful nonetheless. Afterward, we headed to the black sand beach where basalt columns are visible.
The tour we booked was through Arctic Adventures, and they did a great job. I think most tour companies offer a similar itinerary and I would definitely recommend it. It was a long day but we saw a lot of beautiful sites, and got a little further afield than we would have ventured on our own.