Iceland Part III: South Coast Tour

Volcanoes on a Clear Day
Volcanoes on a Clear Day

 

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.

Skogafoss
Skogafoss

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.

View of the Sólheimajökull glacier

so excited to glacier hike!

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.

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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.

 

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. What a wonderful blue sky ! It must have been a delight to do glacier hiking with such a good weather 🙂

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    1. It was amazing, and the views were so beautiful!

      Amanda

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  2. Fatima says:

    😍👌

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  3. Moritz says:

    The waterfall looks the most amazing, but everything in Iceland is just so awesome. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the photos. I agree- Iceland is awesome!

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  4. Mom says:

    Beautiful!

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  5. This is great, I need to read through carefully all your Iceland posts before the trip! 🙂 I have already bookmarked so many interesting places to visit that I’m afraid four days will be way too short for Iceland… 😀

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. We had so much fun in Iceland, although we didn’t get much beyond Reykjavik in 4 days. I want to go back for a week and drive the whole coast! Enjoy your trip!

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  6. AnnaJ says:

    Glacier hiking is indeed so much fun, and like you explained, that sensation of being on extremely old ice just cannot be expressed. My first and only glacier hiking experience was in Alaska. Hoping to make it to Iceland soon. The pic with waterfall and rainbow is superb.

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    1. Glacier hiking in Alaska sounds amazing, definitely on my bucket list. I hope you make it to Iceland, it’s such an interesting and unique island to visit.

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