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South Coast & Northern lights

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Follow the North Atlantic coastline from Reykjavík into the volcanic and glacier covered wonderland that is Iceland's south coast. Walk behind the thundering veil of spray at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall see Skógafoss Waterfall from above. In the evening you will become a Northern Light Hunter. The Northern Lights are a spectacular natural phenomenon, and being in their presence reminds us of just how extraordinary our planet is. It is the type of experience that makes standing outdoors in the middle of the Arctic winter worthwhile.

Departures

9:00 / 9:00

Availability

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Duration

Approx. 13 hours

Guiding language

English

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Your perfect day in Iceland

Departing from Reykjavík, step on board our all new bus fleet, equipped with computer tablets in each seat. On the tablets you can use our GPS Sensitive In Bus Audio Guide, available in 10 languages. So, if you wish to know interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit on the tour in a language that you are likely to be comfortable with, that is very possible. Onboard you will also find a USB Charger and free WiFi. Should you have any questions during the tour or about our small country, you can ask the host who will happily assist you. The tour starts with a drive through lava fields, right by the actively volcanic Hengill mountain and then down to the rich coastline farmland.

On clear days you will see Hekla Volcano and in the distance the glacier-capped Eyjafjalljökull Volcano will rise majestically above the coastal mountains at its base. Just a few kilometres off the coastline you might be able to see the volcanic Westman Islands. Our first stop is at the 60-metre high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, famous for the hidden pathway behind it. We then stop at the powerful Skógafoss Waterfall where a short walk up a flight of steps will reveal one of Iceland´s most scenic view.

We will stop at Sólheimajökull Glacier, on our way to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. There the powerful Atlantic waves crash on the black sands. You will see the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave, who are a sight to simply take your breath away.

Our last stop will be Vík. The village of Vík is the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the main ring road around the island. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants) it is the largest settlement for 70 km. After that we head back to Reykjavík.

In the evening a search for the Northern Lights will be made, if weather allows. For many seeing the Northern Lights is the reason for coming to our northern island in winter. The Aurora is both wonderfully mysterious and magical, and once seen never forgotten. Simply put, nothing says “Icelandic Winter” like the idea of hunting for the Northern Lights. The result of powerful solar storms, the Northern Lights need clear winter skies to be visible. Rest assured, our expert operational team has decades of experience analysing weather patterns. We carefully review on a daily basis the cloud forecast and the Northern Lights forecast. We never set off unless we think we have a good chance of spotting them, meaning we have a high success rate.

Every one of our Northern Lights tours is guided by one of our specially trained Northern Lights guides, who are both knowledgeable and helpful and will even offer tips on how to take photos of this wonderful natural phenomenon. To look for the Auroras you need to be outdoors in the Icelandic winter and so you definitely need to dress warmly. However, if you didn’t bring a warm coat, no worries since we are the only operator to offer ultra warm “Aurora Jackets” for rent on our tours.

Details on the South Coast & Northern lights tour

Price & Availability: See booking window on right*
Teenagers 12-15 years: 9,995 ISK & children 0-11 years old free.
Min: No minimum number of participants.
Age limit: No age limit
Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always smart to dress in warm and waterproof clothes, weather changes are swift so prepare expect the unexpected.  Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.
Duration: Approximately 13 hours in total including around 3 hours on the northern light part of the tour.
In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you 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, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board.

*The Northern light tour is available from the 1st of October to 31st of March, every day at 21:00. From the 28th of August to 30th of September & 1st of April to the 15th of April at 22:00. Departures are highly dependant on weather.

What's included:

  • Free tour pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Knowledgable local guide
  • Specially trained Northern Lights guide
  • Free Wi-fi and usb charger for each seat
  • In bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages
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Tour Highlights

Skógafoss

Skógafoss Waterfall is where a short walk up will reveal one of Iceland's most scenic views, with glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches around you. The Skógá river hurls down the cliffs in the form of the Skógafoss waterfall. The waterfall is among the largest in the country with a width of 26m and a drop of 60m.

Seljalandsfoss

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall, like an oasis in the desert, stops the buses in their tracks and make visitors swoon at its magnificent glory. Standing at 60 meters, the most unique feature is the loop trail leading adventurous visitors right behind its watery curtain for an experience as rare as it is breathtaking.

Reynisfjara & Reynisdrangar

Legend has it that the stacks in the sea are the jagged remains of a pair of trolls, who, in a botched attempt to tow a three-masted vessel ashore, turned to stone when the sun rose. You will find Garðar cliff; basalt columns that are shaped by the forces of nature. In addition to the myriad visual wonders, the area also hosts a rich birdlife.

The Northern Lights

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are collisions between electrically charged particles from our sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. Auroral displays appear in different colours, usually green and pink. If lucky, you find shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet colours.

Mt. Hekla

Hekla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. With over 20 eruptions in and around the volcano since 874. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the "Gateway to Hell".

Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökul caused quite a stir with a fiery eruption in 2010, causing serious trouble for airlines and travelers. The glacier crests at an elevation of 1.651 meters, where its ice cap covers the caldera of an active volcano. This ice cap stretches over an area of roughly 100 square kilometres and the mountain beneath the cap stands at 1651 meters high.

"Reykjavik Sightseeing"

We took the 8 hour bus trip to see as much as we could in a short period of time. The bus was modern and comfortable. The tour guide was informative and we saw some very different landscapes. Parts of Iceland are unique and there are opportunities for awesome pictures. A favourite was watching the Geyser erupt every 8-10 minutes. Very interesting.

- Kim K, May 2017

"South coast classic"

Just got back from the tour! We went on a large bus that was in pristine condition and always at a comfortable temperature. Though large, the tour felt more intimate than other large bus tours we had been on. The group may have been smaller and both the guide and driver reached out and connected with everyone on the tour. Both answered questions and were very happy to chat about Iceland and Icelandic culture. The audio guides were a nice addition

- Torra S, May 2017

"Wonderful waterfall tour"

We did the southern Iceland tour that included the glacier hike and visiting three waterfalls. The bus was smaller than other companies, but had free wifi and individual tablets with information about various sights along the way. Our guide was excellent and went with us through a stream into the hidden waterfall area. He also took many pictures of us. I would highly recommend this company and would book them again.

- cornell82, May 2017