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South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík

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Reykjavik, Iceland
South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík

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icon11 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Iceland—the Land of Fire and Ice—boasts volcanoes and frozen glaciers, and many of the most impressive natural attractions lie along the country’s southern shores. On this full-day sightseeing tour, travel in comfort by air-conditioned minivan to landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and a guided walk up to the front of the Sólheimajökull glacier. With round-trip travel from central Reykjavik included, find out exactly how Iceland earned its nickname.
  • Spin through southern Iceland by air-conditioned minivan with time to explore the sites on foot
  • Visit natural landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and the Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Uninterrupted views over the Icelandic countryside from your vehicle
  • Includes admission to the Icelandic Lava Show
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One of Hidden Iceland's wonderful English speaking professional guides
Guided valley walk for incredible views of the glacier
Transport by comfortable and spacious air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Icelandic Lava Show
Pickup and drop-off from designated bus pickup points in Reykjavik
Food and drinks - can be purchased during day
There is NO glacier hike on this tour

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickups commence at 08:30am. Please be at your designated pick up point at this time in case your pick up location is the first one of the morning. We pick up from the designated tourist bus pick up points in downtown Reykjavik, and certain hotels where it is permissible to drive a mini bus and pick up from. If you are in downtown Reykjavik we will likely need to use one of these pick up points. Please enter your hotel information by choosing My Hotel is Not Listed and then entering the hotel details in. We will then assign your nearest pick up point and inform you of this.


  • Skarfabakki Harbour

Departure Time

8:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Sturdy, waterproof footwear recommended
  • We have to pick up from designated pickup point around Reykjavik. Restrictions imposed by the City of Reykjavik mean that we cannot pick up from certain hotels or AirBnB addresses, rather nearby designated bus pickup points. Please contact us to inform us of where you are staying and we will inform you of nearest pickup point.
  • Near public transportation
  • We will stop in the south coast town of Hvolsvöllur to load up on snacks for the day. You can shop here and bring food and for the day if you want to spend more time at the sights during lunch. There is ample time to have lunch at The Soup Company located within the Icelandic Lava Show premises. The soups are filling and delicious, as are the paninis and sandwiches here.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • During the darkest winter months we will need to order food to have on the go, so that we can use the precious short daylight hours at the wonderful South Coast sights. Lunch is not included in this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hidden Iceland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík.
What is the policy on sanitization during South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík.
What is the social distancing policy during South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík.

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  • "This trip is with a company called Hidden Iceland who offer small group tours and on this particular tour they take a maximum of 12 people." See review


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Perfect day tour
, Nov 2021
This was an incredible day trip! Even the long ride out to the south coast was beautiful and our guides were super informative! We all learned so much on this trip. Each stop was breathtakingly beautiful and fun. It was a long day but so worth it! The guides were wonderful; funny, friendly, and very knowledgeable. The van was clean and pretty comfy (myself and my guest have bad hips/knees so know that you will be climbing in and out of a tall van many many times during the trip). The glacier walk was simply amazing! It was quite physically tiring so if you're an out of shape desk job worker expect to be tired and sore by the end of the day. If you're thinking about booking this trip, just do it. It was so much fun and has been one of the highlights of my time in Iceland! I will definitely be booking more Hidden Iceland tours when I come back!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
What a wonderful review. Thank you for taking the time to write it. Good point about the exertion. The trip is designed for everyone but good mobility is always needed when we do any extended walks such as to the glacier. Well worth it for the view at the front of the glacier. Thanks and we look forward to having you visit us again in the future.
Highly recommended tour
, Oct 2021
Our guide Joe was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining, we loved the way he explained everything to us. The vans were very comfortable. The tour in general is very enjoyable. All these places were amazing. And the restaurant in the lava show was just wow! The lava soup delicious! Our suggestions as an improvement to this tour are: pick up time should be as scheduled (we waited over 30 min) and more time at the black sand beach instead of the church in Vik.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Ayana, Great to hear you had such a wonderful time with Joe and loved the entire trip so much. We appreciate the feedback on the timing of the stops. This is a new schedule for the tour so getting timing right is important to us. A bit more time at the Black Sand Beach is always a good idea. I believe the extra time at the Vik Church viewpoint was because you managed to get to Vík a little early for the Lava Show so got to enjoy the view with plenty of time to spare but thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Pick ups in the morning took a little longer than normal on this day so we apologise for this since you were last to be picked up. Thanks again and we look forward to taking you on tour again one day.
Hidden Iceland is a hidden gem!
, Sep 2021
This tour was everything we would have hoped for! We saw all of sights we wanted to see in the south coast, and our guide Emily shared so many great personalized stories of her experiences living in Iceland. We had some unique (typical Icelandic) weather including heavy rain and winds at the black beach, but our guides still made sure we had a great experience!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Allan, Emily is such a wonderful guide to travel the south coast with, even when the weather tries its best to spoil our fun. Glad to hear you had fun despite the wind and rain. Thanks
Don't Miss This One
, Aug 2021
Emily was the best. Not only did she know her stuff her energy and excitement really made our trip. She was very knowledgeable to the point of (in her words "geeky"). She was there to assist with everything from photo ops to safe climbs on the glacier. I walked away with one of the best tour experiences of my life and possibly a new friend in Iceland.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Jocelyn, I've never heard the adventurous Emily refer to herself as geeky before but I can certainly believe it with her vast knowledge of the terrain she guides in. Glad you enjoyed the tour and had fun with Emily! Come back any time.
It was awesome
, Aug 2021
Everything went great, from the pick up till the drop off it was excellent. The guide Ryan was also really nice and knows his stuff. He answered every question and in the rides between always had a story to tell. I really recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks a lot James! It was my pleasure (Ryan) to guide you for the day. Glad you had fun with me and the rest of the group :)
, Aug 2021
Emily was an absolutely fantastic tour guide! This was our favorite day of our entire week long trip to Iceland. The Glacier was the highlight of the entire trip and all my 12 year old son could talk about for weeks!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks Arthur! Glad you and your son had a great time. The glacier is always the highlight, but with Emily leading you it's even more special. Thanks for joining us!
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The best way to experience the south coast of Iceland.
, Aug 2021
This was a great experience. Our guide Alberto was amazing and kept everyone entertained and safe. We got to see all the highlights of the South Coast, and the entire group had a blast.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Fantastic review Sanjar! Thanks for joining Hidden Iceland and Alberto. Looking forward to having you join us in the future!
Glaciers and Waterfalls Galore!
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide Emily made this tour even more amazing than it already was. She was very knowledge, cheerful and helpful all day long. Emily did a great job organizing our group so that we could hike further than even she thought possible for our group. It was a mix of ages and abilities and we made it to the high point of the glacier despite pouring rain. The waterfalls were breath taking and the lava center very informative. A must if you want to experience the true natural beauty of Iceland’s south coast.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
That is so great to hear. Our guides aim to add as much of themselves to the trip as they can and we're super happy that she made this an even better experience, despite the pouring rain. Come back any time!
The best excursion we did and truly the highlight of my time in Iceland
, Jul 2021
This excursion was by far the best part of our entire trip. The downside is that it was our first excursion and it set the bar too high for the rest of our time in Iceland. Joe was AMAZING as a guide. From chatting like an old friend to making us steps in the glacier with his ice pick, he couldn't have done a better job. The waterfalls were great, black sand beach beautiful, but the glacier hike was my favorite part of the trip. We did not go to the lava center as our is still closed, but it didn't feel like we missed anything with how amazing the day was. Highly highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Jamie, Wow! That is such a great review. What a recommendation. We're so lucky to have Joe working with us. We're glad he made the amazing day even more amazing for you too. Come back any time.
Great tour
, Mar 2020
Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide and the company was organized. I had a prior glacier tour scheduled but they cancelled due to the weather but this tour re-arranged the itinerary so we were still able to hike. The hike was moderately intensive but worth it.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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