Add some adventure

to you Iceland tour

Explore an amazing

crawling glacier

Black Beaches

The glacier hike

is an adventure
like no other

Driving through the South Coast

is something you never forget

Puffins if you are lucky

Do it before it

becomes inaccessible

If you do this tour ones . . . .

you will do it again

Ice Walk and South Coast Day Tour

 

Our plan

Our day starts by picking you up in my Super Jeep Pickup Truck from your hotel or place of your stay in Reykjavík / Reykjanes at 08:00.

As we head out of Reykjavík to the south shore enjoy seeing the settlements spaced out along the ring road and the large sheep, dairy and horse farms along the way. If the weather conditions are good we will be view the volcanic islands of the Vestmann Islands just off the south coast. you will see from the distance Iceland’s most famous volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajokull that erupted in the summer 2010 and other beautiful waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss witch we will stop by on our way back.

 

Black beach in the twilightOur first stop is at Reynisdrangar:

Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village Vík í Mýrdal, southern Iceland.
Legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became needles of rock
In the summer you will see baby Puffins on the cliffs here
Under this same mountain is a Black sand beach of Reynisfjara with columnar basalt formations and ocean carved cave called Hálsanefshellir.

 

After a short drive we will visit Dyrhólaey:

Dyrhólaey (120m) (formerly known as Cape Portland by English seThe small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrhólaey (120m) (formerly known as Cape Portland by English seamen) is located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from the village Vík. It was formerly an island of volcanic origin, which is also known by the Icelandic word eyja meaning island.
The view from up there is interesting: To the north is to be seen the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull. To the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar come out of the sea, and to the west the whole coastline in the direction of Selfoss is visible – depending on weather conditions. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea, which gave the peninsula its name (meaning: the hill-island with the door-hole). Dyrhоlaey is the southernmost part of Iceland. The Dyrholaey rock is about 120 meters high and it is unique natural formation
In the summertime, many puffins nest on the cliff faces of Dyrhólaey. (puffin season is from:15th Mai to 20th of August)

 

Ice walk at The Glacier Sólheimajökull is next: (Glacier Tongue.  Part of Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap.)

GlacierAfter we have absorbed this beautiful coastal scenery and taken lots of photographs we head out towards the glacier Soólheimajökull. We drive right up to the glacier’s edge and meet other participant for this Glacier hike.
This will be a guided glacier hiking tour  with a certified glacier guide and all specialized glacier gear; including glacier crampons, ice axe and other glacier safety equipment. The only thing that you have to bring along is warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. If you don’t have it all you can rent for a small fee a Hiking Shoes, Waterproof Jacket and waterproof Pants.

The hike will take Approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, 1.5 hours on the ice and the minimum age is 10 years

The tour starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier, followed by a short walk across the pitch black volcanic ash and sands towards Sólheimajökull, the frozen glacier tongue we will be hiking on. Walking along the valley, that the glacier filled only a few years ago, your knowledgeable glacier guide will point out to you how the glacier is retreating at an alarming rate, almost right before you eyes. At the glacier edge, we lace up our crampons and following the guide you will explore this otherworldly natural wonder; a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water.

The glacier hike is an adventure like no other, and with the rapid rate of global climate change this popular activity is only available in very few parts of the world. You will see how the primal elements shape and affect the glacier, creating mesmerizing labyrinths of ice ridges and deep v-shaped crevasses that crisscross and scar the surface of the ice. Not to mention the big sinkholes, called “moulins”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the melt-water of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions from the distant and not so distant past, you might even be lucky enough to be able to collect a little sample of the Eyjafjalljökull volcanic ash from 2010.

The glacier snout Solheimajokull is the southwestern outlet of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.  It is about 8 km long and 1-2 km wide.  River Jokulsa discharges it, and is sometimes called “The Stinking River” because of its emission of sulphuric acid from sub-glacial high temperature areas.

The glacier advanced about 900 metres during the last few centuries, but retreated greatly from 1930 to 1964.  In the nineties it advanced and almost managed to cover the Jokulhaus hill.  Lagoons developed in the side valleys and one of them often emptied quite suddenly.  The floods lasted a few days and created danger for the passersby.
Entering ice caves, which sometimes are created at the edge of the glacier tongue is hasardous, and those who attempt it should be aware, that the ice is constantly moving and parts of the ceiling collapse frequently!

 

Our next destination is Skógar/Skógarfoss:

Big waterfall with rainbowSkógafoss (pronounced [ˈskou.aˌfɔs]) is a waterfall situated in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland. The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. Old Turf farmThe old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable. At Skógar is a folk museum, Skógasafn, open daily, all the year, as well as a museum on transport in Iceland. Not far from Skógar is the Kvernufoss fall. Further upstream on the Skógá river there are many other spectacular falls. While climbing in the small forest behind the old school, some ruins of old farms can be seen and easily accessed. This town was highly affected by the eruption of the Eyjafjalla volcano in 2010

Our last destination is Seljalandsfoss (Waterfall):

High waterfallSeljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6.
Seljalandsfoss is situated in between Selfoss and Skógafoss at the road crossing of Route 1 (the Ring Road) with the track going into Þórsmörk.
This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall.
You can walk behind this waterfall in mild weather, so take your raincoat with you.

After a full day it is now time to return to Reykjavik, taking with us beautiful images and memories from the south coast of Iceland, a place that you most likely will visit again one day

REMEMBER:
If you want to stop on the way to take pictures.  Then we stop with a smile.

Tour Details:

 

Price:

Prices are per tour not per person – up to 3 passengers.

113.000 ISK
+ 12.600 ISK for each person for the Glacier Hike

Please note we don’t provide extra passengers to fill up the 3 passenger quote, the tour is private to your group. If more than 3 passengers contact us for quote.

Pick-up:
In Reykjavík / Reykjanes from hotel or guesthouse around 8:00

Included:
Car/Driver/tour guide

Not included:
Meals, Entrance fees

Lunch can be bought on the way.

Level:
Easy (min age 10 years)

Duration:
10 – 12 hours.

Dates:
All dates all year round

NOTE:
Short, easy walks on the sites visited. Recommended to dress warm because the weather in Iceland can change in the matter of minutes

Bring with you: 
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

 

 

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