If you do this tour ones . . . .
you will do it again
Driving through the South Coast
is something you never forget
Puffins if you are lucky
Extended South Coast Day Tour
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.
Our first stop is at the small village Vík:
The village of Vík (or Vík í Mýrdal in full) is the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the main ring road around the island, around 180 km (110 mi) by road SSE of Reykjavík.
Despite its small size (291 inhabitants as of January 2011) it is the largest settlement for some 70 km (43 mi) around and is an important staging post, thus it is indicated on road signs from a long distance away. It is an important service center for the inhabitants and visitors to the coastal strip between Skógar and the west edge of the Mýrdalssandur glacial outwash plain.
In 1991, the American journal Islands Magazine counted this beach as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth. Its stretch of black basalt sand is one of the wettest places in Iceland. The cliffs west of the beach are home to many seabirds, most notably puffins which burrow into the shallow soils during the nesting season. Offshore lie fingers of basalt rock (stacks) remnants of a once more extensive cliffline Reynisfjall now battered by the sea. There is no landmass between here and Antarctica and the Atlantic rollers can attack with full force. Folklore tells us that they are former trolls who tried to drag their boats out to sea only to be caught by the rising dawn. The sea around them is rather wild and stormy, so travelers will not be surprised to discover a monument to the memory of drowned seamen on the beach.
The village was affected by volcanic ash during the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull
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 another short drive we will visit Dyrhólaey:
The 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)
The Glacier Sólheimajökull is next: (Glacier Tongue. Part of Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap.)
After 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 after a short walk we get to touch it.
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:
Skógafoss (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. The 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):
Seljalandsfoss 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
If you want to stop on the way to take pictures. Then we stop with a smile.
3rd person is free
Min 2 – Max 3 persons
56.100 ISK per person
503 USD per person
In Reykjavík / Reykjanes from hotel or guesthouse around 8:00
Meals, Entrance fees
Lunch can be bought on the way.
10 – 12 hours.
All dates all year round
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: