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Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from Reykjavik

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Iceland’s south coast is known for its atmospheric landscapes, from towering glaciers to black-sand beaches, but ticking them all off in one day can be difficult. Explore this often-overlooked coastline on a tour of the most impressive sights, including the waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss and the Sólheimajökull glacier. Travel between dispersed sights with ease and save time finding a meeting point with included hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Travel easily between sights with hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik
  • Explore the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and the black-sand beach Reynisfjara
  • A convenient choice for visitors with limited time in Iceland 
  • Learn about unique geography and avoid the hassle of travel on a guided tour
What to Expect
Your day begins with collection from your Reykjavik hotel in air-conditioned bus. As you head south, admire the scenery and learn more about its geological origins from your guide. Pause briefly to enjoy a morning coffee (own expense) in Hvolsvöllur, before continuing to your first destination, the waterfall Skógafoss, to snap pictures of the fairy-tale setting. Next, head to Reynisfjara beach and experience the evocative beauty of the black sands and basalt cliffs before stopping for lunch (own expense) in Reynisfjara or the nearby village of Vík. The next stop is the most southerly point in Iceland, Cape Dyrhólaey. View the natural rock arch against the ocean backdrop and surrounding cliffs, before heading on to the Sólheimajökull glacier. Take a walk up close to the ancient ice cap and notice the sinkholes, ridges, and streams that form the landscape. Finally, visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and marvel at the magical setting, as the water cascades down to create a curtain that, if the weather is right, you can walk behind into a small cave to admire the striking vista. Afterwards, your vehicle will take you back to Reykjavik, dropping you back at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup starts 30 minutes before tour departure.

Please be ready at your pickup locations in time.

Departure Point: Your Hotel or Guesthouse in Reykjavik (no pickup from private apartments or AirBnb)


• City regulations do not allow us to pick up directly from hotels downtown. You will be asked to go to the nearest Pick-up place.
• Should your pickup location be at a Bus Stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

Dates: Daily

Return point: We offer drop-off at the original departure point
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
We offer drop-off at the original departure point
  • Round trip excursion.
  • Pickup and drop-off for selected hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik.
  • Professional guidance in English.
  • Lunch
  • Bathroom fees
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please dress appropriately: warm and waterproof clothing and good shoes are recommended as weather in Iceland can be very changeable and unpredictable
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Gummy bear was a fantastic guide- very informative guide and allowed extra time at some of the spots for photo opportunities
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Gummy Bear - great name for a great guide! He was full of humour and interesting facts all through the day. We hadn't plenty of time at all locations and he even stopped at a couple of extra beauty spots due to being a nice day. Also managed to arrive at the black beach...while
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We loved the waterfalls, black beach and glacier but we had to run around to have time to go to the top of the waterfall and to take enough photo's at the glacier, mainly 30 minute stops. Our 10 hour tour took under 9 hours. We were disappointed that we did not see the natural
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Response from Connector818278, Guest Relations Manager at Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from Reykjavik
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Joanne, Thank you for submitting your review of the tour! We´re sorry that the tour did not live up to the expectations and that being said - we are willing to learn from your feedback! In regards to the visit in Vík - it is unfortunately not included in the Beautiful South Coast Tour that Sterna operates. We have decided to skip it on our winter Beautiful South Coast as - although nice - it is just a town, remains in some other´s companies itineraries purely as a lunch location and does not really allow for any extended sightseeing. Since the expansion of the Black Beach restaurant we have settled for having the lunch breaks there as this choice provides our passengers with additional time at the beautiful Reynisfjara beach and the restaurant accommodates for people no matter what their dietary preferences. In regards to the lack of break at the Dyrhólaey cliffs and stone arch - the weather in Iceland happens to be of the least predictable type and therefore on rare occasions our guides are forced to take a decision of removing a certain location. In the case of this particular tour the drive-up to the Dyrhólaey cliffs would have been particularly challenging due to slippery road that leads to the elevated promenade, so in order to ensure everyone´s safety our guide has decided to skip this stop from the journey. We will make sure to make the communication about each and every location more clear in the future and we hope that you will still remember Iceland with a smile!
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My trip was with Maria and Voldemort as our guide and driver. They were extremely flexible with the tour, stopping or slowing down in places whenever it was photo-worthy. The day was quite packed and we got to see and hear about a lot of things! Maria does a good job making
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We had @#busdriverAnnie. She was awesome!! Highly recommend this travel company. You can book directly online with them. We booked them through Viator, but there was no need. I fell at one of the stops and Annie took care of me and then checked in on me for a few days! Very
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By: Sterna Travel Iceland
1 361 reviews
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South coast
Gummy bear was a fantastic guide- very informative guide and allowed extra time at some of the spots for photo
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Such a special sight
We were so privileged to actually witness the aurora on our trip but even if we hadn’t I would still give this
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Emily L
Bristol, United Kingdom
It's all about luck!
We went on the first tour and saw nothing due to the high cloud coverage (despite the aurora index being 4), but I
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Yuko Y
Aurora other than green was visible
The wind was very strong, but I could see the aurora other than green and the chocolate was delicious! (*^-^*)v
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victora h
The whole trip was well planned the tour gide Bo was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. Serect lagoon was an
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Well worth the price
We went on this tour with Hilmer as our guide. He was very witty and really knowledgeable about the Aurora - he
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Waste of time
This tour should of been canceled and refunded. There was a full moon and chances of seeing the northern lights
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We were collected from our hotel, very efficient and on time service. The guide was extremely welcoming and
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Russ W
Bristol, United Kingdom
Our Sterna tours really enhanced our Iceland experience
My wife and I took 2 tours with Sterna - Northern Lights and Golden Circle. We were informed of our tours and
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Milford, Connecticut
Outstanding Customer service
It took 3 tries to finally see the Northern lights and I finally lucked out. I was in Iceland for 7 days. My
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Stanley, United Kingdom
Northern lights
Never got to see the Northern Lights. When trying to organise a rebooking. These guys never returned emails, which
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Amazing tour, amazing guide
Gummy Bear - great name for a great guide! He was full of humour and interesting facts all through the day. We
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Mark P
Whiston, United Kingdom
Loved it
This place is the most amazing place I’ve seen, the secret lagoon was an experience. I would definitely do this
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Dublin, Ireland
Northern Lights tour
Excellent tour! We had a fantastic guide, Klaus, who made such a great effort to find the best lights on the night
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Most amazing day
Simply breathtaking trip which we cannot recommend highly enough. Maria and Diego the guide and driver were
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