Explore the South Shore - Private Tour Day Excursion

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Iceland‘s most popular area in a private tour

No matter how much reading or preparation you’ve done for your dream destination, there’s nothing that really substitutes a well-organized guided tour. But we know travelling in large groups of people is not everybody´s cup of tea. For those who prefer more time with their guide, a little more flexibility in the schedule and to enjoy the experience in their own company, our private tours are the perfect fit. 

South Shore Adventure

The south shore of Iceland is the island’s most popular and famous area. Easily accessible and rife with natural wonders at every turn, this part of route 1 (the ring road that circles Iceland) is a treasure chest of dreamy destinations. This 10-hour tour is packed with famous sights and various natural wonders, giving our guests a wide experience with the extremes of glaciers and volcanoes, mountain peaks and the wide-open ocean and everything in between. 

Two unforgettable waterfalls

Iceland is in many ways like a large open-air water museum. The island features water in every form, vapour, liquid and ice of course. But some of the biggest showstopper are the country’s numerous waterfalls. They come in all sizes and shapes but two of the more famous ones are included on this tour. Seljalandsfoss is that famous long and narrow cascade of water that you can walk behind, offering the most incredibly views from behind a waterfall. It is truly magical and an obvious Instagram-favourite as a result. Close by is Skógafoss, a waterfall that seems like the prototype for every other waterfall. It’s straight lines and regal presence is often completed with its rainbow crown, making this one of Iceland’s most picturesque destinations. No wonder then that Skógafoss is something of a movie star, a favourite backdrop in action and adventure movies. 

Our most famous black beach

If you’ve ever seen pictures of what seems like an otherworldly black beach in Iceland, there’s a 95% chance that you were looking at Reynisfjara. It is a long stretch of pitch-black volcanic sand with the Atlantic Ocean roaring up on its shores. Make no mistake, this is no place to take any chances and safety is a primary concern here as the area is known for dangerous sneaker waves. Please follow all guidelines and take them seriously. To complete this scenic visit, Reynisfjara is adorned with facades of glorious columnar basalt, one of Iceland’s beautiful natural features that seems so manmade it’s simply unreal. 

Sólheimajökull Glacier

The tour then stops at Sólheimajökull Glacier to visit a lake formed by the retreating glacier. It’s a rare opportunity to get a first-hand feel for how glaciers work and their future on this planet. The tour then heads to Vík, a charming little village surrounded by beautiful bird cliffs before heading back into town. 

What´s Included

  • If you are booking less than 3 days in advance, please call our customer service centre
  • Guidance in in English, German or French (confirmed at booking)
  • Warm clothes, waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes are recommended
  • We recommend bringing thermal layers, a winter hat, scarf, gloves, and wearing warm socks for colder days
  • Vehicle cleaned with Vectorfog - 100% Natural multi-surface disinfectant. 

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Itinerary

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Lava Centre
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Lava Centre

We start our tour from BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik and head to the Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur. It is approximately an hour and half ride. We will stop at Lava Centre for a short break and you are able to grab light snacks and use the facilities. The Lava Centre is dedicated to Iceland's riveting volcanic activity and it's frequent earthquakes.

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Skógafoss
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Skógafoss

Skógafoss is an iconic Icelandic waterfall, it is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail over into Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in filming Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 

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Vík
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Vík

Vík is a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs. Population: 300
 

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Reynisfjara
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Reynisfjara

We will also stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. It is one of the most spectacular beaches in Iceland but can be dangerous, and we kindly ask our guest not to go too close to the ocean and go by guidelines. 

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Reynisdrangar
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Reynisdrangar

Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks just off the coast of Reynisfjara. They can be seen well from there and from Vík
 

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Sólheimajökull
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Sólheimajökull

We stop by Sólheimajökull and walk up to a small lake which has formed in front of the retreating glacier. 

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Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljalandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. We recommend you bring either a raincoat or a waterproof coat along if you want to walk behind it.