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Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik

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icon10 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Don’t miss sthe beautiful sights of Iceland’s southern coast on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. See the famous Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull, and Westman Islands. Plus, enjoy a stroll on the black-sand beach, Reynisfjara. With hotel pickup and drop-off included and all your stops scheduled out for you, it’s easy to explore the southern coast without putting the time into planning the whole day yourself.
  • Tour of Iceland’s southern coast from Reykjavik
  • Stroll along the black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara
  • View stunning sights of the scenic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls
  • Catch a glimpse of Iceland’s Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanoes
  • See the Westman Islands, a volcanic archipelago rising steeply from the ocean off the coast
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option is selected)
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9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Pick-up from all hotels and bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour starting time. You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.
This full-day tour of Iceland’s southern coast starts with hotel pickup. Take a ride on a coach bus through the farming lands to a unique spot of the coast.

The first stop of the day is at Skogafoss waterfall on the Skoga River. This massive waterfall has been known to be featured in famous films. After snapping some photos here, it’s time to take a break for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.

Once you’re feeling satisfied from your meal, your guide takes you and your group over to Reynisfjara to explore the black-sand beaches. Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean’s waves crashing over the sands.

Afterward, visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you might be able to see Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull, and the Westman Islands. Sit back and relax on your bus ride to Reykjavik. Your guide drops you off at your hotel in time for dinner in the evening.
Pass By:  
Volcano Hekla
Hekla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, and was for centuries believed to be the entrance to hell.
Stop At:  
Icelandic Lava Show
Optional stop for the Lava Show (admission not included in tour price), and lunch can be purchased here. Learn about the volcanoes of Iceland and see real flowing lava first hand.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Here we stop at a local restaurant for a lunch break at your own expense.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Reynisfjara Beach
Stroll along the black sand and pebble beach of Reynisfjara. The beach features stacks of basalt columns that wall off surrounding cliffs scattered with caves. You will be awed by the incredibly powerful waves of the Atlantic ocean crashing on to the shore. Offshore you will see the Reynisdrangar pillars, basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Visit Skogafoss waterfall. This is a picturesque 200-foot (60-meter) tall, broad and powerful waterfall, and due to its striking appearance it is frequently used in movies and commercials. You can get close enough to feel the spray from the falls on your face and, if you like, then climb a stairway leading to the top of the falls allowing you a view from above.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Volcano Eyjafjallajokull
A volcano / glacier, which gained worldwide attention in 2010 when the ash cloud from an eruption stopped all flight traffic in Europe.
Stop At:  
Solheimajokull Glacier
Short stop by Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier of Myrdalsjokull glacier.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seljalandsfoss is a unique waterfall in that you can actually walk behind it when the weather permits and experience the beauty of this waterfall in a completely new way.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line 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 sanitization during Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik?
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 Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik.
What is the social distancing policy during Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik?
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 Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik?
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 Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik.

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Best tour ever!
, May 2022
Possibly the best guided tour I have been on, the amount we did was incredible and we were lucky with the weather. Gumi was superb!
Excellent and value for money
, Nov 2021
The trip was excellent .. the tour guide and driver Roman was superb… gave non stop commentary and he was very cooperative and brilliant The waterfalls were magnificent and good choice
, Sep 2021
The Falls. The beach. The views. The countryside. The glacier. Our tour guide was fabulous “yawn”. John. Loved seeing the sheep and horses.
Thank you to the spicy Viking
, Jul 2021
My favorite thing was the water falls … I cut myself on a glass bottle when i tripped on hiking boots and Simon was so awesome helping me find emergent medical attention to get my laceration fixed … i barely missed much of my tour. The water falls are gorgeous… you will get a little wet if you get up close. One water fall you can climb behind and make a wish for good luck. Bring gloves if you don’t like mud on your hands. Also bring sunglasses and great selfie stick or tripod
Just OK
, Jun 2021
It was fine, saw some cool waterfalls and Reynisfjara beach. Probably could have done it cheaper and better by renting a car, though.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lava Show in Vik and more
, Jul 2020
A day of Icelands wonders - black beach with stunning rock formations in the sea, a 360 degrees rainbow at the waterfall and a unique chance to see, smell and feel the heat of real lava. Do go to the Lava Show at Vik! It is amazing AND educational - a thing that can not often be said. And there is no other place in the world where You can experience real authentic lava safely on Your seat in a house. Even for kids and elderly people - and everybody came out of the show with her/his piece of lava in hand, chattering and with shining eyes, telling everybody else "I am soo glad we did this!".
1 traveler found this review helpful
Long day
, Mar 2020
Very long trip, bus is cramped. Driver is very picky about the seats. There was no warning about the glacier hike it is dangerous.
mike g
, May 2019
Trip was for full length and saw a good portion of Iceland with beautiful views. Well organized. Look in to
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing tour with beautiful scenery...
, Jan 2018
Amazing tour with beautiful scenery and very kind, helpful and friendly guides! Definitely a must do if you're in Iceland.
This bus tour was a great way to...
, Nov 2017
This bus tour was a great way to visit Iceland's Southern Coastline and view several attractive waterfalls. Our 64-seat tour bus was composed of three different groups. After our stop at the Skogafoss waterfall - the ATV and glacier hiking tours separated from our group. We then went on to visit the black-sand beaches and rock formations at Vik. The groups came together at the glacier bus stop. We then stopped to visit the Saljalandsfoss waterfall. The weather was cold but sunny - which made for some great photo opportunities of these attractive and impressive sites. Our guide was also very interesting and informative. An amazing overall experience.
The tour was amazing! We stayed at...
Ericka C
, Nov 2017
The tour was amazing! We stayed at an Air BnB and they we missed our pickup location. They were overly accommodating and ensured we made our bus. The guide was super knowledgeable. Would definitely book with them again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent trip. The waterfalls is a...
Virgil C
, Oct 2017
Excellent trip. The waterfalls is a mind blowing .The black beach is so beautiful
I thought it was an overall great...
Elisabeth B
, Aug 2017
I thought it was an overall great experience. The tour guide Andres was very friendly and knowledgeable. Mostly driving, but it did offer a few opportunities to walk around, but it was what I expected. I could have rented a car and drove around, but the extra knowledge was what I wanted/ paid for. I would highly recommend.
I've been on several Viator tours...
Norma S
, Jul 2017
I've been on several Viator tours and have been very pleased with past excursions. This, however, was a notable exception. The local supplier, Gray Line Iceland, offered a poorly conceived itinerary which resulted in far too much driving and no time to experience the stops. That was coupled with a guide with poor communication skills and an inexperienced bus driver. The times allowed for the stops were ridiculously unrealistic given the popularity of the locations during the tourist season. The most comical of the guide's pre stop instructions was for the glacier stop. She advised, There will be 30 minutes for this stop. If you start towards the glacier tongue and walk very fast, you can get halfway there and back to the bus. Or, you might choose to take a bathroom break or get a drink and see nothing of the glacier. We were told all morning that we would have lunch at one location then enjoy a walk on a beautiful beach. There was on 50 minutes allowed for this stop. There was only one option for getting food and the lines for the food and the restroom ran out of the door of the shop. Needless to say, there was no opportunity to get even see the beach much less take the 10 minute walk over the dunes to get to the beach. The highlight of the day, however, is when the bus driver decided to turn the bus around by driving onto the sand instead of staying on the road and immediately getting stuck in the sand. The tour guide laughed this off saying, this happens all the time. It resulted in a delay of over an hour until a local farmer came with his tractor to pull the bus out of the sand. The message here is, less is more. It would have been much more enjoyable to have fewer stops at which the location could be fully experienced. We knew to expect crowds at these popular destinations we expected to wait in lines. Gray Line, however, didn't seem to take this into account in planning the itinerary so it made for a very long day filled with frustration.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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