South Coast on a Budget!
South Coast on a Budget!
Book this tour
✓ 14 hours
✓ 14 years
✓ Year round
✓ DC-3 Plane Wreck
✓ Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
✓ English speaking guide
✓ Small group (12 persons max)
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
What you need to bring:
• Hiking boots (available when booking
• Warm clothing (first layer)
• Waterproof clothing (second layer)
• Energy snacks
Traveling on a budget? No problem! Hop aboard this minibus tour along the scenic South Coast, travelling to the famed DC Plane Wreck in the black sand desert, Sólheimasandur, and visiting the most famous attractions that the shore has to offer on the way within a single day.
The first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you can walk behind and get a unique point of view while feeling the vibrations of the water hitting the ground. It’s an automatic Instagram blockbuster. Right next to Seljalandsfoss is his little brother Gljúfrabúi, a smaller waterfall hidden in a narrow gorge which is accessible only by balancing on small stones in the river.
The pearl of the South Coast has to be Skógafoss waterfall. From the 60 meter high cliffs of East Eyjafjöll mountains, the waterfall pours down making, arguably, the most photogenic waterfall in the country. Over the years, the water has carved itself into the mountain, tucking the beautiful waterfall into a small gorge. Add rainbows forming in the waterfall’s spray and you have yourself a Kodak moment. Along side the waterfall lies a staircase up to the cliff with views looking down into the gorge and onto the waterfall. The 527 steps up to the top provide a fantastic warm-up for the glacier hike!
DC-3 Plane Wreck on Sólheimasandur
After the glacier hike we head out to Sólheimasandur desert where a US Nacy DC3 crash landed in 1973 after running out of fuel in midair. The wreck has since then been immortalized in numerous music videos and viral photographs. The plane itself is 4 km from the nearest road so we provide the coolest transportation method available, fat bikes. We only travel in style. In essence, we will hike over volcanic sand and ash towards a black sand beach containing a crashed Navy airplane deemed too far away to salvage. Enjoy!
Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
Heading further east, we visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline presents massive waves hitting the unique basalt columns in the cliffs above the sand. Rock pillars in the water and the cliffs of Dýrhólaey are seen in the distance. This area of the south is also a paradise for bird lovers, as puffins and dozens of other unique species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime from June to August.