South Coast Elements
South Coast Elements
✓ 14 hours
✓ 14 years
✓ February to October
✓ DC3 airplane wreck
✓ Secret Lava Cave
✓ English speaking guide
✓ Small group (12 persons max)
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
✓ Glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe)
✓ Cave equipment: helmet and head lamps)
✓ Fat bikes
What you need to bring:
✓ Hiking boots
✓ Waterproof clothing
✓ Swimwear (from late April to November)
✓ Energy snacks
In this unique and active tour you will hike on a glacier, descend into a lava cave, and ride a fat bike to the famous plane wreck on Sólheimasandur. Along the way you witness the spectacular waterfalls along the south coast and can immerse yourself in a geothermal pool. All in one 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!
Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike
Here the adventure continues at Sólheimajökull glacier which is part of the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland, Mýrdalsjökull. We will provide helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice axes before hiking on the ice for 1 to 1,5 hours. Our glacier guides are all trained and licenced and provide a safe, entertaining and informative hike. A spectacular experience to learn more about these breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomenon.
DC3 Airplane 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 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’ll be riding a fat bike over volcanic sand and ash towards a black sand beach containing a crashed Navy airplane deemed too far away to salvage. Enjoy!
Seljavallalaug geothermal pool
By now, you’ll be aching for some quiet time and so it will be time to swim in Seljavallalaug geothermal pool. Chosen one of the best pools in the world by , it will certainly be among the most unique swimming experience of any visitors life. It was built in 1923 in a beautiful valley surrounded by steep mountains and inspiring lava rock formations. Make sure to bring along your swimwear. (Due to the lack of daylight the pool is not visited in the winter time, October to late April).
Secret Lava Cave
But we still have our final blow! Explore the inside of a lava cave which formed in a volcanic eruption 5000 years ago. Equipped with helmets and flash lights we will scramble over big lava rocks and crawl into the darkness of the Icelandic underground.
How does this sound? Are you ready to join us for this incredible adventure?