South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Iceland—the Land of Fire and Ice—boasts volcanoes and frozen glaciers, and many of the most impressive natural attractions lie along the country’s southern shores. On this full-day sightseeing tour, travel in comfort by air-conditioned minivan to landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and a guided walk up to the front of the Sólheimajökull glacier. With round-trip travel from central Reykjavik included, find out exactly how Iceland earned its nickname.
  • Spin through southern Iceland by air-conditioned minivan with time to explore the sites on foot
  • Visit natural landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and the Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Uninterrupted views over the Icelandic countryside from your vehicle
  • Includes admission to the Icelandic Lava Show

What's Included

  • One of Hidden Iceland's wonderful English speaking professional guides
  • Guided valley walk for incredible views of the glacier
  • Transport by comfortable and spacious air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter
  • Icelandic Lava Show
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated bus pickup points in Reykjavik
  • Rental of waterproof jackets, pants or hiking boots. Must be pre-booked.
  • Food and drinks - can be purchased during day
  • Gratuities
  • There is NO glacier hike on this tour

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pickups start at 08:30am. Please be at your designated pick up point at this time. We pick up from the designated tourist bus pick up points in downtown Reykjavik, and certain hotels where it is permissible to drive a mini bus and pick up from. If you are in downtown Reykjavik we will likely need to use one of these pick up points. If you cannot see your hotel in the list then please choose from one of the designated meeting points (bus stops) in central Reykjavik.

What To Expect


40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Reynisfjara Beach

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Sturdy, waterproof footwear recommended
  • We have to pick up from designated pickup point around Reykjavik. Restrictions imposed by the City of Reykjavik mean that we cannot pick up from certain hotels or AirBnB addresses, rather nearby designated bus pickup points. Please contact us to inform us of where you are staying and we will inform you of nearest pickup point.
  • Near public transportation
  • We will stop in the south coast town of Hvolsvöllur to load up on snacks for the day. You can shop here and bring food and for the day if you want to spend more time at the sights during lunch. There is ample time to have lunch at The Soup Company located within the Icelandic Lava Show premises. The soups are filling and delicious, as are the paninis and sandwiches here.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • During the darkest winter months we will need to order food to have on the go, so that we can use the precious short daylight hours at the wonderful South Coast sights. Lunch is not included in this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • 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.

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This trip is with a company called Hidden Iceland who offer small group tours and on this particular tour they take a maximum of 12 people.
328 reviews
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Jenny_L, Mar 2023
We were pampered with care and attentions! 4 from our family plus another couple in this group, we were accompanied by TWO tour guides, a pleasant surprise to me. A lot of details, a lot of help, we can feel the guides care that the group will have a great time! I would definitely pick this Hidden Iceland for our future trips in Iceland! Thanks Rob and Artna! Thanks from Kelvin and Jenny
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Jenny and Kelvin, This is an amazing review. And to have 2 tour guides instead of 1 is so lucky too. We love to have our guides learn from each other whenever we can. I agree, Rob and Arna really do care about your experience. Glad you appreciated all the care. Thanks Ryan
Excellent day trip!
Divya_D, Mar 2023
Excellent small group tour. Our tour guide Max was knowledgeable and entertaining. He was a safe driver too. We had a wonderful day trip!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for such an excellent review, Divya. Glad you had such a lovely time with Max!
The glacier visit and the...
Martin_W, Feb 2023
The glacier visit and the Lava experience were brilliant , Our guide was fantastic he made the trip .
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for the kind words. Glad you had a great time!
Exceptional tour
Deborah_P, Jan 2023
Spectacular scenery, our guide Arna with Hidden Iceland was wonderful. Day totally exceeded all expectations . Good amount of time in each stop, never felt rushed
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for the exceptional review, Deborah. Come back any time!
Must do trip
Christopher_R, Nov 2022
Amazing trip and Max was a fantastic guide. Both waterfalls, beach and glacier were incredible. Lava show was superb. I would highly recommend this trip. Along with the golden circle tour this is a must see if you visit Iceland.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for the fantastic review. It's nice to hear you enjoyed both areas of the country and your guide, Max. He's such a great companion on these types of trips.
Ice & fire tour
Simon_H, Nov 2022
Einar is a great guide! Thanks again so much for everything, I had an amazing time with you and Hidden Iceland. Simon
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for the great review, Simon. Looking forward to welcoming you again soon.
Highly recommend this tour excellent tour guide was excellent
Martin_N, Nov 2022
Really good tour, the guide was excellent, took photos, for us what highly recommend this small tour, as it felt personal, and not too many people on the tour
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for the recommendation, Martin. It means a lot. Thank you for joining us!
Wow, just go!
Ian_W, Oct 2022
This tour was just incredible from start to finish. Simon, our guide/driver was informative, knowledgeable and excellent. Iceland's scenery is amazing and this tour to the South Coast certainly hits all the spots, especially with Simon's hidden extras with outstanding panoramic views, and the extended walk to the very edge of the glacier. There was an overwhelming feeling of "the customer matters" throughout helping us all to get the best out of the full day. (Finishing at 9pm) Thoroughly recommended
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks, Ian. What a great title for a review. Símon really is a fantastic guide. We're glad you enjoyed his guiding style and of course all the great stops along the south coast of Iceland. And absolutely, the customer really does matter to us. It's not just a trope. It's our entire culture. Thank you for the kind words.
Perfect day!
Josie_M, Oct 2022
My parents and I have a wonderful day, Our tour guide was called atil, he was very good had lots of information about everything we saw loved when people asked questions, all the places we visited were lovely Atil was very good at making sure we was safe when the weather got windy on the beach and took us down the the glacier and made sure we got as close as we could which was lovely. If its a windy day make sure you wear warm clothing! The lava show was very interesting and you can have soup there which is delicious. The van was nice to travel in comfy. We couldn't have asked for a better day!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for the perfect review, Josie. I'm sure Atli will be ecstatic that you gave such praise. He really is an incredible guide. Glad to hear you enjoyed every aspect of the trip, despite the wind. Come again any time.
Stephanie_P, Aug 2022
Edith our guide and driver was amazing and so knowledgeable! I would 100% recommend this tour. We were picked up in a clean Mercedes van and it was a small group. We could not have asked for a better day, better weather, better experience, culture. We were even lucky enough to be in town for a real volcanic eruption.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for the perfect review. Edith (Auður) is a truly fantastic guide. Thank you for the recommendation too. It sounds like you lucked out with the weather too. What a great trip!
Amazing day, amazing guide
Tanya_G, Aug 2022
We had the best time on this tour. Our guide, Helgi, really made the day incredible. He was so friendly, warm, patient and interesting. The sights seen were incredible, I particularly enjoyed the waterfall you could walk behind! I would highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Tanya, What an amazing review. Helgi is an amazing guide, we agree and of course the sites are amazing too. Thanks for joining us.
South Coast experience a must
Stefanie_T, Aug 2022
We loved this tour. It was a long day, but filled with so many exciting things to see that the time passed by so quickly. Hengi was so knowledgeable and provided information about Iceland the entire day. The sprinter was clean and comfortable and we enjoyed being with a small group and having the opportunity to get to know people from all over the world. We stopped for lunch at the volcano show and it was delicious! We asked Hengi about this small waterfall near a larger one we went to that you can walk into and he incorporated into it our day. I highly recommend this experience.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks, Stefanie. This is a great review to read. You're right it's a long day but really does allow you to see as much as possible in one action packed day. Very nice to her that Helgi even added in an extra little stop. Come back any time.
Great day!
Kelly_C, Jul 2022
Max did an amazing job as our guide. He was informative and helpful. We had a wonderful time exploring waterfalls, lava and glaciers. Max made sure that everyone was happy and safe. The lunch at the lava show was delicious too. I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Kelly, thanks for the great review of Max and our South Coast Fire and Ice tour. He really adds so much to the trip. And we agree, the lunch at the lava show is almost as good as the show itself.
Excellent tour
Minal_P, Jun 2022
This was an excellent tour. Einar was a fantastic tour guide and provided us with a great experience of the South Coast of Iceland. We especially loved the Lava show. Highly recommend this tour and Einar to make your trip comfortable and memorable.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Minal, This is a wonderful review to read. Thank you for for the kind words about our tour and fantastic guide, Einar. Come back any time :)
Amazing tour guide and scenery
Eric_B, Jun 2022
Amazing. Our tour guide was phenomenal. He went above and beyond to keep us comfortable. The scenery was stunning.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Eric, that's so great to hear that you had such an amazing time on the south coast fire and ice tour. It was a pleasure hosting you.
Worth every penny!!
Terri_J, Jun 2022
Einor was amazing. He gave us so much information and went out with us to give us even more facts. Every place he drove us was just mesmerizing!! Definitely recommend this tour. You won’t be let down and the lava show…a must!!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thanks Terri, this is a wonderful review. Thank you for making it. Einar is such a wonderful guide to take you along the south coast.
ANDREW_L, May 2022
Excellent tour . We had a great guide that was enthusiastic, informative and personable. She made for an excellent experience The south coast was beautiful and the lava show in Vik was great . Overall a good value for the money.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for the great review of our most picked south coast trip. Glad you liked your guide too and think it was a good value tour. Come back any time.
Great sightseeing trip .
Mark_C, Apr 2022
great trip lovely host Edith..very nice scenery and fantastic views...all-round great trip.was a lot to see snd we sore it all plus extra waterfall..Edith was very knowledgeable about what we were looking at..highly recommended
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks for your kind words, we will be sure to pass them on to your guide, Edith. Come back again sometime.
The entire trip was...
Kristine_S, Mar 2022
The entire trip was wonderful. Our guide Andy was very informative and a great guide. The times allowed at each spot was perfect. I will be using this tour group for any upcoming trips to Iceland. The group was smaller and the bus was very nice and clean. It greatly surpassed our other tours we had with other companies.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hi Kristine, Thanks for the wonderful review of your tour with Hidden Iceland and Andres. He really is a great guide to travel with. Glad to hear we surpassed the other tours you did. Looking forward to having you return to Iceland one day and make sure to ask for Andy again.
Deborah_M, Mar 2022
Really enjoyed this trip. Highlights for me were walking to the glacier, the lava show and the black beach. Guide was very knowledgeable and made it a fun trip
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you Deborah for the lovely review.