I booked my excursion of the south coast through my hostel. But that’s not always the case. I had seen on my hostel website that you could book through them. So, I didn’t really worry about booking ahead of time, I just went in with an idea of some possibilities and asked the locals working at the hostel what their favorite spots were. Then scheduled from a company through the hostel The excursion was 10 hours, so I was glad that I could get on the 8 am time. The sun doesn’t set in the summer until really late at night, so it’s day light until 3 am.
A shuttle bus picked me up from the hostel and takes you to the bus depot. From there they instruct what bus to get on for your excursion. For our tour it was about two hours till we reached our first stop at the Skógafoss Waterfall. This is the largest waterfall in Iceland, it’s 60 Meters high. We had 30 mins at this waterfall to look around, take photos and hang out. The waterfall is surrounded by green grassy hills. We saw sheep grazing in the grass hill near the falls.
The next stop on our tour was the Solheimajokull Glacial hike. We had an hour at this stop.It takes about 20-30 to walk to the glacier. It’s an easy hike, being summer we didn’t need any crampons for the hike. But, if needed the tour would have provided them. The glacier is one of the fourth largest glaciers and covers the famous volcano Katla. It was a beautiful day to explore the glacier and take photos. But, it was a it sad to see how much it was melting off.
From the Solheimajokul glacier we travelled to lunch spot for an hour in the town of Vik. This spot was around the corner from the black beach, Reynisfjara. I walked down to the sea and explored the other side of the black beach from where we were gonna stop and explore the black beach. The beach was beautiful, it has two cave formations that are made from the basalt rocks. These rocks are so surreal. They look manmade. They break off in natural formations that look like steps. So climbing the side of the cliff was like climbing up a set of stairs. The beach is made up of smooth pebbles and rocks and not so much sand. It actually reminded me a lot of the cobblestone beach in Newport near the Yaquina head lighthouse.
We headed back towards Reykavik and stopped at one last waterfall. The Skógafoss waterfall was smaller than the first we saw, but was cool because you could hike through the waterfall. On nice days you can see volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökul. Eyjafjallajökull was the last volcano that erupted in 2007 in Iceland. Iceland is just now 10 years later seeing growth and environmental rebuilding from the volcano explosion.
We had 30 mins to ex-lore at this waterfall, It took about 5-10 mins to walk to the waterfall. The rocks were a bit slippery around the waterfall from the spray. Slipped on the stairs down from the falls on my way back to the bus. I wasn’t hurt, but took some extra mud back home with me. We made the journey back to the city which was a few hours trip. The guides told us a few stories, but mainly people caught up on some sleep.